Santa Cruz has a long standing committment to its transit system operated by the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (Metro). It needs to be made clear that the existing transit system must ge strengthened in order to function symbiotically with PRT. PRT will bring new levels of ridership to Metro and, without Metro, PRT cannot achieve its needed ridership. This will mean new revenues coming to Metro from PRT as well as the possibility of new investment capital. If Metro and the PRT system are under the same management, this will mean more and better opportunities for transit employment. The Metro Board of Directors as well as its administration will play a key role in securing an effective PRT system
If any State or Federal funding are forthcoming for a Santa Cruz PRT system, the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) will likely play a key role.
A Santa Cruz PRT system linking to UCSC will need to cross highway one. As a result, Caltrans will be a part of the planning and approval process.
PRT will need to cross the Coastal Rail Line, likely, in more than one location. An agreement would be necessary with the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) who has purchased the property previously owned by Union Pacific. There is excellent potential in use of the rail line for transportation. In addition to the bike and pedestrian trail that is under development, passenger rail service may be likely. Conections to the rail line using PRT would be some of the very best applications of PRT technology.