On The Move
Current News October 2013

RCTC's ANNUAL REPORT ‑ DELIVERING ON PROMISES

Measure A

Annually, the Commission publishes a report in the local newspapers to keep the public apprised of investments they approved in Measure A, the half-cent sales tax initiative for transportation projects and programs. The annual report provides an overview of the Commission’s major accomplishments during the prior 12‑month period and also highlights current and future projects. Project delivery continues to be a top priority with the major focus on initiating construction on the State Route 91 (SR‑91) Project, the Perris Valley Line (PVL) commuter rail extension, grade separations and customer service programs demonstrated by the investment in the IE511 Traveler Information Services program. The 2013 edition of On the Move ‑ RCTC's Annual Report ‑ was published in the Desert Sun and the Press Enterprise on November 10, 2013. It is also available on the Commission’s website at: http://www.rctc.org/about-us/annual-report.

 

MOBILITY 21's PUBLIC SECTOR LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD ‑ CHAIRWOMAN KAREN SPIEGEL

Honorable Karen Spiegel, Mayor Pro Tem, city of Corona and RCTC's Chairwoman was recently awarded Mobility 21's 2013 Public Sector Leader of the Year award for her leadership and commitment in solving complex transportation issues. As a member of RCTC's Executive Committee, Karen's efforts were instrumental in securing a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan to widen the SR‑91 through Corona. As Chairwoman, Karen also advocated for the expansion of the PVL, a 24‑mile extension of Metrolink service from Downtown Riverside to the southern edge of Perris. Mobility 21 is a coalition that brings together public, business and community stakeholders to pursue regional solutions to the transportation challenges facing Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura Counties.

Mayer Spiegel

Anne Mayer (left) RCTC’s Executive Director
Karen Spiegel (right) Mobility 21’s Public Sector
Leader of the Year Award Recipient

 

PROJECTS RECOMMENDED TO RECEIVE STATE FUNDING

RCTCAs identified below, the Commission approved six projects to be considered by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to receive approximately $65.5 million in State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds. The STIP is a five-year program of projects that is updated every two years outlining the commitment of transportation funds for highways, rail operations, mass transportation, and local roads.

  • I-15 French Valley Parkway Interchange
  • $10,000,000
  • SR-60 Truck Climbing Lane
  • 27,600,000
  • "B" Canyon Wildlife Crossing
  • 3,100,000
  • I-215 Southbound Connector
  • 8,975,000
  • I‑10/Jefferson Interchange Improvement
  • 13,800,000
  • CV Link
  • 2,000,000
      $65,475,000


    The deadline to submit the STIP to CTC is
    December 15, 2013; the CTC is scheduled to
    approve the 2014 STIP in April 2014.

     

    SB 821 BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES PROGRAM

    At the November 13, 2013 Commission meeting, approximately $145,000 was reprogrammed to two projects under the SB 821 Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program. The city of Indio received $98,500 in funding for improvements to the sidewalk on Jefferson Street; in addition, $46,353 was allocated to the city of Temecula for design work on a Pauba Road sidewalk project. For FY 2013/14, approximately $1.8 million has been allocated under the SB 821 program.

     

    91 PROJECT GROUND BREAKING

    SR-91 Don't forget to join us on
    December 11, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., for the ground breaking ceremony for the 91 project. The ceremony will be held at the Parking Structure of the North Main Corona Metrolink Station, 250 E. Blaine Street, Corona, California. Complete project details are available at www.sr91project.info.

    News Bites

    Upcoming
    Commission Meeting

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

    October 10: Tour Ethanac Corridor

    October 11: Leadership Riverside — Moderated Panel Discussion of State Legislators

    October 15: Murrieta City Council —
    I‑15 Corridor Improvement Project

    October 15: Leonard Transportation Center Advisory Board Meeting

    October 16: WTS — Orange County Chapter — RCTC Projects

    October 16: Norco Area Chamber of Commerce — Military Appreciation Day with Senator Richard Roth

    October 16: Residents Association of Greater Lake Mathews — 91 Project

    October 17: Neighbors of the Woods Street — 91 Project

    October 17: CSSD Advisory Board

    October 18: Riverside Chamber of Commerce — Legislative Summit

    October 21: Assemblyman Linder's Transportation Advisory Committee

    October 22: Green River Village Mobile Home Park — 91 Project

    October 23: Riverside Exchange Club — RCTC Projects

    October 24: Riverside County Board of Supervisors' "Youth in Government Day"

    October 24: American Council of Engineering Companies Riverside/San Bernardino Chapter — RCTC projects

    October 29: Beacon Economic Forecast Conference

    October 29: Mobility 21's Southern California Transportation Summit

    October 30: UCR Neighborhood Meeting — Perris Valley Line (PVL)

    November 1: Coachella Valley 2013 Economic Summit

    November 6: Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development & The Economy Hearing on The Role of Trade and Foreign Investment in the Inland Empire, Hosted by Assemblyman Jose Medina

    November 6: Coronita Community Meeting — 91 Project

    November 7: American Public Works Association — PVL

    November 8: Riverside Chamber of Commerce — Government in Action

    November 13: Greater Corona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with Assemblyman Eric Linder

    November 13: Wildomar City Council — I‑15 Corridor Improvement 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

    91 CARPOOL PROJECT: Riverside's Fourteenth St. stuck in slow lane Press Enterprise (October 16, 2013)

    RIVERSIDE: Teen boy struck, killed by Metrolink train Press Enterprise (October 10, 2013)

    MORENO VALLEY: $1 million contract awarded to widen Cactus Avenue Press Enterprise (October 9, 2013)

    JURUPA VALLEY: Dangerous railroad crossings Press Enterprise (October 14, 2013)

    HEMET: Councilman seeks slower speeds through Lamb Canyon Press Enterprise (October 11, 2013)

    REGION: Gilman Springs Road to close soon for construction Press Enterprise (October 10, 2013)

    RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Development fee cuts extended Press Enterprise (October 9, 2013)

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