2045 Regional Transportation Plan

2045 Regional Transportation Plan

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 time frame and identifies a financially constrained priority list of projects. Triple bottom line sustainability principles will be incorporated into the prioritization of projects for the RTP. The triple bottom line approach evaluates the benefits of various transportation investments in developing a sustainable transportation system that advances the goals of economy, environment and social equity. 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.

2045 Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan
Key Milestones

2019 Draft Public Participation Plan

A public participation plan is required to be updated and approved by metropolitan planning organizations and regional transportation planning agencies every four years. The purpose of this plan is to establish the process by which the public can participate in transportation planning, programming and project implementation including the development of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan as well as the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy for the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) region and the Regional Transportation Plans for Monterey and San Benito counties.

In June 2019, the Draft 2019 Public Participation Plan (PPP), prepared by AMBAG in collaboration with the RTC, the Council of San Benito County Governments (SBtCOG), and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), was released for a minimum 45-day public comment period. The plan incorporates strategies to ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, interagency consultation and public participation are an integral part of the regional transportation planning and decision-making process.

2019 Draft Public Participation Plan
Appendix A – List of Acronyms
Appendix B – Public Participation Practices by Agency
Appendix C – Partner Transportation Agency Contacts
Appendix D – List of Stakeholders
Appendix E – Federal and State Regulations
Appendix F – Best Practices

The RTC is currently seeking public input on the Draft 2019 Public Participation Plan to hear from community members on the ways the commission can better reach the public through its outreach efforts.

Public Hearing
Aug. 1, 9:30 a.m.
Scotts Valley City Council Chambers
1 Civic Center Dr., Scotts Valley

Comments on the Draft 2019 Public Participation Plan can also be submitted via:

  • Mail at P.O. Box 2453, Seaside, CA 93955
  • Email at smunz@sccrtc.org
  • Fax at (831) 883-3755

*All comments must be received by Aug. 28, 2019.

2045 RTP and MTP/SCS EIR

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) will be prepared for the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy and the Regional Transportation Plans for Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties. The EIR for the 2045 MTP/SCS and RTPs will collectively detail the potential environmental impacts of the three RTPs for Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties and will serve as the EIR for the 2045 Santa Cruz County RTP.