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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: 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...
Letter: Greenway’s anti-rail agenda is short-sighted

Letter: Greenway’s anti-rail agenda is short-sighted

The frivolous lawsuit filed against the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission by the anti-rail group Greenway holds little merit. They state that the RTC did not submit an environmental impact report prior to signing a contract, allowing Progressive Rail to...
Letter: Why is there big money behind Greenway’s goal?

Letter: Why is there big money behind Greenway’s goal?

Re: Greenway’s lawsuit against the RTC: There is obviously big money behind this, but why? Who are these people and what is their investment in this? Just recently I was across from Goodwill in Santa Cruz. A cheerful “clang” caught my...
A Sad Day for Taxpayers and Workers

A Sad Day for Taxpayers and Workers

Friends of the Rail & Trail was saddened to hear the RTC is being sued by the trail-only group known as Greenway. With construction on the Rail Trail set to begin in just a few weeks, a milestone citizens have worked decades...

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