Santa Cruz County receives state rail funds
The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is one step
closer to acquiring the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line from Union Pacific. $11 million
in funds from Proposition 116 Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act have
been set aside for use in Santa Cruz County since the ballot measure passed in
1990. The first installment of these funds, $300,000, was granted in August to
the RTC by the State Transportation Commission.
These funds will be used for pre-acquisition activities including appraisals,
title search, and development of a business plan. The Prop. 116 funds are matched
by other state and local funds to be used for environmental review of the proposed
Recreational Rail service between Capitola and Aptos/Seascape.
For more information visit
the RTC website or call 460-3200.