Commuter rail service on the 91/Perris Valley Line (PVL) started June 6, 2016. This is the first extension of Metrolink service since the Antelope Valley Line was built in 1994. Four additional Riverside County stations were built to serve the 24-mile commuter rail extension: Riverside Hunter Park/UCR, Moreno Valley/March Field, Perris-Downtown and Perris-South. The extended rail line will provide greater access to Metrolink service for residents throughout the region and in Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, San Jacinto, Temecula, and Wildomar.
The $248.3 million project enhanced 15 at-grade crossings in Riverside County. The variety of safety measures included flashing warning devices, gates, raised center medians, striping, and pavement markings. The project also added pedestrian crosswalks at two railroad crossings and permanently closed two others.
Passengers Boarding the 91/PVL Metrolink Train - Media Day
The Commission and Metrolink marked the start of the 91/Perris Valley Line with a Community Celebration on June 18 at the new Riverside Hunter Park/UCR Station. More than 200 community members attended to learn about the new service, schedules, destinations, and safety. Visitors explored a parked train, Riverside Transit Agency buses, and enjoyed live music from KGGI, face painting, giveaways, photos with the Operation Lifesaver mascot, and hamburger meals.
Metrolink is Southern California's regional passenger rail service in its 23rd year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority, a joint powers authority made up of an 11 member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 536 route-mile network, which includes a portion of northern San Diego County. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership.
RCTC'S FISCAL YEAR 2016/17 BUDGET APPROVED
During the next fiscal year, the Commission will spend approximately $680.7 million on a variety of projects and programs. Work continues on the 91 Project that, when finished in 2017, will add two tolled express lanes and the addition of a general purpose lane in each direction of State Route 91 between the Orange County line and Interstate 15. The Commission is also actively pursuing completion of the environmental, design, right of way, and construction processes on the I-215 Corridor improvement project and the I-15 Express Lanes project. Management of smaller programs such as commuter and motorist assistance will also continue to be a top priority.
During FY 2016/17, regional programs including Metrolink's commuter rail, transit services, commuter and motorist assistance, planning, and programming will receive approximately $122.9 million in funding. Much of that funding is received from state sales tax sources and is passed through to individual transit operators. Measure A funding - the half-cent transportation sales tax - is also used for public and specialized transit services.
A copy of the staff report and FY 2016/17 Budget is available in the June Commission agenda by clicking here
SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLANS APPROVED
On an annual basis, transit operators throughout Riverside County prepare Short Range Transit Plans (SRTP) identifying their operating and capital needs. The SRTPs serve as the county's blueprint for continued operation and future development of transit services, operations, and infrastructure. Under state law, the Commission is tasked with the responsibility to identify, analyze, and recommend potential productivity improvements to ensure federal, state, and local funds allocated to transit operators provide services needed by county residents and are used in an efficient and effective manner. Through the SRTP planning process, the Commission and transit agencies analyze current transportation services, identify transit needs of the community, and determine the ability to meet those needs. Over the next three years, transit operators will focus on implementing new routes, improving frequency, and refining schedules to develop stronger intercity and regional transit networks. Express bus route and CommuterLink route extensions to the Perris Valley Line trains, which operate along the 91 Line, are planned for implementation. Procurement of needed vehicles is ongoing for both expansion and replacement of aging buses.
CLAY STREET GRADE SEPARATION DEDICATION CEREMONY
The city of Jurupa Valley, the county of Riverside, and the Commission recently celebrated the completion of the Clay Street grade separation project. The $30.8 million project, located on the Union Pacific Railroad, will improve traffic circulation, safety, and overall will eliminate conflicts between railroad operations and vehicular traffic.
Clay Street Grade Separation Ribbon Cutting
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
During the past month, Commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:
May 12: Good Morning Riverside - Riverside
May 12: Western Riverside Council of Governments' (WRCOG) Bus/Walking Tour - Perris
May 12: Corona Community Task Force Meeting (CCTF) - 91 Project - Corona
May 18: Clay Street Grade Separation Dedication Ceremony - Jurupa Valley
May 19: Operation Lifesaver Presentation, Banning Unified School District - Banning
May 18: 19 - California Transportation Commission Meeting - Central Valley
May 19: 25 - GFOA Conference - Toronto
May 24: CALCOG Board of Directors Meeting - Sacramento
May 25: California Transportation Foundation (CTF) Transportation Awards - Sacramento
May 26: Citizens Advisory Committee - Beaumont
May 26: Southern California Procurement, Trade and Manufacturing Summit - Riverside
May 26: Coordination Plan Prioritization Workshop - Beaumont
Jun 01: Perris Valley Line Media Event - Perris
Jun 01: WRCOG's Public Engagement Workshop - Temecula
Jun 02: Open House, Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein - Los Angeles
Jun 02: Future of the Inland Empire - UCR/CE - CERT - Riverside
Jun 06: RCTC Presentation to Standard & Poor and Fitch - New York
Jun 07: 2016 Goods Movement Companion Study Meeting - Pass Area Projects - Banning
Jun 07: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - 91/PVL "Now Rolling" Project Update - Moreno Valley
Jun 08: 2016 Goods Movement Companion Meeting - Western Riverside Projects - Riverside