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RCTC'S FISCAL YEAR 2014/15 BUDGET ADOPTED

During the next fiscal year, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (Commission) will spend more than $1.5 billion on a variety of projects and programs. In December 2013, the Commission broke ground on the 91 Project, which consists of two tolled express lanes and the addition of a general purpose lane in each direction of SR-91 between the Orange County line and the I-15. This year's budget reflects an ongoing investment in project development work that includes the acquisition of needed right of way for the 91 Project. Another regionally significant project is the Perris Valley Line, which will extend commuter rail service from Downtown Riverside to South Perris. The Commission is poised to move forward on a number of major projects including the I-215 Central project, the SR-74 curve widening, as well as the management of smaller programs such as commuter and motorist assistance.

During FY 2014/15, regional programs including Metrolink's commuter rail, transit services, commuter and motorist assistance, planning, and programming will receive approximately $132.6 million in funding. Much of that funding is received from state sales tax sources and is passed through to individual transit operators. Measure A funding is also used for public and specialized transit services.

Metrolink’s Commuter Rail Budget for Fiscal Year 2014/15

At it's June meeting, the Commission took action to approve the FY 2014/15 operating and capital budget for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority's commuter rail service known as Metrolink. The budget includes funding for increased service on the 91 Line, rail service that runs from Los Angeles to Riverside paralleling SR-91. The proposed expanded service consists of two additional peak period round trips during the weekday (planned to start in October) and a new weekend service slated to start in July. The budget also includes funding for the implementation of Positive Train Control.

91 PROJECT - OPEN HOUSE

An Open House for the 91 Project is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Corona Public Library. Full details about the Open House are available here.

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION GRANT PROGRAM UPDATE

The call for projects for California's 2014 Active Transportation Program (ATP) resulted in 764 applications submitted. Approximately $360 million will be awarded to eligible applicants through statewide, rural, and regional competitions. Of the $360 million, approximately $76 million is available regionally - $8.76 million is RCTC's target share of the regional funds. Thirty-five applications requesting approximately $76.1 million in ATP funding were received from agencies located throughout Riverside County. Award notifications for the statewide competition (approximately $160 million) are expected in August; regional awards are expected to be announced in November 2014.

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Policy Meetings

The following RCTC policy meetings are currently scheduled; however, always check the RCTC website at http://www.rctc.org/about-us/agendas-and-meetings a few days prior to the meeting to download the agenda and check to make sure the meeting has not been cancelled:

  • June 23: - 9:30 a.m. - Budget and Implementation Committee
  • June 23: - 1:30 p.m. - Western Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee
  • July 9: - 9:30 a.m. - Commission Meeting

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:

May 15: CFEE Roundtable Conference on California Transportation Infrastructure

May 15: WTS International Conference – 91 Project Poster Presentation

May 21: City of Menifee - I-215 Central Project

May 21: California Transportation Commission Meeting

May 22: California Transportation Foundation - Transportation Awards Luncheon

May 27: California Association of Councils of Government Directors' Meeting

May 28: WTS - Inland Empire Chapter - McKinley Street Grade Separation

May 28: Eastvale City Council Meeting -
I-15 Express Lanes

May 30: SR-91 Advisory Committee

June 2: Leonard Transportation Center Advisory Board Meeting

June 2: Riverside Intern Program Luncheon

June 3: Perris Chamber of Commerce -
I-215 and PVL Project Update

June 4: Corona City Council - 91 Project Update

June 5: SCAG Transportation Committee, SCAG Regional Council

June 8-10: Rating Agency Trip - New York

June 10: Senate Transportation Committee

June 11: Temescal Valley Municipal Advisory Committee Meeting

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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