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November 2015

I-215 CENTRAL PROJECT - RIBBON CUTTING

The Riverside County Transportation Commission in partnership with Caltrans, the city of Perris, and the city of Menifee celebrated the completion of the Interstate 215 Central project on Friday, October 30. The $123.5 million project added one lane in each direction along the 12.5-mile stretch from Scott Road in Menifee and Nuevo Road in Perris. The new lanes are expected to reduce traffic congestion and delays, improve emergency response times, and enhance air quality through this heavily traveled corridor. The project was funded by a combination of state funds and revenue from Measure A, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Riverside County.

I-215 Central Project

PERRIS VALLEY LINE'S RIBBON CUTTING - SAVE THE DATE

I-15 EXPRESS LANES PROJECT

At its November 2015 meeting, the Commission allocated $60 million in federal funding for the I-15 Express Lanes project. Based on cost estimates, traffic and revenue studies, and financial modeling, a preliminary funding plan for the project was developed. It is estimated the project will cost $462.4 million and will be paid for through a combination of toll revenue bonds, a federal loan through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, Measure A, and federal grant funds. It is projected the project will be under construction in 2018. When completed, the 14.6-mile project will construct one to two tolled express lanes in each direction on I-15 between Cajalco Road and State Route 60 and will reduce traffic congestion for motorists traveling through the cities of Corona, Norco, Eastvale, and Jurupa Valley.
Complete project information is available at http://i15project.info/.

CALIFORNIA'S ROADS NEED YOUR HELP

The state of California is researching road charging as an alternative to the gas tax. Road charging means drivers pay to help maintain roads based on the distance they travel or period of time they use the state's roads, rather than the amount of gasoline they consume.

The state is currently seeking 5,000 volunteers to help in studying road charging. California drivers can easily volunteer via the Road Charge Pilot Program website. Volunteers get the unique opportunity to be a part of history by participating in this pioneering program and will have a voice in shaping the future of transportation policy in California.

Californians are also invited to submit comments about the California Road Charge Pilot Program and sign up to receive the program's latest information. The road charge pilot will begin in summer 2016 and conclude in spring 2017.

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Speaker’s Bureau

The Commission 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 Perez at (951) 787-7141 or eperez@rctc.org.

During the past month, commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:

Oct 15: Moving Goods/Moving People Oversight Hearing - Pasadena

Oct 15: Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce 2015 Legislative Summit - Temecula

Oct 15: California Transportation Foundation's Transportation Education Symposium - Lake Arrowhead

Oct 19: Riverside Chamber's La Sierra Business Council - Operation Lifesaver - Riverside

Oct 20: California Freight Advisory Committee - Los Angeles

Oct 20: Swedish Delegation Visit to Southern California - Los Angeles

Oct 21-23: Bond Buyer's Public Finance Conference - San Francisco

Oct 21: California Debt and Investment Advisory Conference - San Francisco

Oct 21: Corona City Council - 91 Project - Corona

Oct 21: Transportation Special Session Conference Committee Hearing - Ontario

Oct 21-22: California Transportation Commission - Bay Area

Oct 27: Active Transportation Program's Safety and Encouragement Campaign - Riverside

Oct 27: Assemblyman Jose Medina - Tour of Perris Valley Line

Oct 28: Transportation Roundtable - Blythe

Oct 28: WTS/IE Corporate Partner Appreciation Night - San Bernardino

Oct 29: 11th Annual Coachella Valley Economic Summit - Palm Springs

Oct 30: I-215 Central Project's Grand Opening Event - Perris

Nov 2-3: I-15 Express Lanes Project - TIFIA Advocacy Meetings - Washington DC

Nov 5: Riverside Chamber's East Hill Division - Perris Valley Line

Nov 5: Southern California Association of Governments' Transportation Committee and Regional Council Meeting - Los Angeles

Nov 5: American Public Works Association - Inland Empire Chapter

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.

  • 12/9/2015 at 9:30 a.m. - Commission Meeting

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RCTC'S 511 PROGRAM

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