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The Rail Trail Connects

people to key destinations

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The Rail Trail provides

a car-free &
direct route



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Build the Trail. Keep the Rail.

Friends of the Rail & Trail exists to expedite development of a 32-mile biking/walking trail running the length of Santa Cruz County, while keeping the rail line for future transit. Rail and Trail together will support a variety of transportation modes meeting the needs of the greatest number of residents.

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2019 Year End Letter

Wishing you a clear 2020 vision of transportation in Santa Cruz County! Imagine Santa Cruz County transformed by a clean, integrated transportation network. Dear Friends and Supporters! Imagine Santa Cruz County transformed by a clean, integrated transportation network. From Watsonville...

Groundbreaking Party!

Celebrate the new neighborhood path through Santa Cruz Westside Join us at a joyous, family-friendly event celebrating the groundbreaking of a new 1.3 mile stretch of the Coastal Rail Trail. The celebration, free and open to the public, will be...

Free Yourself from Traffic

Want alternatives to being stuck in traffic? Imagine a multi-use trail and a state-of-the-art rail transit system that connects Santa Cruz County to California's growing passenger rail network. That future starts now, with the Rail Trail. Check out our latest...

Detailed Analysis of Passenger Rail Transit vs Bus Rapid Transit

by Mark Mesiti‐Miller, P.E.Board Chair, Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail and Trail Introduction This detailed analysis is focused on answering the question of why the County of Santa Cruz should move forward to implement passenger rail transit rather...

Rail Trail Groundbreaking on January 10!

Join Friends of the Rail & Trail at the City of Santa Cruz groundbreaking for the first segment of the Coastal Rail Trail — the San Lorenzo River Parkway Phase III/Trestle Trail Project. This project will construct a 10-foot-wide multi-use...
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