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.



  • The Draft 2045 RTP is scheduled to be released for public review in December 2, 2021. 
  • The Draft 2045 MTP/SCS and Draft EIR was released for public review and comment on November 22, 2021.
  • Four (virtual) public workshops/hearings on the Draft 2045 MTP/SCS/EIR will be held in January 2022.
  • The close of the public comment period is January 31, 2022.

Draft 2045 Regional Transportation Plan

The preliminary Draft 2045 RTP provided below will be brought to the RTC for their review and input at the December 2, 2021 RTC meeting. RTC staff is requesting authorization to release the Draft 2045 RTP for public review beginning following the RTC meeting and ending on January 31, 2022, for a 60-day public review period. The draft document may be updated based on RTC input received on December 2, 2021. Any updates to the preliminary Draft 2045 RTP will be made available on this page. A public hearing is scheduled for the January 13, 2022 RTC meeting. Printed copies of the Draft 2045 RTP will be available for public review at the libraries in downtown Santa Cruz, Felton, Capitola, La Selva Beach, and Watsonville beginning December 3rd. Send comments to 2045rtp@sccrtc.org by January 31, 2022.

Draft Constrained Projects and Financial Estimates

The complete cost of transportation needs in Santa Cruz County is currently estimated to be approximately $9.7 billion over the 25-year timeframe of the 2045 RTP. Approximately $5 billion in revenues from local, state and federal sources, including Measure D funds, are reasonably anticipated to be available for transportation in Santa Cruz County for the 25-year timeframe. Given the gap between the cost to operate, maintain, and improve the transportation system in Santa Cruz County 2020 through 2045 and projected revenues, the project list for the RTP must be divided into a “constrained” list (projects or portions of projects that could be implemented within the constraint of foreseeable revenues through 2045) and “unconstrained” list (projects that could be funded if new revenues, above and beyond projections, are generated). The constrained project list reflects the priority projects that will most help the region advance the RTP goals and performance measures and can be reasonably funded with revenues listed in the draft Financial Element. The RTC sought input from advisory committees, project sponsors and members of the public on the projects to be considered for the 2045 RTP and 2045 MTP-SCS financially constrained project list.

The RTC approved the draft Financially Constrained Project List at the March 4, 2021 Commission meeting.

New Project Ideas

New project ideas for the 2045 Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan were solicited through March 2020. Project ideas submitted were shared with the agency responsible for transportation projects the area of  interest and considered for inclusion in the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan.

Goals, Targets & Policies

The RTC sought public input to help define the Goals, Targets & Policies for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. Members of the public provided input to help inform the plan by taking a short survey and by reviewing the draft Goals, Targets & Policies and providing input on the document. The deadline to provide public input was January 3, 2020 at 5 p.m. Survey responses and stakeholder comments on the draft document were considered when updating the draft Goals, Targets & Policies and defining priority projects and are provided below. The RTC adopted the draft Goals, Targets & Policies at the February 6 Commission meeting.

Stakeholder Comments Received

Key MilestonesRTP 2045 Schedule and Key Milestones

Public Participation Plan

The SCCRTC is required by federal and state regulations to prepare and maintain a public participation plan every four years for the county to establish the process by which the public can participate in transportation planning, programming and project implementation including the development of the 2045 Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan.

The Final 2019 Public Participation 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. The plan emphasizes the transportation decision-making process, including the expanded use of visualization techniques and innovative online strategies in public outreach.

The public participation policies and procedures described in this plan are structured to comply with all applicable federal and state legislation, rules, and express the genuine regional value and interest for all residents of the Monterey Bay region to participate in the shaping and implementation of regional policies and decisions regarding the region’s multimodal transportation system.

The Draft 2019 Public Participation Plan was released for public comment on June 12, 2019. A public hearing was held at the August 1, 2019 SCCRTC meeting. The public comment period ended on August 28, 2019. Comments were received on the Draft Plan have been incorporated into the Final Plan and are included in Appendix H.

2045 RTP and MTP/SCS EIR

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the first step in development of the EIR, was available for comment January 15- February 14, 2020. The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), the lead agency for the EIR, solicited input on the scope and content of the environmental analysis of the Draft EIR via website and email notices and at public scoping meetings. The draft 2045 MTP/SCS was released for public review and comment on November 22, 2021. The close of the public comment period is January 31, 2022. Four public workshops/hearings will be held in January 2022 – view the virtual workshop flyer for more details.


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RTC Contact

Amy Naranjo
Transportation Planner
(831) 460-3200