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RCTC’s Fiscal Year 2013/14
Budget Adopted

RCTCDuring 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
for 2013/14

MetrolinkThe 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

Full Speed Ahead

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 mholguin@arellanoassociates.com

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Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 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:

May 10: Leadership Riverside — Presentation on RCTC Projects

May 21: Senator Feinstein re: Coachella Valley Rail

May 21: Chamber of Commerce’s Inside Hunter Park Meeting — Perris Valley Line

May 22: Women Transportation Seminar — Orange County/San Diego joint meeting regarding Quality of Life Issues

May 22: University of California, Riverside — Quality of Life Summit

May 23: California Transportation Foundation Awards Ceremony

May 30: Congressional Hearing — Review National Freight Impacts of Southern California’s Freight Transportation Challenges

May 30: The Club Homeowner’s Association — I‑215 Central Project

May 30: University of California, Riverside — Partnering for Sustainability

June 11: California Transportation Commission

June 11: Mobility 21’s Legislative Dinner

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

PERRIS VALLEY LINE: Mark Takano fights for funding Press Enterprise (June 11, 2013)

Perris Valley Line Metrolink extension and its CEQA lawsuit Transit Coalition (June 11, 2013)

Environmental Group Says It’s Not Trying to Kill Project Press Enterprise (June 10, 2013)

End Obstruction: Support Metrolink Extension to Perris Press Enterprise (June 9, 2013)

Obey Environmental Law, and Metrolink Extension can Proceed Press Enterprise (June 9, 2013)

Roger Snoble named SunLine interim general manager Desert Sun (May 31, 2013)

EDITORIAL: Bypass CEQA for Riverside County rail project? No Press Enterprise (May 28, 2013)

PERRIS VALLEY LINE: Local lawmakers push to circumvent judge’s ruling Press Enterprise (May 23, 2013)

Friends of Riverside’s Hills Lawsuit Deals Setback to Public Transit Press Release (May 16, 2013)

PERRIS: Judge Hears Suit Over Planned Metrolink Line Press Enterprise (May 16, 2013)

TRANSPORTATION: Nearly $70 million provided for Inland projects Press Enterprise (May 9, 2013)

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