The initial 62km phase of the line from Santa Rosa to San Rafael is expected to open in late 2014 or early 2015. A joint venture of construction companies Stacey & Witbeck and Herzog Contracting is responsible for civil works.
In the second phase of the project the line will be extended north to Cloverdale and south to Larkspur Landing, where trains will connect with Golden Gate ferries to San Francisco.
Smart has ordered eighteen two-car dmus from Sumitomo (pictured), which will be built by Nippon Sharyo at its plant in Rochelle, Illinois, and delivered to California between October 2013 and May 2014.