Unified Corridor Study

Unified Corridor Investment Study (UCS)

The objective of the Unified Corridor Investment Study (UCS) is to identify multimodal transportation investments that provide the most effective use of Highway 1, Soquel Avenue/Soquel Drive/Freedom Boulevard, and the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line while best serving the community’s transportation needs. The study’s goals focus on developing a sustainable and well-integrated transportation system while maximizing benefits in terms of efficient mobility, health and equity, the natural environment, and economic vitality.

Step 2 Scenario Analysis Report Now Available for Public Review

RTC staff and the consultant team presented the Unified Corridor Investment Study (UCS) Draft Step 2 Scenario Analysis Report at the Oct. 4 RTC meeting at the County Board of Supervisors Chambers in Santa Cruz (video). Public workshops were held on Oct. 15 in Live Oak and Oct. 16 in Watsonville.

The UCS Draft Step 2 Scenario Analysis Report is organized into two sections:

  • the Baseline information which presents the existing conditions of the transportation system as evaluated through the performance measures, and
  • the Scenario Analysis which presents the forecast of the performance measures for a 2035 horizon year for all of the scenarios being evaluated.

Scenario Analysis Report with Preferred

Performance Dashboard with Preferred

Step 2 Performance DashboardUpdated 11/08/18

The RTC continues to seek community input on the draft Step 2 scenario analysis and a preferred scenario for the Unified Corridor Investment Study.

Deadlines for public comment to be submitted are:

Dec. 28, 2018, 5 p.m.: For consideration by staff in development of the final staff recommendation of preferred scenario and draft final report to the RTC on Jan. 17, 2019.

Jan. 16, 2019 12 p.m.: For consideration by the commission in the action on the preferred scenario on Jan. 17, 2019.

Community members can send input via email to ucs@sccrtc.org or postal mail to the RTC at 1523 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 95060.

Project Map and Description

Study Overview

The Unified Corridor Study will examine which transportation improvements work together to make the most effective use of the community’s north/south transportation corridor including three parallel routes: Highway 1, Soquel Ave/Dr-Freedom Blvd, and the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line. The Unified Corridor Study identifies projects that serve people traveling by auto, transit, bicycle and walking and groups projects into scenarios. The scenarios provide a tool to understand how changes in the transportation system could impact the community and to evaluate future potential uses for the recently acquired rail right-of-way as required by Measure D. The scenario analysis will result in a recommended preferred scenario, or group of projects, for implementation.

Study Background

Highway 1 and Soquel Ave/Dr are two of the most heavily traveled roadways in Santa Cruz County. Freedom Blvd provides an extension of Soquel Ave/Dr in the southern portion of Santa Cruz County. The Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line provides a new opportunity to provide transportation options between north and south county.

Study Development

A two step scenario analysis will be completed to evaluate how transportation projects located within the project area advance goals, criteria and performance measures of the study. The Step 1 analysis evaluated the feasibility of projects under consideration in the UCS and the results determined the projects and scenarios to be further evaluated in Step 2.

The Step 2 analysis will be a more detailed evaluation using modeling tools developed earlier in the project. The Final Report will identify a preferred scenario and document the Step 1 and Step 2 scenario analysis including assumptions and methodologies. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2018.

Public Participation

Thank you to the thousands of community members that have helped identify transportation priorities and project groupings for consideration in the UCS through public meetings, online surveys and focus groups. Community members are encouraged to stay involved in this study and sign up to receive updates on the study, emailing info@sccrtc.org, or calling 831-460-3200. Comments can be sent to SCCRTC: ucs@sccrtc.org or 1523 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.

Unified Corridor Study Resources

Unified Corridor Study Scenario Analysis

Public Input

Step 2 Analysis

Step 1 Analysis

Previous Outreach

Santa Cruz County Travel Model

This planning effort is funded through a Caltrans’ Sustainable Communities Transportation Planning Grant (FTA 5304) and local voter-approved Measure D funds.

RTC Contact

Ginger Dykaar
Senior Transportation Planner
(831) 460-3200