Dear Mayor Steinberg and City Council Members, I am a native Sacramentan who will be celebrating my 60th birthday this year. I grew up in Curtis Park. Walking and bicycling were my primary modes of transportation throughout my childhood. My brother and I rode everywhere—at least within the zone permitted by our parents: Franklin Blvd. to the east, downtown to the north, the Sacramento River to the west, and Meadowview / Pocket Road to the south. Just about all of our friends got around walking and riding, too. Fast forward to 2019. I now live in South Land Park, and I still walk and ride in this area on a near daily basis. There are hundreds of walkers and riders, of all ages, in the neighborhoods abutting or in close proximity to the proposed Del Rio Trail. A SAFE and INVITING PATH in this area—for strolling, commuting and everything in between—is long overdue. I therefore urge you to approve the Del Rio Trail project.
We need this bike trail more than old rails
I live 4 homes west of the proposed trail on Del Rio Rd and am writing in strong support of this proposal.
The DRT (Del Rio Trail) will be a great asset to at least 6 communities south of the Zoo and an asset to the City of Sacramento as a whole.
I've often heard our elected leaders champion Sacramento as a "World Class City". Basketball teams don't make cities world class, public space does. Make more great public spaces and you will have a world class city.
The loss of tracks on this transportation corridor would sever the ties to important regional history, effecting the heritage of a greater area than a few miles of Sacramento. The corridor through neighborhoods would be necessary only as a staging link to the town of Freeport where longer excursions would begin down river. Do not vote against the foundations that built Sacramento. This city is not only the capital of California but has deep roots in the story of agriculture and transportation. Now is the time to save this railroad from sinking into a murky unknown future.
We live on a court that backs up to the existing train tracks. The Del Rio Trail would be a great asset for our city. It will improve several City neighborhoods, and the entire regional trail network. It will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to our local shopping centers, schools, and parks. It would allow many residents near the trail to safely reach downtown.
We petitioned the State Railroad Museum at a meeting in 2014 to scrub plans to run a excursion train along the tracks with the support of neighborhood owners associations, and they agreed. Unfortunately, there are Excursion Train supporters that are actively lobbying to have the Rails to Trails plan scrapped.
Sacramento has a rare opportunity to do something that will benefit many neighborhoods. The Del Rio Trail would add to our region’s “Quality of Life”.
We Support the Del Rio Trail Project, and urge the Council to support it too.
Bob and Vicki Ibarra
South Land Park
I believe the Del Rio Trail will improve several City neighborhoods, and the entire regional trail network. It will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools and parks. It allows bike commuters to reach downtown on a Class 1 off-street path. Children will use it frequently. It will connect out neighborhood in a wholly new way.
As a mother to a 15 month old and a baby on the way, I am looking forward to the day that we can hop on our bikes and ride the trail. Our house does back up to the trail and we couldn't be more excited about the idea of the trail. More than just a place to take the kids, it can become safer for all of us. Our house was broken into last year. As they jumped the fence from the railroad tracks. It would attract better people and would be subject to less crime than abandoned rail beds.
I support the Del Rio Trail project, and urge the Council to support it too.
South Land Parki
I live just south of the Del Rio Trail project area. I live in the area that will be impacted by the southern tourist train route. Please vote yes on the Del Rio Trail project EIR. It will connect Delta Shores/Pocket to the city core.
I also strongly oppose the Railroad Museums plan to operate environmentally insensitive locomotives from Sacramento through the Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge. Please do not help facilitate the train museums attempt to invade the pristine Stone Lake Wildlife Refuge with their wine train joy rides. Clearly, the train museum values making a quick buck on tourists more than preserving wildlife in Stone Lake or preserving air quality and community livability in South Land Park. Reject their toxic trains. Support community trails. Vote yes on the Del Rio Trail project EIR.
I am opposed to the adoption of the preliminary EIR on the Del Rio Trail. The preliminary EIR must include all aspects of plans for multi-purpose uses of the right of way plan to include rails, and bike and walking paths in the planning document. While immediate use of the tracks by the Sacramento Southern Railroad for any purposes is not envisioned today, decisions made today will predetermine outcomes for the future. Paving over or removing short segments of track, as provided for in the current EIR document, is short sighted. A vision of joint rail and non-rail uses of the trail alignment must be included in the preliminary report now. Preservation of rail can coexist with short term development of the trail, but project design will need to present long run opportunities for this historic railroad route.
William Kerby, Emeritus Professor of Economics-CSUS
Greenhaven-Pocket resident for 46 years
Specifically, I work downtown and would much prefer using this route than travelling via South Land Park Blvd, where there are no sidewalks.
More broadly, I believe the Del Rio Trail will improve several City neighborhoods, and the entire regional trail network. It will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools, and parks. It allows many more bike commuters to reach downtown on a Class 1 off-street path. Children will use it frequently. It will connect our neighborhood in a wholly new way.
I Support the Del Rio Trail Project, and urge the Council to support it too.
South Land Park
Please vote to approve the Del Rio Project tonight. The project design is well-thought out and will be an asset to my neighborhood and to our City. I am excited about having a paved biking and hiking trail nearby that will connect nearby neighborhoods. My dog urges your support too! Leslie McFadden
I fully support the Del Rio Trail Project. As a bicycle commuter and pedestrian I would greatly appreciate a safer way to travel to the South Land Park area via alternative transportation. More generally, I feel it is critical for the council to support safe and convenient means of alternative transportation in order to make Sacramento a more sustainable, healthy, and accessible city for its residents.
I SUPPORT RAILS-WITH-TRAILS!
I urge the City Council to reject ANY proposal to remove ANY track or any other railroad infrastructure on the historic former Southern Pacific Walnut Grove Branch and instead develop the corridor to support both rails and trails, just like between Old Sacramento and the I-5 overpass.
Removal of any length of track on the line will effectively destroy the continuity and functionality of this priceless historic artifact and regional treasure. There is no reason that rails and trails cannot coexist, and indeed that would be the fairest way to balance our *duty* to preserve our history and transportation infrastructure with the *desire* by some for recreational trail development.
Please do not destroy this historic railroad route that is an integral part of Sacramento and California's rich railroad history.
