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$30.9 MILLION IN ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR PROJECTS LOCATED IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY

The Active Transportation Program (ATP) is a statewide grant program created by Senate Bill 99 to encourage active modes of transportation, such as bicycling and walking, in an effort to improve public health and reduce greenhouse gases. For 2014, approximately

$368 million in state and federal funding was available through a competitive call for projects. A total of 771 ATP project applications valued at over $1 billion were submitted to the California Transportation Commission. Of that amount, Riverside County agencies submitted 34 projects requesting over $54 million of ATP funding. Twelve of the 34 projects received $21.9 million in ATP funds. One project, CV Link, received $10.9 million – the highest grant award throughout the state of California. At its September 2014 meeting, the Commission recommended seven additional projects receive $9 million in ATP funding representing the county’s share of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s regional program. In addition, the Southern California Association of Governments is recommending $333,000 in planning funds be allocated to the Western Riverside Council of Governments.

For additional information, a copy of the ATP staff report is available here.

PROJECT UPDATES

In the past year, the Commission began work on two high profile projects with a combined value of $1.7 billion. The 91 Project broke ground in December and is now in full swing. It is easily the most ambitious project in the Commission’s history and will provide the most profound mobility improvements of any project of its kind in Southern California. The Perris Valley Line (PVL) Metrolink extension project is comparatively smaller with an investment of $247 million, but it also expands and revitalizes public transit service by establishing a transit backbone for Western Riverside County that includes more trains, enhanced bus service, new commuter options, and an allure for new employers to locate to Riverside County.

91 PROJECT

When completed in 2017, the $1.4 billion project will add regular lanes, two tolled express lanes, as well as improvements to interchanges, ramps, and surface streets. Additional information on the 91 project is available at the 91 project website.

PERRIS VALLEY LINE (PVL) PROJECT

Another regionally significant project is the PVL, which broke ground in 2013. The project will extend Metrolink from Downtown Riverside to South Perris, enabling increased passenger rail service to be available to more Riverside County residents and employers. When completed in late 2015, the 24-mile commuter rail extension project will add four new stations: South Perris, Downtown Perris, Moreno Valley/March Field, and Riverside Hunter Park. Additional project details are available at the PVL project website.

TRANSIT NEEDS PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing on transit needs in Riverside County will be held at the SunLine Transit Agency on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. A complete copy of the public hearing notice is available here. Written comments can also be submitted to RCTC’s Transit Manager, Fina Clemente at P. O. Box 12008, Riverside, CA 92502-2208.

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Upcoming
Policy Meetings

The following RCTC policy meetings are currently scheduled; however, please check the RCTC website a few days prior to the meeting to download the agenda and make sure the meeting has not been cancelled:

  • 9/22/2014 - 9:30 a.m. – Budget and Implementation Committee
  • 9/22/2014 - 1:30 p.m. - Western Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee
  • 10/8/2014 - 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 two months, Commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:

July 11: Pechanga Reservation Tour

July 15: WTS-Inland Empire - Third Annual Fundraising Softball Event

July 17: Green River Village Mobile Home Park - 91 Project

July 14: Monday Morning Group - 2014 Annual Reception

July 20-22: International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association Summit - San Diego

July 22: State Route 60/Nason Interchange Ribbon Cutting

July 23: Circle City Rotary - 91 Project

July 30: Legislative Office Construction Briefing - 91 Project

July 31: Self Help Counties Coalition - San Diego

July 31: Hartford Investment Management Company Presentation and Tour - 91 Project

July 31: State Route 60 Truck Lanes Project - Public Hearing - Moreno Valley

August 6: Legislative Reception Honoring Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal - Sacramento

August 7: Interstate 215/Van Buren Interchange Project Celebration

August 11: Victor Mendez, Department of Transportation, Deputy Director, Federal Railroad Administration - Sacramento

August 14: Greater Riverside Transportation NOW - Riverside

August 14: Winchester Homeland MAC Meeting

August 15: Representative Takano - PVL Presentation and Construction Tour

August 18: RCTC/San Bernardino Associated Governments - Joint Legislative Briefing - San Bernardino

August 19: Representative Takano Infrastructure Roundtable - Riverside

August 20: WTS-Orange County - RCTC Project Update

August 20: Corona Infrastructure Committee

August 20-22: California Transportation Commission - San Jose

August 21: CALSTA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund - Trail and Transit Programs Guidelines Workshop - San Jose

August 28: California Transportation Investment Priorities - Sacramento

September 2: Interstate 215 Bi-County Project - Summer Sting Press Conference

September 3: California Transportation Investment Priorities - Sacramento

September 5: Mobility 21's Annual Transportation Summit - Anaheim

September 9: American Road and Transportation Builders Association's National Conference - Self-Help Counties Presentation - Rancho Palos Verde

September 10: Construction Management Association of America 2nd Annual Inland Empire Owner's Night - Ontario

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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