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Santa Cruz County Workshops on Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network

Wish there was a better way to bike or hike throughout the Monterey Bay region.  It’s coming!  Below are the Nov 2012 public workshops in Santa Cruz County.

For some background, see “Let’s Get Connected: Watsonville Workshop on Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail” at Bicycling Monterey.  For a report on the 11/17/12 ribbon-cutting celebrating public ownership of the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway, and how that fits into the trail plans, see “Santa Cruz railroad celebration” by Santa Cruz County resident Richard Masoner at Cyclelicio.us.

What’s new?

Draft Master Plan for

Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network

Now Available

Nov 26, 27, 28, 29 Workshops from Davenport to Watsonville

Thanks to Cory Caletti of RTC for providing this press release, and to Kaki Cheung of TAMC for keeping the public informed.

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) released the Draft Master Plan for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network (Trail Network) project, including the “rail trail” component. The proposed rail trail spine of the network follows the Santa Cruz Branch rail line right-of-way with spur trails providing connections to activity centers, coastal access points and other destinations.

The Trail Network will serve bicycle, pedestrian, wheelchair, and other non-motorized travel on a paved right-of-way separated from vehicular traffic and adjacent to the operational rail line wherever possible. The on-street roadway network will provide connectivity from the trail to other destination points. Natural surface paths will provide access to coastal viewing points.

The Draft Master Plan defines a continuous multi-use bicycle and pedestrian trail network, set of design standards, prioritization criteria, estimated costs, operation, maintenance, and implementation mechanisms for approximately 50 miles of trails. The Draft Master Plan is available for download (here). A limited number of hardcopies and CDs are available at the Santa Cruz and Watsonville RTC offices and at the Santa Cruz and Watsonville public libraries.

A series of evening public workshops

To gather input on the Draft Master Plan, workshops will be held on each of the following dates. Each workshop will have a similar format and also focus on the geographic area in proximity of the workshop location.

 

DATE TIME LOCATION
Monday, November 26, 2012 6 PM – 8 PM AptosCommunity Foundation7807 Soquel Drive
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6 PM – 8 PM DavenportPacific Elementary School50 Ocean St
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6 PM – 8 PM Live OakSimpkins Family Swim Center979 17th Ave.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 6 PM – 8 PM City of WatsonvilleCivic Plaza Community Room275 Main St. 4th Floor* Spanish translator available

All comments will be considered in the preparation of the Final Master Plan and must be submitted in writing by December 21, 2012. Please direct your comments to info@sccrtc.org.

 For more information about the Trail Network project or to sign up for e-news, please visit the RTC website: www.sccrtc.org.

CONTACT:  George Dondero, Executive Director

Karena Pushnik, Senior Planner/Public Information Coordinato

Cory Caletti, Senior Planner/Project Manager

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is responsible for delivering a full range of safe, convenient, reliable, and efficient transportation choices for the community. While promoting long-term sustainability, the RTC provides transportation services, planning, and funding for all travel modes. Information about the Regional Transportation Commission’s projects and programs can be found at www.sccrtc.org or by calling 831-460-3200.

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