Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is seeking community input through an online survey on its Climate Adaptation Vulnerability Assessment and Priorities Report (CAVA) project.
The RTC, the County of Santa Cruz Department of Community Development and Infrastructure and the Santa Cruz County Office of Response, Recovery and Resiliency are partnering on the project that will identify transportation infrastructure assets, such as roads, bridges and trails, that may be vulnerable to climate hazards and prioritize them for further analysis and adaptation measures.
Climate change impacts are increasing at an alarming rate. Santa Cruz County is experiencing the impacts of extreme weather events and flooding, wildfires, sea level rise, coastal erosion and extreme temperatures on the county’s transportation system.
“We need to plan for the impacts of climate change on transportation to minimize impacts on county residents,” according to RTC.
Community members are asked to share their insights on how climate change impacts are already affecting the transportation network. Input provided will be used to develop the Draft Project Framework and the methodology for prioritizing future adaptation projects for County maintained transportation infrastructure and the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line.
An online survey to provide input can be found at sccrtc.org/cava in both English and Spanish. The deadline to take the survey is Nov. 10.