Public Hearing to be Held for Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis Final Draft Results

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) will hold a public hearing to solicit community input on the Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis and Rail Network Integration Study (TCAA/RNIS) – Final Draft Report and Locally Preferred Alternative. The hearing will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 during the RTC board meeting via Zoom (login information can be found on the meeting agenda). The hearing will begin no sooner than 9:30 a.m. and will be preceded by a staff presentation.

The RTC, in cooperation with METRO, is developing the TCAA/RNIS to evaluate transit investment options that provide an integrated transit network for Santa Cruz County utilizing all or part of the length of the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line (SCBRL) as a dedicated transit facility.

The focus of the TCAA/RNIS is to identify a locally preferred transit alternative to serve the most populous and congested sections of Santa Cruz County – from the western edge of the City of Santa Cruz to Watsonville/Pajaro. The primary objectives of the study include:

  • Identify, evaluate and compare a range of high-capacity public transit service options for the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line for a future year of 2040 that can coexist with a bicycle and pedestrian trail along the SCBRL right-of-way
  • Utilize all or parts of the SCBRL as a dedicated continuous transit facility
  • Develop a performance-based alternatives analysis for identifying various options for achieving a set of goals and objectives to facilitate decision making
  • Involve the community, partner agencies, the RTC and METRO in the decision-making process to identify a locally preferred alternative and next steps to implement the preferred transit alternative

The draft report is available online at: The staff report will be available as part of the agenda packet for the Jan. 14, 2021 RTC board meeting:

Public input for the RTC’s consideration of the TCAA/RNIS – Final Draft Report and Locally Preferred Alternative is welcomed and encouraged. Written comments received by 12 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2021 by email to, mail to 1523 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060, or by fax to 831-460-6178 will be included in the materials provided to the RTC board at its meeting. For more information, call the RTC at 831-460-3200 or visit