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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: County’s rail service is economically important

Letter: County’s rail service is economically important

Your article on the RTC’s decision provides an aspect of the rail trail discussion that has received far too little attention. Watsonville councilman Felipe Hernandez’s statement reveals the economic importance to our county of providing rail service. In addition, given...
Letter: Contract with Progressive Rail a win-win-win for all

Letter: Contract with Progressive Rail a win-win-win for all

Thanks to the Regional Transportation Commissioners for voting to approve the contract with Progressive Rail. Their vote to replace Iowa Pacific with Progressive Rail demonstrated solid support for hundreds of Watsonville workers and their families, for all county residents who...
Register-Pajaronian: Transportation Commission approves new rail contract

Register-Pajaronian: Transportation Commission approves new rail contract

Company to run South County freight services, possible passenger line WATSONVILLE — The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission on Thursday approved a contract allowing a new operator to take control of the 32-mile rail line that runs from Watsonville to...

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