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Current News March 2013

State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project Moves a Step Closer

SR-91RCTC’s procurement process for selecting a design-build team to design and construct the State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project (SR‑91 CIP) met a new milestone. After an exhaustive evaluation process, staff ranked proposals from four teams. The ranking was based on a competitive, best value procurement that evaluated proposals based on a combination of cost, schedule, and technical matters.

  1. Atkinson/Walsh, a Joint Venture
  2. Shimmick/Obayashi/FNF, a Joint Venture
  3. Flatiron/Skanska/Rados, a Joint Venture
  4. Kiewit Infrastructure West

The procurement process is estimated to last for another two months as there are a number of financial, contractual, and legal matters that must be finalized prior to Commission action to approve a design-build contract.

The SR‑91 CIP is scheduled to open to traffic by the end of 2017. When completed, the project will widen the SR‑91 through Corona, extend the existing 91 Express Lanes from the Orange County line to Interstate 15, improve local interchanges, reconstruct a portion of the 15/91 interchange, together with other regular and express lane improvements within the SR‑91 corridor.

Commission Adopts its Policy Goals and Objectives for Fiscal Year 2013/14

RCTCThe initial step in the budget process is to develop policy goals and objectives that are consistent with the Commission’s overall strategic direction. For Fiscal Year 2013/14, the Commission’s seven long-term policy goals are:

  • Promote mobility;
  • Mitigate and address the impact of goods movement;
  • Encourage economic development;
  • Ensure improved system efficiencies;
  • Foster environmental stewardship;
  • Support transportation choices through intermodalism and accessibility; and
  • Prioritize public and agency communications.

The annual adoption of the goals and objectives for the budget provides an opportunity to match the Commission’s spending priorities in a manner that implements the promises made in the Measure A Expenditure Plan. The next step in the budget process is the development of the budget, which will be presented to the Commission at its May meeting through a public hearing process. The final budget will be approved at the June meeting.

A copy of the 2009 Measure A Expenditure Plan can be downloaded here.

Commission Endorses the Principles for California Environmental Quality Act Reform

CEQA Working GroupAt its March 2013 meeting, the Commission endorsed principles to reform the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). When CEQA was enacted 40 years ago, the wide array of local state and federal environmental and land use regulations now on the books did not exist. CEQA was essentially it. Since then, Congress and the Legislature adopted more than 120 laws to protect environmental quality in many of the same topical areas required to be independently mitigated under CEQA, including laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Green House Gas emissions reductions standards, SB 375 and more.

CEQA provided an avenue for public and private projects to be thoroughly vetted for impacts to the environment, local communities, and historic and cultural resources. While the CEQA review process benefited the public by increasing transparency and public participation in decision-making, protecting key environmental and cultural assets, the CEQA review process also provided a tool for opponents of projects to slow or destroy projects all together for reasons unrelated to the environmental concerns CEQA was designed to address. It is not difficult to find projects in Riverside County and across California with positive benefits to communities that incurred significant delays and expenditures of taxpayer dollars due to the misuse of CEQA.

In recent years, the Commission championed federal legislation that would allow states to substitute their own environmental laws if they are equivalent or more rigorous than NEPA. Recent federal transportation law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP‑21), requires this idea to be studied prior to the enactment of the next transportation bill in Congress. To further this work effort, the Commission endorsed the Policy Principles for CEQA Modernization (here) developed by the CEQA Working Group. Additional details related to CEQA Modernization are available at www.CEQAWorkingGroup.com.

News Bites

Upcoming
Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 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:

February 14: Eastvale Chamber of Commerce — SR‑91 CIP

February 14: Building and Construction Trades Council — SR‑91 CIP

February 14: Meeting with Senator Roth

February 15: Mobility 21 Steering Committee

February 20: Mid County Parkway Public Hearing

February 21: Orange County Transportation Authority’s State Route 91 Ribbon Cutting Event

February 26 & 27: SR‑79 Public Hearing — Draft Environmental Document

March 4: Mt. San Jacinto College — Mid County Parkway (MCP) and SR‑79

March 5: March Joint Powers Authority — Perris Valley Line

March 5: Sierra Dawn Mobile Home Estates — MCP and SR‑79

March 5: Corona West Mobile Home Park Meeting — SR‑91 CIP

March 6: Mobility 21 Advocacy Trip — Washington DC

March 9: Laurel Palms Apartments Information Station — I‑215 Central Widening Project

March 11: Ramona Express Widening/I‑215 Interchange Ribbon Cutting

March 12: Hemet City Council — SR‑79

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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