On The Move
Current News July 2012

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century — Federal Legislative Up-Date

An overview of the recently passed federal transportation bill called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP‑21) was provided at the July Commission meeting. Following are highlights of the two‑year, $105 billion transportation bill:

  • Current funding levels maintained adjusted for inflation
  • Eliminates or consolidates more than 60 programs into four core highway programs:
    • National Highway Performance Program
    • Surface Transportation Program
    • Highway Safety Improvement Program
    • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program
  • Project delivery acceleration
  • Expansion of Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation (TIFIA) Program
  • Creation of a national freight policy

MAP‑21 also simplifies several public transportation programs and includes a number of provisions to address freight needs.

Over the next several months, many new rules and regulations will be written to implement program and policy changes. In addition, Congress may soon begin to hold hearings on MAP‑21 and will also start to outline the next federal transportation bill.

The Commission applauds members of Congress representing Riverside County for supporting MAP‑21. The Commission was pleased to contribute to the process of developing MAP‑21 and looks forward to its successful implementation.

Coachella Valley Projects Nominated to Receive Proposition 1B Funding

CVAGIn partnership with the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, the Commission recommended the following projects be submitted to the California Transportation Commission to receive $12.3 million in Proposition 1B funds under the State-Local Partnership Program (SLPP):

  • Monterey Avenue Interchange loop ramp;
  • Varner Road/Jefferson Street Intersection;
  • Monroe Street (Avenue 49 to 52) widening and intersection;
  • Fred Waring Drive (Adams Street to Port Maria Road) median widening;
  • Highway 111/Cook Street to Hospitality Row widening and intersection; and
  • Highway 111/Washington Street intersection.

The SLPP funding is available for costs incurred in the construction phase and requires that the projects be matched on a 50-50 basis with Measure A funds, Riverside County’s voter-approved half-cent sales tax measure. In addition to the above projects, four western county projects were previously recommended for SLPP funding consisting of the Perris Valley Line (PVL), State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project, Interstate 215 Central Widening Project, and the Foothill Parkway extension.

Commission Approves Transit Funding for FY 2012/13

Perris MultimodalAs the regional transportation planning agency, the Commission is responsible for planning transit services, allocation of transit funds, operator oversight, and performance monitoring. In June, the Commission approved the Short Range Transit Plans (SRTP) for public bus and commuter rail service providers. The SRTPs identify operating and capital budgets as well as funding sources, and serve as blueprints for the future development of transit services, operations, and infrastructure. Based on the SRTPs, the Commission approved approximately $372 million in funding to cover the operating and capital costs for seven public bus operators and Metrolink commuter rail services for FY 2012/13. Funding levels for FY 2012/13 reflect a systemwide increase of 7.8 percent in total operating expenses and a 122 percent increase in capital expenditures mainly due to expenses associated with the completion of preliminary engineering and final design, right of way acquisition, completion of environmental assessment, and construction of the PVL commuter rail extension project. Overall transit ridership for FY 2012/13 is projected to be 17.3 million, approximately 2% higher than the current year ridership.

 

 

Upcoming
Commission Meeting

There will be no Commission meeting in August. The next meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, September 12, 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 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.

June 5:   Perris Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
June 7:   Romoland Municipal Advisory Committee
June 8:   I-215/Van Buren Groundbreaking
June 9:   KTIE Radio Interview
June 12:   Railway Association of Southern California
June 14:   The Greater Corona Valley Chamber of Commerce I-15 Economic Summit
June 14:   Winchester Municipal Advisory Committee
June 19:   City of Riverside Council Meeting
June 21:   French Valley Parkway Interchange Groundbreaking
June 22:   Corona Rotary Club
June 26:   Business Development Association of the Inland Empire
June 28:   Nason Street Interchange Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
June 28:   Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce

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.

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

TRANSPORTATION: Congress Passes Two‑Year Highway Bill
(Press Enterprise, 6/29/2012)

INLAND: Bi-County Carpool Lane Project Delayed
(Press Enterprise, 6/24/2012)

SAN JACINTO VALLEY: Highway Realignment Review Delayed
(Press Enterprise, 6/16/2012)

BADLANDS: Truck Lanes Coming to Highway 60
(Press Enterprise, 6/13/2012)

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