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Perris Valley Line

Perris Valley Line

At the October 13 Commission meeting, a public hearing was held to receive input and public comments on the Perris Valley Line’s (PVL) Accessibility Compliance with United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Level Boarding Guidance document. The PVL project must provide access to passengers with mobility limitations as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. A key element of ADA access is how passengers board trains at station platforms. The USDOT provides guidance that describes a hierarchy of methods that should be analyzed to determine how to best provide passenger access to riders with mobility limitations. Results of the draft accessibility report for PVL can be accessed at the project website (perrisvalleyline.info).

Measure A — Delivering on Promises

Measure AOn an annual basis, the Commission develops a report called On the Move as well as Framework for a Journey, 2009‑2019 Delivery Plan.

On the Move — For more than 15 years, the Commission has published an annual report in the local newspapers in order to keep the public apprised of the investment they approved in Measure A, the half-cent transportation sales tax. The report provides an easy-to-read synopsis of the Commission’s accomplishments during the prior 12-month period and also highlights current and future projects. On the Move was published in the Desert Sun, the Press Enterprise, and the Californian. The annual report can also be accessed at rctc.org/downloads/RCTC_AR2010.pdf.

Framework for a Journey — 2009-2019 Delivery Plan — This hot-off-the-press document highlights projects that will be delivered within the first 10 years of the Commission’s Measure A Expenditure Plan. It provides an overview of the Commission’s priority projects, funding sources and uses together with demographic and sales tax data. The brochure was originally developed to inform the financial industry about the Commission. It is also used for the Commission’s bond rating meetings on Wall Street. The Delivery Plan can be downloaded at rctc.org/downloads/Journey_2010.pdf.

State Adopts FY 2010/11 Budget

Governor Schwarzenegger signed the state budget into law on October 8, 2010 — 100 days after the statutory deadline. In general, transportation was not harmed by the $19.1 billion of cuts. The fuel tax swap that was enacted earlier this year was kept intact by the new budget. The budget allows construction to continue on key projects around the state, and also enables the State Treasurer to begin selling voter-approved infrastructure bonds that are needed for upcoming projects. Considering the dire fiscal straits that California has been in, the news for transportation could have been much worse.

RCTC Opposes Legislation to Lift Commuter Rail Liability Cap

H.R. 6150 is a bill that could cause great uncertainty and harm to the Metrolink commuter rail system and rail systems across the nation. The bill will retroactively raise the existing insurance liability caps for passenger rail accidents. While the Commission and Metrolink are concerned with compensating the victims of tragic rail incidents, this law would increase insurance costs that could jeopardize other rail safety improvements. Another possible impact could be that Metrolink would be rendered uninsurable, which would threaten the very existence of this valuable public transit service. For these reasons, the Commission has voted to strongly oppose H.R. 6150 unless amended.

Rideshare Week — October 4-10, 2010

Rideshare Week 2010

While much of the Commission’s work is focused on increasing transportation infrastructure and capacity, there is significant value in ensuring the transportation systems are used efficiently by the commuting public. To help foster efficient use of these systems, the Commission’s Commuter Assistance Program encourages Riverside County constituents and commuters to reduce solo driving. During California Rideshare Week, employers throughout the state focus their efforts on encouraging the public to leave their cars behind and use alternate forms of transportation such as a carpool, vanpool, buspool, public bus, Metrolink, walking, bicycling, or telecommuting. The centerpiece of Rideshare Week in the Inland Empire is a contest open to residents of, or employees in, Riverside or San Bernardino Counties that pledge to use an alternative mode of transportation at least one day when traveling to and from work. Commuters that pledge to rideshare are entered into a drawing to win prizes such as a $250 Vons or Stater Brothers gift card, desert or beach getaways, a recliner, camcorders, and foldable bikes. In total, there are over 120 prizes at a value of over $24,000 for commuters pledging to rideshare. All prizes were donated by partner employers or local sponsors. Additional information on the Commission’s on-going rideshare program can be accessed at ie511.org/rideshare.aspx.

Upcoming Meeting

The Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on November 10, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside.

Speaker’s Bureau

The Commission also maintains a speaker’s bureau that actively makes presentations throughout the county on transportation issues. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your service club or community organization, please contact Eliza Echevarria at (951) 787‑7141 or eechevarria@rctc.org.

Follow RCTC on Twitter

TwitterIn an effort to enhance public outreach, the Commission created a twitter account — an internet messaging site that allows anyone to post information on a real time basis. If you use Twitter, you can follow the Commission at twitter.com/RCTC.

Transportation in the News

Metrolink to Adopt Automatic Train Stopping
(Inland News Today, 10/6/2010)

91-71 Freeway Connector to Close for 2 Weeks
(Orange County Register, 10/5/2010)

CORONA: Ramp from 91 to 71 Closing
(Press Enterprise, 10/2/2010)

Car Pools Take a Hit Along with Economy
(Press Enterprise, 10/2/2010)

RCTC Thanks Governor for Signing Historic 91 Freeway Legislation
(Press Release, 9/30/2010)

Governor Approves Transportation Legislation for 91 Freeway, Positive Train Control
(Business Wire, 9/28/2010)

Budget Stalemate Freezes I-215 Funds
(North County Times, 9/23/2010)

Focus on the Future 2010 - Conference Information
(Mobility 21, 9/23/2010)

Future for California Tollways Looks HOT
(The Bond Buyer, Friday, 9/17/2010)

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