Folsom, El Dorado & Sacramento Historical Railroad Association
Road Foreman of Engines
Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad
In our South Land Park and Greenhaven areas our bike paths could best be described as "fits and starts" because of land ownership disputes along the river and other breaks in a solid vision. This project would finally connect all of the south area neighborhoods to the downtown area in a safe continuous trail. Families would be able to ride their bikes or walk safely through neighborhoods where streets are usually very busy. Please support this vision of a viable commute without the pollution of vehicles, it will be well used by our families.
i support the Del Rio trail Project, it has been very carefully studied, transparent and laid out. The project will maintain the historical artifacts, along with providing a safe secure mode of transpiration for the future. City staff, and their project managers went over the top ensuring that all aspects of the project were deal with and the associated risks have a detail plan for mitigation.
The EIR and Design Plan are well written and cover most questions that are to be addressed.
I stand with the South Land Park Neighborhood Association in support of the Del Rio Trail project. Supporting trails also supports a safer, healthier community for our children and us all. Please vote to support the Del Rio Trail. Thank you.
I am a South Land Park resident and am in full support of the Del Rio Trail. I am also an avid bicyclist, and also a fan of history and of trains. During the process learning about the Del Rio Trail process I attended meetings to learn more about the process. I learned from the knowledgeable city staff and the engineering firm that about 98.2% of the train tracks south of Sutterville Road are still in place. I also learned that none would be added and none would be removed during this process, which I was pleased to hear.
Sacramento needs more safe places for people to walk, bike, and otherwise do outdoor activity that's actually outdoors, and this trial will help have a safe, direct connection from South Land Park up to the Sprouts Market/Zoo/Land Park area, and without having to drive. I strongly encourage the city council to support the Del Rio Trail.
The Del Rio Trail is a 21st Century venture that will bring life into our city and connect communities in a healthy and vibrant way. The EIR is very clear that there will be impacts, but impacts will be mitigated. I believe the staff and the people who have contributed to the findings have been very thorough. Thank you for including the residents as well as government people, the local bands of Miwok, naturalists, historians, and others. Thank you for helping Sacramento be an example of green energy, conservation, and being proponents for good health. Please approve the plan for the Del Rio Trail.
I fully support the Del Rio Trail! It will bring community together, support a healthy lifestyle, and create a green space for children to play!
I fully support the Del Rio Trail Project!
Sacramento needs a major structural improvement to the city. The Del Rio Trail project will not only improve our green belt infrastructure, provide a safe biking/walking path, but also has the potential to build community - getting folks outside to meet each other as opposed to interacting through social media portals. Once completed, the Del Rio Trail will be a draw for residents and tourists alike. Heck, maybe even Sunset Magazine would feature this in an upcoming magazine article. Let's be forward thinking and acting. This project will change our city landscape for the better. Let's win Sacramento - Let's build the Del Rio Trail!
The Del Rio trail will improve the neighborhood, and Sacramento's bike trails overall. It will allow for easier bike and walking access for families with small children, and make the area a safer place than it is at present. I support the Del Rio Trail Project, and I urge the Council to support it too.
This is a great, logical expansion of our local trail system to an area with few off stree bike/walk options. I expect this trail to have lots of users.
On the other hand, a hobby train would be an expensive pursuit that would benefit few.
While the noise of the Executive Airport arguably reduces the attractiveness for residents of South Land Park, a Del Rio Trial Project focused on livability, recreation, exercise, and and environmentally-friendly beauty would undoubtedly benefit current residents, as well as the businesses and land values of the area. In stark contrast, adding any type of train activity and resultant noise and disruptions to the area will degrade the quality of life for current residents, and will compound the existing noise from the Executive Airport.
With three children attending a public school at Sacramento Unified School District, we are already confronting the likelihood of a public school system falling into county receivership and therefore facing across-the-board cuts. Should the Council choose to ignore the well-being of the majority of its current tax-paying residents in favor of a few wealthy hobbyists, you will be responsible for degrading the quality of life in South Land Park.
Extending the tourist train from Old Sacramento so the few tourists that take it can have a slightly longer ride is a selfish proposal. Of the proposals submitted a multi-use bike/walking trail is the proposal that would best serve the most Sacramento residents. It means that bicycle commuting becomes more of an option for people further south, promoting healthier forms of transport, and continues to establish Sacramento as a bike-friendly city.
I support the use of the trail for walking, running, biking, dog walking etc. The notion that it should be preserved for train use is absurd. I understand that a small group of dedicated hobbyists think it would be really neat to have trains running on the trail. However, a train would benefit so few people compared to a recreational trail that it is unsupportable. A biking and walking trail will be an asset to our community that will provide substantial benefits and healthy activities for individuals and families. I am really excited to see the city moving in this direction and look forward to going on bike rides with my kids from my house to the river, without having to deal with the various less than ideal options for getting across Interstate 5.
This is also going to be great for my commute. I currently ride my bike almost everyday, but if this trail is put in, it will allow me to avoid riding on streets almost all the way to work - massive quality of life improvement!
I support the Del Rio Trail and look forward to utilizing it as a safe, bikeable route connecting South Sacramento and South Land Park with business, schools, and parks to the north. It will provide a great option for commuters and school children who currently are left to deal with traffic on the surface streets. I believe that the development of a comprehensive network of bicycle and pedestrian paths improves the quality of life for Sacramento residents by encouraging safe and environmentally friendly modes of travel and exercise. I and strongly encourage the City Council to work swiftly to develop additional bicycle trails, including trails along the Sacramento River.
I support the Del Rio Trail Project. I live along 14th Street north of 43rd Ave and the trail will be about 10 feet or less from my property line. While my ultimate preference is for that strip of land to remain undeveloped, alternatives to the Trail (i.e. an excursion train to nowhere boondoggle project that will pollute the air my 2 children and I breathe every weekend, invite rubberneckers and shatter the tranquility in my neighborhood) are an all too real possibility. Accordingly, I support the Trail project and urge the City Council to adopt the EIR and Preliminary Design Approval for the Del Rio Trail. I will use the trail to get to work in midtown, my highschooler could ride his bicycle to CKM, and my elementary schooler can use it to walk to Alice Birney. It's a good idea at the right time and should be built. I urge the City to build around the flora presently along the trail. Thank you for your consideration.
