SMART will resume Sunday service from May 1

Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit’s Sunday service will resume starting May 1, the agency announced this week.

The service was suspended in April 2020 during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the loosening of terms, SMART board members announced at a meeting on April 6 that the Sunday Service was back on track.

“This shows that SMART is listening to its audience and continuing to meet the needs of our riders as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Chairman David Rabbitt said in a statement.

The Sunday service includes six trips north and six south.

Overall ridership has increased in recent weeks, according to SMART staff.

The increase is attributed to a combination of easing COVID-19 conditions allowing more travel and rising gasoline prices forcing travelers to find alternate modes of transportation.

Three months ago, at the height of the omicron surge, Sonoma County averaged more than 250 new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population. Rates are now closer to 6 to 7 new cases per 100,000, according to county data.

As for gasoline prices, Sonoma County drivers paid an average of $5.82 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on Friday, according to AAA.

High fuel prices have been putting pressure on motorists for about a month, but they appear to be down slightly.

The average price per gallon in California on Friday was $5.79 after falling $5.88 seven days earlier.

Gas stations in Santa Rosa were charging an average of $5.82 a gallon on Friday. That was down from $5.86 the previous week.

Experts attributed the price hike to the impact on global crude oil supply and demand as the war between Russia and Ukraine continues. Russia is one of the world’s leading oil suppliers.

Democratic newspaper reporter Martin Espinoza contributed to this story.

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