This is one all-volunteer team that I am extremely proud of. We spent the year doubling down on community outreach.
We started the year with the completion of the TCAA, which selected passenger rail service as the preferred transportation option on our branch rail line. Then, we spent the Spring and Summer doubling down on community outreach while also finding time to celebrate a new trail Segment opening in Watsonville. Meanwhile, we also sent over 1,100 letters to the RTC Commissioners. Then, this fall, we spent a week at the Santa Cruz County Fair and turned-out to volunteer for Coast Futura. Together we watched as zero emission light rail service glided around the county.
With all this action, it should come as no surprise that we’ve doubled and tripled our reach in the community. From doubling our endorsing organizations, to quadrupling our community events we’ve let more people know about the rail and trail project than ever before.
Thank you to our 900 volunteers, donors and advocates
We’re sending a huge thank you to the 900 volunteers, donors and advocates who made all of this possible! You are the power behind this grass-roots, community led movement to build the 32-mile Coastal Rail Trail, bring zero-emissions light rail to our transportation system and to continue to advocate for safe streets so we can all walk and roll together.
Why Santa Cruz County needs Rail & Trail
Are you interested in hearing the latest commentary on the status of Rail & Trail in Santa Cruz County? I was a guest on the Speak for Change podcast! Check out this link to hear the conversation about why we need Rail & Trail and take a deep dive into some of the local politics surrounding the rail and trail issue.
A Look Through Our Policy and Inspiration
We support Roaring Camp’s right to operate and agree that abandonment of the Felton and Santa Cruz to Watsonville rail lines will hurt our local economy and our mobility options.Read MoreJanuary 22, 2022
There's a lot to love in the California State Rail Plan (CSRP). Not only will the CSRP connect the entire state by 2040 with a better, faster and fully connected passenger...Read MoreJanuary 7, 2022
Sometimes people ask why it’s important to work for passenger rail transit next to the Santa Cruz Rail Trail. The Coast Connect Vision includes building the Coastal Rail Trail; running clean...Read MoreAugust 11, 2021
Rail and Trail are better together! Here are 6 reasons why the RTC should be pursuing both the rail trail and passenger rail public transportation in Santa Cruz County.Read MoreJune 25, 2021
The Science of Effective Greenhouse Gas Reductions According to research presented in the October 2020 Driving Down Emissions report from Smart Growth America1, transportation accounts for the largest share of carbon emissions...Read MoreMay 27, 2021
Celebration at Pinto Lake on Friday, May 28th from 5-7pm.Read MoreMay 27, 2021
News updates on the rail and trail project.Read MoreMay 24, 2021
Have you seen the trees? Many people who enjoy the westside trail comment about the lack of vegetation. Never fear, it is coming! Look closer and you may notice newly planted...Read MoreMay 19, 2021