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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: Follow the Facts of Rail & Trail Supporters

Letter: Follow the Facts of Rail & Trail Supporters

Fact: Greenway publicly advocated against replacing Iowa Pacific with Progressive Rail as the operator of the rail line. Fact: Friends of the Rail & Trail, along with many other community organizations, supported replacing Iowa Pacific with Progressive Rail. Fact: Iowa...
Letter: Pursue a fact-checked transportation solution

Letter: Pursue a fact-checked transportation solution

As a longtime supporter of public service, I long to see Santa Cruz County preserve its railroad heritage for future generations to commute on and enjoy while providing pedestrians with a suitable pathway for them to walk, jog and bike...
Letter: We need rail to alleviate transportation costs

Letter: We need rail to alleviate transportation costs

The recent Sentinel article “Santa Cruz County has state’s second highest poverty rate, report finds” points to our high cost of living as one of several factors creating severe financial hardship. One way we can reduce the cost of living here...
Letter: We need rail stops at Pajaro and Castroville now

Letter: We need rail stops at Pajaro and Castroville now

It’s about time that passenger rail service gets returned to the Monterey Bay Area. My only concern is that as the Salinas train station is being upgraded, boarding platforms need to be built in Castroville and Pajaro Junction at the same...

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