Please build this trail -it will add so much to my neighborhood - it will especially make it more walkable and offer lots of opportunity to meet neighbors, enjoy nature, and encourage many to actually get out and walk - these are all good things that should be encouraged.
I live directly behind the proposed Del Rio Trail Project, and I strongly support it. My son will be able to more easily bike and walk along the trail. I love our neighborhood, but we don’t have sidewalks so there is no safe place for a young child to ride a bike, away from cars. My husband and I moved from Davis to Sacramento several years ago. I don’t miss Davis, but I do miss its greenbelt system. I loved being able to ride my bike on bike paths, away from cars. I work downtown and would like to be able to easily commute to work by bike. Both my husband and son suffer from asthma so I oppose any effort to run trains behind our house. I support the Del Rio Trail Project, and I hope you will as well. Thank you.
I own Barrio, a cafe in the South Hills Shopping Center--Del Rio Trail would be highly beneficial for many reasons:
1. Upgrade & beautification of the neighborhood in an otherwise trashed and unsafe long stretch of property
2. Promote healthy lifestyle in a time where diabetes and other health threatening diseases are on the rise
(when I lived in Carmichael, I would ride on the bike trail all of the time; I wish that I could do that now)
3. Provide a safe path for bicyclists and pedestrians
4. bicycling is clean unlike the trains
5. connecting to the Sacramento & American River bike trails would further promote health & exercise
( a longer ride would appeal to avid bicyclists and tourists alike)
6. giving Sacramento an aspect that other cities have and are admired for
7. Help cut back on vehicle transportation emissions
8. There are more bicycles than trains
9. This is a project for the now, the trains are for a- maybe it will and maybe it won't happen project.
I support the Del Rio Trail and have since the inception of the project. We need this trail to help clean up the green belt areas between our homes. The majority of this neighborhood wants this trail to connect us to parks and have recreational options close by. I have for several years loaded our bikes into a truck and drove to the Pocket area to ride our bikes. It will be so nice to have this trail. We do not want trains sharing this trail ever. Please allow the design to remove more of the tracks for increased safety on the trail. It doesn't have to all be removed. The sections that are removed could be made into art along the trail to tell the history of the railroad. Please support this project without trains.
I am in support of the Del Rio Trail Project. I think it would be a great addition to the surrounding neighborhoods, providing a walking, running, and biking trail to enjoy the great outdoors and a safe way to get to downtown Sacramento.
I am a strong supporter of the proposed trail. As an avid cyclist - and parent of two young kids - I look forward to the addition of this amenity in my neighborhood. With the connection to the river trail (leading to downtown), the Del Rio trail will offer the first safe bike route to/from the south area. I think the trail plan/design has already been compromised sufficiently to account for the wishes of the choo-choo boys. My home is 1 block away from the proposed trail. I would ask the opponents of this project where they live....? I bet many of not even within our city limits.
I support the trail 100% as a father who has looked forward to teaching my daughter how to ride her bike there and explore the proposed features (hopefully in the near future). What a gem this trail would be; the potential is endless for creativity and livliness and a great community gathering point focused around fitness.
On an unrelated note, what is distinct about a span of train track? Doesn’t seem like something THAT important to preserve. Unless it’s the Systene Chapel of rail road ties... I just don’t see it. I hope the plan includes 💯 track removal as well to prevent trips and falls.
Lastly, as a society we should really be moving away from recreating by releasing soot into the air. We just don’t need to add one more carcinogen to our area for no essential reason. Do it for the kids, Sacramento!
P.S. - please eliminate the possibility of train usage in the future too to prevent further quarrels.
The trail will definitely help with the connectivity to the bike trail, and will be beneficial to the community
I am in full support of the Del Rio Trail as a resident and home owner in the South Land Park community and of Sacramento. I look forward to more Sacramentans being able to enjoy the trail as a result of this project and I commend the committed community members who have spent so much time and energy toward moving this worthy goal forward. I understand reluctance to change, however, the benefits of this project look to far outweigh the costs. Let's get it done!
I strongly support the building of the Del Rio Trail.
I have been a South Land Park resident since 1988 and an avid cyclist who owns six bikes, travels the world on a bicycle, and hardly use our one and only car, and bike to grocery stores, gyms, libraries, and everywhere else.
Here are the reasons, I support the trail:
1. Our residents want it since it improves the quality of life in our community. It is a well-known fact that these multi-use trails improve the health of residents.
2. It is another connection to our regional bike plan, connecting the Sacramento River Parkway which connects to the American River Parkway, which may connect to other multi-use trails north. Many of us have a vision to a Delta Trail beyond this to Freeport and then to the Bay Area.
3. It will provide a safe route to schools for neighborhood children who attend Sutterville Elementary and Holy Spirit School
Let's do away with the tracks which are a danger to cyclists
All cities known for their well planned communities have networks of trails and connections that enhance their attractions , San Antonio river walk, Baltimore water taxi in inner harbor, and Portland’s bike trails connecting to downtown. Sacramento should not be held back due to obdurate, entrenched local interests that hold the city back from becoming a welcoming community by a few stubborn landowners.
The Del Rio Trail works at every level. Regionally, it extends the Class 1 trail network, which will go from Freeport to Folsom. For the City as a whole, it creates another realistic way for thousands to bike into downtown and the waterfront. In the neighborhood, it creates a safe and enjoyable way to walk or bike to errands at 2 adjacent grocery-anchored shopping centers, to several elementary schools, and to City parks both adjacent and near to the corridor.
In their comment letter, the State Parks director thanked the City for historic preservation. State Parks said "DPR anticipates that the goals of the City and DPR with regard to the Project will be compatible" and that they looked forward to discussions with the City after the EIR is certified. The whole line would need to be rebuilt to return trains regardless of a trail. Some rail is already missing or buried in roadway. The State agency that owns the train is OK with this Project and rejected trains there.
