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Santa Cruz County Transportation Digest

Pacific Station North Groundbreaking Held


On May 20, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the now-cleared site of the former downtown Santa Cruz Metro station to celebrate the beginning of construction of a new transit hub and 128-unit affordable apartment complex.

Rail Trail Segments Impact Mobile Home Parks


The Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission has informed some residents of two mobile home parks in Live Oak of a need to move their units 1 to 4 feet due to encroachment over lot boundaries.

Oversize Vehicle Ordinance Extension Granted


The California Coastal Commission granted a two-year extension to the controversial City of Santa Cruz ban on overnight RV street parking.

Coastal Commission to Consider RV Parking Ban Appeal


The California Coastal Commission is set to consider an appeal of the City of Santa Cruz ban on overnight parking mandated by the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance.

New Federal Funds for Rail Studies Announced


Central Coast Representatives Lofgren and Pannetta jointly announced $1 million in federal funding for studies about expansion of rail service in the region.

Rail Trail Segments 10 and 11 Approved


In a unanimous vote, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors approved the plan to proceed with segments 10 and 11 of the Coastal Rail Trail.

Santa Cruz Mountain Road Repairs Will Take Years


Repairs to roads damaged in recent storms, including the slow-moving slide on Mountain Charlie Road, depend on state and federal funding and could take years to complete.

Rail Trail Vote to be Reconsidered


The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors will reconsider their vote against approving segments 10 and 11 of the Coastal Rail Trail in their April 30 meeting.

Supervisor Responds to Rail Trail Vote Criticism


Following his recent vote against approval of two segments of the Rail Trail, Supervisor Manu Koenig explains his decision.

Pilot Street Sweeping Plan Moves Forward


The City of Santa Cruz is set to begin a pilot program of neighborhood street sweeping, including a provision to tow vehicles not complying with posted parking limits.

Ride Free on Earth Day


All fixed-route rides on Santa Cruz METRO are free on Earth Day, April 22.

Groundbreaking Celebrated for Aptos Highway 1 Project


The next phase of the $94.2M project to add lanes and bike/pedestrian overpasses on the three mile span of Highway 1 between the three mile Bay Avenue/Porter Street has commenced.

Downtown Streets Program Expands to Boulder Creek


The Downtown Streets Program is growing to 8 teams in the County with the start of a new 6 month pilot program in Boulder Creek on the Highway 9 commercial corridor.

Excessive Force Complaint Filed Against Santa Cruz Police to Review Excessive Force Complaint After Multiple Officers Arrest Westside Cyclist


Witnesses allege Santa Cruz police used excessive force arresting a Black man for a bike infraction on April 10 at the intersection of Bay Street and West Cliff.

Youth Bus Ridership up 536%


Initiated in March 2023, the Santa Cruz METRO Youth Cruz Free program providing free rides to K-12 youth has resulted in a 536% increase of youth riding the bus.

E-Bike Ordinance Delayed After Community Feedback


A proposed ordinance limiting use of e-bikes on sidewalks and walkways in unincorporated parts of the county was delayed by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors until its May 14 meeting following feedback from residents.

Electric Vehicle Drivers May Not Be Able to Ride Solo in Calif. Carpool Lanes Anymore


A program that allows solo drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to use carpool lanes on freeways and bridges in California may be removed for good next year.

Rail Trail Advocates Rally


Supporters of the rail trail rallied in front of the Santa Cruz County building on April 3 to advocate for approval of segments 10 and 11.

State Grant Funding Threatened After Rail Trail Vote


A recent split vote by Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors stalling approval of two rail trail segments is jeopardizing future state funding for the project.

Part of Highway 1 Near Big Sur Crumbles as New Landslide Closes More of Historic Roadway


Highway 1 is closed indefinitely from Palo Colorado Road to Rocky Creek Bridge, the California Department of Transportation said on social media after a new landslide eroded part of the roadway.

Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors Deadlock Over Rail Trail


Supervisor Zach Friend recuses, and Supervisors McPherson and Koenig voted against moving forward with segments 10 and 11 of the Coastal Rail Trail between 17th Avenue in Live Oak and State Park Drive in Aptos.

Mudslide Closes Highway 9 Near Saratoga


CalTrans reports two miles of Highway 9 outside of Saratoga is closed because of debris from a mudslide.

CEQA Lawsuit Targets Caltrans Highway 1 Project


Suit claims deficiencies in Environmental Impact Report for Highway 1 widening and Coastal Rail Trail Segment 12 construction.

Joby Delivers on U.S. Air Force Contract


Joby Aviation announced it will be delivering the second and third of three aircraft produced at its Pilot Production Line in Marina as part of a contract with the U.S. Air Force.

Highway 1 Capitola Avenue Overpass Closes


The $79 million Highway 1 widening project will demolish and rebuild the Capitola Avenue overpass and is projected to take 14 months.

Santa Cruz County Supervisors to Consider Rail Trail EIR


The over 2,000 page final environmental impact report for the Coastal Rail Trail Segments 10 and 11 is on the agenda for the March 26 County Supervisor meeting.

Discussion on Watsonville Airport Master Plan Update Continues


As the Watsonville City Council updates the Watsonville Municipal Airport Master Plan for the first time in 20 years, questions remain over the crosswind runway.

BCycle E-Bike Coming to Capitola Soon


After the City Council approves a map of docking locations, 50 BCycles served by 100 docking stations will become active in Capitola.

Gary Griggs Recounts Building of Harbor


In this regular Our Ocean Backyard column, UCSC Professor Gary Griggs tells the story of the building of the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor.

Groups Oppose Santa Cruz Oversized Vehicle Parking Ban


Santa Cruz Cares and American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California are among those seeking to overturn Santa Cruz Planning Commission approval in February of the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance.

Santa Cruz Metro Appoints New CEO


Santa Cruz Metro announced that Corey Aldridge has been named as new CEO.

Draft 50-year West Cliff Vision Released


After several public engagement workshops over the last year, the City of Santa Cruz has released the community vision for the 50-year future of its beloved West Cliff Drive.


A map of the Santa Cruz County stretch of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail, known commonly as the Coastal Rail Trail, or the Santa Cruz Rail Trail.
The Santa Cruz Rail Trail
Information about the Santa Cruz Rail Trail project, including updated news and Explainers.
Over two weekends last October, residents of Santa Cruz and Watsonville  participated in demonstration rides aboard an electric streetcar on rails.
The ‘Rail Trail’ Movement, Explained
The heated controversy over what to do with abandoned railroad tracks
California transportation history runs from railroads to today’s car culture.
California’s History of Transportation: From Railroads to Highways
The history of transportation in California has shaped the state, from the earliest stagecoach to today’s car culture.
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