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March 2016

91 PROJECT - UPDATE AND RESULTS OF "STEER CLEAR" CAMPAIGN

An update on the 91 Project was presented at the March 2016 Commission meeting. The $1.4 billion tolled express lanes project is more than 60 percent complete and is on schedule to open in 2017. Included in the presentation were the results of the Steer Clear public outreach service campaign alerting commuters of the 55-hour weekend closure of the 91 Project in February 2016. The full closure allowed construction crews to consolidate the following three major construction activities and helped ensure the safety of project crews and motorists by eliminating the possibility of conflicts:

  • Maple Street Bridge Demolition, West Half of Bridge;
  • Maple Street Westbound On-Ramp Flyover Support Beams and Framework Placement; and
  • Eastbound 91 Paving near Interstate 15.

A time elapsed video of the three construction activities is available at: https://vimeo.com/156735444 and a copy of the presentation is available by clicking here.

GOODS MOVEMENT: SUNSET AVENUE GRADE SEPARATION

The city of Banning, in partnership with Union Pacific Railroad (UPPR), Western Riverside Council of Governments, the county of Riverside, and RCTC, recently celebrated the opening of the Sunset Avenue railroad grade separation project. The $35 million project added a new railroad bridge and required lowering Sunset Avenue approximately 20 feet to allow vehicles to safely travel under the railway in order to provide sufficient vertical clearance between the roadway and existing UPRR tracks. Construction also included modifications to the adjacent Interstate 10 interchange and required adjusting the existing on and off-ramps to meet the new grade. As shown below, the project's aesthetic treatment pays homage to the Pass area's rich and colorful history of stagecoaches traveling through the city of Banning to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

STATE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM - DECLINING REVENUE

At the March 2016 Commission meeting, the Riverside County Transportation Commission adopted a resolution urging the state to stabilize transportation funding to avoid steep cuts and delays to Riverside County infrastructure projects. Commission staff provided an update on declining revenues available for transportation projects throughout the state. As oil prices plummet, Californians are paying less in gas taxes and much less at the pump. Declining taxes coupled with the proliferation of hybrids, electric cars, and gas-powered vehicles getting 40-plus miles per gallon have resulted in a decline of funding available under the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). In January 2016, funding available under the STIP was reduced by $754 million and is projected to decrease by an additional $328.3 million next year. Approximately 225 shovel-ready transportation projects across the state are threatened as a result of the reduced funding. In Riverside County, the fair share of the reduction is approximately $32 million; as a result, the Commission approved reducing STIP construction funds on the I-15 French Valley Parkway interchange project from $47.6 million to $15.4 million, which were slated for Fiscal Year 2019/20.

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.

  • 3/28/2016 at 9:30 a.m. - Budget and Implementation Committee
  • 3/28/2016 at 1:30 p.m. - Western Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee
  • 4/13/2016 at 9:30 a.m. - Commission Meeting

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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 two months, Commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:

Jan 14: California Association of Councils of Governments' Board of Directors Meeting - Sacramento

Jan 14: California Transportation Commission (CTC) - Public Transportation Forum - Riverside

Jan 14: Corona Community Task Force Meeting (CCTF) - 91 Project - Corona

Jan 19: Operation Lifesaver - Jurupa Valley Unified School District - Jurupa Valley

Jan 20: Women's Transportation Seminar Inland Empire 2016 11th Annual Scholarship - Corona

Jan 20: 21 - CTC Meeting - Sacramento

Jan 21: Office on Aging's Long Term Services and Supports Coalition Meeting - Riverside

Jan 25: Southern California Association of Governments' Go Human Safety Encouragement Campaign Meeting - Riverside

Jan 26: CCTF Meeting - 91 Project Tour - Corona

Jan 26: Mid Managers' Luncheon/Panel Discussion - Lake Elsinore

Jan 26: Transit Public Hearing - Riverside

Jan 26: Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council - Riverside

Jan 27: PBS Interview - 91 Steer Clear Campaign - Corona

Jan 28: 91 Steer Clear Media Event - Corona

Feb 01: Monday Morning Group's Advocacy Trip - Sacramento

Feb 02: Emergency Responders Meeting - 91 Steer Clear - Corona

Feb 03: IRWA Luncheon - RCTC Project Update - Riverside

Feb 04: Traffic Reporters Meeting - 91 Steer Clear - Los Angeles

Feb 10: California Freight Advisory Committee - Riverside

Feb 10: California Transportation Foundation's Transportation Forum - Sacramento

Feb 11: CCTF Meeting - 91 Project - Corona

Feb 16: Transportation Coordination Plan Workshop for Riverside County - Lake Elsinore

Feb 17: Riverside County's Active Transportation Program Meeting - Riverside

Feb 17: Press Conference - Steer Clear - 91 Project - Corona

Feb 17: Operation Lifesaver - Perris Union High School District - Perris

Feb 18: FITCH Presentation - 91 Project - Anaheim

Feb 18: Short Range Transit Plan Kickoff Meeting - Riverside

Feb 18: Transportation Coordination Plan Workshop for Riverside County - Hemet

Feb 23: Transportation Coordination Plan Workshop for Riverside County - Palm Desert

Feb 23: Transportation Coordination Plan Workshop for Riverside County - Mecca

Feb 25: Transportation Coordination Plan Workshop for Riverside County - Blythe

Feb 26: Good Morning Corona - 91 Project - Corona

Feb 26: Norco College Community Summit Findings - Norco

Feb 27: Supervisor Jeffries' Community Town Hall Meeting - Riverside

Feb 27: U.S. Department of Transportation's 2016 Freight Summit - Riverside

Mar 01: Operation Lifesaver - Val Verde High School - Perris

Mar 02: Perris Valley Line Project Tour - Riverside - Perris

Mar 07: Operation Lifesaver - Riverside Unified School District - Riverside

Mar 07: Congressman Mark Takano - Presentation - Western Riverside Council of Governments - Riverside

Mar 09: Mobility 21's Legislative Reception - Sacramento

Mar 09: Mecca/North Shore Community Council - North Shore

Mar 09: Temescal Valley Town Hall Meeting - Temescal Valley

 

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