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Coachella Valley: Passenger Rail Service

Providing some form of passenger rail service to the Coachella Valley and San Gorgonio Pass has been a long-standing priority for more than two decades. In order to advance that priority, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) recently completed and approved a rail study update. The best possible option for this service would be an Amtrak intercity train that travels daily (round-trip) from Indio to Los Angeles with stops in Palm Springs, Banning, and Riverside. This will require ongoing advocacy and support to identify funding and resources to implement this service. In the meantime, Amtrak currently operates the Sunset Limited, a train that serves Palm Springs when it travels between Los Angeles and New Orleans three times a week. To improve performance on this service, Amtrak wants to run the trains daily and make added stops in Riverside and Fullerton. The Commission is supportive of Amtrak’s plan and confirmed its commitment to advocate for daily train service and to pursue a regional daily service for the Coachella Valley.

Click here to download a copy of CVAG’s rail study.

Measure K: Increases Debt Limit For Transportation Projects

Yes on Measure KOn November 2, 2010, voters passed Measure K, a ballot initiative to increase the borrowing cap from $500 million to $975 million on the 30-year half-cent transportation sales tax known as Measure A. The additional debt capacity will be used to fund roads, interchanges, and other ambitious transportation projects including the State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project, Perris Valley Line (an extension of Metrolink’s commuter rail service), as well as regional arterial development in Western Riverside County and the Coachella Valley. The approval of Measure K provides the Commission with added financial flexibility to finance a number of freeway and rail projects in the next few years.

Project Websites

The Commission recently redesigned its website to make it easier to navigate and get the information needed on projects, programs, meetings and business opportunities. In an on-going effort to keep the public informed on up-coming transportation projects, we invite you to explore the following project specific websites:

i215project.infowww.i215project.info — Includes information on the Interstate 215 South project and the south connector project, including project description, costs, and construction start/end dates;

sr91project.infowww.sr91project.info — Provides information on the construction of a general purpose lane and two tolled express lanes, including costs and construction timelines for the State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project; and

perrisvalleyline.infowww.perrisvalleyline.info — The project will extend Metrolink service 24 miles further into Riverside County. The project website provides information on station development as well as project cost and project timeline.

The Commission Releases $6.8 Million Specialized Transit Call For Projects

Specialized Transit

The Measure A Specialized Transit program provides a valuable service to the community by serving the needs of seniors and persons with disabilities whose transportation needs are not met by traditional transit services. Specific information on the call for projects can be accessed at rctc.org/callsforprojects.asp

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on December 8, 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

twitter.com/RCTCIn 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.

twitter.com/ie511Interested in what’s happening with traffic in the Inland Empire? IE511 is your best source for getting around Southern California. Real-time traffic for Southern California, including travel times, freeway cameras, and incident information. IE511 also offers bus and rail transit information as well as rideshare for those seeking an alternative to automobile travel. Connect on the go. Call 511 within the Inland Empire or rely on IE511 wherever you go by calling 1‑877‑MYIE511.

Transportation in the News

SAN JACINTO: Indicted Developer Responds to Transportation Commission Suit
(Press Enterprise, 11/9/2010)

CORONA: Five Teams Vie for Highway 91 Toll Project
(Press Enterprise, 10/29/2010)

Local Money Crucial to Current Road Spending
(Press Enterprise, 10/29/2010)

REGION: Residents Welcome I-215 Widening
(North County Times, 10/28/2010)

REGION: Meeting Set on I-215 Widening North of Scott
(North County Times, 10/26/2010)

Interstate 215 Public Hearing Being Held in Perris
(Media Advisory, 10/26/2010)

TEMECULA: Summit Looks to Future of I-215 Corridor
(Press Enterprise, 10/21/2010)

CORONA: Highway 91 Detour Working Smoothly
(Press Enterprise, 10/18/2010)

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