I oppose the train exclusive use of the path. The train doesn’t not provide needed transportation options for people to connect to transit or be physically active. To experience the train, one does not need to go through people’s backyards and exclude other grave modes. The train will not be used except on weekends by tourists. Serve the residents first and let tourism include bike and walk trips (non-auto/non -polluting) as a draw to through this beautiful area full of history. Interpretive sign can be installed describing the history. Let’s move on and study history not relive it.
Please allow the Del Rio Trail to move forward without conflicts withe the train. We do not support a train in our back yards and never will. Let's keep our neighborhoods healthy with more walking and bike areas.
I urge APPROVAL of the proposed Trail Project. The proposal is the perfect project for the coordinator, closed by SP 42 years ago. It's an ideal utilization of the land for human/dog walkers, bicyclists, joggers, and runners, particularly in the area. The trail is already being used by grade school children, residents, and the neighborhood, but is not safe as is. With the project, it will provide safety for users and its utilization will increase dramatically. Conversely, rail usage is not appropriate as train passengers could look through so many bedroom/home windows, violating the privacy of the residents. Furthermore, a train would be dangerously noisy, environmentally hazardous, and an unnecessary contributor to traffic issues as each crossing along the various streets would require railroad crossings. Lastly, the investment in the Del Rio Trail is an affordable and sound investment for Sacramento, while a train would be so costly for extremely limited usage.
In FULL support of Del Rio Trail. If it’s going to turn into something it might as well promote health and wellness and less cars and be the last of what is left to enjoy of nature in the suburbs. I’m all for history and railroads but I can’t see how a “produce train” would take precedence over health, property value and overall current interest and need of our present day society. Create historical markers at every .5 miles to honor what was or even have a National Fruit Day to honor the produce of our area-but NO TRAINS! The Del Rio Trail is a sign of our adaptivity and evolution. It’s time for a new chapter, new generation and new thought less our whole neighbor hood will be filled with rentals. If trains go in I’ll be the first to move!
build the trail.
It will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools, and parks. It allows bike commuters to reach downtown on a Class 1 off-street path.
I believe the proposed bike trail is poorly thought out both in the reluctance to remove the rail tracks which leaves the only option for a path to be a straight line with the cutting of many heritage trees, but more importantly the poor design of street crossings on very busy fast moving streets. Until the city is willing to provide bridges for bicycles and pedestrians a no vote is the correct response.
This trail would be a welcome addition to the neighborhoods.
I oppose this action because it does not take into account the historic Sacramento Southern tracks right of way. This is a historical railroad right of way that brought produce from the Delta to Sacramento and helped support the City.
I am in support of the Del Rio Trail Project. I believe the project will have a positive environmental impact in the region by encouraging walking and biking with fewer car trips. I also do not want to see trains rumbling through our quiet residential neighborhood.
South Land Park Resident
I remain opposed to the removal of the train tracks. To do so virtually guarantees that at no point in the future will any type of rail transit be considered in this area - regardless of long-term transportation needs or goals, including recreational use. It also overlooks the historical importance of rail to Sacramento. To retain the tracks has minimal cost compared to what it would take to install new tracks if desired. Arguments about air and noise pollution are also challenging when this location's proximity to Interstate 5 is considered - a massively larger source of both. What benefit comes from destroying a prospective transit resource?
Thank you for the opportunity to provide comment. I support the efforts to improve the Del Rio Trail, and believe it will improve several City neighborhoods, and the entire regional trail network. It will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools, and parks. It allows bike commuters to reach downtown on a Class 1 off-street path. Children, especially my own, will use it frequently. It will connect our neighborhood in a wholly new way.
I Support the Del Rio Trail Project, and urge the Council to support it too.
Marguerite Ries, Parent of children attending preschool in South Land Park
I oppose any remove of any rail at grade crossings along the former Walnut Grove Branch of the Souther Pacific Railroad. Bike paths and rails can co-exist just as they do in Santa Cruz as an example. Sacramento has a rich historic past with respect to railroads. Removal of track at grade crossings essentially "derails" long term plans that the Rail Muesum has created.The EIR submits the idea that such a path will reduce dependency on fossil fuel is absurd. I have traveled along the existing bike path for over fifteen years and have not observed any significant usage that would mitigate the use of fossil fuel. The bike path is a means for recreational usage. However, of importance and overlooked it is also a channel for criminal activity as well. Only look to the American River bike path. Ed Moriarty
I oppose approving the current EIR which eliminates some of the existing rail line, removes or encases crossings in concrete, etc. It's not that I opposing a bike trail. It's simply that we don't want the rail line destroyed or altered to the extent that any future use by the museum will become cost-prohibitive.
I am absolutely AGAINST this project. Once the tracks are removed, an important piece of history that belongs to ALL OF US IN THE SACRAMENTO REGION will be gone. Please don't do it...
I believe the Del Rio Trail will improve several City neighborhoods, and the entire regional trail network. It will allow easy and safe wheelchair access, bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools, and parks. It allows bike commuters to reach downtown on a Class 1 off-street path. Children will use it frequently. It will connect our neighborhood in a wholly new way.
The Railroad Museum and it's train operation are the #1 family attractions in the Sacramento area
according to Trip Advisor. Hiking and bike trails are a dime a dozen but there's only one historically
significant tourist train in the area and it should be cherished, supported and encouraged to improve.
Not reduced and sidelined.
As a native Sacramentan, I oppose the removal of any railroad track along the proposed Del Rio Trail. There is no logical reason to remove track at grade crossings simply to leave track alongside the trail as an ornament to history. This is not preservation. The neighborhood should recognize the legacy of the Southern Pacific Railroad and the former Walnut Grove Branch, and support the California State Railroad Museum's plans to operate a tourist railroad between Freeport and Hood. This is not possible unless the tracks remain intact between the I-5 overpass and Freeport for the rare and infrequent movement of equipment through the corridor. Preserve the rails, and have your trail. Very simple and everyone's happy in the long run.
Director, Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society
Sacramento’s railroad museum is one of the drawing points to this city and all history related to trains and tracks should have a special place in our hearts. To damage or allow disintegration if a currently successful and attractive and enriching part of rail history is almost criminal. The cost is a pittance compared to the boondoggle elitist Bullilet train. What happened to the power brokers love of trains?
