The Pacific Electric Trail as it currently exists is an 18 mile long multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path that follows the old Pacific Electric Railway from Claremont to Rialto. The trail has transformed active transportation opportunities for the region, enhancing old railways into new trails for communities.
In 2022, the City of Rialto conducted a feasibility study to explore extending the trail from where it currently ends on Cactus Ave to Pepper Ave. Following the completion of this feasibility study, it was determined that this extension would provide a number of benefits to enhance connectivity through Rialto providing an active trail that connects to other recreational and transportation facilities.
Existing View of Pacific Electric Rail Line For Trail Development
Visual Rendering of Future Extension
In 2022, the City of Rialto submitted the trail extension project through the CalTrans Active Transportation Program Cycle 6 and is anticipating the award of $7.8 million for the completion of this project in June 2023.
This new 1.75 mile extension of the multi-use path along the historic rail corridor, from Cactus Ave to Pepper Ave, will provide important and safe access for our community to several destinations through the heart of Rialto, as well as provide a critical connection to other existing outdoor recreational areas along the corridor.
The City of Rialto also plans to restore and revitalize the historic Rialto Depot building that is adjacent to the trail extension project. Designed by Thornton Fitzhugh, the historic Rialto Depot building was the main downtown terminal. The catalyst to retore the building came out of community feedback during project development where residents expressed a desire to provide trail amenities including parking and restrooms. The historic Rialto Station, once the building is restored, will serve as a destination and heritage site for all users of the trail.