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SMART Reaches Out to Sonoma County Fire Victims

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District has announced the launch of the Individual Relief Pass and Business Relief Pass programs to help individuals and businesses in Sonoma County, CA, affected by the recent fires.

“Our community is still recovering and we want to do our part to help,” said SMART Board Chairwoman Debora Fudge. “Our goal is to provide some relief for both individuals and families who have lost their homes or their jobs due to the Sonoma County fires, and to help businesses that are struggling to survive in the wake of the fires.”

SMART is providing 5,000 Individual Relief Passes for those who have lost their home, rental unit, or place of employment due to the fires, providing unlimited rides on the commuter rail system through Dec. 31 at no cost to the user. The agency is partnering with more than a dozen community groups and agencies to promote the program and distribute the passes.

For businesses in the region, SMART is providing 5,000 Business Relief Passes to be distributed by the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“SMART’s Business Relief Program is an excellent way to help our local businesses during this difficult time,” said Judy James, chairwoman of the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “Many of our businesses have seen a dramatic drop in business, and many of their employees have also lost their homes. This program will help us turn things around and help businesses get back on track through the holidays, which is a critically important time for businesses who rely heavily on that revenue.”
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