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Current News October 2013

TRANSIT NEEDS PUBLIC HEARING

RCTC conducted the annual transit needs public hearing on October 2 at SunLine Transit Agency. Over 40 people attended the public hearing. Most of the comments were from residents seeking additional bus stops in rural areas, requests for increased service, and extensions of transit routes serving the area North of Palm Springs and the unincorporated areas of the Coachella Valley.

Anyone wishing to provide written comments regarding transit needs is encouraged to do so as all comments will be compiled and forwarded to the various transit agencies. Comments should be sent to Josefina Clemente at jclemente@rctc.org.

In the near future, a community meeting will be held in the unincorporated area of eastern Riverside to seek additional comments related to transit needs. Information at the meeting will be provided in both English and Spanish.

CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE/SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL

At its September 2014 meeting, the Commission appointed 10 members to its Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Committee (CAC/SSTAC). Click here for a copy of the staff report and list of appointed CAC/SSTAC members.

The roles and responsibilities of the CAC/SSTAC are to assist the Commission in complying with the Transportation Development Act (TDA) regulation; the TDA provides direction for administering both Local Transportation Fund and State Transit Assistance funds for bus and commuter rail services.

The funding promotes transportation service improvements and enhancements that support the mobility of older adults, persons with disabilities, and persons of limited means.

Additionally, the role of CAC/SSTAC members is to establish an effective communication exchange among Riverside county's public transit operators, its specialized transportation providers, and representatives of its transit dependent population regarding matters of mutual concern.

CALL FOR PROJECTS - FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTATIONS SECTION 5310 PROGRAM

The Commission is currently seeking grant applications for the Federal Transit Administration's Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. Approximately $13 million is available for the statewide competition (small urban and rural) and $2.7 million is available for the countywide competition (large urban). Eligible projects include vehicle purchases, vehicle-related equipment, and vehicle operations. The grant funding is available for projects serving the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation and ADA complementary paratransit services. The small urban and rural 5310 statewide application can be found here and the large urban 5310 application can be found here. All applications (small urban/rural and large urban) are due to RCTC by October 29.

COMMISSION-SPONSORED LEGISLATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recently Governor Brown signed two pieces of legislation sponsored by the Commission. SB 953 (Roth) gives the Commission and San Bernardino Associated Governments authority to enforce parking rules at its Metrolink stations. In addition, the Governor approved AB 1721 (Linder), which provides toll facility operators across California the ability to charge reduced-rate tolls on ultra low-emission vehicles such as electric cars and plug-in hybrids. AB 1721 achieves multiple objectives. For the Commission, the bill protects the I-15 Express Lanes project by ensuring at least some revenue will be captured from a fast-growing segment of the automobile market that is currently exempt from paying any tolls. Second, charging a discounted toll to electric vehicles provides an economic incentive for drivers to opt for alternate modes of transportation or travel at non-peak periods, allowing the express lanes to better manage congestion. A copy of the State and Federal Legislative Update staff report is available here.

RCTC RECEIVES SEVERAL PUBLIC OUTREACH AWARDS FOR 91 PROJECT RELOCATION EFFORTS

The American Planning Association (APA) recently awarded RCTC the 2014 Award of Merit for Public Outreach. The award recognized the RCTC's innovative efforts in relocating long-time senior residents of the Buena Vista Mobile Manor (BVMM). From the start of the right of way acquisition, the 91 Project team took an unconventional path that included an active public outreach campaign. In the case of the BVMM, sensitivity to the senior residents was paramount, as several were in their 80's. In addition to the APA award, the relocation outreach efforts also received the 2014 Excellence in Communications Award of Distinction from the California Public Information Officers and the 2014 Best Practices Award from the American Planning Association.

News Bites

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:

  • 10/27/2014 - 9:30 a.m. - Budget and Implementation Committee
  • 10/27/2014 - 1:30 p.m. - Western Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee
  • 11/3/2014 - 10:30 a.m. - Eastern Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee
  • 11/12/2014 - 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.

Commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:

September 14-17: International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association Conference - Managed Lanes - Austin, Texas

September 16: California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities - Sacramento

September 16: California American Planning Association Awards Event for 91 Freeway Mobile Home Park Relocation - Anaheim

September 18: Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee's Annual Workshop - Los Angeles

September 24: WTS-IE - I-15 Tolled Express Lanes Presentation - Riverside

September 24: State of the County - Temecula

September 25: Western Riverside Council of Government's Advancing the Choice Expo - Temecula

September 25: Corona Chamber of Commerce Breakfast - 91 Project

September 30: CalCOG Meeting - Sacramento

October 2: Unmet Transit Needs Public Hearing - Thousand Palms

October 6-7: Statewide Motorist Aid Committee Meeting - Monterey

October 7: San Bernardino Associated Governments' Business 2 Business Expo - San Bernardino

October 8: California Transportation Commission Meeting - Glendale

October 8-10: Bond Buyers California Public Finance Conference - Can P3s Work in California Panel Discussion - San Diego

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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