About FORT

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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 Social Good, an established sponsor of organizations that help positively impact and develop local communities into healthier and happier places to live, work, and be.

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