Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC)

Purpose and Role

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), headquartered in downtown Santa Cruz, is an autonomous regional transportation planning agency for Santa Cruz County. Created by the State of California in 1972 to carry out transportation responsibilities that cross city-county boundaries, the RTC sets priorities for major improvements to the transportation infrastructure and network, including highways, major roads, bus transit, paratransit, rail and alternative transportation facilities; pursues and allocates funding for major capital improvements for all elements of the transportation system, consistent with long range plans; adopts policies to maximize the efficiency of the current transportation system and improve mobility, access and air quality; plans for future projects and programs to develop a balanced transportation system that addresses all modes, while improving the region’s quality of life; informs businesses and the public about actions needed to better manage the existing transportation system; and offers services that help people make the most efficient use of the existing transportation facilities and that encourage the use of a variety of transportation modes.


The Commission consists of five members of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, one member of the Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Capitola City Councils and three members appointed by the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District. The Caltrans District 5 Director serves as an ex-officio member of the Commission.


Meetings and Agendas
About the RTC

RTC Contact

Yesenia Parra
Administrative Services Officer
(831) 460-3200