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Current News October 2013

SR-91 HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE PROJECT UPDATE

To improve mobility through the Downtown Riverside area, Caltrans, in partnership with the Commission and the city of Riverside, is constructing a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, also called a carpool lane, in each direction of State Route 91 from Adams Street to the 60/91/215 interchange. The project also rebuilds, improves, and expands a number of interchanges and bridges, which will improve circulation on city streets. The addition of a carpool lane will provide HOV continuity, improve traffic flow, and safety.

The $233 million project is anticipated to be completed in July 2015. Project funding includes Measure A, Riverside County's half-cent sales tax for transportation, federal and state funds. Complete project details are available here.

60/215 EAST JUNCTION INTERCHANGE PROJECT COMPLETED

The 60/215 East Junction interchange project was recently opened to traffic. The $43 million project constructed one HOV direct connector in each direction closing the gap between the State Route 60 westbound HOV lane in Moreno Valley and the 60/215 eastbound HOV lane.

METROLINK INTRODUCES 91 LINE WEEKEND SERVICE

Traveling to Los Angeles and Orange Counties on the weekends just got easier. Through funding provided by the Riverside County Transportation Commission, Metrolink provides weekend service from Downtown Riverside to Los Angeles with stops in between at La Sierra, North Main Corona, West Corona, Fullerton, Buena Park, and Norwalk. Experience Los Angeles and areas beyond by taking day trips to Chinatown, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Pantages Theatre, Old Town Pasadena, and much more when you take the 91 Line to Los Angeles and connect on the Red, Purple, Expo, and Gold Lines. Schedule information is available here.

COMMISSION APPROVES TRANSIT FUNDING FOR FY 2014/15

As 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 (SRTPs) 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 $213.9 million in funding to cover the operating and capital costs for seven public bus operators and Metrolink commuter rail services for FY 2014/15. Funding levels for FY 2014/15 reflect a systemwide increase of 11 percent in total operating expenses and a 71 percent increase in capital expenditures due to planned procurements of several new buses for service expansion and vehicle replacement. Overall transit ridership for FY 2014/15 is projected to be 18.4 million, approximately 3 percent higher than the current year ridership.

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Policy Meetings

There will be no Commission meeting in August. The next meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 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 12: 5th District Water, Transportation, and Economic Development Summit - Perris

June 12: UCR Neighborhood Association - PVL Presentation

June 13: Corona-Norco Unified School District - 91 Project

June 16: California Association of Councils Board of Directors Meeting - Sacramento

June 19: Gateway Association of Realtors - 91 Project

June 16-19: American Public Transit Association Conference

June 19: Open House - 91 Project - Corona

June 19: Riverside Chamber of Commerce Expo and Mixer

June 20: Riverside Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee

June 24: Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee's (MSRC) Work Program Development Workshop - Cathedral City

June 25: MSRC's Work Program Development Workshop - Riverside

June 25-29: Transportation You - Washington, D.C.

June 26: Western Riverside Council of Government's General Assembly

June 30: Coachella Valley Association of Governments' General Assembly

June 30: California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities - Sacramento

July 8: California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities - Sacramento

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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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