North Coast Rail Trail Designs

North Coast Rail Trail Design

Over 80 people attended a public meeting on May 24, 2016 to provide feedback on the preliminary designs for the North Coast portion of the Coastal Rail Trail. The North Coast section of the Rail Trail consists of a 5.4 mile biking and walking trail spanning from Wilder Ranch State Park to Yellow Bank Beach. Preliminary designs can be seen below.

Preliminary Designs

North Coast Rail Trail Section 1

North Coast Rail Trail Section 2

North Coast Rail Trail Section 3

North Coast Rail Trail Section 4

North Coast Rail Trail Section 5

North Coast Rail Trail Section 6

The project will be a 16 to 26-foot wide bicycle and pedestrian paved and unpaved path stretching from Wilder Ranch to Yellowbank Beach. Construction is expected to begin in 2018 and take approximately one year.

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is working in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD). FHWA-CFLHD is the lead agency for design and construction of this segment of the county-wide Coastal Rail Trail project. The RTC is the owner of the railroad right-of-way and is the agency responsible for overall implementation of the rail trail along the 32-mile rail corridor from Watsonville to Davenport.

Funding for design, environmental studies, construction, construction engineering, management, and permitting for this project comes from the Federal Lands Access Program, the California Coastal Conservancy, and the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. Partners include California State Parks and the County of Santa Cruz.

RTC Contact

Cory Caletti
Senior Transportation Planner/Rail Trail Program Manager
(831) 460-3200

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