The rail corridor runs parallel to Park Avenue in Aptos in February 2021 (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local file)
9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 / Online and at 701 Ocean St., Room 525, Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission plans to vote at its Nov. 2 meeting on an updated 5-year plan for spending Measure D money.
The measure, which Santa Cruz County voters approved in 2016, was a half-cent sales tax hike to help maintain and improve transportation systems in the county. Measure D money has helped fund paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities, the recently completed Highway 17 wildlife undercrossing, improvements to Highway 1 and other projects.
Each year the commission updates its 5-year plan for spending Measure D money. The proposed update for 2023-2028 includes:
- $2.4 million for street upgrades in San Lorenzo Valley.
- $540,000 for Highway 1 improvement projects expected to start in 2025.
- $2.4 million for work on the rail trail, including planning for Segments 10 and 11 and rail corridor maintenance to help stem erosion, manage plants and repair storm damage.
- $2.3 million for separate, ongoing maintenance of the rail corridor.
Commission staff aim to leverage Measure D money to make projects more competitive for state grants. There isn’t enough revenue to pay for all planned projects outright and delays to a project could mean losing grant money or an increase in project costs, according to a commission staff report. To pay for planned projects and avoid delays, the commission may need to borrow $119 million over the next five years, commission staff wrote.
To participate: Join on Zoom or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID 854 0691 0971. To comment ahead of the meeting, email [email protected] by 9 a.m. Wednesday.