The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency has secured federal environmental clearance for 36 miles of a bicycle and pedestrian path to be built along the tracks where commuter trains are set to begin running later this year, a decision rail officials trumpet as a breakthrough in the long-stalled pathway project. Officials said the go-ahead means that 6.2 miles of previously approved pathway construction can get underway in the two counties, including segments in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park. More broadly, the designation potentially frees up millions of dollars in federal funding SMART can seek to use for building more of the path.
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