Trail to the Future: Fort Ord Recreational Trail and Greenway Project Aims to Connect Communities, Open Space

After three years of work on the nascent Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway project, CSU Monterey Bay associate professors Scott Waltz and Fred Watson got some game-changing news earlier this year.

Transportation Agency for Monterey County officials told them the ambitious 30-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail within a 300-foot wide open space buffer looping through Fort Ord from Marina to Seaside was being seriously considered for funding as part of the agency’s proposed 30-year, $600 million transportation sales tax.

Last week, the Board of Supervisors officially placed the Transportation Agency sales tax on the Nov. 8 presidential election, including $20 million for the trail project known as FORTAG.

The project envisions a 12-foot-wide paved biking and walkway with 150-foot buffers on both sides stretching in three loops that encircle Marina, the university and Seaside, and incorporating the existing Coastal Rec Trail. The proposal is designed to offer a continuous connection from the Monterey Bay to the Fort Ord back country. It would link developed areas to the oak woodlands and other open space, as well as trails and routes tying together the broader region from Salinas and the Fort Ord National Monument to Monterey and Carmel.

To read the full story, written by Jim Johnson, on July 23, 2016, click onto: http://www.montereyherald.com/article/NF/20160723/NEWS/160729866