LIVE OAK — Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Fee and Santa Cruz Metro are in search of residents enter in figuring out a transit choice for the rail hall.
RTC and Metro are conducting a Transit Hall Alternate options Evaluation, a year-long examine to judge public transit funding choices for the rail right-of-way and create an interconnected transit community for the county. This community will use all or a part of the size of the rail right-of-way as a transit facility, stretching from Pajaro Station in Monterey County to Shaffer Highway in westside Santa Cruz. With this transit community, RTC and Metro will contemplate constructing connections to Monterey, Gilroy and the San Francisco Bay Space.
By way of this examine, the RTC will establish a “locally-preferred various,” or the best choice for a transit choice, that can greatest meet the county’s financial, environmental and social fairness wants. Included within the preliminary checklist of transit choices are micro-shuttles, private fast transit, a commuter categorical bus, a gondola, string rail, native buses and extra.
The transit hall is meant to offer extra journey choices and higher entry and connectivity for residents, companies and guests. This evaluation is funded by the Shifting Santa Cruz County Measure D Program, a grant from Caltrans’ Division of Rail and Mass Transportation and different sources.
RTC and Metro hosted an open home Tuesday night time on the Reside Oak Grange, drawing about 250 members of the group. An open home was additionally held Wednesday on the Watsonville Library Neighborhood Room.
RTC and Metro has about 20 alternate options in its preliminary checklist of transit choices for the rail hall. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
RTC and Metro has about 20 alternate options in its preliminary checklist of transit choices for the rail hall. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)The open home was damaged up into 5 stations with actions: an outline of the challenge (1), score analysis standards for transit choices (2), rating an preliminary checklist of 21 transit alternate options (three), viewing a map of the rail hall and figuring out areas for transit stations (four) and taking a transit wants survey and offering feedback (5). RTC and Metro employees have been out there at every station to reply questions.
Ron Swenson, Santa Cruz resident and proprietor of Swenson Photo voltaic, mentioned he got here to the assembly to search out individuals who wish to transfer away from fossil fuels. He mentioned he’s involved about local weather change and the youthful era.
“One greenback spent on fossil gas infrastructure is $1 poorly spent,” Swenson mentioned, including that funds ought to be spent on transportation powered by renewable vitality, resembling photo voltaic or wind.
Capitola resident Andrew Wulf mentioned he wished the RTC was nonetheless contemplating a trail-only choice, as a result of mass transportation requires plenty of area that isn’t real looking for a rail and path. Whereas Wulf mentioned he feels the rail might be extra divisive than inclusive as a result of it could require folks to construct fences as a barrier between their properties, he mentioned he’s to listen to the transportation alternate options.
Reside Oak resident Rosemary Kendall mentioned she is worked up in regards to the path, however was shocked on the lack of progress on the rail. She mentioned she want to see a month-to-month timeline of the challenge for the final 10 years.
After the open homes, the RTC is scheduled to approve the draft objectives, standards and preliminary checklist of transit alternate options it acquired from the group and partnering companies. The RTC will then analyze these alternate options and draft the locally-preferred various, aiming to approve a marketing strategy for the transit hall in January 2021.
New details about the evaluation will probably be distributed by means of the web site, social media and e mail blasts. To obtain updates, go to sccrtc.org, name 831-460-3200 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.