FRIENDS, REFERENCES, and LETTERS:

Local organizations that support passenger rail service with a parallel trail:

Santa cruz chamber of commerce

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

 

Friends of the Rail & Trail, FORT

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

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

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

Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission

Your one stop shop for information about streets and highways, bike lanes and trails, and the award winning Rail Trail plan.

Millennials in Motion

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.

Millennials & Mobility: Understanding the Millennial Mindset

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.

The atlantic magazine: The True Costs of Driving

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:

• Santa Cruz Land Trust: why preserve the rail option?

• Bruce Sawhill: Misconceptions abound about modern-day rail travel

• Bruce Sawhill: Rail and trail is the best use for corridor

amelia conlen: Removing train tracks would hurt, not help, rail trail

• John Leopold and Don Lane: The collective responsibility to consider future transportation needs

• micah posner: era of widening highways long gone

• barry scott: modern rail transit not train travel of old