North Coast Rail Trail


SCH Number
Lead Agency
United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Document Title
North Coast Rail Trail
Document Type
EA - Environmental Assessment
Present Land Use
Agriculture; existing parks and recreation

Document Description
The project is a 7.5-mi multi-use bicycle and pedestrian trail extending along the railroad corridor from Wilder Ranch State Park on the south to Davenport on the north in unincorporated Santa Cruz County. The project would include a paved path with striping, parallel unpaved path and shoulder, and parking improvements with trail connections at three locations along the alignment. The EA evaluates the Proposed Project Alternative and the No Action Alternative. The proposed project would locate the new multi-use trail almost exclusively on the coastal side of the existing railroad tracks, largely consistent with the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan.

Contact Information
Dustin Robbins
Federal Highways Administration - CFLHD
Lead/Public Agency
12300 W Dakota Ave
Lakewood, CO 80228

Phone : (720) 963-3586

Federal Highways Administration
Project Applicant


Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Nationwide Statewide
Cross Streets
SR 1
Santa Cruz Branch Line
Pacific ES
San Vicente Crk, Laguna Crk, Pacific Ocean

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Transportation:Other (Multi-use trail)
Local Action
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Coastal Zone Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Noise Public Services Recreation Transportation Tribal Cultural Resources Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Wildlife
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Coastal Commission (CCC) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW) California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Department of Food and Agriculture Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)


Environmental Document
NCRT EA NOA for clearinghouse 202010   PDF 80 K NCRT Public EA 10232020   PDF 25518 K NCRT Public EA-Appendices   PDF 14052 K
NOC NCRT EA 102620   PDF 250 K
State Comments
2020100478_CDFW Comment   PDF 417 K

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