RTC Holding Public Hearing on Measure D 5-Year Transportation Investment Plans

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is soliciting feedback from the community about how it plans to invest voter-approved Measure D revenues over the next five years. Measure D, the transportation improvement ballot measure passed by over 2/3 of Santa Cruz County voters in November 2016, provides funds for highway, local road, trail, rail, and transit programs in Santa Cruz County.  

The RTC is responsible for allocating funds to regional projects consistent with the voter-approved Measure D Expenditure Plan, including the highway corridor, Coastal Rail Trail-Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network (MBSST), the rail corridor, the San Lorenzo Valley Highway 9 Corridor, and the Highway 17 Wildlife Crossing. In addition to these regional categories, the RTC takes action on the Community Bridges’ Lift Line proposed five-year plan at its public hearing, since Community Bridges does not have a public board.

The draft five-year plans for these Measure D projects are currently available for review on the RTC’s Measure D website (www.sccrtc.org/move). A public hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the RTC’s June 6th meeting at the Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main Street, 4th Floor, Watsonville, to adopt the regional project five-year plans for Fiscal Years 2019/2020-2023/2024.

The RTC proposes to use Measure D revenues over the next five years to leverage state and federal grants and deliver the following regional projects:

  • Highway 1: Auxiliary lanes linking on and off ramps between 41st Avenue to Soquel Avenue and a bicycle/pedestrian bridge at Chanticleer Avenue in Live Oak, a bicycle/pedestrian overcrossing at Mar Vista in Aptos, and auxiliary lanes between Bay/Porter and State Park Drive exits.
  • Coastal Rail Trail: Construction of bicycle/pedestrian trail sections in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and the north coast, as well as environmental review and preliminary design of trail sections between Live Oak and Aptos.
  • Rail Corridor: Maintenance and more detailed analysis of bus and rail transit options in the rail corridor.
  • San Lorenzo Valley/Highway 9: Begin work on a pathway in Felton between Graham Hill Road and the elementary/middle/high school complex, and other projects identified in the Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley (SLV) Complete Streets Corridor Plan (which is scheduled to be completed in June).
  • Highway 17 Wildlife Crossing: Construct the undercrossing.

The deadline for written comments on the RTC’s Measure D regional project five-year plans is noon on Wednesday, June 5.  Comments should be emailed to: info@sccrtc.org. Oral comments may also be provided to the RTC board at the public hearing.

In addition to the regional projects, nearly 50 percent of Measure D revenues are allocated directly to the cities of Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Watsonville, the County of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, and Community Bridges-Lift Line according to the voter-approved formulas for the neighborhood and transit/paratransit project categories. Each recipient entity is also required to hold a hearing to provide an opportunity for the public to review their five-year project plans. The Measure D website (www.sccrtc.org/move) includes the plans that have been approved by agencies receiving Measure D funds. Measure D is a 30-year, ½-cent local sales tax which went into effect in April 2017. It provides reliable local funds to help address some of the highest priority projects in the region and address some of the backlog of local road maintenance. For more information about the Regional Transportation Commission or Measure D, please visit www.sccrtc.org. To receive regular information about implementation of Measure D, please sign up here: http://sccrtc.org/about/esubscriptions/.