Re: “Healthy Future” (GT, 6/16): Anyone who walks the entire Santa Cruz County Corridor can understand that in its entirety, it will be Rail-Only or Trail-Only, not both. Those who claim that it will magically become a full Rail-Trail are doing a deceptive sales job.
Those in the know already know what this compromised Rail-Trail would actually look like, and how much it would cost us taxpayers before it becomes an endless money pit.
Don’t fall for promotions from for-profit ventures. As a single-track system forever restricted to a linear configuration (that was intended over 100 years ago for only slow-moving freight trains and a once or twice a day tourist train), expect even more frequent conditions on Highway 1, where we can jog faster than the “progress” of traffic. (Desperate use of “sidings” in attempts for this limited system to become a two-directional commuter train will recklessly introduce constant possibilities of head-on train collisions.)
We can do better. Consider Trail-Only and Bus-On-shoulder. That can always be upgraded to a form of Bus-Trail that can run rings around any Rail-Trail. (It is also safer.) With the savings, free passenger Bus-Trail service during rush hours can be considered. San Francisco is already taking steps in this direction that makes sense in improving traffic flow. Please use common sense and don’t sell out to special interests.
Bob Fifield | Aptos
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