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The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is an autonomous planning agency for Santa Cruz County. Created by the State of California in 1972 to handle transportation responsibilities that cross city-county boundaries, the commission sets priorities for major improvements to infrastructure—not only highways and major roads, but also bus transit, paratransit, rail and alternative transportation facilities. The agency's mission includes the pursuit of funding for major capital improvements while also working toward a balanced transportation system that improves the quality of life in the region.

The agency is governed by appointed commissioners who represent the county and its four cities as well as the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District. The commissioners’ meetings are open to the public, as are meetings of the SCCRTC’s various committees.

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What Does Measure D Really Say?

There’s a lot of speculation about the ballot measure, but here’s what it would really do


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Who Really Controls Railbanking?

Whether Measure D passes or fails, here are all the parties who really control the railbanking decision


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RTC Faces Future After Decisive Vote on Rail Trail

At the first meeting of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission board after the definitive “no” vote on Measure D, the question remained: Where do we go from here?

(June 16, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Yes on Measure D—Let’s Build a Trail Now

Four Measure D proponents write in Lookout Santa Cruz’s Community Voices section: “Those against Measure D say they started the work to acquire the corridor and build a trail in 1987—35 years ago!”

(May 19, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report

Image of Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission seal. Announcements

Construction of Coastal Rail Trail Segment 7/Phase II Scheduled to Begin Mid-July

Save the Date: Aug. 11 Groundbreaking Community Celebration The City of Santa Cruz is scheduled to begin construction of Coastal Rail Trail Segment 7/Phase II in mid-July. The project will create 0.8 miles of paved, multi-use path from Bay and California streets to Pacific Avenue. Construction is estimated to be completed in about 12 months, ... [Read More]
(06/30/2022)

The SLV Schools Access Study Public Workshop Recording Now Available

Provide important input on issues to improve access to the SLV Schools and traffic flow along Highway 9 through June 30 via our online survey. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), in partnership with the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, the County of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, and Caltrans, ... [Read More]
(06/21/2022)

Measure D (2016) Annual Report Released

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) accepted the Measure D Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2020/2021 (FY20/21). Prepared by the Measure D Taxpayer Oversight Committee, the report concluded that the expenditure of Measure D funds by recipient agencies for FY20/21 has been in accordance with the Measure D Ordinance and Expenditure Plan. In ... [Read More]
(06/16/2022)

RTC to Consider Adoption of 2045 Regional Transportation Plan and Hear Public Input on 2016 Measure D Lift Line Five-Year Plan for Transit

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) will consider adoption of the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) at its June 16, 9 a.m. meeting. The RTP is a state-mandated document that identifies transportation needs in Santa Cruz County over the next twenty-five years. It estimates the amount of funding ... [Read More]
(06/13/2022)

Local Agencies Team up to Improve Access to SLV Schools Complex

Building upon prior planning efforts, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) in partnership with several local agencies, is focusing efforts on improving circulation within and past the San Lorenzo Valley Schools Complex along Highway 9 in Felton. The San Lorenzo Valley Schools Complex Circulation & Access Study (Study) seeks to improve access to ... [Read More]
(05/20/2022)

Status of Phase 1 Coastal Erosion Repair at Manresa along the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line Corridor

As part of a preventative maintenance inspection that took place late 2019, Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) staff observed erosion of a slope embankment along the coastal bluff near Manresa State Beach. To address the immediate erosion concerns, temporary soil cover consisting of a plastic tarp, sand bags, and barricades was placed along ... [Read More]
(05/04/2022)

Public Input Sought on Unmet Transit and Paratransit Needs and on 2016 Measure D Spending Plans for Highway 1 and the Coastal Rail Trail

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is holding two public hearings at its Thursday, May 5, 2022 meeting via Zoom (see meeting agenda for login details) to receive public input on the 2022 Unmet Transit and Paratransit Needs List and to receive public input on options for spending voter-approved 2016 Measure D revenues ... [Read More]
(05/03/2022)

Caltrans Breaks Ground on Highway 17 Wildlife Undercrossing

Caltrans and the California Natural Resources Agency, along with local partners including the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County and the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission, broke ground today on an undercrossing that will provide critical connection for mountain lions and other wildlife to travel safely between two large areas of habitat separated by Highway ... [Read More]
(05/03/2022)

Notice of Availability for the Partially Recirculated Draft EIR for Public Review

On April 15th, 2022, AMBAG released a Partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), specifically Section 6.4.2(h) (Greenhouse Gas Emissions), Impact GHG‐C‐1, for the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy and associated Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs) for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties with a 46-day public review. This decision was made based on ... [Read More]
(04/15/2022)

RTC Awarded $786,800 for Two Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has awarded the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) two Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants for projects that will focus on climate adaptation and transportation equity in Santa Cruz County. The RTC and the County of Santa Cruz received $448,800 to develop a Climate Adaptation Vulnerability Assessment and Transportation ... [Read More]
(04/07/2022)