WATSONVILLE The Regional Transportation Commission for Santa Cruz County and Union Pacific announced Friday that they have completed transfer of the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line from private to public ownership for $14.2 million.
Most of the funding was secured by the RTC from Proposition 116 bond funds approved by both a majority of Californians and Santa Cruz County voters in 1990.
The purchase is a triple-win for the community, Union Pacific and Iowa Pacific Holdings, said Karena Pushnik, senior transportation planner and public education coordinator.
The 32-mile continuous transportation corridor spans the county and runs parallel to the Highway 1 corridor, offering potential for a vital mobility link for residents and visitors alike, Pushnik said.
A community celebration is scheduled for Nov. 17 where a number of festivities will take place along the rail line. More details will be posted on the RTC website as they become available.
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