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New effort in the works to build trail from Bay to ocean

Original post made on Aug 21, 2019

Land conservation agencies and local jurisdictions are teaming up behind a bold new plan to build a trail that would allow people to travel by foot, bicycle or horse from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

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3 people like this
Posted by PeterB
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2019 at 2:04 pm

This is awesome! Make it happen!


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Posted by senior citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 21, 2019 at 2:15 pm

Why would this take until 2037 to complete? By then, I may be too frail to attempt to bicycle this route. Hiking that distance is already out of the question at my age. Are more land purchases necessary or is it just bureaucracy?


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Aug 21, 2019 at 3:21 pm

This is a terrific new angle on the old theme for the Bay to Ridge trail which was to come across Arrastradero through Foothills Park. We are so lucky to have such good work happening on trails on the Peninsula.

Thank you everyone for keeping us all connected with green paths!


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 22, 2019 at 9:48 am

I'm all for hiking and biking trails ... but if the Dumbarton corridor can be reactivated as a rail line, that really should take priority.


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Posted by Sandi Farrell
a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2019 at 11:37 am

This looks wonderful. As an elder, I won't get much use out of it, but what a legacy for our younger folks.


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 23, 2019 at 11:13 am

I'm good with most of the plan - but the Dumbarton corridor between Belle Haven and Sequoia Station really needs to be considered for some sort of commuter rail. The amount of construction - current and planned - mean that the current transportation information is severely strained - and traffic will only become worse. As I see it, use of the Dumbarton Corridor could be one of the few ways to relieve this. As someone bicycles regularly in Belle Haven, I can assure you that we have a reasonable set of trails (if I were to ask for something, it's a trail following the Bay's edge between Marsh Road/Bedwell Park and Seaport Blvd; I don't like biking Haven Ave, that's the real risk. The Ringwood Ave pedestrian/biking bridge is sufficiently close the corridor that it meets the need there). I can imagine some of the support of this proposal that some people living along that corridor don't want it reactivated as a rail line for noise reasons. I'm can understand it, and they should plan with that as a consideration, but they have to meet transportation needs.

"Because of the uncertainty of whether a multiuse path along the rail line will be technically feasible, the cities of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto were not asked to participate in the initial planning coalition, she said."

This bugs me. This sounds like "we're afraid you'll tell us what we don't want to hear, so we'll go ahead and make our plans and involve you when we have to". Initial planning sessions should face the hard issues immediately.


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Posted by Reality Check
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm

Reality Check is a registered user.

@Alan, the trail along the SamTrans-owned Dumbarton rail line would be in addition to a new transbay rail service linking east bay commuters and rail services (ACE, BART, Amtrak Capitol Corridor) with Caltrain in Redwood City. The right of way is easily wide enough (~100 feet) to safely fit a trail alongside two train tracks.


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