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.
FORT 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.
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.