Committed to all modes of travel
For four decades, the RTC has demonstrated a commitment to building and maintaining a transportation infrastructure that provides the public with a wide range of travel mode choices in Santa Cruz County. From investments in bike lanes and bike parking, to support for transit and paratransit projects, from funding for park and ride lots to purchasing the rail line, multi-modal projects are a key component of the transportation system that the RTC has envisioned and helped manifest in Santa Cruz County.
However, simply having good multi-modal facilities and options is not enough. People need to know what choices are available and how to access them. That’s one reason why the RTC offers traveler information services through its Commute Solutions program that help people navigate and use the transportation system. Transportation consultants provide personalized trip planning and support to help people find the best bus or bike route, a carpool partner, or a bike or walking buddy.
Climate change, an interest in health and wellness, fluctuating gas prices, and the lingering economic recession are creating new interest and support for ensuring that people have lots of ways to access the things they want and need and that they have good reliable information about their choices. True to its legacy, the RTC continues to invest in innovative multi-modal projects such as the current projects listed below.
511 Traveler Information Project
A planning project to consider establishing 511 Traveler Information Services for the Monterey Bay Area was jointly conducted by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), with funding through a Caltrans Partnership Planning Grant. Towards this end, a 511 Feasibility Study was completed in 2012 and an Implementation Plan in 2013. Approval to establish a 511 service in Santa Cruz County was granted at the RTC’s December 5, 2013 meeting. (TAMC also approved implementing a similar 511 service for Monterey County.)
Other current multi-modal projects
- Highway 1 Mar Vista Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge Fact Sheet
- Monterey Bay Area Complete Streets Guidebook
- Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network
- STARS – Sustainable Transportation Analysis and Ratings System
Future multi-modal projects
Park and Ride Lot Project
Senior Transportation Planner