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.


Draft Goals, Targets & Policies

The RTC is currently seeking public input to help define the Goals, Targets & Policies for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. Members of the public can provide 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. Answers from the survey along with comments on the draft document will help the RTC update the Draft Goals, Targets & Policies and define priority projects.

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Draft Goals, Targets & Policies Links:

Input on the Draft Goals, Targets & Polices can be submitted by email to 2045RTP@sccrtc.org, mail to 1523 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060, or by fax to 831-460-6178. The deadline to provide public input is January 3, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Key Milestones

Final 2019 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

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) will be prepared for the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Sustainable Communities Strategy, which will also serve as the EIR for the 2045 Santa Cruz County RTP. The 2045 MTP-SCS/RTPs EIR presents a region-wide assessment of potential impacts on the physical environment and identifies strategies to avoid or mitigate significant environmental effects. 

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the first step in development of the EIR, is now available. As the lead agency, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) is soliciting input on the scope and contents of the 2045 MTP-SCS/RTP EIR pursuant to section 15082 of CEQA. The NOP includes, but is not limited to, a description of the project, environmental impacts to be analyzed and preliminary project alternatives to be analyzed.

AMBAG will host a scoping meeting in Santa Cruz on January 22, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Live Oak Community Room – Simpkins Center – 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA. The purpose of the meetings is to solicit input on the scope and content of the environmental analysis that will be included in the Draft EIR. Attend the meeting or submit comments on the EIR scope and contents to Heather Adamson at AMBAG, 24580 Silver Cloud Court, Monterey, California 93940, hadamson@ambag.org, no later than February 14, 2020.

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RTC Contact

Amy Naranjo
Transportation Planner
(831) 460-3200