Commission Allocates Funding For Specialized Transit
The Commission allocated a little over $7.7 million for the provision of specialized transit services at its April 13 meeting. In Riverside County, transit options don’t stop at regular buses and trains. RCTC has long demonstrated a strong commitment to assisting in the mobility of individuals with special transit needs. Through its specialized transit program, the Commission has provided millions of dollars to public and non-profit transit operators to assist in the provision of special transit services to improve the mobility of seniors and persons with disabilities. Transportation assistance translates into everything from mileage reimbursements to dial-a-ride services operated by city governments, transit agencies, and non-profit groups. Specialized transit means someone who is disabled can go to work on his or her own; someone who’s elderly can shop at the neighborhood grocery store; and someone who is low on cash can get to the doctor.
Care Connexxus, one of the recipients of the
Commission’s Specialized Transit Program
Additional information on the $7.7 million allocation for specialized transit can be downloaded by clicking here.
Commission Executive Director Named Transportation Person of the Year
Anne Mayer, the Commission’s Executive Director, was named the 2010 Person of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation (CTF). Anne was appointed Executive Director in 2007 and since that time, she has led the agency through a decline in revenue, and a spiraling unemployment rate. In spite of this environment, the Commission has charged forward to invest money in transportation projects to create jobs and economic opportunity. In 2010, stimulus funding played an important role for the Commission as $70 million was allocated for six interchange projects on I-10, I-215 and
SR-60. In addition, the CTF named Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Corona, Elected Official of the Year. Assemblyman Miller carried legislation on behalf of the Commission that cleared the way for the agency’s top priority project — the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project (SR-91 CIP) — a $1.3 billion planned improvement of SR-91 through the city of Corona. Anne worked closely with Assemblyman Miller to obtain unanimous legislative approval for design-build contracting. The legislative success required the building of a coalition that addressed the concerns of the legislature and organized labor. The impending construction of the SR-91 CIP will result in the creation of approximately 18,000 jobs. In addition to honoring Anne and Assemblyman Miller, three transportation projects in Riverside County — the Inland Empire 511 Traveler Information program, the Corona Transit Center, and the Perris Transit Center — have made the CTF’s finalist award category. Winners will claim the statewide honor at the CTF’s 22nd annual awards ceremony scheduled for June 15, 2011, in Sacramento. The CTF “Selections represent the best of the projects, programs and people who made a positive difference for California transportation in 2010,” said Sarah West, CTF Executive Director.
A complete copy of the award recipients and finalists can be downloaded by clicking here.