RCTC’s Fiscal Year 2013/14
During the next fiscal year, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (Commission) will spend more than $1,033,153,200 on a variety of projects and programs. The upcoming fiscal year will be one of unprecedented investment and construction in Riverside County’s transportation infrastructure — an investment that will undoubtedly improve the area’s mobility and economic standing for decades to come. This is the largest budget in RCTC’s 36 year history and includes the beginning of construction for the $1.3 billion State Route (SR) 91 Corridor Improvement Project. This major project demonstrates the agency’s comprehensive approach to mobility with investments in highway capacity, toll road development, rail, transit, and express bus service. During FY 2013/14, RCTC will invest $887 million in capital projects that include highway, regional arterial, and rail projects. The Commission’s overall budget will exceed $1 billion and includes funding of transit operations, payments to cities and the County for street and road improvements, and management of smaller programs such as motorist and commuter assistance. In addition to the continuation of the SR‑91 High Occupancy Vehicle Lane Project, the Commission is poised to move forward on a number of major projects including the 74 Curve Widening, and the Perris Valley Line. In addition to building its own projects, RCTC has been a conduit for financing a number of local projects as well. In just four years inclusive of 2011 through 2014, more than $4 billion in construction spending will be devoted to transportation projects constructed by RCTC, the County of Riverside, local cities or the California Department of Transportation.
Regional programs including Metrolink’s commuter rail, transit services, commuter and motorist assistance, and planning and programming will receive approximately $106 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 is also used for public and specialized transit services.
Metrolink’s Commuter Rail Budget
The Commission took action to approve the FY 2013/14 operating and capital budget for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority’s (SCRRA) commuter rail service known as Metrolink. Michael DePallo, SCRRA’s Chief Executive Officer, advised the Commission the new budget includes funding for increased service on the 91 line, rail service that runs from Los Angeles to Riverside paralleling the SR‑91. The proposed expanded service is slated to start in October 2013.
2013 Multi-Year Call for Projects Approved
A $151 million call for projects to fund construction activities and project development was approved at the Commission’s June 12, 2013 meeting. A combination of federal and Measure A regional arterial funds makes up the funding stream. Projects that are ready to start construction and that meet the general requirements will be given priority for funding. Project criteria include regional significance, project readiness, local match, safety, air quality, cost benefit and consistency with the regional transportation plan/sustainability communities strategy. In addition to funding construction activities, up to five percent of the available funding will be considered for project approval and environmental document phase. In addition to staff review, project evaluations will be conducted by the Technical Advisory Committee which is primarily comprised of public works directors. For complete details on the call, the staff report is available here.
Riverside County Small Business Expo
Don’t miss the Riverside County Small Business Expo hosted by RCTC, Riverside County Transportation Department, Riverside Transit Agency, and Caltrans, District 8. The event will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Moreno Valley Conference Center. General admission is free, but space is limited, so register early. Visit tinyurl.com/2013SmallBizExpo to register and learn more about the event. For any questions, please contact Melissa Holguin, Outreach Consultant, Arellano Associates at (909) 627‑2974 ext. 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org