2014 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)
As the transportation planning agency for Santa Cruz County, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is responsible for developing, implementing, and regularly updating the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for Santa Cruz County. The RTP includes goals, targets and policies (Policy Element) that are used to prioritize projects for funding; identifies the area’s transportation needs (Action Element); and estimates the amount of state, federal, and local funds that may be available (Financial Element). Certain transportation funds require the project/program to be included in the most current RTP. The Santa Cruz County RTP is also incorporated into the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments’ (AMBAG) tri-county Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS) that covers the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito.
Draft 2014 RTP and EIR
The draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is now available for review and comment. The public comment period for the Draft 2014 Plan began on February 12, 2014 and ends at 5:00 pm on April 8, 2014. Early comments are appreciated. The RTC will consider all comments received during the 55 day comment period. Submit comments to: email@example.com.
The draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) of the 2014 Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan is combined with the environmental review of the 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy and the RTPs of Monterey and San Benito Counties. This programmatic region-wide environmental assessment of implementing these plans also evaluates alternative investment scenarios and identifies mitigation measures for potential impacts. The draft EIR is now available for public comment. The 55-day public comment period began on February 12th and comments are due by April 8, 2014. Please provide comments on the DEIR to AMBAG.
Community workshops including a public hearing on the DEIR will be held on March 4th at the Watsonville Community Room (275 Main Street, Watsonville) and March 6th at the Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room (155 Center Street, Santa Cruz). Both workshops will include an Open house from 6 to 7 pm and a public hearing from 7 to 8 pm.
You are encouraged to participate in this discussion of the long range transportation priorities for our community included in the Draft 2014 RTP. Sign up for email updates (eNews) on the RTP and mark your calendar for the following key activities.
- February 12: Release of RTP and EIR for 55-day review period
- March 6: Public Hearing at RTC meeting to receive comments on the Draft RTP (Audiencia Pública)
- March 4 and 6: AMBAG Workshops and Public Hearings on tri-county Draft Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Draft EIR
- April 8: Comments due on the draft RTP and EIR
- June 26: RTC scheduled to adopt the RTP
- AMBAG Moving Forward Monterey Bay
- RTP Fact Sheet
- RTP Timeline
- Development of the RTP
- Plan Regional de Transporte Hoja Informativa (Octubre 2011)
- Transportation Cafe episode on STARS and the RTP (January 2012)
- 2010 RTP