'Concessionistas' Offer Coffee with a Conscience as SMART Train Begins Service

Aug 24, 2017

A 'concessionista' employed by the nonprofit Becoming Independent serves up refreshments on the SMART train during a preview ride in late June.
Credit KRCB/Steve Mencher

Regularly scheduled SMART Train service kicks off Friday. After a morning ceremony and Grand Opening celebration in downtown Santa Rosa, trains will leave the Santa Rosa airport station at 12:49 pm  headed to San Rafael.  

It’s been a long and winding road for the service, which will be free tomorrow– and half price until Labor Day. Reporter Steve Mencher talked with the CEO of the group providing concession service on the trains about its innovative partnership with SMART. 

Learn more about Becoming Independent and its work in our region.

The Press Democrat writes about Becoming Independent and its new SMART services.