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December 2015

PERRIS VALLEY LINE - RIBBON CUTTING - SERVICE TO START IN FEBRUARY

On Friday, December 11, 2015, over 350 rail enthusiasts attended the ribbon cutting for the Perris Valley Line (PVL), marking the first expansion of the Metrolink commuter rail system since 1994. The $248 million PVL project, a 24-mile extension of the existing 91 Line, will provide rail service from Perris to Union Station in Los Angeles. The extension of Metrolink service is expected to reduce traffic congestion on Interstate 215 and improve transit options for southwestern Riverside County residents, who have some of the longest commutes in southern California. Service was originally planned to start in late 2015 but a decision was made to install Positive Train Control technology in the locomotives, which will push back the opening date until early 2016. Included in the PVL project are four new rail stations; with two stations - Riverside Hunter Park and Moreno Valley/March Field - located in major job centers. After the official ribbon cutting, attendees were able to ride the Metrolink train from Downtown Perris to Hunter Business Park. Additional information on the PVL project is available at http://perrisvalleyline.info. For information on all of the Metrolink services, click here.

Ribbon Cutting Event Photos for PVL

2016 ELECTION OF OFFICERS - CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS' MAYOR SCOTT MATAS ELECTED CHAIR OF RCTC

City of Desert Hot Springs' Mayor Scott Matas was elected to serve as the Commission's Chair for 2016. Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione will serve as Vice Chair and city of Indian Wells Mayor Dana Reed will serve as Second Vice Chair. Matas was elected to the city council in 2007 and just elected as mayor in November 2015. Mayor Matas is active in the community, coaches youth sports, and volunteers for many local charities. He was appointed to the RCTC board in 2008.

Tavaglione was elected to represent the Second Supervisorial District in November 1994 and became a member of RCTC at that time. He sits on a number of state and regional boards including the state of California's Probation Services Task Force and the Inland Empire Health Plan, the state of California's second largest public health plan. He has been a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) for the past 20 years, and was elected by California's 58 counties in 2010-2011 to serve as President of the Association, where he worked closely with Governor Jerry Brown and his administration in negotiating Public Safety and Health/Human Services Realignment.

Reed was elected to the city council in 2014 and was appointed to RCTC in 2014 as well. He currently serves as Mayor of Indian Wells and through his career held numerous governmental positions beginning in 1967 when he was appointed by then Governor Ronald Reagan as Assistant to the Secretary of the Business and Transportation Agency.

GOODS MOVEMENT: AVENUE 52 RIBBON CUTTING

The city of Coachella, in partnership with RCTC, Caltrans, and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, celebrated the grand opening of Avenue 52's grade separation project. Completing the flyover bridge not only improved safety, air quality, and rail efficiency; it also united the community by providing safe routes to and from schools, businesses, and neighborhoods.

Before and After Photos of Avenue 52

CONGRESS PASSES FIVE YEAR HIGHWAY BILL

A long-term United States highway bill, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST), was signed into law on December 3, 2015. FAST provides for a five-year, $305 billion highway bill paid for with gas tax revenues and a package of $70 billion in offsets from the federal budget. The bulk of the funding - approximately $205 billion - is for highway projects; $48 billion is available for transit related projects. RCTC staff will be reviewing the bill over the next month.

PUBLIC FORUM - SAVE THE DATE

The California Transportation Commission, Southern California Association of Governments, San Bernardino Associated Governments, and Riverside County Transportation Commission are hosting a public forum on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at the Riverside County Administrative building, located at 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California, to discuss and gain public input on road infrastructure and maintenance needs at the local, regional, and state level.

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

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

Nov 15-17: Focus on the Future Conference - Newport Beach

Nov 16: Panel Presentation: A New Twist: Implementing AB 401 and AB 2098: How is Design Build Working under this Legislation? - Newport Beach

Nov 16: 91 Project Presentation and Traffic Operations Center Tour - Anaheim

Nov 18: SR-60 Truck Climbing Lanes' Public Hearing - Moreno Valley

Nov 19: 2015 State of Riverside County - Cabazon

Nov 19: Assemblywoman Melendez Staff Tour - I-215 Corridor

Nov 20: California Road Charge Pilot Program's Technical Advisory Committee - Los Angeles

Nov 24: Avenue 52's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Coachella

Dec 1: California Association of Councils of Governments' Directors Advisory Committee Meeting - Sacramento

Dec 3: WTS - Orange County - Anaheim

Dec 3: 2015 California Transportation Planning Conference - Panel Presentation: Overall Rail Modernization to Improve Mobility for California - Los Angeles

Dec 4: U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez Tour of SR-91 - Corona

Dec 4: SR-91 Advisory Committee - Orange County

Dec 8: Orange County Business Council - RCTC Project Update - Irvine

Dec 8: Perris City Council Meeting - Perris Valley Line's Artwork Awards - Perris

Dec 9: Temescal Valley MAC with Assemblywoman Melendez and Supervisor Jeffries - Temescal Valley

Dec 9: California Transportation Commission's (CTC) Holiday Reception - Riverside

Dec 9-10: CTC Meeting - Riverside

Dec 11: Perris Valley Line Ribbon Cutting - Perris

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.

  • 1/13/2016 at 9:30 a.m. - Commission Meeting

The Commission's annual workshop will be held on January 28-29, 2016, at the Palm Springs Hilton, 400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

DOING BUSINESS WITH RCTC

Interested in doing business with RCTC? Register as a vendor and visit our website at http://www.rctc.org/doing-business/rfps-rfqs-ifbs for business opportunities.

Currently, the following opportunities are available:

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RCTC'S 511 PROGRAM

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