Draft Results of the Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis Study Released

The Draft Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis and Rail Network Integration Study (TCAA/RNIS) Report has been released. The report details the results of the TCAA/RNIS which evaluates high-capacity transit investment options and identifies a locally preferred transit system that utilizes all or part of the length of the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line Rail Right-of-Way (SCBRL ROW).

The yearlong study analyzed various transit alternatives to identify a locally preferred alternative that provides the greatest benefit to Santa Cruz County residents, businesses and visitors in terms the triple bottom line goals of improving economy, equity, and the environment. The area of the study included the most populous locations and congested transportation infrastructure sections of Santa Cruz County from the western edge of the city of Santa Cruz through Watsonville to Pajaro Junction in Monterey County. The TCAA/RNIS also considered the integration of the locally preferred alternative with future intercounty and interregional rail connections to Monterey, Gilroy, the Bay Area and beyond.

The RTC is currently holding a public online open house to get community input on the draft report and study results through Nov. 27. Input on the draft report can also be emailed to transitcorridoraa@sccrtc.org or mailed to the RTC at 1523 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 95062 by Nov. 27.

For more information on the Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis, visit https://sccrtc.org/projects/multi-modal/transitcorridoraa/.