High Speed Rail Impact on the Central Valley Rail Trail

Posted on September 5, 2012 in Featured, Latest News

The Central Valley Rails to Trails Foundation is keeping a close watch on the progress of the High Speed Rail project.

Why?  Because the CCT Rail Corridor (site of the proposed Central Valley Rail Trail) has been selected by the High Speed Rail Authority as the back-up corridor for the Sacramento to Merced line.

What does this mean for the trail project?  It means we have to be patient while making sure that elected officials, community leaders and adjacent property owners know that we stand ready to launch the project as soon as the OTHER corridor is selected.

And we fully expect that to happen.

In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the environmental study being conducted on the two routes under consideration, while we have some fun and host TrailFest.

Proceeds for TrailFest cover our modest annual expenses – no paid staff or consultants, just some printing and internet costs – and most of the funds go to a local charity or community organization.  Over the years, TrailFest has supported elementary school science camps, the Firefighter’s Burn Institute, and Project R.I.D.E.’s therapeutic riding program for children and adults with special needs.

The all-volunteer CVRTF Board of Directors remains confident that we  will have a trail on the CCT Rail Corridor in the future – and we’re just stubborn enough to stand tough and make it happen!

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