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Current News January 2013

Measure A and Local Transportation Fund Revenues Increasing

Measure AAs part of the annual budget process, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (Commission) released its revenue projections for Fiscal Year 2013/14. Revenue projections include Measure A, the ½ cent sales tax program for transportation; Local Transportation Fund (LTF), which consists of funding derived from a ¼ cent of the state’s general sales tax; and funding from Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fees (TUMF). TUMF revenues consist of fees charged to new developments to ensure they pay for transportation facilities needed to accommodate growth. For FY 2013/14, the Commission approved revenue projections as follows:

Measure A

     

$

147.0 million

LTF

     

$

72.5 million

TUMF

     

$

6.3 million

When making projections, staff considers revenue trends, historical receipts, economic data, and forecast studies. Current trends indicate Measure A and LTF receipts are approximately 11.8% and 11.3% higher, respectively, for the seven months ending January 31, 2013, compared to the same period last year. TUMF revenues have increased 18% for the five months ended November 30, 2012, compared to the same period last year.

Recovery from the nationwide recession in the local economy has been slow. However, there are signs that the Inland Empire economy is moving in the right direction. Sales tax revenues have rebounded from the recent economic downturn’s low point in 2010 and have increased for 12 consecutive quarters through the second quarter of 2012. The unemployment rate has been decreasing and job growth indicators are somewhat encouraging. The housing market is showing improvement with price appreciation and increases in building permits — especially multi-family housing.

State Route 79 Widening Project

SR-79At its January 9 meeting, the Commission approved an allocation of $3 million to the county of Riverside for phase two of the Measure A State Route 79 widening project from Thompson Road to Domenigoni Parkway. The project’s construction cost is estimated at $10 million and is scheduled to start construction early 2013.

Los Angeles — San Diego — San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency

An agreement authorizing the Commission to be included as a voting member of the Los Angeles — San Diego — San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (LOSSAN) was approved at the January Commission meeting. LOSSAN is a joint powers agency created to oversee the intercity passenger rail services in the 351-mile travel corridor between San Diego and Los Angeles. The LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency develops corridor improvements and coordinates services between Amtrak, Metrolink, and the Coaster passenger trains. By becoming a voting member on the LOSSAN Board, the Commission joins nine other Southern California Transportation Agencies and will be able to actively impact and coordinate regional rail service. This is a unique opportunity to provide leadership in developing the future of passenger rail in Southern California.

Upcoming Workshop and Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its annual workshop on Thursday, January 31 and Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Embassy Suites La Quinta, 50‑777 Santa Rosa Plaza, La Quinta, California. The Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 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.

During the past month, Commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:

December 12: Hemet-San Jacinto Chapter of Transportation NOW — Presentation on I‑215, Mid-County Parkway and SR‑79 realignment

January 3: Southern California Association of Government’s Transportation Committee and Regional Council

January 8 and 9: California Transportation Commission

January 8: Gerald Desmond Bridge Ground Breaking Ceremony

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

REGIONAL: Devore Interchange, Perris Metrolink Get Funds
(Press Enterprise, 12/7/2012)

REGION: Milestone Reached in 91 Freeway Expansion
(The Californian, 11/22/2012)

Press Release: Toy Train to Roll to Three Stops in Riverside County
(Press Release, 11/19/2012)

PERRIS: Officials Break Ground on Freeway Widening
(Press Enterprise, 11/5/2012)

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