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Current News December 2012

2013 Election of Officers — Corona’s Karen Spiegel Elected Chair of RCTC

Corona’s Mayor Pro Tem, Karen Spiegel, has been elected to serve as the Commission’s Chair for 2013. Supervisor Marion Ashley will serve as Vice Chair and Perris’ Daryl Busch will serve as Second Vice Chair.

Spiegel was appointed to the Commission in December 2008. She also serves on a number of regional boards including the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), Executive Committee for the League of California Cities-Riverside Division, and the State Route 91 Advisory Committee.

Riverside County Supervisor Ashley will serve as the Commission’s Vice Chair. He was elected to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in 2002 and oversees a budget of $4.5 billion; he sets public policy for over two million people in what is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation.

Busch will serve as RCTC’s Second Vice Chair. He has served as Mayor since 1999 in the city of Perris and serves on a number of regional boards including March Joint Powers Authority and SCRRA.

Sunset Avenue Grade Separation Project Received $10 Million Allocation

The Commission allocated $10 million to the city of Banning for the Sunset Avenue at-grade crossing at its December 12, 2012 meeting. Sunset Avenue — a $36 million project — has been on the transportation planning network for many years. With the financial allocation, it is anticipated that the project will start construction by the Summer of 2013. Once built, the project will enhance safety, and improve both traffic circulation and emergency access north and south of I‑10 and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The project also complements the I‑10 “Lifeline” Emergency Action Plan that was reviewed by the Commission at its November 2012 meeting.

Small Business Expo

RCTC CAPRCTC’s procurement department has participated in several outreach events targeting Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Small Business Enterprises (SBE), Business Expoand Veterans. Recently RCTC held its first Small Business Expo at the Moreno Valley Conference Center, which was attended by approximately 150 participants from a variety of transportation-related disciplines, including 31 sponsors and exhibitors. In addition to an overview of RCTC projects and programs, presentations were made regarding finding contracting opportunities with RCTC and other agencies and participating in and preparing for public contracting bids. One of the primary objectives for the Expo was to offer a chance to network with potential prime contractors and subcontractors.

Metrolink’s Holiday Toy Express® Train Stops in Riverside County

Metrolink’s special holiday train will bring Santa to Riverside County traveling from city to city to entertain families and collect toys for the less fortunate. The next two Riverside County Toy Train visits are set for Saturday evening, December 22. The first stop will be at Riverside’s La Sierra Station at 10901 Indiana Avenue, Riverside. Spectators should arrive by 4:30 p.m. The train will then stop at North Main Corona Station, 250 East Blaine Street, Corona, and visitors should arrive by 5:15 p.m.

This marks the 16th year the Holiday Toy Express® will be supporting the effort by fire fighters throughout Southern California to collect toys for children from less fortunate families as part of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. The event features seasonal entertainment for the family, a visit from Santa Claus, and an opportunity to be part of a generous toy drive. Corona Mayor Pro Tem Karen Spiegel, who serves on the Metrolink and RCTC Boards, hopes to see a crowd at the Corona event. “This is a great community event that is a lot of fun and benefits a great cause,” said Spiegel.

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

November 16: Metrolink Annual Board Workshop

November 20: Riverside Chamber of Commerce/Inside Hunter Park

November 24: Holiday Toy Train – Pedley

November 29: Small Business Expo – Moreno Valley

December 5: Joseph Tavaglione Downtown Riverside Station Dedication

December 5: I‑215 Central Project Public Meeting

December 5: Hosted Reception – California Transportation Commission

December 6: Riverside-San Bernardino Economic Forecast Conference

December 6: Southern California Association of Governments’ Third Annual Economic Conference

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California. A copy of the 2013 Commission/Committee Meeting Schedule can be accessed by clicking here.

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.

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Transportation in the News

Press Release: Toy Train to Roll to Three Stops in Riverside County
(Press Release, 11/19/2012)

PERRIS: Officials Break Ground on Freeway Widening
(Press Enterprise, 11/5/2012)

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

Shaving a Little Time Off the Interstate 215 Commute
(UT San Diego, 10/28/2012)

MENIFEE: Next Phase of I-215 Widening to Start
(Press Enterprise, 10/25/2012)

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)

MENIFEE: I-215 Widening Project Moves North
(Press Enterprise, 10/29/2012)

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

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