FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $75 MILLION FOR PERRIS VALLEY LINE TRAIN
The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded $75 million in federal grant funding for the Perris Valley Line (PVL) extension of Metrolink. The $248 million project will extend rail service 24 miles and will include new stops in Perris, South Perris/Menifee, March Air Reserve Base, and the Hunter Business Park in Riverside. On Monday, December 9, 2013, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) welcomed FTAs Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan to Perris during a formal ceremony held at the Perris Transit Center. Ms. McMillan was joined by local Congressman Mark Takano (D-Perris) and Ken Calvert (R-Corona), who both sought funding for the project. A number of local officials also participated in the formal grant signing ceremony.
The Federal Transit Administration is proud to invest in the Metrolink extension to Perris Valley, which is an important part of the regions commitment to expand and modernize public transportation for hard-working families, said Deputy Administrator McMillan.
Dignitaries at the FTA $75 Million Grant Award Ceremony
The PVL service is expected to open in mid-2015 and is projected to carry more than 4,000 passengers per day. Additional PVL project information is available at http://www.perrisvalleyline.info/.
91 PROJECT BREAKS GROUND
More than 250 people celebrated the beginning of construction for the widening of the 91 freeway through Corona. The $1.3 billion project adds general purpose lanes, tolled express lanes, provides a number of interchange improvements, and is expected to create 16,200 jobs over the next three and a half years during project construction. RCTC is the lead agency for construction on the project, which is being funded through a combination of sales tax bonds and the local Measure A Transportation Sales Tax program. The design-build project will be constructed by Atkinson-Walsh, a joint venture, which opened offices in Corona.
A number of federal, state, and local officials attended a formal groundbreaking ceremony at the North Main Corona Transit Station to mark the beginning of construction including
Brian Kelly, Secretary of the California Transportation Agency (CalSTA).
This projects innovative financing approach supports important improvements to a critical link between the Inland Empire and Orange County, said CalSTA Secretary Kelly. The express lanes will give drivers new transportation choices while helping public transit and carpools reach more destinations.
Dignitaries at the $1.3 Billion Groundbreaking Ceremony
Nearly 280,000 vehicles travel SR-91 daily, and this number is expected to grow by another 140,000 vehicles daily by 2035. Once completed in early 2017, the 91 Project will expand transportation choices, reduce delays, allow faster emergency response, relieve local street congestion, and offer better access to public transit and trails.
A concerted public outreach campaign will be conducted to alert commuters and residents of construction impacts of the project. Those seeking more information can access the project website at www.sr91project.info.
2014 ELECTION OF OFFICERS 5th DISTRICT SUPERVISOR MARION ASHLEY ELECTED CHAIR OF RCTC
Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley was elected to serve as the Commissions Chair for 2014. Perris Daryl Busch will serve as Vice Chair and Desert Hot Springs Scott Matas will serve as Second Vice Chair.
Ashley took office as a Riverside County Supervisor in 2003 and became a member of RCTC at that time. He sits on a number of regional boards including the Salton Sea Authority and the March Joint Powers Commission (March JPC).
Busch will serve as RCTCs Vice Chair. He served as Mayor since 1999 in the city of Perris and serves on a number of regional boards including the March JPC and the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.
Matas will serve as RCTCs Second Vice Chair. He was appointed to the RCTC board in 2008 and actively serves the city of Desert Hot Springs. He is active in the community and volunteers for many local charities as well as coaching youth sports.