Episode 10: Santa Cruz County Greenway Presentation


Listen to a presentation by Santa Cruz County Greenway about their vision for the future use of the Santa Cruz Branch Line Rail Corridor.  The rail corridor is a 32 mile stretch of track that runs from Davenport in the north of the county all the way to Watsonville in the south.  The corridor is very scenic and runs through many communities in Santa Cruz, including the city of Santa Cruz, Live Oak, Capitola, Aptos, and La Selva Beach.  Santa Cruz County Greenway is promoting a vision of the rail corridor as a linear park, used by pedestrians and bicyclists to get around the county.  This is in contrast to the plan promoted by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, which wants to establish passenger rail service on the corridor with a pedestrian and bike path on the side.  Listen to the presentation and make up your own mind about how to best use this priceless asset.

Video of the Santa Cruz County Greenway Presentation

As you can see from watching the video of the presentation, the event was well attended – standing room only. There is enormous interest in the future use of the Santa Cruz Branch Line rail corridor. While many people in the community support passenger rail service when it makes sense, many folks feel that it is not the right fit for the Santa Cruz community.