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Rail Trail Overcomes Another Obstacle

It feels like a weekly event: another meeting where opponents of the Rail Trail throw…

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Bikes and Trains Go Together, like…

The other day I overheard a little back-and-forth between a trail-only advocate and a Rail…

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Railbanking = No Rail Ever

Proponents of a trail-only approach to the rail corridor tell us that we can “save…

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Rail Trail Meetings Galore

The Rail Trail plan may have been adopted after years of public input – but…

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Bike Group Supports Building the Rail Trail ASAP

 Bike Santa Cruz County, the Coastal Rail Trail, and the Future of Transportation in Our…

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Two Rail Trail Choices

I’m hearing the line that we have two choices on how to build the Rail…

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We’re Building the Rail Trail Now

There was a celebratory air to last week’s Regional Transportation Commission meeting. For the first…

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Our Rail Trail Record (Set Straight)

Last week a blogger put out some false information about the Land Trust’s position on…

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Rail Trail Agreement – for now

We saw something last week that you don’t often see, in fact, that I don’t…

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Rail Trail Politics

The Trail Only/Train Never folks took out ads the past few weeks arguing for abandoning…

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Why Things Take So Long

We got an email the other day complaining that 2020 was too long to wait…

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What if we don’t reach $20 Million?

A donor came by our office just before the end of the year to drop…

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What We Did in 2016

2016 was an amazing year at the Land Trust. Here are a few highlights. A…

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Will RTC Abandon the Rail Trail?

The folks against ever having rail service in our county (call them Train Never) are…

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Measure D and the Rotten Apple

I got a mailing from the No on Measure D folks (you probably did too)…

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Waiting for Measure P (Perfect)

I attended the Sierra Club forum on Measure D (the transportation measure) last week. Opponents…

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Opportunities

We have before us the opportunity to do some truly big, lasting things. The sort…

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Widening Won’t Work, but…

I’ve talked or emailed with several Land Trust supporters the past week or so who…

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Trail Now, Really

  Last week the Regional Transportation Commission of Santa Cruz County (RTC) held their quarterly…

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Telling the Dutch our Bike Dreams

Last week we did a presentation for the board of PON, the Dutch holding company…

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A Transportation Compromise?

Transportation has long been a polarizing issue in Santa Cruz County. Last week there were…

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Building the Rail Trail Now

This week the public got their first look at plans to build the rail trail…

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Land Trust Approves $1.5M for Rail Trail

Read the press release here.

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The Time it Takes to Get Anywhere

There’s a new ritual at meetings in Santa Cruz County: talking about how long it…

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Why Save the Railroad

The Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce outlines why keeping the Rail Option open is a…

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Private Money for Public Benefit

My family moved to California from southern Virginia in 1964. The contrast between a rich…

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Rail Trail: More Q&A

You asked, we answered. Read the extended Q&A: our responses to your questions from the Rail Trail…

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Coming Soon: Cool Events

  We’ve been working on some cool events for you. Last week, Dr. Chris Wilmers…

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Trail Derail

Will Trail Now Derail the Rail Trail? The definitive analysis from Hilltromper here.

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Trail Now or Train Never?

Hilltromper took a look last week at the arguments Trail Now is using against the…

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Why I love Engineers

I just love engineers. Give them a seemingly impossible problem and they roll up their…

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Who to Believe: RTC or Trail Now?

  Below is an email exchange between Brian Peoples of Trail Now and George Dondero,…

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Coming Soon to a County Near You

  At our first staff meeting of the new year we reviewed what we’ll be…

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Trail, Train, or None of the Above?

  I talked to someone after the Rail Trail presentation we did last week. He…

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Rail Trail ASAP – it’s sooner than you think!

Last week the Regional Transportation Commission voted (10 to 2) to take the first step…

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A No Limits Challenge

  I’ve been raising money for non-profits for thirty years and I’ve never had a…

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More Good News: Rail Trail and Wildlife Tunnel

  More good news last week about getting the Rail Trail and the Wildlife Tunnel…

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Is the Rail Trail Wide Enough?

  When I was a kid, we moved to California – taking the train across…

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Campaign Update: What You Gave To

We designed the Great Campaign so that you could support all the projects or choose…

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How to Raise $1M or $20M

When our Board committed to raising $20 million – to pay for a TON of…

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What About the Rail?

At the Campaign Launch Events the past two weekends, the question I got the most…

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Great Launch to the Great Campaign

  My inbox if full this morning with glowing messages about our launch of the…

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The Great Land & Trail Campaign Map

Click on the map for a larger view. This map appears in The Great Land…

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All Systems Go

  Each week our Board and staff receive a weekly “Minute Update” – a one-page…

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Land Trust Commits Additional $300,000 to Rail Trail

Land Trust Commits Additional $300,000 to Rail Trail Matching Funds for RTC of Santa Cruz…

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Good Trail News

We got some good trail news last week, for both kinds of trails – dirt…

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A Quarter of the Rail Trail Funded – Sort of

Last week the Feds awarded a $6.3 million grant to build 5 miles of the…

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Bike Stats: If You Build it, They Will Ride

There is abundant evidence that when you build safe bicycle routes a lot more people…

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Walking the Line #7

Santa Cruz County’s population density ranks as one of the highest in the state. I know.…

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Abandon the Train Tracks? Think 50 Years Down the Road.

We’ve been hearing lately from people who want to abandon the train tracks along the…

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Walking the Line #6

My latest trek on the rail line took me from Seacliff to Capitola. As I…

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The Plunge: $20 Million Campaign

Last week our Board took a deep breath and voted to launch a $20 million…

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Land Trust Joins County Rail Trail Bid

Land Trust Joins County Rail Trail Bid The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County has…

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Walking the Line #5

This week we “Walked the Line” from Seascape Resort to Manresa State Beach. It was…

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Rail Trail Sticker Shock

Last week’s news that the Land Trust had committed $2.5M to match a $12M grant…

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Money Talks and Walks and Rides

Last week the Land Trust made another big commitment to getting the Coastal Rail Trail…

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It Takes a County to Protect a County

                    Each section of our new…

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Walking the Line #4

Every day, there are 32,000 vehicle trips generated from Aptos on Highway 1. That’s a…

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In the Next Five Years We Will…

Last week our Board approved a new Strategic Plan to guide our work through 2020.…

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BFD: Feds Pony-Up for North Coast Rail Trail

  We’re pretty excited by today’s news: the Feds approved (qualifiers to follow) approximately $4.4…

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Walking the Line #3

Our Events Manager, Maddie, and I spent another sunny afternoon walking the Coastal Rail Trail…

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Become an Honorary Local

Last week our Board met to work on new Strategic Plan – a process which…

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Walking the Line #2

Maddie Tyler, our “events queen,” and I took a walk along the Coastal Rail Trail…

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Trails R Us: Coastal Rail Trail Edition

  This week our Board committed $3 million as matching funds for a $5 million…

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Rail Trail Partnership

Last week the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the…

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A road without cars: Build the Trail ASAP!

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Landmarks, newsletter of the Land…

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