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Current News October 2012

Small Business Expo

RCTC CAPDuring the past year, the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s (Commission) procurement staff has participated in several outreach events targeting Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Small Business Enterprises (SBE), and Veterans. Participation at these events provided opportunities to disseminate general information about the Commission’s projects and programs. Some events were specifically related to the Perris Valley Line (PVL) and State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project (SR-91 CIP) as a result of individual DBE project goals. Currently, procurement staff is working with the PVL and SR-91 CIP project teams on significant procurement activities, which in terms of size and scope are among the largest projects in the Commission’s history. The Commission’s next major effort in reaching out to local DBE/SBE/Veteran businesses will be at the Commission’s Small Business Expo, on Thursday, November 29, 2012, at the Moreno Valley Conference Center. For additional information, or to learn about sponsorship and/or exhibitor opportunities, please contact Eliza Echevarria at (951) 787‑7141 or eechevarria@rctc.org.

California High Speed Rail Authority

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The Commission received a presentation on high-speed rail from Jeff Morales, Executive Director, California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA). A robust discussion followed on connectivity, jobs, costs, and modernization of local rail systems to integrate existing rail services with high speed rail. Two at-grade railroad crossings located in Riverside County — Jurupa Road in the city of Jurupa Valley and McKinley Street in the city of Corona — have been identified to receive Proposition 1A funding as part of the HSR’s connectivity efforts. These two crossings will be grade separated to reduce the conflict between rail and vehicle traffic at an estimated cost of $109 million.

In a separate action, as part of the Commission’s on-going commitment to separate at-grade railroad crossings, approximately $5.3 million was allocated to grade separate two crossings — Iowa Avenue and Riverside Avenue — located in the city of Riverside. These crossings are estimated to cost $62.5 million. The Iowa Avenue project is currently under construction and the Riverside Avenue project is scheduled to start construction in October 2013.

Commission Appoints Deputy Executive Director to Serve as the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. It ended unfair treatment and gave all citizens the right to be served in facilities that are open to the public. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act prevents discrimination by government agencies in connection with programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. To prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability, the U.S. Congress passed the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Title II of the ADA pertains to state and local governments and prohibits discrimination or segregation on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin in access to public accommodations. Title II requires that persons with disabilities be provided with an equal opportunity to benefit from government programs, services, and activities. Both Title II and Title VI identify specific steps that state and local governments must follow to comply with the Civil Rights Act and ADA. John Standiford, the Commission’s Deputy Executive Director, was appointed to serve as the ADA coordinator. The ADA coordinator is available to assist the public with questions and concerns regarding disability discrimination and serves as the primary contact when a public member requests an auxiliary aid or other service to improve communication. Additional details, including the Commission’s Non-Discrimination Notice, Grievance Procedure and Discrimination Complaint form are available by contacting the ADA Coordinator at (951) 787‑7141 or jstandiford@rctc.org.

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California.

Speaker’s Bureau

The Commission also 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 at (951) 787‑7141 or eechevarria@rctc.org.

During the months of July, August, September, and October, Commissioners or staff participated at the following events:

July 17: Experience Unlimited — Corona

July 24: Mobile Source Air Pollution Review Workshop — Western Riverside County

July 25: Transportation and Water Briefing — Moreno Valley

July 26: SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project’s Contracting Opportunity: Meet the Primes — Corona

July 31: Mobile Source Air Pollution Review Workshop — Eastern Riverside County

August 11: Southern California Transit Advocates — Los Angeles

August 14: Orange County Business Council — Irvine

September 10: National Active and Retired Federal Employees — Menifee

September 17: Mobile Source Air Pollution Review — Development of FY 2012/13 Work Program

September 19: Women Transportation Seminar — Orange County

September 26: City Council Meeting — City of Eastvale

September 27: SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project — Public Meeting

September 28: Mobility 21 Annual Transportation Summit

Leadership Under Fire: Making the Case for Investing in Transportation

CEO Roundtable: What’s Ahead for Transportation in Southern California

September 30 - October 3: American Public Transportation Association — Annual Meeting

October 4: Temescal Canyon Municipal Advisory Council — Riverside County

October 9: City Council Meeting — City of Perris

Follow RCTC on Twitter

In an effort to enhance public outreach, the Commission created a twitter account — an internet messaging site that allows anyone to post information on a real time basis. If you use Twitter, you can follow the Commission at twitter.com/RCTC.

twitter.com/ie511Interested in what’s happening with traffic in the Inland Empire? IE511 is your best source for getting around Southern California. Real‑time traffic for Southern California, including travel times, freeway cameras, and incident information. IE511 also offers bus and rail transit information as well as rideshare for those seeking an alternative to automobile travel. Connect on the go. Call 511 within the Inland Empire or rely on IE511 wherever you go by calling 1‑877‑MYIE511.

Transportation in the News

Skanska Has Signed a US$66m (£43m) Contract to Widen a Section of the the Interstate 215 Freeway in California, USA.
(The Construction Index, 10/15/2012)

TRANSPORTATION: Job Fair Links Businesses with Highway Builders
(Press Enterprise, 10/11/2012)

Skanska Gets $67M Deal to Widen California Freeway
(Market Watch, 10/10/2012)

91 Freeway Expansion Leaves Homes in Limbo
(ABC7 News, 10/2/2012)

MURRIETA: Third Lane Opens Slong I-215
(Press Enterprise, 9/24/2012)

CORONA: Residents Seek Answers About Highway 91 Expansion
(Press Enterprise, 9/28/2012)

RIVERSIDE: Freeway Closed for Final Bridge Work
(Press Enterprise, 9/28/2012)

TRANSPORTATION: Two Road Projects Will Get an Infusion of Leftover Funds
(Press Enterprise, 9/19/2012)

RIVERSIDE: Highway 91 Will be Shut Down an Additional Night
(Press Enterprise, 9/19/2012)

RIVERSIDE: 14th St. Changes Don’t Complicate Commute
(Press Enterprise, 9/17/2012)

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