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February 2015

VISIONING SESSION - RCTC'S STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT

Every year, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (Commission) gathers for its annual two-day workshop to discuss transportation goals and funding priorities. This year, a facilitated interactive discussion entitled "Where Do we Go from Here" served as the primary topic for the second day of the workshop. The goal of the facilitated discussion was to help establish the Commission's general direction for the next several years. The facilitated discussion included five distinct aspects of the quality of life in Riverside County: political, economic, social, innovation, and environmental. Following the workshop, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was released for Strategic Assessment Services to develop a strategic assessment of countywide transportation plans. The goal of the work to be performed is to assess existing plans, funding capacity, public opinion, and priorities in order to develop a foundation for future decision making. A copy of the RFP is available: here

It is anticipated the results of the strategic assessment will be the topic of the Commission's 2016 workshop.

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

The 2015 grant cycle for the Active Transportation Program (ATP) is just two short months away. The $359 million call for projects is scheduled for March 26, with an application deadline of May 31. The 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 additional information, a copy of the ATP staff report - includes links to the ATP draft guidelines and application - is available here
ATP Cycle Update.pdf

PUBLIC MEETINGS - COACHELLA VALLEY-SAN GORGONIO PASS CORRIDOR RAIL SERVICE

The possible expansion of Amtrak passenger rail service to the Coachella Valley and San Gorgonio Pass area will be the topic of discussion at two upcoming public meetings scheduled for February 23 and February 26, 2015. The focus of the meetings is to receive feedback about the proposed rail service expansion. Complete meeting details is available: here.

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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:

January 16: 91 Project - Main Squeeze Press Event - Corona

January 16: Riverside Chamber of Commerce - Government Affairs Committee - Riverside

January 21: CalSTA and Caltrans Transit-Focused Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program Workshop - Sacramento

January 22: California Transportation Commission - Sacramento

January 22: WTS-IE - 10th Anniversary and Scholarship Awards Benefit Dinner

January 27: California Association of Council of Governments Directors' Meeting - Sacramento

January 27: Temecula City Council Meeting - Ron Roberts' Retirement

January 27: California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities - Sacramento

February 1: KFROG Radio Interview - Rideshare Programs

February 4: California Transportation Foundation Forum - Sacramento

February 5: Strategic Growth Council Affordability and Housing Sustainability Communities' Technical Assistance Workshop - San Bernardino

February 5: Southern California Association of Governments' Joint Meeting of the Regional Council and Policy Committees - Los Angeles

February 7-13: International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association Leadership Academy - Washington, D.C.

February 10: Railroad Association of Southern California - Presentation on Rail Projects - Fullerton

February 11: Southern California Congressional Briefing - Washington, D.C.

UPCOMING POLICY MEETINGS

The following RCTC policy meetings are currently scheduled; however, please 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:

  • 2/23/2015 - 9:30 a.m. - Budget and Implementation Committee
  • 2/23/2015 - 1:30 p.m. - Western Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee
  • 3/11/2015 - 9:30 a.m. - Commission Meeting

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If you use Twitter, you can follow the Commission at twitter.com/RCTC.

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