Less than two years ago, Sonoma County voters were promised passenger rail service in return for their support for a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax.
And their response was overwhelming. Almost three out of four voters supported the tax measure. It was their way of embracing the future.
Now they are paying the tax, only to find out that the train may be a long time coming. Officials of Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit blame the recession and declining sales tax revenues.
Local residents understand the changes caused by the recession. What they don’t understand is the suggestion that the cities of central and northern Sonoma County might be last in line for train service. Click here to read the rest of the story.