Direct Funding Recipients


50% of Measure D funds are allocated by formula to cities, the County of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz METRO, and Community Bridges Lift Line to address transportation needs on local roads and for seniors and people with disabilities.

Neighborhood Projects: Direct Allocations to Cities and County

The existing local street and road, bicycle and pedestrian systems are critical to the everyday movement of people within the county. Much of the local roadway system is aging, has potholes and is in need of maintenance and repair. Deferred maintenance costs more in the long run, resulting in an exponential increase in the cost of maintaining the roadway system.

The largest portion of Measure D funding (30%) goes directly to local cities and the county to maintain our existing infrastructure and provide improved facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians. Annually, local jurisdictions are required to update a Five-Year Plan of Measure D projects at a public hearing. Public participation is encouraged in the development of project lists, which are due to the RTC by June 30 each year.

Click the links below to view 5-year plans.

Transit & Paratransit: Direct Allocation to Service Providers

Seniors and disabled persons make up an increasing percentage of Santa Cruz County’s population. For seniors and persons with disabilities, access to healthcare, social services, shopping and recreation is key to quality of life. A number of specialized transportation programs have been implemented which meet specialized needs for transportation to medical services, social service programs, shopping and other purposes that cannot be met by conventional bus transit.

Twenty percent (20%) of Measure D revenue goes toward providing maintenance and expansion of transit and paratransit services for elderly and disabled residents into the future. Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (METRO) receives 16% of Measure D revenues to provide transit and paratransit service for seniors and people with disabilities. Consolidated Transportation Services Agency for Santa Cruz County (Community Bridges-Lift Line) receives 4% of Measure D revenues for paratransit services. Paratransit increases transportation options for seniors, individuals with disabilities and persons with low incomes that are unable to use fixed-route buses. Funds are distributed at least quarterly.

Metro Santa Cruz:

  • Measure D will help stabilize fixed-route bus and ParaCruz funding and service levels. Metro serves 5.5 million annual boarding customers, especially seniors, those with disabilities and veterans transported on both the fixed-route bus and ParaCruz services.
  • Measure D funding may also provide some fixed-route and ParaCruz service expansion.
  • Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District 5-year Plan (approved at 6/21 METRO board meeting)
  • NEW: Public Hearing 6/24/22: Santa Cruz METRO approved its Measure D spending plan as part of its FY22/23 Budget
  • SCMTD Measure D Page:

Community Bridges Lift Line:

  • With Measure D funding, Lift Line increased their service schedule from 5 days per week to 7 days per week
  • Measure D funding makes it possible for Lift Line  to provide 30% more service, provide paratransit service to areas not covered by Metro Paracruz, and leverage other grants to purchase electric vehicles
  • Lift Line 5-Year Plan (FY22/23-FY26/27) (approved 6/16/22)