This website is currently under repair.
Save the Trestle links: Collage | Benefits
You will find herein, the past, the future and work being done in the
present to bring back to life one of Petaluma's most beautiful assets.
The Petaluma Trolley is an organization of volunteers who are, for many
different and personal reasons, working to ensure that trolley service
be restored to the Petaluma waterfront, and that these antique
treasures are protected, restored and exhibited in a Living Museum.
The Petaluma Trolley was the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad
(P&SR). Few people today remember what an important piece of
history the P&SR is to Petaluma. Built in 1904, it provided
interurban passenger transportation and, using two railroad owned
stern-wheel steamers, created a direct link between the booming
agricultural and commercial interests of Sonoma County and the San
Francisco Bay Area. The P&SR was the only electric interurban
passenger and freight railroad in Sonoma County.
The Petaluma Trolley will not only be a
heritage preservation tribute to the City of Petaluma, but a beautiful
visual attraction for its National Historic Downtown District.
The proposed connections of the Trolley, from the Waterfront Warehouse
District, through the Historic Downtown and North Water Street
developments, past numerous retirement facilities, to the Petaluma
Premium Factory Outlets Mall, and to SMART’s two regional passenger
railway stations, will enhance the utility of the trolley and make
SMART more accessible to Petaluma residents, particularly the
economically disadvantaged and the elderly.
“Phases” are steps in operational development of the Heritage Trolley
Service. Each phase represents a heightened level of presentation to
the public of historic Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad assets,
artifacts, arts and traditions. Six phases are contemplated. The
“Construction Zones” are specific sections of track, right-of-way or
bridges that need individual or unique treatment in design,
construction or repair. For the most part, each “Zone” could be
accomplished separately from the other “Zones”. There are 14 zones
shown on the Construction Zones Map. Importantly, “Phases” and
“Construction Zones” do not have to be integrated in order for the
system to begin working.
PHASE ONE GRANT
On October 21, 2010, the Coastal Conservancy approved a grant for
$475,000 to implement the plans for reconstruction of the trestle along
the Petaluma riverfront - the trestle uopn which the Petaluma Trolley
will ride once more!