The North Bay is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, United States. The largest city is Santa Rosa, which is the fifth-largest city in the Bay Area. It is the location of the Napa and Sonoma wine regions, and is the least populous and least urbanized part of the Bay Area. It consists of Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties, with a combined population of 922,719 (2015), together with Solano County.
The Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), a fourteen station commuter rail line from Larkspur to Cloverdale, was approved by voters in November, 2008. Passenger service began between the Sonoma County Airport station and San Rafael in August, 2017. A temporary bus links the train to the Ferry at Larkspur while tracks are being laid between San Rafael and the Ferry terminal.
The North Bay remained isolated and rural well into the 20th Century. The opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s transformed Marin County from a dairy farming region into an upscale suburban area. Until the 1990s, the region’s growth was at a gradual pace, with significant restrictions on development being imposed in Marin and Napa Counties in the 1970s (future Senator Barbara Boxer was an important figure in the North Bay’s open space preservation movement).
- San Rafael
- Rohnert Park
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