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

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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

Mission Pedestrian Opposes Greenway

By Debbie Bulger of Mission Pedestrian Dear All, Public transit is very important for pedestrians because it extends the distances that we can travel without using a private car. I remember...

Read MoreJanuary 20, 2022

How We Benefit From the California State Rail Plan

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

We Oppose the Greenway Initiative

The Greenway initiative is an attack on future rail transit and on rail trail construction.

Read MoreJanuary 6, 2022

Coast Futura: Our Path to the Future

This fall, we were delighted to experience the Coast Futura demonstration. It gave us the opportunity to witness what zero-emission rail transit could look like in Santa Cruz County.

Read MoreDecember 9, 2021

North Coast Trails Update

Progress on two important trail projects on the North Coast: the Coastal Rail Trail and the Cotoni-Coast Dairies trail network.

Read MoreDecember 9, 2021

Clean Electric Streetcars in the Santa Cruz Plan

Lower-Cost Options for the Santa Cruz Branch Line 2021 was the first time that the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) identified fast wireless  streetcars, also known as fast wireless...

Read MoreOctober 7, 2021

Just the Facts: Why Does Coast Connect Include Rail Transit?

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

A Look at Local Gentrification and Displacement

How can we provide better services in our neighborhoods without causing displacement? We believe that communities should have influence over planning decisions that impact them. We advocate for policies that can...

Read MoreAugust 11, 2021

Summer Rail Trail Reading List

Recommended reading and podcasts on housing, social justice, the environment and transportation Books and articles we’re reading now How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Professor Kendi uses personal...

Read MoreAugust 11, 2021

On Getting Around while Disabled

Officially, my disability is deafness, one that arrived suddenly, accompanied by severe vertigo. Since the deafness, though not complete, means that I can’t locate the source of sounds, and the vertigo...

Read MoreAugust 11, 2021

6 Reasons to Support both Zero-Emissions Rail and the Rail Trail

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

Take Action Now!

We can dramatically reduce our local greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), but the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) isn’t moving the plan forward.

Read MoreJune 7, 2021

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Data Shows Transportation is Key

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

City gets Grant to Finish Westside Rail Trail

Caltrans has awarded the City of Santa Cruz a $9 million Active Transportation Program grant to build the second part of the Westside Rail Trail. Formally known as Segment 7 Phase...

Read MoreMay 27, 2021

Protected Bike & Pedestrian Path Coming to Green Valley Road!

Celebration at Pinto Lake on Friday, May 28th from 5-7pm.

Read MoreMay 27, 2021

What’s the Story With the Westside Rail Trail Landscaping?

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

Earth Week Actions

It’s Earth Day, and we need your help to make a difference for the planet. The evidence is clear that human activity is causing our planet to warm at an alarming rate. We...

Read MoreApril 22, 2021

Politics vs the Public Process

Where are we with public transportation in the rail corridor, how did we get here, and what's happening now?

Read MoreApril 9, 2021

Tell a Friend!

Please spread the word! Send an email to your friends and family to tell them about the Coast Connect vision and encourage them to sign up for updates and actions.

Read MoreMarch 22, 2021

Survey: Public Transportation With Rail Comes Out on Top

74% of active voters in Santa Cruz County support electric passenger rail

Read MoreMarch 16, 2021

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