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Thank you for your interest in the Monterey Bay Area Rail Network Integration Study, which is being prepared by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC).

This study will lay the foundation for the implementation of new transit opportunities and additional passenger rail service in the region, connecting residents throughout the Monterey Bay Area and the Central Coast, as well as providing connections to the San Francisco Bay Area to the north and the Los Angeles Basin to the south. A draft of the study is anticipated to be published in winter 2020. 

We want to hear from you!

TAMC wants your feedback regarding the implementation of passenger rail service in the region. This survey is designed to take approximately 5 minutes. All questions are optional and may be skipped.

The Vision
The long-term service vision presented below would utilize existing railroad right-of-way, meaning that new tracks would not need to be constructed to implement passenger rail service. The vision shown in the graphic below includes the following connections:
  • Around-the-bay service from the Santa Cruz area to the Monterey Peninsula
  • Service between Silicon Valley and the Central Coast
To read more about the project, please click here.

We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback as the situation develops with regard to COVID-19. In order to provide sufficient time to receive responses, this survey will be open through September 15, 2020. Please provide your feedback and share with others who may be interested!

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Figure 1. High-Level Rail Network Map

<span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #008000;"><em><strong>Figure 1. High-Level Rail Network Map</strong></em></span>
Please note that Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is currently evaluating public transit options along the existing Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line right-of-way, between Watsonville/Pajaro and Santa Cruz. This alternatives analysis is investigating rail as well as some non-rail options. For more, please visit

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* 1. What trip types would you be interested in using passenger rail for? Check all that apply.

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Figure 2. Project Area Regions for Questions 2 and 3

<span style="color: #008000; font-size: 14pt;"><em><strong>Figure 2. Project Area Regions for Questions 2 and 3</strong></em></span>

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* 2. According to the above map, in which numbered region do you live?

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* 3. According to the above map, which numbered regions would you be most interested in traveling to via passenger rail? Select all that apply.

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* 4. Please rank how often you normally use the following modes of transportation (prior to sheltering in place due to COVID-19):

  Very often - 5+ times a week Somewhat often - 1-4 times a week Sometimes - A few times a month Rarely - A few times per year Never
Personal vehicle
Local Bus
Regional Bus
Passenger rail

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Figure 3. Existing California Passenger Rail Services

<span style="color: #008000;"><em><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Figure 3. Existing California Passenger Rail Services</strong></span></em></span>

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* 5. Please see Figure 3 above. Which of the following factors prevent you from using existing passenger rail service more frequently or at all? Select all that apply.

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* 6. What excites you about the potential of having access to a train? Please rate how important each of these factors would be to you, with 1 being very important, and 5 being not at all important.

  1 - Very important 2 - Somewhat important 3 - Neutral 4 - Somewhat unimportant 5 - Not at all important
Providing access to jobs
Providing access to educational opportunities
Visiting family and friends, recreational activities, and/or worship
Providing access to healthcare
Reducing automobile dependence
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Creating potential for transit-oriented development and community improvement
Attracting tourism to the region
Reducing travel time or avoiding traffic congestion
Providing a more cost-effective way to travel

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* 7. If you had to choose, which of the following would be more important to you in passenger rail service?

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