I support the Del Rio Trail project. The trail provides easier access for the neighborhood to enjoy the park, go shopping at Sprouts and the other shops at the corner of Sutterville and Del Rio. Since parts of Del Rio Road do not include sidewalks, it is safer for residents to have a dedicated trail to stay off the street. Providing an accessible route along the trail will also be a benefit for those with mobility issues to have a safe area to transverse without being on a busy street. I feel it is safer to remove a small percentage of the tracks for those in our community who are not as mobile as the rest of us than to leave the obstacles for them to navigate against.
I also feel the bike trail is a huge benefit to the area being able to connect the southern neighborhoods with downtown. I work downtown and fully intend to use the trail as designed to commute to work. The trail is ideal for connecting the city together.
Please proceed with the full development of the Del Rio Trail Project. It will be a great asset to our city's livability and health. My family lives nearby, and would use the this trail to commute into downtown by bicycle. Currently, there are no safe, continuous north-south bicycle routes in the core city area. This project invests in active transportation, which promotes more physical activity, air and water quality improvements, and mental health and resilience. I urge that the Trail development plans include reaching out and incorporating Safe Routes to Schools, Parks and Recreation, law enforcement and other resources to realize the full benefits of the Trail.
I support the Del Rio Trail Project. I love to bike n walk in the area and would love to have it be an official place to enjoy.
None of the neighbors that live on either side of these tracks want trains running down this path. Do not allow trains in this area
Go for it! I used to walk and run down a large portion of the proposed pathway. I would love to see it become an official trail and connect to other trails.
I am for a bike trail, but I am not for making the tracks unusable. I would like to see the State Railroad Museum be able to have excursion trains going down to Freeport and Hood. This trail need not be designed in a way to destroy the tracks. They can both coexist as they do along the river. Therefore, I am adamantly against the current plan!
I fully support the Del Rio Trail Project and urge your support/approval of the Final EIR. The Del Rio Trail will be a crucial link in providing a county-wide bike/hiking path for Sacramento.
My residence in the South Land Park neighborhood goes back to 1960 and I have walked the rail spur for over 58 years and look forward to it formally being dedicated as a bike and foot path.
Thank you for your support of this project.
I support approval of the EIR and moving forward with the Del Rio Trail project. This project is an excellent use of the corridor and will provide safe bicycle and walking access for residents of the area and beyond. I do not want the slightest potential for a rail line similar to the one that billows black smoke into the air every weekend during the summer.
I support adoption of the EIR and proceeding with the Del Rio Trail project immediately. This trail promises enhanced recreational opportunities for all Sacramentans, not just those in the Land Park area. The design respects the principles of historic preservation by retaining more than 98% of the old Walnut Grove Branch Line railroad while still providing for bicycle and pedestrian safety. 98% is a better preservation rate than was met in Old Sacramento, City Hall, and The Bank -- even Sutter's Fort doesn't come close! Or, the City Council can surrender to a small group of railroad fanatics* who sometime in the next 15-20 years hope to find $30-40 million, buy the right of way, and survive their own CEQA and EIR process, so they can run a tourist dinner train into the Stonelakes National Wildlife Refuge. Puhleez!
*(BTW, I used the word 'fanatics' above instead of 'buffs' or 'enthusiasts' as an homage to some of their distasteful tactics.)
I strongly support the Del Rio Trail Project because it would increase the connectivity of my neighborhood to other parts of Sacramento, reduce my need for car trips to nearby businesses (e.g., LaBou, Sprouts), and enable my family to use the trail for recreation purposes. Please approve this positive, well-supported project!
I support trails not trains for our backyards. I am a resident of South Land Park and am excited about enjoying the simple and quiet dignity of going for a bicycle ride with my family along the trail. I would not enjoy the soot, noise, or violation of my family's privacy that trains bring. As you can see from the attached photo, engineers, conductors, and passengers on trains will have a much better view of our backyards than that pedestrians and cyclists.
I oppose the project as it is now defined in the FEIR and ask that the City Council vote to not approve. A very viable alternative, the Rails with Trails alternative was suggested at the public meetings in 2015 and not acted upon. A connective, facilitative and accommodating trail can be built and allow for the eventual operation of infrequent maintenance and service trains through the corridor. The FEIR, as currently written removes track at significant locations albeit a small percentage. Removing track at the grade crossings will require extensive replacements when access for the Delta-Farm to Fork train is placed in operation. It is short sighted to not design a trail with the Trails AND Rails alternative. Sacramento is the Farm to Fork Capitol and the City needs to do all it can to promote this part of our community's history. Destroying the rail connection to the Delta is destroying an important piece of history. The appearance/feeling of the Walnut Grove Branch will be lost.
I am a docent at the Railroad Museum with about 14000 hours in the last 25 years. The Sacramento Southern RR attracted 44000 riders to Old Sacramento last year. There is no need to remove any of the Sacramento Southern track to Freeport. A bike path and the railroad have existed for many years from Miller Park to just short of the I-5 bridge (known at Baths siding). The majority of this extension is much wider than what is currently shared. There have been very few problems sharing this part of the right of way and I don't see any valid reason that can't be true of the Land Park extension. This part of the railroad will not see hourly service, just occasional movement between Meadowview Road and Old Sacramento. It is envisioned not to carry passengers on this part of the railroad. Alan Utzig
I am a docent at the CSRM logging in close to 4,000 hours of my time. I support the museum keeping the continuous railroad line to Isleton. The museum is world class and is the number one tourist attraction in Sacrmento according to TripAdvisor. The hottest ticket in town is the annual Polar Express Trains. The museum also runs trains throughout most of the year. Please do not sever this rail line as it is needed for future use and expansion of attractions. It is very, very valuabe section of real estate. An example of the value of this is the White Pass to Yukon Railroad from Skagway, AK to Whitehorse, YT, recently sold for $290,000,000. This is verifyable with a Google Search. Thank you, Charles R. Boley, Lincoln, CA.
