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Rail Trail Overview

 

The Santa Cruz County Rail & Trail will provide a car-free, direct, flat and scenic route for biking, walking, and wheel chair use for school children, commuters, families, seniors, and visitors. Below is a summary of the major aspects of the Rail Trail project.

Coastal Rail Trail Highlights:

  • The Rail Trail will provide a car-free, nearly flat, paved route for biking, walking, and wheel chair use by everyone including school children, commuters, families, seniors, and visitors.
  • 13 of the 32 total miles are now underway and the first segment is scheduled to open in 2018.
  • The Rail Trail travels within 1-mile of 44 schools, 92 parks, and 50% of our county’s population, connecting many key destinations.
  • With the passage of Measure D in November 2016, nearly all the funds needed to build the entire Coastal Rail Trail have been secured.
  • FORT’s goal is to see the Rail Trail built within 10 years.
  • The Rail Trail passes through the cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Capitola as well as the communities of Davenport, Live Oak, Aptos, Rio Del Mar, Seascape and La Selva Beach.
  • The 32-mile Rail Trail is the main spine of the 50-mile Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network within Santa Cruz County.
  • The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is the owner of the Santa Cruz County Branch Rail Line and is the lead Rail Trail agency.
  • The Rail Trail is being constructed parallel to the existing tracks which are being preserved for continued use by Roaring Camp Railroad and Iowa Pacific and for passenger rail service at some point in the future.

In this section, you will find the following information:

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