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The Rail Trail plan may have been adopted after years of public input – but there’s a lot more opportunities for input now that work on various segments is moving along.

There were two meetings last week on the North Coast segment – one in Santa Cruz and one in Davenport.

There will be three meetings this week – two meetings on the Unified Corridor Study and one meeting on the City of Santa Cruz segment scheduled to be built in 2018. Opponents of the current Rail Trail plan want the City to stop work until the Unified Corridor Study is done (end of 2018, early 2019) – and a decision’s made about whether to proceed with the current plan or start over with a “trail only” approach.

The Santa Cruz City Planning Commission public hearing on Thursday (October 5, 7pm, Santa Cruz City Hall) is the one where opponents of the current plan are hoping to derail the trail. The commission is being asked to approve design permits, the step before putting the project out to bid. The staff report is here.

The two Unified Corridor meetings are the first two in a series that will look at not just the rail corridor, but also Highway 1 and Soquel – the three north-south arteries that are at the core of the county’s transportation challenges. You can plug into this process through RTC’s website.

See you there!

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Stephen Slade is the Executive Director at Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. He has more than 40 years non-profit experience in fundraising, communications, and management – and a deep passion for the lands that make Santa Cruz special.

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