In 2001, members of Alameda Open Space approached Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) to learn about converting the abandoned Alameda Belt Line Railroad alignment into a multiple-use trail across the island of Alameda. Since then, RTC has been working with individuals, community-based organizations and the City of Alameda to explore the potential of the proposed “Cross Alameda Trail.“ Early in 2004, individuals and advocacy groups in Alameda formed the Cross Alameda Trail Steering Committee (CATSC) to plan and promote the trail with RTC.
Converting an unused railroad alignment to a trail is a complex process. This vision document was compiled by RTC's Western Regional Office in cooperation with the Cross Alameda Trail Steering Committee. This document, based upon feedback received through community workshops and surveys, is one of many steps toward completing this trail that will benefit Alameda’s residents, businesses and visitors.