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Current News March 2013

State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project Plan of Finance

SR‑91The Commission approved a $1.3 billion Plan of Finance for constructing the State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project (SR‑91 CIP) at its April 2013 meeting. A $435 million federal loan, to be repaid through tolls, will fund about one-third of the total cost of the project. In addition, toll bonds will be sold representing approximately 17 percent of the total. The remaining 50% of the project cost will be financed through Measure A sales tax bonds and cash expenditures made to date and will be paid during construction. Additional details on the Plan of Finance are available here.

It is anticipated that selection of a design-build team to design and construct the project will be made at the May 2013 Commission meeting. As shown below, when completed, the project will widen the SR 91 through Corona, and extend the existing 91 Express Lanes from the Orange County line to Interstate 15. Other improvements include a new general purpose lane in each direction and ramp and interchange improvements. The SR‑91 CIP is scheduled to open to traffic by the end of 2017.

SR‑91 CIP Future Improvements

Measure ADelivering on Promises —
Full Speed Ahead

Recently, RCTC developed a report called Full Speed Ahead – 2009-2019 Delivery Plan. This hot-off-the-press document highlights projects that will be delivered by 2019 based on the Commission’s Measure A Expenditure Plan approved by the voters of Riverside County. Full Speed Ahead provides an overview of the Commission’s priority projects, funding sources and uses together with demographic and sales tax data. The brochure was developed to inform the financial industry about the Commission and is also used for the Commission’s bond rating meetings on Wall Street. Delivering on Promises, Full Speed Ahead can be downloaded here.

Specialized Transit

Specialized TransitIn Riverside County, transit options don’t stop with regular buses and trains. Under its Specialized Transit Program, RCTC coordinates the allocation of Measure A and federal funding for services to seniors and persons with disabilities. As a result of a recent call for projects, approximately $8 million in funding was allocated to 19 specialized transit operators at the Commission’s April 10, 2013 meeting. Examples of specialized transit services include mobility management and travel training, mileage reimbursement, shuttle service, and subsidized bus passes.

A list of specialized transit operators and a description of services provided is available at www.rctc.org.

Upcoming
Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California.

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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:

March 14: Winchester Municipal Advisory Council — SR‑79 Realignment

March 15: Corona State of the City Business Expo — SR‑91 CIP

March 15: Greater Corona Valley Chamber of Commerce — SR‑91 CIP

March 18: Transportation Accountability Performance Summit — City of Riverside

March 18: Presentation to Four Seasons Neighborhood Group — SR‑79 Realignment

March 20: National Association of Women in Construction and California Land Surveyors Association — SR‑91 CIP

March 20: Menifee Chamber of Commerce — I‑215 Central and Perris Valley Line

March 22: Cajalco/Ramona 215 Dedication Ceremony

March 25: Young Black Contractors Association — RCTC’s Small Business Program

March 27: Pulse of the Ports: Peak Season Forecast

March 27: San Gorgonio Pass Water, Transportation and Economic Summit

April 1: Calimesa City Council Meeting — Presentation on RCTC Projects

April 2: Business Development Association of the Inland Empire — Increase Teams’ Win Potential During the Interview Phase of a Procurement

April 4: Inside Downtown — SR‑91 HOV Project

April 4: City of Norco: State of the City

April 8: Future Ports — Presentation on RCTC Projects

April 9-10: Coalition for Americas Gateway and Trade Corridors

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

PERRIS: Judge sides with opponents on some Metrolink issues Press Enterprise (April 1, 2013)

RCTC approves $1.3 billion finance plan for Route 91 Union Tribune San Diego (April 10, 2013)

91 Freeway Widening Plan Clears Major Hurdle Monday Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Patch (March 26, 2013)

Riverside County Transportation Commission approves North Shore bus route grant Desert Sun (April 14, 2013)

STEER AROUND CONSTRUCTION; CAPITALIZE ON LOWER TOLLS Union Tribune San Diego (April 8, 2013)

BANNING: Pass leaders urged to work together Press Enterprise (March 27, 2013)

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