The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) is set to vote on June 5th to approve the continued use through 2021 of the Santa Cruz county rail line by the Train to Christmas Town. While many families have enjoyed the seasonal attraction, granting an operational license through 2021 would effectively destroy the possibility of progress on transforming the rail corridor into a pedestrian and bicycle friendly path until 2022 at the earliest. The debate on the future of the rail corridor is far from settled, but granting a license of this duration may effectively mean that the future has been decided for us by the SCCRTC.
Anyone who is interested in converting the rail line into a pedestrian-and-bicycle path is urged to contact the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and let them know you oppose granting a license to the Train to Christmas Town through 2021. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission of comments is June 4.
Concerned citizens are also encouraged to contact their County Supervisor. The supervisor for the Aptos area is Zach Friend. His office phone number is (831) 454-2200 and his fax number is (831) 454-3262. Supervisor Friend does sit on the board of the SCCRTC, and he can also be emailed at email@example.com. Members of the public are also invited to attend the SCCRTC meeting on Thursday, June 5 at 9 AM in the Watsonville City Council chambers.