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North Coast Rail Trail

Public Notice

Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment

As the lead agency for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FHWA has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluating the Project. The EA will be available for public review and comment for 30 days from October 26 through November 25, 2020.

This document is available by clicking the documents at the bottom of this page. To request a compact disc (CD) or hardcopy of the document, please contact Dustin Robbins, Project Manager, FHWA by email at or by phone 720-963-3586.

We welcome your input. To be considered in the decision-making process, written comments on the EA’s analysis and results of the environmental impacts of implementing the proposed action will be accepted until November 25, 2020.

You may submit written comments to: Dustin Robbins, Project Manager, FHWA, 12300 W. Dakota Ave. Lakewood, Colorado 80228 or via e-mail to

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact Dustin Robbins, Project Manager, using contact information provided above

Project Description

The Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFL) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in cooperation with the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), proposes the development of the North Coast Rail Trail Project. The project consists of 7.5 miles of multi-use trail parallel to existing railroad tracks north of the City of Santa Cruz, California. The Project would provide an accessible bicycle/pedestrian path for active transportation, recreation, and environmental and cultural education along the existing rail corridor between Wilder Ranch State Park and Davenport, CA, consistent with the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail (MBSST) Network Master Plan. The limits of the Project are Wilder Ranch Parking Lot on the South (rail mile post 23.6) and a private drive railroad crossing access (rail mile post 28.6) on the north side. The Project would include a paved path with striping, parallel unpaved path and/or shoulder, and parking improvements with trail connections at three locations along the alignment.

Anticipated Timeline

Advertise: Summer 2024
Construction: Fall 2024 - Fall 2025

Project Photos