Santa Rosa Downtown station

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Santa Rosa Downtown
Northbound train at Santa Rosa Downtown station, August 2018.jpg
A northbound train at Santa Rosa Downtown station in 2018
Location7 4th Street, Santa Rosa, California
United States
Coordinates 38°26′16″N122°43′18″W / 38.4377°N 122.7218°W / 38.4377; -122.7218 Coordinates: 38°26′16″N122°43′18″W / 38.4377°N 122.7218°W / 38.4377; -122.7218
Line(s)SMART Mainline Subdivision [1]
Platforms1 island platform
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone4
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) (SMART preview) [2]
August 25, 2017 (2017-08-25) (SMART full service)
Closedc.1958 (NWP)
Previous namesSanta Rosa
Preceding station Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit logo.svg SMART Following station
Santa Rosa North SMART Rohnert Park
toward Larkspur
Former services
Preceding station  Northwestern Pacific Railroad  Following station
toward Eureka
 Redwood [3]   Cotati
toward San Rafael
toward Eureka
 San Francisco to Eureka Bellvue
toward Sausalito Ferry Terminal
toward Sebastopol
 Sebastopol Branch Terminus
Preceding station  Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad  Following station
South Side
toward Petaluma
 Main Line [4]  Court House
toward MacDonald
Built by Northwestern Pacific Railroad
NRHP reference No. 79000561
Added to NRHPApril 20, 1979
Santa Rosa Downtown station

Santa Rosa Downtown station (known as Santa Rosa–Railroad Square during planning) is a Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit train station in Santa Rosa. It opened to SMART preview service on July 1, 2017; [2] full commuter service commenced on August 25, 2017. It is located west of Wilson Street between 4th and 5th Streets, across the U.S. Route 101 freeway from downtown at the site of the ex-Northwestern Pacific Railroad station building. The station is the focal point of the Railroad Square Historic District, a National Register of Historic Places historic district designated in 1979.



Postcard of a Northwestern Pacific Railroad train at the Santa Rosa station in 1911 Northwestern Pacific train at Santa Rosa California 1911.JPG
Postcard of a Northwestern Pacific Railroad train at the Santa Rosa station in 1911

The original Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP) Depot was built in 1903. Surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the station was eventually served by ten trains a day. Increased automobile ownership and highway construction led to decline of rail use in Sonoma County, thus leading to disuse of the facility as a passenger terminal [5] around 1958. Alfred Hitchcock's 1943 film Shadow of a Doubt featured scenes filmed at the original NWP depot. [6]

In 2008, the Handcar Regatta, a handcar race and arts festival, was put on in the Square utilizing the old tracks. The event continued annually between 2008 and 2011, but was not able to continue because of increased construction associated with the future SMART rail service. [7]

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