I support the concept of the Del Rio Trail project and am looking forward to using it because I live near it. However, The City is still proposing to remove tracks or encase tracks in concrete. The City claims that because only 2 percent of the track is being removed that the project would not preclude an excursion train from being proposed along this alignment in the future. The truth of the matter is that the tracks would never be replaced. That's just political reality.
Workable approaches are available to provide bike and pedestrian access while also preserving the functionality of the train tracks. The project must be redesigned to avoid damage to the Sacramento Southern Railroad. Protecting the Sacramento Southern Railroad as a working railroad is true to Sacramento’s strong ties to the Delta and its farm to fork heritage. It has been done successfully elsewhere and there is no reason why it cannot be done here!
The homeowners and the South Land Park Neighborhood Association are voicing false and incorrect information regarding the current Del Rio Trail Project and the affects the SSRR may have on their neighborhood. Removing ANY portion of the Railroad tracks is not acceptable. Removing the Railroad tracks would be removing a portion of history which has made the City of Sacramento and the Greater Sacramento Area the vibrant community it is today. Without the Railroad there would be no "Farm to Fork" as we know it today, it was the 'Farm to Fork' Train. If one were to look back at their own family tree they would without a doubt find someone in their family history who worked for a railroad. I was born and raised in Sacramento, my Father worked for Western Pacific, I also worked for Western Pacific during the Summer months while attending Sac. City College. Railroads and the SSRR are a part of Sacramento and it's history, don't let it become another Alhambra Theater.
The Del Rio Trail is an extraordinary opportunity to improve the quality of life in our city. It will provide a safe and beautiful corridor for adults and children to travel by foot, bicycle, and wheelchair between their homes and the neighborhoods' shops, schools, and parks. This is particularly important for disabled persons and older residents living in the neighborhoods in the corridor that have no sidewalks, requiring them to risk their lives to walk the dog.
Sacramento must not let a noisy, polluting, and dangerous pipe dream—a train that will never be funded to travel to a Delta that, under the nation's current leadership, will soon turn to a salty inland sea—stand in the way of an achievable project that will improve the city's environment and brighten the lives of its residents.
While I oppose the Project as currently planned, I DO support a SHARED trail INCLUDING retaining use of the historic rail tracks. I am a retired Naval Officer, retired Sacramento Superior Court Manager, and a proud California State Railroad Museum Docent for 8 years and nearly 2,000 hours. I am just one of hundreds of docents and volunteers who work hard to keep Sacramento history alive for residents as well as visitors from around the world.
Please support the efforts of these vital volunteers by providing unbroken access to the historic rails for the Sacramento Southern Railroad.
We are counting on you to do the right thing.
The Del Rio Trail will be a game-changer for the South Land Park community and I strongly support it! It provides a safe way for us to access the Sacramento River Parkway that is sorely missing at this time. From personal experience, it is shockingly difficult to access the parkway with my sons on bikes in a safe manner. The trail will be accessible for multiple uses and connect our neighborhoods. Neighbors I have talked to about it support it as well, when they learn about it. It will be a fantastic amenity for our city. Thank you for the attention to this project - I urge the council to move it forward!
Lisa Murawski, SLP Resident
I believe the Del Rio Trail will improve several City neighborhoods, and the entire regional trail network. It will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools, and parks. It allows bike commuters to reach downtown on a Class 1 off-street path. Children will use it frequently. It will connect our neighborhood in a wholly new way
I Support the Del Rio Trail Project, and urge the Council to support it too.
Terri Clark - South Land Park Resident
The Del Rio Trail will facilitate seemless transportation through core neighborhoods and reduce our carbon footprint. Kids and adults alike will enjoy being able to get to the park, to downtown, to work, to school, to run errands easily and safely by bike and by foot. This promotes a healthy and active life style while reducing traffic congestion and associated air quality issues. The trail system is one of a select few public amenities that everyone can enjoy, regardless of income. It will improve Sacramento for everyone.
The Del Rio Trail will be constructed in the corridor purchased for a railroad which was abandoned forty years ago; vegetation, even medium-size trees, now occupies the tracks in many locations. The Del Rio Trail will transform this derelict corridor into a valuable community asset. The Trail will be a long-desired important link in the regional off-street bicycle network, valuable for both commuting to downtown and recreation. Pedestrians, ranging from leisurely strollers and dog walkers to strenuous exercisers, will also enjoy and benefit from the Trail. The neighborhoods adjacent to the Trail enthusiastically support it. I urge the Council to certify the Del Rio Trail EIR and approve the preliminary plans.
John K Moore, Tahoe Park
I believe the Del Rio Trail will improve several City neighborhoods, and the entire regional trail network. It will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools, and parks. It allows bike commuters to reach downtown on a Class 1 off-street path. Children will use it frequently. It will connect our neighborhood in a wholly new way.
South Land Park
I support the city's plan for the Del Rio Trail. It's a beautiful design that, once built, will provide everyone in the community with a space where they may walk, ride a bike, push a stroller, and enjoy the company of their neighbors. I thank the city for all of its efforts on behalf of our neighborhoods.
Please, do not let the train intrude into this!
We purchased our home 15 years ago that sits immediately adjacent to the proposed Del Rio Trail and could not be more excited about supporting this project. It will be a wonderful asset to the city, connecting multiple neighborhoods, providing a place to exercise and greatly improve the safety and ability of our community to commute via bicycles. We have three pre-teen and teenage children and they will use it to bike to friends houses and school and for weekend family walks and bike rides. We have heard that some are advocating once again for a train along the trail and we absolutely do not want that running within 10 yards of our property. We strongly encourage the City Council to approve the Del Rio Trail Project.
I wholeheartedly support the trail project and simply don't understand the opposition to it. This trail will provide the entire community, near and far, a place to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. The train does not support the community at large; it may attract tourists who are already visiting, but it will not bring additional tourists simply because there's a train to the zoo, or beyond. It will be a blight in our neighborhood causing air and noise pollution. We live here.
The money spent on a train will not be recovered in our lifetime. It does not make economic or environmental sense. The TRAIL will provide much needed outdoor recreation and will be a clean beautiful addition to the surrounding neighborhoods, at probably half the cost.
I support the Del Rio Trail Project and implore the Council to do the right thing by its citizens and support it too.
