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 Source: Mesiti Miller Engineering, 2002

“Based on the above analysis, it is our opinion that building a 32 mile rails with trails facility on the UP Right of Way is feasable based on the width of the available corridor, excepting a few short segments diverted to public streets.”  Mesiti Miller Engineering.

The RTC is in the process of performing a more in-depth study of the rail corridor prior to creating an engineering plan for the trail.

Learn more about minimum corridor widths for rail and trail, as defined by Alta Planning.


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