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The Union Pacific Railroad corridor is one of the trail segments that will comprise The Loop, a bicycle trail and street network envisioned to encircle Cupertino. The project is a proposed 5.1 mile long trail that would be built alongside the active railway, beginning in Saratoga and continuing north to Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.
This corridor is property of the Union Pacific Railroad Company and is used to transport raw materials to and from the Lehigh Permanente Quarry. The corridor connects several Cupertino schools, residential neighborhoods, open space preserves, and would provide a regional bicycle connection that parallels Route 85. A portion of the study area is in Saratoga to the south and also Los Altos to the north. Saratoga has a trail called Joe’s Trail that was built alongside the railway on a utility easement. Joe’s Trail is a certified segment of the 1,200 mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The De Anza expedition route follows that majority of the UPRR corridor.
Photo of Existing Union Pacific Railroad Corridor Photo of Joe’s Trail in Saratoga
The corridor is used today by many residents for jogging, walking, and cycling in its current unimproved state. A formalized trail along this corridor would provide a safer alignment for trail users by clearly assigning a space intended for pedestrians and cyclists, set back from the railway and meeting current design standards. Other safety improvements will be considered as part of this study including how to best improve street crossings.
The City has hired Alta Planning & Design to lead this effort and to deliver a final feasibility study of the trail. Alta Planning & Design has worked on other similar creek and rail trails in our region and is well qualified to implement this type of study. The project team also includes Sandis Civil Engineers and Biotic Resources Group. The City staff lead for this project is Chris Corrao, Senior Transit & Transportation Planner. If you have any comments or questions please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The trail feasibility study kicked-off in March 2018. Over the summer the City will be hosting pop-up events along the corridor, public meetings at City Hall, and an onsite “walkshop” as well.