Dear City Council and people of Sacramento
I am so looking forward to completion of the Del Rio Trail and support it wholeheartedly!
It will be a great improvement for several City neighborhoods, and the entire regional trail network.
I am especially looking forward to use this trail to run errands, commute to school/work, exercise, travel to parks, explore nature, travel to shopping centers, and walk dogs. It will be a great way to connect with people in the neigborhood and along the trail corridor. Most importantly it will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools, and parks.
It allows bike commuters to reach downtown on a Class 1 off-street path. Children will use it frequently. It will connect our neighborhood in a wholly new way.
South Land Park
I have lived in South Land Park since 1998 and I believe the Del Rio Trail will improve several City neighborhoods including South Land Park; the entire regional trail network will take a giant step forward (pun intended). It will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools, and parks. It allows bike commuters to reach downtown on a Class 1 off-street path. Children will use it frequently. It will connect our neighborhood in a wholly new way. It's exciting to think that Sacramento may soon have a beautiful and welcoming trail for the use of so many of us!!
I am okay with the Del Rio trail. I am opposed to having the trains run to the Sacramento Zoo. I am still unsure how they are able to do this since the 2014 request was denied. Having the train run past my home (1139 Darnel Way) last Spring thru Fall, has caused my home to shake and the smoke and horns are a uncomfortable nuisance. They even ran on Spare the Air days. I hope you vote to stop the trains from running beyond the bathes continuing to the zoo. Thank you.
I'm strongly opposed to having an active train rumbling through my "backyard" and adding pollution, no matter how "infrequent" some supporters are indicating it will be. I've been here over 35 years and the airport overhead noise is enough. Thanks for understanding those who live in the affected areas.
We support the Del Rio Trail as proposed. We need more safe places for families and commuters to ride bikes and walk. All over America and in Europe, unused rail lines have been transformed into bike and hike trails and nature areas. They are lovely additions to towns and serve local communities well. We do oppose reactivating the old rails. If you buy a home near a school, you know there will be school noise and activity. When you live near an airport, you know you will have airplane and helicopter noise. When your home backs up to a quiet nature trail, you do not expect to have a huge, foundation rattling trains coursing through your neighborhood with tourists admiring your veg garden from on high. Keep the rails for historical reasons if we must, but newly activated train schedules though quiet neighborhoods would be unfair and unhealthy and would negatively affect property values.
I believe the Del Rio Trail will improve several City neighborhoods, and the entire regional trail network. It will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools, and parks. It allows bike commuters to reach downtown on a Class 1 off-street path. Children will use it frequently and it helps encourage less indoor screen time, more outdoor family time. It will connect our neighborhood in a wholly new way. We can't imagine having a train with noise and air pollution taking the place of the opportunity for a neighborhood trail.
I live in a house on Del Rio Road that backs up to the trail. Our neighborhood has few sidewalks. This trail would give us a safe alternative to walking on the street. I have 2 children who attend Alice Birney school. This trail would be a safe way for them to ride to school.
My family and I are nearby neighbors of the Del Rio trail (within 75 yards) and we wholeheartedly support the establishment of the public access trail and the commitment it represents to keeping trains out of South Land Park. This project has been scrupulously developed with an abundance of public comment and accommodation to all sides of the issue. The staff analysis is thorough and provides a sound basis to moving this project towards construction and completion. Most notably, the analysis correctly notes that there will be insignificant impact on historical resources. A key fact in that determination is that more than 98 percent of the existing rail track will be retained. Retention at that level will both respect the brief rail history of the Del Rio Trail and not undermine the extremely unlikely prospect that trains will return to the trail many years in the future. Thank you for your consideration of my remarks.
We live in South Land Park and directly back up to the Trail and have walked it for many years. We support its development as a safe way to move through the area and avoid auto traffic. Also with regular use and being maintained, we should see a lowering of fire danger during the drier months here in the Valley. Also one of our main hopes is that the heritage oak trees are not removed or damaged.
We live in South Land Park and fully support the Del Rio Project. Please approve the EIR. The City has held several community meetings and talked to schools, businesses, and many neighborhoods. Kids love this trail idea! There is no doubt at all that trains would bring horrible pollution and have detrimental effects on thousands of residents in south Sacramento.
Preserve our health. Preserve our trees. Preserve our communities. Preserve common sense.
And yes, preserve 98% of the rails by voting YES on the Del Rio Trail.
I agree with the SIX neighborhood associations in my strong support for the Del Rio Trail project. I oppose attempts by the train lobby to squeeze soot-spewing tourist locomotives onto the community trail corridor.
The City has been awarded millions of dollars for this wonderful “green” project, and Regional Transit voted to transfer the corridor to the City if it builds a trail. This trail will be a regional asset, connecting several communities to parks, businesses, schools, and jobs. 83% of residents support the trail. Lawmakers Matsui, Pan, McCarty, and Cooper all support this trail AND oppose trains because they are listening to the neighborhoods. You should too, Trails, not trains. Vote for the Del Rio Trail EIR.
I Support the Del Rio Trail Project, and urge the Council to support it too
South Land Park
This would provide a safe corridor for biking downtown and is a good idea. I support enthusiastically.
I live in South Land Park and walk on the Del Rio trail almost every day. I have also walked the entire length of the proposed trail. One of my main concerns has to do with the wonderful trees - many of them heritage trees - that can be found along the trail. I want to make sure that none of these wonderful trees are cut down. I also want to see the bike trail along the Sacramento River built first. We have been waiting for decades to complete that trail. No trees would be impacted along the Sacramento River. Just a handful of property owners vs thousands of would-be hikers and bikers.
Teven Laxer, South Land Park resident
I have walked the proposed Del Rio Trail along the old abandoned derelict railroad tracks from Sutterville Road to where the Charlie Jensen access road spills out onto South Land Park Drive at 14th Street several times. I see great potential developing this trail fully. I believe the proposed upgrades, especially the addition of safety features at the traffic road crossings — especially Fruitridge — and paving for bicycle access will enhance the City and its trail network. It will connect our neighborhood to shopping, schools, parks, and downtown in a pleasant, scenic and non-automobile-dependent way.
