2040 RTP

2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

As the regional transportation planning agency (RTPA) for Santa Cruz County, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is responsible for developing, implementing and regularly updating the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for Santa Cruz County. The RTP is a state-mandated plan that identifies transportation needs in Santa Cruz County over the next twenty-plus years. It estimates the amount of funding that will be available over this timeframe and identifies a financially constrained priority list of projects. Individual projects listed in the RTP must still undergo separate design and environmental processes, and can only be implemented as local, state and federal funds become available.

The current RTP was adopted by the RTC in June 2014. The next Santa Cruz County RTP is scheduled for adoption in June 2018. This document will provide a transportation plan through 2040 and will be referred to as the 2040 RTP. The RTPs adopted by RTPAs in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties are incorporated into the federally-mandated Metropolitan Transportation Plan/state-mandated Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS), which is prepared by the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG). The Santa Cruz County RTP must be consistent with and plan for a transportation system that supports the California Senate Bill 375-mandated Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which is included in the AMBAG MTP/SCS.


2040 RTP Work Plan

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan underwent a major update in 2014, starting with a major re-visioning of the goals and policies. The RTC voluntarily adopted a sustainability framework for the 2014 RTP using the Sustainable Transportation Analysis and Rating System (STARS). Goals, policies, targets and projects and programs were identified, evaluated and prioritized to achieve a more sustainable transportation system.
The adopted 2014 RTP also included a funding strategy to pursue a local transportation ballot measure and a vehicle registration fee. These measures, if they pass, will provide local funds for key transportation components and enable our county to leverage greater levels of state and federal funding.

Given the significant re-visioning of the RTP for 2014, the 2040 RTP will be a minor update. The schedule and work plan for the 2040 RTP provide additional details.


2040 RTP and MTP/SCS EIR

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) will be prepared for the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Sustainable Communities Strategy, which will also serve as the EIR for the 2040 Santa Cruz County RTP. The 2040 MTP-SCS/RTPs EIR presents a region-wide assessment of potential impacts on the physical environment and identifies strategies to avoid or mitigate significant environmental effects. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the MTP/SCS EIR, the first step in development of the EIR, is now available. The purpose of the NOP is to obtain early comments on the proposed project, alternatives, and potential environmental impacts. Comments will be received beginning December 21, 2015 and ending January 29, 2016. Please submit comments to Heather Adamson at AMBAG, 445 Reservation Road, Suite G, Marina, CA 93933 or to hadamson@ambag.org. AMBAG will also be soliciting input on content of the environmental information to be addressed in the draft EIR at a public scoping meeting scheduled in Santa Cruz County on January 27, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Aptos Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA. Projects will undergo a separate environmental review process, conducted by their agency sponsors, once they actually receive funding and are ready to proceed.



RTC Contact

Ginger Dykaar
Transportation Planner
(831) 460-3200

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