On The Move
Current News July 2013

SR-9191 Project Moves to
Construction Phase

Earlier this month, a $421 million federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to fund the construction of the 91 Project, formerly known as the State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project, was completed. In addition, financial close on more than $638 million of toll revenue bonds and sales tax revenue bonds payable from the Measure A half-cent sales tax initiative was completed. “This is a major milestone for RCTC and this project” said RCTC Chair Karen Spiegel, the Mayor Pro Tem of Corona. “This is one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the nation and its completion will enhance our quality of life and support growth in our regional economy.”

The 91 Project will build a new lane in each direction, rebuild seven interchanges, make local street and access improvements in the city of Corona, and construct a number of auxiliary lanes at key locations to ease access on and off the freeway especially between the 91 and Interstate 15. These improvements will be funded through the voter-approved Measure A program.

The newly-approved funding from the TIFIA program and toll revenue bonds will finance the extension of the 91 Express Lanes from Orange County. The financing will enable the project to move to construction by the end of this calendar year with the intention of opening in early 2017. The overall project is expected to cost $1.3 billion and create more than 16,000 jobs. Additional project information is available at www.sr91project.info.

Perris Valley Line — Lawsuit Settled

PVLThe Commission and the Friends of Riverside’s Hills successfully reached a settlement to end litigation that blocked the development of the Perris Valley Line (PVL) Extension project. The PVL project will extend the current Metrolink 91 Line to a number of new locations including the Hunter Park Business Complex in Riverside and the March Air Reserve Base. Another station will complement existing bus transit service in downtown Perris. As part of the settlement, RCTC agreed to contribute funding for project betterments including additional soundproofing of homes in the University Neighborhood, acquisition of additional habitat, and funding recreational trail development in the Box Springs area. The value of these improvements is over two and a half million dollars. “This is a critical public transit project that will help Riverside County as well as all of Southern California,” said Marion Ashley, a Riverside County Supervisor who serves as the Vice Chair of RCTC. “We’ve always had a great project; this settlement makes it even better.” A copy of the press release is available here. Complete project information is available at www.perrisvalleyline.info.

Commission Approves Transit Funding
For FY 2013/14

SR-91As 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 $181.6 million in funding to cover the operating and capital costs for seven public bus operators and Metrolink commuter rail services for FY 2013/14. Funding levels for FY 2013/14 reflect a system wide increase of 6.5 percent in total operating expenses and an 89 percent decrease in capital expenditures. The significant decrease in capital expenditures is due to expenses associated with the Perris Valley Line commuter rail extension project. In addition, the Riverside Transit Agency’s planned capital expenditure is reduced as funding to replace 85 older fixed route buses is now complete. Overall transit ridership for FY 2013/14 is projected to be 18.3 million, approximately 5 percent higher than the forecast for FY 2012/13.

SB 821 Bicycle and Pedestrian
Facilities Program

The Commission approved over $1.7 million for 18 bicycle and pedestrian facility projects at its July 10, 2013 meeting. Each year, two percent of the Local Transportation Fund revenue is made available for use on bicycle and pedestrian facility projects through the Commission’s discretionary SB 821 program. As shown on the following table, three projects were located in Coachella Valley and 15 in Western Riverside.

Geographical
Area
Number of
Projects
Dollar
Amount
Percentage
Coachella Valley 3 $424,900 24%
Western Riverside 15 $1,356,022 76%
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Upcoming
Commission Meeting

There will be no Commission meeting in August. The next meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, September 11, 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:

June 13: Four Corners Coalition — 2013 Economic Summit

June 13: Moreno Valley’s Chamber of Commerce Meeting — RCTC Projects

June 13: Western Riverside Council of Government’s General Assembly

June 13: Transportation NOW — Presentation on 91 Project

June 18: Presentation to Prospective Investors — 91 Project — New York

June 19: Presentation to Prospective Investors — 91 Project — Boston

June 19: Norco Chamber of Commerce — 91 Project

June 19: Norco City Council — 91 Project

June 19: Future Ports’ Annual Conference

June 20: 91 Project — Prospective Investors’ Site Visit — Corona

June 20: Caltrans’ District 8 — Presentation on RCTC Projects

June 27: Riverside County Small Business Expo

June 28: Corona Chamber of Commerce’s State of the State Event

July 3: Completion of Bond Sale — 91 Project

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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Transportation in the News

PERRIS: Crash to close SB 215 for at least 24 hours Press Enterprise (July 9, 2013)

TRANSPORTATION: ‘Buy American’ rules could stall Inland projects Press Enterprise (July 8, 2013)

CORONA: Wall Street green lights Highway 91 expansion Press Enterprise (July 3, 2013)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $421 Million Loan to Expand SR 91 in Southern California eNews Park Forest (July 3, 2103)

Route 91 Improvement Bonds Sold Inland News Today (June 27, 2013)

Treasury Auctions Set for This Week New York Times (June 23, 2013)

Fitch Releases Report on Riverside County Transportation Commission, CA Yahoo Finance (June 22, 2013)

Fitch Releases Report on Riverside County Transportation Commission, CA Market Watch (June 21, 2013)

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