I wholly support the proposed Del Rio Trail Project.
South Land Park Hills
As a resident of South Land Park, I strongly urge you to approve the Del Rio Trail Project. This desirable and well planned neighborhood amenity would improve the safety to take walks with our children and pets or jog uninterrupted by traffic. It would give me a sense of pride that Sacramento is developing more accessible green space and making use of land that is otherwise neglected.
My house is located along the proposed trail on 14th street. My wife and I are huge supporters of this trail and are excited about having the opportunity to have a safe place to ride bikes and jog with our kids and dogs. Additionally, every year, the unused railroad track space just grows high with brush and grass during spring. In summer when both dry, it creates a scary fire hazard. The trail will help neutralize that threat. My wife and I are in support of this project.
I urge the council to approve the Del Rio trail project. It will be a welcome addition to residents options for recreation of walking and biking. It will be a safe way for all bicyclists to travel between neighborhoods without competing for space with cars. As a member of the Walking Sticks I walk on many neighborhoods and paths that are very enjoyable. Here in South Land Park, many of our streets do not have sidewalks so people are at the mercy of automobile drivers. Our region is increasingly working to plan for more residents who will need to join us in using the availabile amenities including safe trails and bike paths. Under no circumstance would I or my neighbors want to see antique smoke belching trains disturbing the peace and tranquillity of our neighborhoods. Please support the Del Rio trail project. Rutherford Smith
My wife and I believe the Del Rio Trail will improve several City neighborhoods, and the entire regional trail network. It will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools, and parks.
Tommy and Kellie Stroud
South Land Park Residents
While all other considerations of the EIR are generally physical or governmental in nature, the only one that is more amorphous is the historic considerations. The only physical changes of a historic nature here are to eliminate very short sections of a rail line that has not been used or maintained in decades, holding no more historic significance than hundreds of miles of unused and neglected rail lines throughout the region. It was never held up or singled out as historically significant until alternative uses for this land have been suggested. On it's face, the argument of being historically significant appears to be more of a ruse to keep the line available for some vague unplanned, unfunded sightseeing train excursions in the future, which would largely be seeing the sites of residential backyards.
Much as I love history and trains, I don't see historical value in everything over ten years old nor any small, much less widespread, general public interest in trains.
I strongly support the Del Rio Trail. It will provide a safe route for alternative transportation and outdoor activity in neighboring communities and feeds into the city's sustainability goals. Our neighborhood is not particularly pedestrian or bike friendly. I considering cycling to be a better form of transportation over short distances but I do not feel safe with all the vehicular traffic around Sacramento. The city has been making great strides in making it more bike friendly with protected paths and this trail will contribute to that upward trajectory.
I support the Del Rio Trail Project, and urge the Council to support it too.
South Land Park
I like the trail idea, but why throw away a million dollars worth of infrastructure already in place, i.e. the train tracks? I can ALSO accept the train if it is only on a few weekends during tourist season. Not 365 days, but more like 20 days. Then I will switch to support.
After visiting NYC and enjoying the Highline, I am very excited by the prospect of opening the Del Rio Trail for persestrians, not rail cars.
We live nearby and would love to see this abandoned rail rehabilitated for recreation. This project will improve our neighborhood and others, It will also facilitate moving commuteees from their cars to bikes, while also affording local residents pedestrian access to local shopping, schools, and parks.
Please support this project!
I urge the Council to support it too.
I DON'T WANT THERE TO BE A BIKE TRAIL THERE. IT'S BAD ENOUGH WHERE THEY RIDE ALREADY. CROSSING FRUITRIDGE, DEL RIO. FLORIN WHERE THEY WOULD HAVE TO GO WOULD BE EXPENSIVE TO PUT AN OVERPASS AND ANYOTHER WAY WOULD BOTHER THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC. ANYWAY IT WOULD NOT BE A BENIFIT TO OUR AREA. IT WOULD HELP ONLY A FEW PEOPLE AND INCOVIENCE A LOT MORE!
I am excited by the prospect of the Del Rio Trail. It is exactly the type of public project that will improve the surrounding neighborhoods and make people want to visit and live in Sacramento. It will allow easy and safe bike and pedestrian travel from residential areas to shopping centers, schools, parks and even downtown for commuters. It will connect our neighborhood in a wholly new way.
As a Sacramento resident and married father of three young boys, I Support the Del Rio Trail Project, and urge the Council to support it too.
South Land Park
I live near the proposed trail. I fully support it as long as safe infrastructure and traffic markings are considered on the way to getting to the trail.
Would you please stop wasting time and replace the weeds, dirt, abandoned tracks with a pleasant trail for the neighborhood to enjoy? This should be a no brainer. Use your common sense and break ground immediately
I fully support the The Del Rio Trail project. I live in South Land Park and am about 300yds from the proposed trail. It will provide a safe convenient route for walking as well asscommuting to downtown without using a car. The entire city will benefit from the trail and it will provide a new and vibrant view for the access area. I also strongly support the retention of the existing historic rails where possible and to have the history of those rails highlighted if possible. Please approve this project for the future of Sacramento.
The Del Rio Trail Project is exactly what our city and neighborhoods need: a safe alternative route for people who walk, run, ride bicycles, and use wheelchairs. It is possible for such a trail and most of the historic tracks to coexist — and, further, for these resources to be preserved/celebrated. Five recommendations: 1) Please ensure the project has safe passageways at car-centric crossings; 2) Please plant at least one replacement tree (or more) for every tree that is removed for the project; 3) Please include historic interpretive markers and signage; 4) Please ensure continued funding for maintenance of the trail infrastructure; 5) Please consider this trail an ad hoc park that must be maintained — and include occasional shaded seating, filtered water stations, and garbage containers. Thank you :)
I live in the South Land Park Area
I Support the Del Rio Trail Project.
I can see my family walk & ride bikes from South Land Park into the City and back, safely.
I urge the City Council to certify the Environmental Impact Report and approve the preliminary plans for the Project.
Parks and Recreation Commission Chair (D5)
The Del Rio Trail will benefit so many people, young and old. Please support this project.
Allen Bany & Britte Harris
-South Land Park
Please allow this beautiful trail to be built.