On The Move
Current News October 2013

CVAGRail Service to the Coachella Valley and the Pass

The Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) and the Commission have entered into an agreement to establish funding to support a Coachella Valley Rail program. Providing some form of passenger rail service to the Coachella Valley has been a long‑standing priority for the area for more than two decades with the first studies completed in the early 1990’s. In 2010, the Commission reaffirmed its formal support for implementation and expansion of intercity Amtrak rail service to the Coachella Valley. Study results have determined using state‑supported intercity trains presents the best alternative for developing service through the Pass Area to the Coachella Valley. The 141‑mile trip between Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley would cross four counties. Although stops and station locations are yet to be determined, the initial service plan would provide two daily round trips along the corridor. The next round of studies will look at various track alignments, routes, station alternatives, and ridership forecasts. The primary effort for this will be the initiation of a service development plan. The true success of this effort will be to develop comprehensive and convincing planning documents that will allow Coachella Valley Rail to compete for limited state and federal rail funds. Working in partnership with CVAG, Commission staff will develop a Short Range Transit Plan identifying how the eastern county rail funds will support the development of the Coachella Valley Rail program. For additional information, contact Sheldon Peterson at (951) 787‑7141 or speterson@rctc.org.

Rideshare ThursdayRideshare Thursday Marketing Campaign

Although much of the Commission’s work is focused on increasing transportation infrastructure and capacity, there is significant value in ensuring the transportation systems in Riverside County are used efficiently. Rideshare and other transportation demand management programs are a vital tool for Riverside County as they significantly decrease the number of vehicles traveling on congested corridors and save thousands of pounds of pollutants from being emitted into the air each year. The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, a committee of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, is sponsoring a region‑wide public awareness campaign to promote ridesharing — biking, car/vanpooling, taking the bus or rail, telecommuting, walking — to work in Southern California. Additional information on the Commission’s ridesharing program and available commuter incentives can be found at ie511.org/rideshare.aspx.

91 Project Ground Breaking
— Mark Your Calendars

91 ProjectJoin us on December 11, 2013, for the ground breaking of the 91 project. This long‑awaited project will expand transportation choices, reduce delays, allow faster emergency response, relieve local street congestion and offer better access to public transit.

The project will add regular lanes, tolled express lanes and auxiliary lanes to eight miles along the 91 between the Orange County/Riverside County Line and Interstate 15. Additional project enhancements include interchanges, bridges, ramps and local street improvements to 2.8 miles of the I‑15.

91 ProjectThe groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the Parking Structure of the North Main Corona Metrolink Station, 250 E. Blaine Street, Corona, California at 11:00 a.m.

Complete project details are available at sr91project.info.

Measure ARCTC’s Annual Report

The Commission’s Annual Report — On the Move — will be published in the Desert Sun and the Press Enterprise on November 10, 2013. The report provides an easy‑to‑read synopsis of the Commission’s accomplishments during the prior 12‑month period and also highlights current and future projects. Once published, the Annual Report will also be available on the agency’s website.

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Upcoming
Commission Meeting

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

September 12: Villaggio Condo Update — Home Owners’ Association — 91 Project

September 12: WRCOG’s Planning Directors and TAC Meeting — CEQA Reform

September 12: City of Riverside’s Land Use and Energy Committee

September 17: Yorba Linda City Council Meeting — 91 Project

September 17: Corona Fire Department Training — 91 Project

September 19: ASCE Orange County — 91 Project

September 24: Inland Action — Riverside’s Toll Program

September 24: Perris City Council — I‑215 Central Project

September 24: Circle City Kiwanis Club — 91 Project

September 24: BDA — IE Transit

September 25: 2013 State of the County

September 26: Bond Buyer’s 23rd Annual California Public Finance Conference — 91 Project

September 30: Assemblywoman Melendez Tour — I‑215 Central Project

October 1: Arlington Rotary Club — 91 Project

October 2: Canyon Lake City Council — I‑15 Project

October 3: WTS-IE — I‑15 Project

October 9: Temescal Canyon MAC — 91 Project

October 9: Wildomar City Council — I‑15 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.

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

BOX SPRINGS: Paving seeks to ease pain of crossing closure Press Enterprise (October 2, 2013)

SAN JACINTO: Gilman closure anticipated later this month Press Enterprise (October 2, 2013)

SAN JACINTO: Council authorizes roundabout design Press Enterprise (October 2, 2013)

TRANSPORTATION: Perris Valley Line gets green light Press Enterprise (October 1, 2013)

CVAG OKs plan to help fund passenger rail Desert Sun (September 30, 2013)

Final votes coming on rail funding Desert Sun (September 29, 2013)

Railroads seek extension for installing anti-collision system Los Angeles Times (September 28, 2013)

Your Metrolink “System-Wide” Weekend Pass May Not work on Metro. Here Is What to Do. LA Street Blog (September 27, 2013)

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