Get the Train between Santa Cruz and San Jose Roaring Again
Restoring the old train that connects both locations, although problematic, would be the most feasible, environmentally, and economically friendly alternative to Highway 17.
Economically, restoring the old train route that connects Santa Cruz to Silicon Valley instead of expanding Highway 17 would save billions of dollars for the area’s transportation agencies and cities involved. Studies have shown that restoring the train route between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley would cost around $612.4 million to $1.07 billion, still significantly cheaper than expanding Highway 17. Also, these studies support the claim that this train route would have no environmental impact in the area.
However, Santa Cruz officials have chosen to ignore these recommendations and have instead looked into upgrading the bus service that currently connects Santa Cruz to San Jose. Regardless, this needs to be looked at as an investment for the region.