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Watsonville – Santa Cruz Corridor


The communities of Santa Cruz County value a transportation system that not only enables us to get around, but one that is also interlinked with our health and safety, the quality of the built natural environment, and the economic vitality of our region. Through the Watsonville – Santa Cruz Multimodal Corridor Program (WSC-MCP), the RTC is working toward a sustainable, multimodal transportation system that will address some of Santa Cruz County’s transportation challenges now and into the future.

The WSC-MCP is composed of innovative projects on the three main north to south routes through Santa Cruz County – Highway 1, Soquel Avenue/Soquel Drive/Freedom Boulevard, and the Santa Cruz Branch Line – that will address vital transportation needs of the community.

The WSC-MCP is the Preferred Scenario that came out of the Unified Corridor Investment Study (UCS), which was adopted in 2019 as the RTC’s Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan. The RTC used Measure D to fund the UCS to identify transportation improvements for the three parallel routes that are included in the WSC-MCP:

View the WSC-MCP presentation given at the Feb. 3, 2022 RTC meeting.



The WSC-MCP Project will:

  • Reduce congestion for all modes of travel
  • Maximize the efficiency of the existing transportation infrastructure
  • Improve safety for all modes of travel
  • Increase multimodal options to increase corridor throughput
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improve access for emergency services
  • Promote business development and improve access to housing, jobs, schools, and medical facilities
  • Improve active transportation connectivity
  • Promote sustainable development and livable communities including complete streets

Soquel Drive Buffered Bike Lane & Congestion Project

The County of Santa Cruz will be hosting two virtual community workshops in January for residents and community members who want to learn more about the Soquel Drive Buffered Bike Lane & Congestion Project and upcoming construction schedule. Visit the project website for more information.

SCCP/LPP Projects

The WSC-MCP is too large to be constructed as one stand-alone project. The RTC has carefully chosen a cost-effective project that can be efficiently delivered with Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 of the Senate Bill 1 programs – the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program and the Local Partnership Program, with maximum benefit and outputs for the end user. The Watsonville – Santa Cruz Multimodal Corridor Program (WSC-MCP) Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 Projects increase the throughput and safety of a regionally significant and congested corridor with an innovative solution to improve and integrate transit, active transportation, and highway/local roadway modes of travel.

Cycle 3 Project

The Cycle 3 Project includes safety and operational improvements on Highway 1, complete street and operational improvements on Soquel Drive, “rapid” bus enhancements, and a segment of the Coastal Rail Trail to provide active transportation connections.

Cycle 2 Project

The Cycle 2 Project includes safety and operational improvements on Highway 1, complete street and operational improvements on Soquel Avenue/Drive, and bridges over Highway 1 to provide active transportation connections between Soquel Drive and the coastal rail trail. In December 2020, the California Transportation Commission approved $107.2 million in grant funding for the Cycle 2 Project.


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