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Rail & Trail Within the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail NetworkNow that the Santa Cruz Branch Line is publicly owned (by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission), students, commuters, and visitors are eager for a rail trail and passenger rail service in the coastal rail corridor. The proposed Coastal Rail Trail will be a paved, multi-use path set within the 32-mile coastal rail corridor, spanning Santa Cruz County from Davenport to Watsonville and form an important part of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network. It will provide a scenic, car-free, and convenient path for walking, biking, and wheelchair use — just about any form of active travel by people of all ages. The trail will be adjacent to and separated from train service to maximize sustainable transportation in this corridor.
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A Coastal Rail Trail Will Connect Our CommunitiesThe Coastal Rail Trail will be a public asset that will improve the quality of life for Santa Cruz County residents and visitors alike. The Trail runs within one mile of 42 local schools, 88 parks and 50% of our county’s population, connecting many key destinations. Separate from car traffic and nearly level, the Trail will provide an accessible way for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the Monterey Bay. By giving people a safe, attractive and fun place to walk and bike, we will improve community health, boost our local economy, and enhance our environment. The Coastal Rail Trail will make our county a more sustainable and livable community. The Coastal Rail Trail: let’s build it!
Monthly Archives: November 2011
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
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.
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.