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This week’s episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce marks the show’s first trip to the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You’ll hear a set from respected singers and songwriters Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, whose latest album celebrates the wide-open romance of the American railroad. You’ll also hear from acoustic folk-blues master Chris Smither, newcomer Kia Kater, atmospheric chamber folk from LAU, and Houston-based singer-songwriter Robert Ellis.  

Hear Mountain Stage every Saturday at 12:00 pm noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

 

First-day Riders Delight in SMART Preview

Jun 29, 2017
Steve Mencher, KRCB

It’s been a long wait for the SMART Train to start rolling through Sonoma and Marin Counties, and while the official launch of the commuter service is still pending, there was a large and enthusiastic turnout for the first day of free preview rides yesterday.

There was a wide span of ages aboard the SMART Train preview ride that KRCB joined, from seniors who remembered regular rail service many years ago to an infant, who made the trip easier for her parents, Kalila Nosker and Sean Hogue, by sleeping through a good bit of it.

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  The long-awaited SMART commuter trains and the currently running Northwest Pacific freight trains are not waiting until 2016 to co-exist on the tracks that traverse Sonoma County.  They’re already sharing the line while it is getting rebuilt.

John Williams, president of the Northwest Pacific Company which operates the freight trains, says they have been slowly increasing their loads, but growth has been sluggish.