City of Santa Cruz Coastal Rail Trail Project

City of Santa Cruz Coastal Rail Trail Project


Over 150 people attended the an informal public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 28 for the Coastal Rail Trail within the City of Santa Cruz. The City shared progress plans and drawings of the project including aerials and cross sections. PDFs of all materials are available below. The rail trail project will be a paved, 12 to 16-foot wide multi-use path from Natural Bridges Drive to Pacific Avenue near the wharf. Construction of this 2-mile segment is estimated to start in early 2017 and take one year.


Preliminary Designs

Natural Bridges Drive to Rankin Aerial

Younglove Ave to Pacific Ave Aerial

Cross Sections – Schematics

Signs and Bridge

Lennox St to La Barranca Park


The City of Santa Cruz is the lead agency on design and construction of the Coastal Rail Trail within its jurisdiction and is working in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), owner of the rail right-of-way and responsible for overall implementation of the rail trail project in the county.

This Coastal Rail Trail segment is the highest priority in the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Master Plan. The plan identifies the 32-mile coastal rail corridor from Watsonville to Davenport for an adjacent bike/pedestrian path and another 18 miles of spur trails to provide coastal and neighborhood connectivity. The RTC purchased the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line to provide the bike/pedestrian trail and to pursue future passenger rail service.

The design and environmental services, construction, construction engineering and management, and permitting for this project is both state and federally funded, with a 20 percent local match. Community groups Friends of the Rail & Trail, Bike Santa Cruz County and Ecology Action have raised private donations as a match to public funds to help build this section of the Coastal Rail Trail. Such contributions demonstrate the strength of the community’s engagement in assisting the City on a legacy project.

For questions or more information, please contact City of Santa Cruz Project Manager Nathan Nguyen at (831) 420-5188 or Cory Caletti, RTC’s Rail Trail Program Manager, at (831) 460-3201.

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