Transforming
Transportation

Connecting
Santa Cruz
County

Coast Connect envisions a transportation system in Santa Cruz County that includes innovative rail technology, a wide and safe trail system, and integrated options to reach our final destinations via METRO buses, bicycling, walking and ride sharing. 

Coast Connect is about economic vitality, greenhouse gas reduction and efficiency for all who live, work, visit and play here.

Coast Connect is powered by Friends of Santa Cruz Rail and Trail, a local nonprofit that has advocated since 2002 for an inclusive 32-mile bike and pedestrian trail, adjacent to passenger rail transit, to serve and connect the entire county from Watsonville to Davenport.

People.
Planet.
Prosperity.

Connecting Santa Cruz County

Coast Connect envisions a transportation system in Santa Cruz County that includes innovative rail technology, a wide and safe trail system, and integrated options to reach our final destinations via METRO buses, bicycling, walking and ride sharing. 

Coast Connect is about economic vitality, greenhouse gas reduction and efficiency for all who live, work, visit and play here. 

Coast Connect is powered by Friends of Santa Cruz Rail and Trail, a local nonprofit that has advocated since 2002 for an inclusive 32-mile bike and pedestrian trail, adjacent to passenger rail transit, to serve and connect the entire county from Watsonville to Davenport.

People.
Planet.
Prosperity.

Our Vision

Imagine Santa Cruz County Transformed

A robust, modern, and efficient transportation system connects everyone in Santa Cruz County, creates economic opportunities, and reflects our shared values of equity, sustainability, and prosperity for all. 

Rail and Multi-Use Trail as a Spine.
Connected Cross-County Bus Lines.
Expanded Personal Mobility Choices.

Our Vision

Imagine Santa Cruz County Transformed

A robust, modern, and efficient transportation system connects everyone in Santa Cruz County, creates economic opportunities, and reflects our shared values of equity, sustainability, and prosperity for all.

Rail and Multi-Use Trail as a Spine.
Connected Cross-County Bus Lines.
Expanded Personal Mobility Choices.

Voices of Santa Cruz County

County residents and  businesses alike are excited about the Coast Connect Vision. 

Join the Movement for a Connected County

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Friends of the Rail and Trail

FORT Volunteers

Coast Connect is a project of the Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail & Trail (FORT) – a grassroots advocacy group founded in 2002. FORT was instrumental in the County’s decision to purchase the coastal rail corridor. Our vision has always been to expand access to public transit alongside a safe, car free, continuous cycling and pedestrian path.

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