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Current News June 2012

Fiscal Year 2012/13 Budget
Adopted by Unanimous Vote

RCTCDuring the upcoming fiscal year, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (Commission) will spend more than $634 million on a variety of projects and programs. In FY 2012/13, the Commission will invest $371 million in capital projects that include highway, regional arterial, and rail projects. This is the largest budget in the Commission’s 35-year history. Thanks to the voter-approved Measure A sales tax program, the recently approved $444 million federal Transportation Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act loan, and state bond funding, the Commission is poised to move forward on a number of major projects including the widening of State Route 91 and Interstate 215 and the Perris Valley Line Metrolink extension. In addition to building these projects, the Commission is a conduit for financing a number of local projects as well. Construction crews are becoming a common site in Riverside County. Additional work is slated for a number of freeway interchanges, freeway widenings, transit enhancements, and local street and road projects. Beginning in 2011 and continuing through 2013, more than $2 billion in construction spending will be devoted to transportation projects constructed by the Commission, the county of Riverside, local cities, or the state of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Every transportation investment brings the opportunity of creating local jobs, which can run the gamut from construction workers, design engineers, transit coach operators, tow truck drivers, etc.

Regional programs such as Metrolink’s commuter rail and transit services will receive a little over $102 million in funding. Much of that funding is received from state sales tax sources and is passed through to individual transit operators. Measure A funding is also used for public and specialized transit services.

A PDF of the budget can be downloaded here.


Project Delivery

State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project

State Route 91The Commission approved releasing a request for proposal (RFP) for design-build services for the State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project (SR-91 CIP) to four pre-qualified design-build teams: Atkinson/Walsh, The Kiewit Team, Flatiron/Skanska/Rados, and Shimmick Construction Company/Obayashi Corporation/FNF Construction. Information received through the current RFP industry review process for design-build services will be used to develop the project’s final RFP, which is projected to be released in July 2012. SR-91 CIP will widen SR-91 through the city of Corona, extend the existing 91 Express Lanes from the Orange County line to Interstate 15, improve five local interchanges, and reconstruct a portion of the 15/91 interchange. For additional project details, please visit sr91project.info.

State Route 60 Truck Climbing/Descending Lane Project

State Route 60At its June meeting, the Commission approved a little over $3 million in support of the environmental document phase of the State Route 60 truck climbing lane in the Badlands area east of Moreno Valley. Caltrans is currently working on a safety project within the same limits of the Badlands project to widen the shoulders in the westbound direction. To reduce the impact on the travelling public, the projects will be combined with construction projected to start in 2016. The cost of both projects is estimated between $74 to $82 million. Caltrans will fund $27 million for the safety project and the Commission will fund the truck climbing lane at an estimated cost of $47-$55 million.

Perris Valley Line

Perris Valley LineThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Perris Valley Line (PVL) commuter rail extension. The FONSI is an important step in finalizing federal funding and approval for the project and enables the Commission to complete the project’s final design phase and submit an application for a Project Construction Grant Agreement with FTA. Additional information on the PVL is available at perrisvalleyline.info.

Doing Business with the Commission —
Online Vendor and Bid Management System

In an effort to administer and manage the procurement process for future construction projects and programs, the Commission approved an agreement with Planet Bids for an online vendor and bid management system. The web-based application process, which should be available in late July, will streamline the bidding process and allow for increased outreach to potential vendors, small businesses, and disadvantaged business enterprises for future projects and programs.

Upcoming
Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California.

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

In 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.

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