Letter: People in South County want rail to escape traffic
At the Sierra Club’s Trail WITH Transit event at the Watsonville Civic Plaza on June 28, those vocal fellows who want no public transit use on the publicly owned train tracks did not come down to harass the occasion, as they have at many North County events. Maybe, because they guessed their objection would not be warmly received?
“Hey Watsonville,” they’d have to argue, “You don’t really want a pleasant, scenic, schedule-certain and affordable public transit line on which you can sit down, kick back, and be in Santa Cruz in 39 minutes, as a congestion-free, car-free alternative to the Highway 1 commute madness. I’m sure you’d much rather spend thousands of dollars a year and hours a day sitting in traffic in your very own solitary confinement”.
To serve everyone, a truly inclusive rail corridor solution must include electric rail transit connecting Watsonville to Santa Cruz.
— Barry Scott, Aptos (Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel 7/06/18)