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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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Letter: Trail-only option less safe and more costly

Letter: Trail-only option less safe and more costly

According to the Regional Transportation Commission’s just-released Unified Corridor Investment Study, tearing up the tracks and using our rail corridor for a trail-only will result in 118 more motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian collisions every year, when compared to using...
Letter: Transit along rail line only option that makes sense

Letter: Transit along rail line only option that makes sense

There are only three commute corridors between north and south county: Highway 1 — jammed; Soquel and Freedom Boulevard — jammed and the Santa Cruz branch line rail corridor — idle. The unused rail corridor is a huge, obvious and...
County-Wide Bicycle Advisory Committee Endorses Rail with Trail

County-Wide Bicycle Advisory Committee Endorses Rail with Trail

Friends of the Rail & Trail today applauded the Bicycle Advisory Committee of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) for voting at their October 8 public meeting to adopt a position in support of the Rail with Trail - Scenario B, one of four scenarios...

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