Along with the voters of Santa Cruz County, BATWG hopes that a passenger rail system operating along the Santa Cruz Beach line, initially between the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Watsonville, would constitute the best use of the existing rail right-of-way.
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But would the project be cost effective and could the job be done without creating another of the Bay Area’s infamous transportation boondoggles? Unless the Santa Cruz project could be shown to be both financially feasible and genuinely useful, it shouldn’t leave the starting gate. To get this critically important question answered quickly and relatively inexpensively, the first step should be to prepare a conceptual engineering study including a professionally-prepared conceptual cost estimate.
To avoid the grotesque transit agency funding misallocations that have plagued the Bay Area for a half century, it is essential that the objective facts be on the table before people start climbing on band wagons.