Re-open the Jennings bike-pedestrian crossing!
Jennings Avenue in Santa Rosa has always been a major east-west passage for pedestrians and bicyclists. It has a safer, car-free route across the train tracks compared to Guerneville Road to the north and College Avenue to the south. Jennings connects neighborhoods to shopping, schools, services and bicycle routes.
In 2015 SMART erected a fence blocking off access across the tracks.
SCTLC supports the City of Santa Rosa’s application for an official at-grade crossing of the SMART tracks at Jennings with gates, bells and warning lights. The California Public Utilities Commission decided in 2016 that the proposed grade crossing is safe and in the public interest – only SMART is dragging its feet.
The importance of this crossing is underlined by the fact that it is part of the Santa Rosa General Plan, the North Station Area Specific Plan and the Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan. It helps to reduce dependency on cars; improving traffic flows and the environment.
Purple arrow on map marks where Jennings Avenue crosses the train tracks.