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Monterey County Rail Extension Phase 2: Pajaro / Watsonville

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The Pajaro/Watsonville Multimodal Transit Hub is Phase 2 of the Monterey County Rail Extension project. The proposed Pajaro/Watsonville station is located in the Monterey County unincorporated community of Pajaro. The station site is approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Watsonville in the County of Santa Cruz. This station will be the connection point for Santa Cruz County to new passenger rail service on the Coast mainline tracks between Salinas and the San Francisco Bay Area. The station will transform a currently blighted area by providing a new community transportation hub that will entice transit-oriented housing and community services to the surrounding area.

  • Estimated Construction Cost: $55-86 million
  • Status: 60% design, environmentally cleared, unfunded
  • Next steps: secure funding for final design, construction
Pajaro_Watsonville Rail Flyer-2022.pdf

Read the 2022 Pajaro Watsonville Multimodal Transit Hub Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program Application for more information on project impacts and interregional multimodal connections to the station. 


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Christina Watson is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s rail program planner. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-4406, or via email at: christina (at)