FRIENDS, REFERENCES, and LETTERS:
Local organizations that support passenger rail service with a parallel trail:
The Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce strongly supports Coastal Rail through our communities and they wrote an excellent article that outlines nine important ways that passenger rail service with a parallel trail is a worthwhile effort. Read the article: Chamber Supports Passenger Rail Study
The Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail & Trail (FORT) is a community-based organization that has been working for over 10 years to support the construction of the 32-mile Rail Trail from Watsonville to Davenport. The Rail Trail will form the main spine of the Santa Cruz County section of the 50-mile Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network. When completed, the entire Network will reach from Pacific Grove in Monterey to the Santa Cruz/San Mateo County line.
Bike Santa Cruz County promotes bicycling through advocacy, education and community building. Our goal is for people of all ages and abilities to feel comfortable using their bikes for daily trips. Director Amelia Conlen wrote a stunning editorial in support of passenger rail, please read it: Amelia Conlen: Removing train tracks would hurt, not help, rail trail
The Campaign for Sensible Transportation is a group of individuals and organizations focused on Santa Cruz County transportation policies and issues.
Our Mission: To promote a balanced, sustainable transportation system that serves all members of our community, without causing increased air and noise pollution and without degrading the aesthetic quality of our surroundings.
REFERENCE DESK: Links to articles, studies, important reports related to passenger rail
Your one stop shop for information about streets and highways, bike lanes and trails, and the award winning Rail Trail plan.
- RTC "Fact Sheet and Current Projects, October 2015" includes important updates!
- The Monterey Bay Scenic Sanctuary Trail Master Plan is filled with information about our great rail trail project!
- The long-awaited Passenger Rail Feasibility Study draft report describes seven possible scenarios and our options. Rail is feasible!
- Passenger Rail Study Frequently Asked Questions are answered in detail at this link.
- The Regional Transportation Plan describes a vision for transportation in Santa Cruz County through 2035.
Over the last decade – after 60-plus years of steady increases – the number of miles driven by the average American has been falling. Young Americans have experienced the greatest changes: driving less; taking transit, biking and walking more; and seeking out places to live in cities and walkable communities where driving is an option, not a necessity. Read this insightful study from the Public Interest Resource Group.
This report seeks to understand the mindsets behind the decline in driving among millennials and understand the implications of this and other trends for public transportation in the United States, utilizing a mixture of in-depth interviews and a survey of 1,000 people in six cities that are representative of the types of cities Millennials find attractive. Brought to you by the American Public Transportation Association.
Car owners don’t come close to covering the price of maintaining the roads they use. This article is based on a recent report from the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) titled, "Who Pays for Roads? How the “Users Pay” Myth Gets in the Way of Solving America’s Transportation Problems".
LETTERS: In support of passenger rail published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel: