north coast beach trail view

The Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail & Trail (FORT) is a non-profit advocacy group founded in 2002 to advocate for rail and trail uses of the coastal rail corridor. FORT was instrumental in the County’s decision to purchase the coastal rail corridor (formally: the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line) in order to build the 32-mile Rail Trail from Watsonville to Davenport.

The Rail Trail will be the main spine of the Santa Cruz County section of the 50-mile Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail (MBSST). When completed, the entire Network will reach from Pacific Grove in Monterey to the Santa Cruz/San Mateo County line. For details of the MBSST, check out the award-winning Master Plan.

FORT strongly advocates for building the trail as soon as possible and saving the tracks for future passenger rail transit. FORT continues to educate our community about the economic, environmental and equity benefits of both rail and trail along the coastal rail corridor.

FORT is fiscally sponsored by Ecology Action (EA), an established Santa Cruz non-profit organization overseeing a diversity of environmental services and partnerships. EA has provided staff support for FORT since 2011 and continues to play a major role in FORT’s work.

For more about FORT, see: