Iowa Pacific’s pulling out of the rail corridor. Time to switch gears?

Iowa Pacific’s pulling out of the rail corridor. Time to switch gears?

On Dec. 13, Iowa Pacific, the rail operator for Santa Cruz County’s rail line, confirmed that they plan to end their contract—more evidence that a train on this old freight corridor does not make sense. We suggest the RTC take advantage of this opportunity to stop planning “excursion-themed services” and start working on achievable, climate-friendly, alternatives to gridlock.

Iowa Pacific plans to pull out as evidence mounts for Greenway's plan

Iowa Pacific plans to pull out as evidence mounts for Greenway's plan

Iowa Pacific plans to pull out of Santa Cruz and METRO announces the need to replace 62 buses while Greenway supporters work to ensure the trail-only option receives fair consideration in the next phase of the Unified Corridor Study.

Santa Cruz County Business Council Board Unanimously endorses Greenway plan

Santa Cruz County Business Council Board Unanimously endorses Greenway plan

The Santa Cruz County Business Council Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse the building of a “multi-use, contiguous trail, with separate pedestrian and bike lanes, down the center of the corridor” [Greenway] over the potential future option of having an active rail line, and bike and pedestrian pathway together.