Eshoo Announces $30 Million for the Watsonville-Santa Cruz Multimodal Corridor to Reduce Congestion and Pollution

December 29, 2022
Press Release

PALO ALTO, CA Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) announced $30 million in federal funding for the Watsonville-Santa Cruz Multimodal Corridor through the Department of Transportation’s Mega Grant Program. The funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the historic law passed in November 2021 to invest in the nation’s transportation sector by improving public safety, strengthening climate resilience, and creating jobs. 

The $30 million grant will go to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to improve Highway 1 and the Santa Cruz Branch Line railroad right-of-way. The improvements include building new auxiliary lanes, a Bus-on-Shoulder facility between Freedom Boulevard and State Park Drive, and four new pedestrian and bicycle overcrossings to Highway 1 as part of the New Coastal Rail Trail.  As part of the overall program, Santa Cruz County plans to purchase four new zero emission buses for use on the corridor.

“Last November Congress passed the largest investment in public transit in history, and I’m thrilled to see those investments going straight to our community to improve our roads and infrastructure,” said Eshoo. “This funding will be used to make public transit more efficient for riders, promote active transportation connectivity on the new Santa Cruz County Coastal Rail Trail, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”