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Free Yourself from Traffic

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

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!

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...
Letter | Build a trail now and save the rail for later

Letter | Build a trail now and save the rail for later

Greenways fails to disclose the following four facts about rail transit: a) abandoning the rail line carries an $11 million penalty, the required payback to the State Transportation Commission which granted this money to the county for passenger rail in...

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