Draft Results of the Unified Corridor Investment Study Released

The Unified Corridor Investment Study (UCS) draft Step 2 Scenario Analysis report and performance dashboard were released by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) on Sept. 28. The study looked at identifying multimodal transportation investments that provide the most effective use of Highway 1, Soquel Avenue/Soquel Drive/Freedom Boulevard, and the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line while best serving the community’s transportation needs.

The study’s goals focus on developing a sustainable and well-integrated transportation system while maximizing benefits in terms of efficient mobility, health and equity, the natural environment, and economic vitality. The study’s draft report, developed by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. and Strategic Economics, Inc. with input from RTC staff, is primarily organized into two sections:

  • the baseline information which presents the existing conditions of the transportation system as evaluated through the performance measures, and
  • the scenario analysis which presents the forecast of the performance measures for a 2035 horizon year for all of the scenarios being evaluated

Community input is vital as the RTC moves forward with examining the draft results of this study that evaluates how well combinations of transportation investments—automobile, transit, bicycle and pedestrian—serve the community’s needs. The future combinations of transportation projects evaluated in the UCS were developed with public input and analyzed using a performance-based planning approach. This approach is designed to increase decision-maker and community understanding of transportation project benefits by transparently evaluating their impacts.

The RTC will hold two public meetings to get community input on the draft Step 2 scenario analysis and on a preferred scenario for Santa Cruz County’s transportation future. All members of the community are invited to attend these meetings.

  • Monday, Oct. 15, 6-7:30 p.m., Live Oak Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, 1916 Capitola Road, Live Oak
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6-7:30 p.m., Civic Plaza Community Room A, 4th floor, 275 Main St., Watsonville

Input can also be emailed to ucs@sccrtc.org or mailed to the RTC at 1523 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 95062.

A staff recommendation for a preferred scenario, which considers public input, will be presented to the RTC on Nov. 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the City of Watsonville Council Chambers, 275 Main St., 4th floor. A public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. to receive input from members of the public.