Despite misleading claims that there is huge opposition to a train, 83% of those responding to the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) about alternatives for the rail corridor expressed support for passenger rail connecting Santa Cruz to Watsonville.
The RTC recently published correspondence received during the public comment period ending Nov. 27 regarding the choice of public transit for use in the rail corridor. Of the 255 people stating a preference, 212 (83%) preferred rail transit; 1.6% preferred bus transit; 1.6% preferred another transit system; 2.4% were opposed to rail transit but didn’t want anything else either; 11.4% want a trail only. Furthermore, 100% of the community stakeholder groups that submitted comments expressed support for passenger rail transit in the corridor. Clearly, implementing efficient, quiet, comfortable passenger rail is widely supported. Check the correspondence yourself on the RTC website: sccrtc.org/projects/multi-modal/transitcorridoraa under Milestone 3, Public Comments received and Stakeholder Comments received.
Mark Mesiti-Miller | Santa Cruz
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