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Santa Cruz Metro
as somebody who works in Silicon
Valley. It is so expensive that our
teachers, our nurses, our bus drivers
can't easily afford to live here. "
The agency has a goal of developing
175 affordable housing units in Santa
Cruz County by the end of 2030.
Currently, there are 248 affordable
housing units under various stages
of development with multiple project
partners, and 128 net-zero units are
planned as part of a redevelopment
project at Santa Cruz Metro's Pacific
Center. The project is planned to begin
construction in 2024 and also includes
retail and office space.
Two other projects are also under
development that include the redevelopment
and construction of 60
affordable housing units as part of
a redevelopment project at the Santa
Cruz Metro transit center in Watsonville,
Calif., approximately 20 miles
from Santa Cruz County.
Tree noted the talk of housing
comes up in every public meeting
he attends about Santa Cruz County.
" We're honored the public is viewing
us as a community partner, not
only for the public transit, but for the
housing, and their symbiotic; they
go together with transit-oriented
development, " Tree said.
While the agency has three lofty
goals it would like to hit in the future,
Tree is excited to see what the agency
accomplishes by the end of 2023.
" By the end of 2023, I would think
we will meet the goal of being fully
staffed and having all of the preCOVID-19
service back on the street, "
Tree said. " We'll have probably blown
through the four million ridership
mark on our way to seven million.
I think we will have gotten close to
putting shovels in the ground on 128
affordable housing units and the redevelopment
of the Santa Cruz Transit
Center. I think by the end of 2023, we'll
be nearing $200,000 of financial support
for improving the environment. I
think we'll have ordered 19 hydrogen
buses and we'll have probably substantially
completed a hydrogen station, so
when those 19 hydrogen buses arrive,
they can begin being fueled, so that's
a pretty exciting 2023. "
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March/April 2023

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March/April 2023

Editor’s Notebook
People & Places
Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
Santa Cruz Metro Bounces Back from COVID-19 Pandemic
Ready for Rail: A Look at 2023’s Big Projects
Products
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March/April 2023 - Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
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March/April 2023 - A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
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March/April 2023 - Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
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March/April 2023 - Santa Cruz Metro Bounces Back from COVID-19 Pandemic
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