Transportation Agency for Monterey County

Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway

The Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway is part of a larger effort to connect communities in and around the former Fort Ord to each other and to education, employment, community and recreation centers. FORTAG is a proposed new paved regional active transportation route that will serve as a safe pedestrian and bicycle corridor connecting Seaside, Marina, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey and unincorporated community residents to California State University Monterey Bay, the Fort Ord National Monument and the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail.

FORTAG is proposed as a 24.2-mile continuous 12-ft wide paved bicycle and pedestrian trail with an open-space buffer on both sides. FORTAG will connect to 7.5 miles of existing Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail, for a total 31.7 regional trail in the Monterey Peninsula that will connect with the existing and planned active transportation network, and will provide connections to unpaved trails in the Fort Ord National Monument. The northern loop of FORTAG encircles Marina, following a 13 mile route that includes 3 miles of the existing Coastal Rec Trail. The southern loop of FORTAG encircles Seaside and bisects Del Rey Oaks, following a 15 mile route that includes 4 miles of the existing coastal trail system. The route includes spurs connecting with existing and planned bike/pedestrian infrastructure. Several sections of the paved trail will link to nearby unpaved trails.

Background Information

The FORTAG project is a grassroots proposal, more information on the background and development can be found here: http://fortag.org/

Project Benefits 

  • Provides a safe connection between residential areas, schools, workplaces, regional parks, and city services
  • Enhances property values along the greenway corridor
  • Provides community health benefits from active transportation routes
  • Creates economic benefits from associated retail, hospitality, and
    competitive events


FORTAG has $20 million in Measure X funding. $500,000 of State SB 1 Local Partnership Program funds and $500,000 of Transportation Development Act 2% funds have been allocated for environmental review and engineering design.

Upcoming Work

  • FORTAG is scheduled to begin environmental review and preliminary engineering design in fall of 2018.
  • TAMC is applying for State Active Transportation Program funds to construct the Canyon Del Rey Blvd segment of FORTAG between North Fremont Street in Monterey and Carlton Drive in Del Rey Oaks.

Contact Stefania Castillo, project manager, at (831) 775-4412 or stefania@tamcmonterey.org if you have questions about this project.