Measure D Overview

Over 2/3 of Santa Cruz County (83,000) approved Measure D, a 1/2 cent sales tax measure on the November 2016 ballot to fund a comprehensive and inclusive package of transportation improvements.  Its passage guarantees every city and the county a steady, direct source of local funding for local streets and road maintenance, bicycle and pedestrian projects especially near schools, safety projects, transit and paratransit service and numerous essential transportation projects and programs throughout the county as outlined in the Expenditure Plan for Measure D.   The ½ cent local sales tax required a super majority to pass.

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is rapidly moving forward with implementation of Measure D including administration, fiscal, oversight and engagement activities. In addition, the RTC is working with Measure D recipient agencies to develop five-year programs of projects, annual report requirements and other required agreements.

The ½ cent, 30-year sales tax measure includes transportation projects that support:

  • Providing safer routes to schools for local students;
  • Maintaining mobility and independence for seniors and those with disabilities;
  • Investing in bicycle and pedestrian pathways and bridges;
  • Repaving roadways, repair potholes, and improve safety on local streets;
  • Improving traffic flow on major roadways;
  • Investing in projects that reduce the pollution that causes global warming.

Current Activities

Regional Projects:

(Highway Projects, Coastal Trail, Rail Corridor, plus the Highway 9 Corridor and Highway 17 Wildlife Crossing)

  • Regional Transportation Commission – Final: 6/1 (public hearing at the City of Watsonville Council Chambers)
  • Review the draft Five-Year Plans (including staff report from 5/4/17 for background) for the regional projects
  • Submit comments to by 5/23 to be included in the 6/1 board packet, or by 5/31 to be provided to the board at the 6/1 meeting


Local Streets, Bike/Pedestrian, Safety Projects

Meetings are subject to change. The public is encouraged to check each agency’s board meeting agendas for the latest information.


Transit & Paratransit:


RTC Contact

Karena Pushnik
Senior Transportation Planner
(831) 460-3200

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