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Current News October 2013


The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) received a presentation and opened the public hearing on the proposed FY 2014/15 annual budget. The $1.02 billion budget is primarily comprised of program and project expenditures. Approximately 80 percent of the budget is related to capital projects, including funding for the 91 Project, the I-15 and I-215 corridor improvement projects, the SR-60 truck climbing lane, and the Perris Valley Line Metrolink extension project. The FY 2014/15 budget is scheduled for adoption at the June 11 Commission meeting. A copy of the budget's executive summary is available here.


A groundbreaking ceremony for the Magnolia Avenue Grade Separation Project was held in mid-April. The project will grade separate the existing at-grade crossing by raising the roadway over the railroad and constructing a six-lane capacity bridge that will span over the railroad tracks. The $42.7 million railroad crossing is expected to take approximately two years to construct. Additional project details are available http://rcprojects.org/magnolia/.

A ribbon cutting for the I-215/Van Buren Boulevard interchange project provided an additional occasion to celebrate RCTC's continued commitment to improve air quality and safety while eliminating unnecessary traffic delay. The $56.7 million project is located between March Air Reserve Base and the Riverside National Cemetery. RCTC's Chair Marion Ashley stated, “In honor of the sacrifice made by so many individuals and families, in service to our great nation, this interchange incorporates a military theme in its design.” Chair Ashley further stated, “this project is a drive by museum of military air history” as the design includes:

  • The five-star rank insignia on the eastern bridge abutments honoring General Hap Arnold, former March Field Commander in the 1930s and the only officer to hold the five-star general rank in both the Army and Air Force;
  • Five aircraft silhouettes mounted on the overpass fence representing some of the aircraft stationed at March Air Reserve Base;
  • The service insignia on the embankments are the unit crests for the Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command, and Air Force Reserve Command; and
  • Along the eastern retaining walls, facing March Air Reserve Base, are historic Army Air Corps and Air Force flight insignias from early aviation crews to the modern day crew insignias.

The interchange, which will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety, also includes aesthetic touches that feature the United States Air Force Thunderbirds


Providing some form of passenger rail service to the Coachella Valley – San Gorgonio Pass Area has been a long-standing priority. Currently, the only rail passenger services in the Coachella Valley is a long distance train operated by Amtrak between Los Angeles and New Orleans running three times a week. Over the years, a variety of studies have been completed in support of passenger rail service. At its May meeting, the Commission approved an agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc., for work on the Service Development Plan for Coachella Valley – San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Services. This plan will review the ridership potential and costs associated with the route and is needed in order to compete for limited state and federal rail funds. A fact sheet on the proposed rail service is available here.


The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) is holding a series of workshops in late June to receive input on its annual Work Program, which distributes approximately $14 million each year to projects designed to reduce emissions from mobile sources in the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The workshops provide an opportunity to identify project needs as well as input on funding levels. For workshop details click here.

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Policy Meetings

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, no committee meetings are scheduled. The next regular meeting of the Commission is scheduled for June 11, 2014. Please visit the RCTC website at http://www.rctc.org/about-us/agendas-and-meetings a few days prior to the meeting to download the agenda and check to make sure the meeting has not been cancelled.

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 10: California State University, San Bernardino - Leonard Transportation Center Meeting

April 14: Magnolia Avenue Grade Separation - Ground Breaking

April 16: Norco City Council Meeting -
I-15 Express Lanes Project

April 17: Corona Host Lions' Club - 91 Project

April 21: Assembly Transportation Committee Hearing - AB 1721

April 22: Coalition for America's Gateway and Trade Corridors - Annual Meeting

April 24: French Valley Interchange Project - Ribbon Cutting

April 24: Construction Management Association of America - RCTC Projects

April 30: I-215/Van Buren Interchange Project - Ribbon Cutting

May 1-2: Southern California Association of Governments' Regional Conference and General Assembly

May 8: Riverside Reconnects Meeting

May 14-16: WTS Annual Conference

May 15: Corona Chamber of Commerce - 91 Project

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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