Workshops Announced for Public Comment on Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Draft Master Plan

Published Friday, October 26, 2012

Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Draft Master Plan

Provide your comments to the SCCRTC on the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Draft Master Plan in one of two ways:

Come to one of four workshops

Monday, November 26, 2012
6 PM – 8 PM
Santa Cruz County Community Foundation
7807 Soquel Drive, Aptos

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
6 PM – 8 PM
Pacific Elementary School
50 Ocean Street, Davenport

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
6 PM – 8 PM
Simpkins Family Swim Center
979 17th Avenue, Live Oak

Thursday, November 29, 2012
6 PM – 8 PM
City of Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room
275 Main Street, 4th Floor, Watsonville
* Spanish translator available

Email your comments to

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. 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 will also be held to gather input on the Draft Master Plan 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.

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