Monthly Archives: November 2011

Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is leading the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Planning process Friends of the Rail & Trail, in collaboration with People Power and Ecology Action, supports the Rail Trail as the centerpiece of Santa Cruz County’s portion of the MBSST. The Rail Trail will be contiguous to the rail line, or, in locations where the rail right-of-way is too narrow, located on nearby adjacent routes with safe, direct and easy-to-find connections leading to and from the Rail Trail. The coastal rail corridor will include a rail trail that enables all forms of active transportation (walking, bicycling, wheelchairs, skating, jogging, and rollerblading) together with freight and passenger rail transit service. The rail trail will be contiguous to the rail line, or, in locations where the rail right-of-way is too narrow, located on nearby adjacent routes with safe, direct and easy-to-find connections leading to and from the rail trail. The rail trail will be the centerpiece of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail System. We are confident that most of the rail corridor is viable for both rail and trail due to a study performed by Mesiti Miller Engineering that provided the following information: Survey … Continue reading

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New Organizational Strategy for FORT

In October, 2011, The Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail & Trail (FORT) completed an organizational development process that resulted in a new organizational strategy document and new fiscal sponsorship arrangement. You can learn more about FORT, our vision, mission, and strategic objectives by clicking here.

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FORT Has A (slightly) New Name

You may not have noticed the “&” in “Friends of the Rail & Trail.” It’s a small change but it means a lot.  By adding the ampersand between “Rail & Trail” we highlight the fact that FORT supports both passenger rail service and a rail trail in the coastal rail corridor. Most of the SCC Branch Line is wide enough for rail and rail trail together. Our name change is a better way of showing that we support both.

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