About the RTC

Cliffs along Monterey Bay looking South

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), headquartered in downtown Santa Cruz, is the regional transportation planning agency for Santa Cruz County. Created by the State of California in 1972 to carry out transportation responsibilities that cross city-county boundaries in Santa Cruz County, the RTC:

  • Sets priorities for major improvements to the transportation infrastructure and network of services, including highways, major roads, bus transit, paratransit, rail and alternative transportation facilities;
  • Pursues and allocates funding for all elements of the transportation system;
  • Adopts policies to improve mobility, access and air quality;
  • Plans for future projects and programs to improve the regional transportation system while improving the region’s quality of life;
  • Informs businesses and the public about the need to better manage the existing transportation system; and
  • Conducts programs to encourage the use of alternative transportation modes.

The Commission consists of all five members of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, one member of the Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Capitola City Councils and three members appointed by the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District. The Caltrans District 5 Director serves as an ex-officio member of the Commission. The Commission employs a professional planning and administrative staff.


RTC Rules and Regulations (revised August 7, 2014)

RTC Title VI Civil Rights Program (revised August 7, 2014)

RTC Contact

Yesenia Parra
Administrative Services Officer
(831) 460-3200

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