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Best Things to Eat, Drink and Do Close to SMART Stations

Explore the North Bay with SMART, to save gas money and discover new spots. Through Aug. 31, riders enjoy a 40% fare reduction.

If you’re not a commuter to Santa Rosa, Petaluma or one of the other towns along the SMART train route, you might not have had a chance to ride the North Bay’s passenger rail line. But with a dozen stops from the Sonoma County Airport to Larkspur and a handful more planned, there is more to do along the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit line than go to the office.

Here are eight stops, from north to south, that offer things to see and do within a short walk from each station. You can take the kids or your out-of-town visitors to the Charles M. Schulz Museum or shop for antiques in Santa Rosa or even pick up fresh produce in the farmers market at a historic Frank Lloyd Wright building. Plus, you’ll save gas and parking-meter money.

Through Aug. 31, SMART fares are discounted 40% as part of the Welcome Back campaign. Depending on how far you travel, fares are $1.50 to $15, and half price for seniors, youth, low-income people and people with disabilities. On Saturdays, riders can buy a Weekend Day Pass, which covers unlimited rides throughout the day. The pass is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, youth, low-income people and people with disabilities.

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