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 Jurupa Valley is on the Map!

Jurupa Valley is on the Map!

For years, Metrolink's Riverside Line included a stop at what has long been known as the Pedley Station. The previously unincorporated area has a long history of rail service and was one of the first Metrolink stations to open in Riverside County in 1994. Much like everywhere else in Riverside County, the community has grown and the area became part of the incorporated city of Jurupa Valley in 2013. As a result, the Commission and Metrolink took action to rename the station the Jurupa Valley/Pedley Station and recently held a dedication ceremony that included Congressman Mark Takano, RCTC Commissioner Frank Johnston, Mayor Laura Roughton, Metrolink Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy, and RCTC's Executive Director Anne Mayer.

 91 Express Lanes Toll Rates Set

91 Express Lanes Toll Rates Set

The Riverside County extension of the 91 Express Lanes will be open in the first half of 2017, adding eight miles for commuters seeking to save time on the 91. The new extension will work just like the current 91 Express Lanes in Orange County, which requires a transponder from any California toll agency. Access points will be at the County Line, McKinley Street on the 91, and from the I-15 at Ontario Avenue in Corona. Tolls for the existing 91 Express Lanes have always been based on traffic demand, vary throughout the day, and are adjusted on a quarterly basis although additional reviews will take place immediately after opening day to ensure free-flowing traffic. For the Riverside County portion of the road, the opening rates have been established and will range from $1.40 and $4.95. Carpools of three or more, which requires the use of a transponder, will travel for free with the exception of the eastbound direction between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., which receive a 50 percent discount.

Taxpayer Win: RCTC Reduces Debt and Gets Interest Rate Certainty

The Commission's recent successful debt refinancing refunded $63.9 million in variable rate demand bonds and retired $20 million of commercial paper notes with the issuance and sale of $76.14 million in fixed rate bonds. The refinancing provides taxpayers with greater fiscal certainty by eliminating a portion of variable rate debt issued in 2009 was integrated with an interest rate swap agreement with Deutsche Bank. The Commission proactively recognized an opportunity to terminate its relationship with the troubled Deutsche Bank and reduce its debt by $7.8 million, while achieving a true interest cost of only 1.68 percent for the new bonds. This well-timed move reduces future financial risks to the Commission.

 Call Box Plan Approved

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Thanks to the widespread use of cell phones, motorists rely less on freeway call boxes to summon help for a mechanical problem or other unforeseen problem. Costs to maintain and keep the phone technology current resulted in significant cost increases, although the average call box is used only five times per year. Reflecting RCTC's commitment as wise stewards of taxpayer funds, the Commission voted to reduce the number of call boxes to no more than 250 countywide while maintaining coverage in areas with reduced cell phone coverage such as in the Pass Area and the eastern edge of the county. This action maintains critical roadside safety while saving taxpayers from increasing costs for infrequently used services.

 40th Anniversary Reception Draws Big Crowd

More than 200 people attended the Commission's reception to celebrate its 40th Anniversary on September 29. The event was held at RCTC's downtown Riverside office and provided an opportunity for members of the community, current and past employees, and current and past Commissioners to mingle with each other and reflect on the agency's long record of success. Additional events are planned throughout the year to recognize the milestone. Stay tuned!

Three Scoping Meetings Provide an Opportunity for Public Input on Rail Effort

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The Commission conducted three separate scoping meetings to obtain public input on the Coachella Valley/San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Service project. The meetings were held in Los Angeles, Riverside, and Indio that mirror the end points and middle of the 141-mile rail corridor. The Commission is in the midst of preparing an environmental impact report/statement (EIR/EIS) in hopes of launching daily Amtrak service along the corridor. The EIR/EIS process will likely continue through 2018. For more information please visit:




Speaker's Bureau

The Commission 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 Perez at (951) 787-7141 or eperez@rctc.org.

During the past month, Commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:

Sep. 19-21: ITS California Conference in Indian Wells
Sep. 21: OCTA Citizens Advisory Committee Tour of 91 Freeway Project
Sep. 27: WTS Scholarship Fundraising Softball Game
Sep. 27: City of Perris City Council Meeting Regarding Operation Lifesaver
Sep. 28: SANBAG Business to Business Expo
Sep. 29: UC Riverside Inland Empire Economic Forecast
Sep. 29: RCTC 40th Anniversary Open House
Oct. 5: 2016 State of Riverside County Luncheon
Oct. 6: Jurupa Valley/Pedley Station Dedication and Renaming
Oct. 12: Coachella Valley/San Gorgonio Pass Rail Scoping Meeting in Riverside
Oct. 13: Coachella Valley/San Gorgonio Pass Rail Scoping Meeting in Indio
Oct. 13: Lower San Jacinto Riverside Advisory Committee Meeting
Oct. 16: UCLA Transportation Symposium in Lake Arrowhead
Oct. 17: Coachella Valley/San Gorgonio Pass Rail Scoping Meeting in Los Angeles
Oct. 19: Transportation Opportunities Collaborative Forum with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx - Cal State San Bernardino
Oct. 20: Norco Horseman's Association
Oct. 21: 2016 Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit

Doing Business with RCTC

Interested in doing business with RCTC? Register as a vendor and visit our website at www.rctc.org/doing-business/rfps-rfqs-ifbs for business opportunities.

Upcoming Policy Meetings

Please check the RCTC website at www.rctc.org/about-us/agendas-and-meetings for scheduled meetings. Download the agenda and check to make sure the meeting has not been cancelled.

  • 11/09/2016 - 9:30 a.m. - Commission Meeting
  • 11/28/2016 - 9:30 a.m. - Budget and Implementation Committee
  • 11/28/2016 - 1:30 p.m. - Western Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee

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