Farmers on the north coast and Trail Now support a rail-to-trail from Swift Street to Davenport along the Coastal Corridor. This proposed alternative route has the most scenic views, is the lowest cost, and can be completed by the 2020 Federal Grant deadline. Trail Now is looking for community support for the farmers in the creation of the North Coast Rail-to-Trail.
The RTC is evaluating the Coastal Corridor as part of the Unified Corridor Investment Study. A passenger train continues to be considered by the RTC, yet the RTC has not been forthcoming about the cost of implementation. Even after extensive studies, the RTC appears unaware of the enormous cost and risk of a passenger train.
The Santa Cruz RTC presented a report outlining possible uses of the rail corridor. The report was meant to be the beginning of an “open and transparent” process to determine the highest and “best use” of the corridor. However, the numbers included in the report, with little attribution or factual reference, don’t add up, and the analysis is so biased against a trail-only solution that it lacks credibility.
Please join us in signing the petition asking the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission to build a trail-only solution.
See that trail on the left? That's a 20-foot wide separated trail designed for transportation. The setback (distance to train tracks) is over 20 feet. What about the trail on the right? That one is about 10-feet wide, with no separation, and was designed for recreational use. The setback is around 10 feet and it runs adjacent to a tourist train.
At first blush, the two trails seem very similar, and that's the problem. Unfortunately, our corridor is too narrow to keep the train tracks and build the trail on the left. Instead, we've unwittingly been sold a recreational trail and most folks have no idea.
The rail-trail debate would be over if we could build the trail on the left, but we can't. Call us crazy, but we truly believe that this trail, if done properly, would change lives. It's the type of infrastructure the create a new way of life, making our community more walkable, sustainable, and healthy. Join us in saying: "Give Trail a Chance".
An excellent letter to the Santa Cruz Sentinel explains why a passenger train would be a boondoggle.
The Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission proposes spending $68M on a non-existent train. Does that make sense to you?
Our trail, our vision. The stunning unused corridor running through our county could become a string of jewels.
Marin County came to realize the importance of a safe and efficient place for people to walk and bike.
King County has created a draft of a Master Plan for a rail trail that matches the Trail Now vision for rail trail in Santa Cruz County.
Public transportation in LA is failing but not for a lack of money.