The Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail & Trail (FORT) endorses the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s (RTC) proposed ballot measure which would fund a variety of transportation projects and be the single largest source of funding for the rail trail and rail improvements.
The 30-year 1/2 cent sales tax would provide $68 million for rail trail construction and maintenance. This would allow for a majority of the trail to be built thereby greatly expanding safe, convenient, and direct biking in Santa Cruz County!
The sales tax also would provide some $63 million for rail corridor preservation and maintenance, in addition to contributing to the Pajaro train station and other improvements. It would not pay for rail transit but would allow the RTC to further analyze, study and answer community questions regarding future rail transit and technology options to determine the best use of this important asset to improve mobility for everyone.