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State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project — Contract Awards

SR‑91Within only a few short months, construction will begin on a $1.3 billion project to widen State Route 91 through Corona. With project financing in place, the Commission approved entering into an agreement with Atkinson/Walsh, a Joint Venture, for a little over $632.6 million to design‑build the express lane project. In addition, an $81.4 million construction management contract was awarded to Parsons Transportation Group to oversee the project and a $30.9 million agreement was awarded for operations and maintenance services.

The SR‑91 Corridor Improvement Project, also known as “The 91 Project” is generally described as extending the existing 91 Express Lanes into Riverside County and the addition of a general purpose lane in each direction. The project will also improve seven interchanges, make local street and access improvements, add more express bus service, and construct a number of auxiliary lanes at key locations to ease access on and off the freeway, especially between the 91 and Interstate 15. The SR‑91 CIP is scheduled to open to traffic in 2017.

“Improving the 91 with this project ensures that Corona and the rest of Riverside County is easier to access for residents, employers, businesses, public transit users and tourists,” said Corona City Councilmember Karen Spiegel who also serves as RCTC Chair. “During peak hours some drivers will be able to save as much as 90 minutes per day on their round‑trip commute.”

The project will be paid for through a combination of voter‑approved Measure A sales tax funding and toll revenue bonds which finance the toll component of the project. RCTC was one of only a handful of agencies to receive an award from TIFIA — which stands for Transportation Infrastructure Financing Innovation Act — and provides credit assistance for large‑scale transportation projects. The TIFIA award enables RCTC to obtain a subsidized loan for a third of the project cost.

Full project details are available at sr91project.info.

Fiscal Year 2013/14 Budget —
Public Hearing

RCTCA public hearing on the proposed FY 2013/14 Commission budget was opened at the May 8, 2013 meeting to receive input and comments. The seven long‑term policy goals and objectives approved at the March 2013 Commission meeting — mobility initiatives, goods movement, improved system efficiencies, environmental stewardship, economic development, intermodalism and accessibility, and public and agency communications — formed the basis of the budget. An executive summary of the budget document containing a summary of all departmental budgets and the entire Commission is available here. At the June 12, 2013 Commission meeting, the entire budget with detailed narratives will be presented.

Riverside County Small Business Expo

Full Speed Ahead

Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 27, 2013, for the Riverside County Small Business Expo hosted by RCTC, Riverside County Transportation Department, Riverside Transit Agency, and Caltrans, District 8. Riverside County is emerging from the recession and heading to bright days, with economic opportunities available in transportation. Join us to learn about upcoming projects and contracting opportunities, on‑site support for DBE/SBE certification and vendor registration for future bid/proposal notices.

General admission is free, but space is limited, so register early. Visit tinyurl.com/2013SmallBizExpo to learn about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities or to register for the event. For additional information, please contact Melissa Holguin, Outreach Consultant, Arellano Associates at (909) 627‑2974 ext. 229 or mholguin@arellanoassociates.com.

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Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 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 past month, Commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:

April 11: Riverside Kiwanis Club — State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project and 91 HOV Project

April 11: City of Calimesa — RCTC Projects

April 16-17: Presentation to Rating Agencies — SR‑91 CIP Financing

April 17: JP Morgan Public Finance Transportation and Utility Conference — RCTC Delivery Plan

April 17: Caltrans’ Program Review Meeting

April 18: T-NOW Meeting — I‑215 Corridor Update

April 18: Inland Empire Leadership Meeting — Presentation on I‑10 and I‑15

April 24: Women in Transportation Seminar — Meet the Executive Directors

April 26: Inland Empire Regional Economic Forum

April 30: What’s Next for Inland Empire

May 1: Congressman Takano — Perris Valley Line

May 2-3: Southern California Association of Governments’ General Assembly

May 6: Western Riverside Council of Governments’ Executive Committee — CEQA Reform

May 7: California Transportation Commission

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

HIGHWAY 91: $632.6M contract awarded to add lanes Press Enterprise (May 8, 2013)

ROAD WORK: I‑215 widening project underway Press Enterprise (April 26, 2013)

I‑215: What will judge decide on Perris Valley Line? Press Enterprise (April 26, 2013)

Route 91 contract could save $130 million Press Enterprise (April 21, 2012)

PERRIS: Court date set in proposed Metrolink extension Press Enterprise (April 19, 2013)

PERRIS: Officials to resolve Metrolink suit Press Enterprise (April 19, 2013)

CVAG eyes bus funds shift to rail Desert Sun (April 15, 2013)

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