RCTC ADOPTS FISCAL YEAR 2010/11 BUDGET BY UNANIMOUS VOTE
During the upcoming fiscal year, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (Commission) will spend more than $566 million on a variety of projects and programs. By using a combination of funding from sources that include the voter approved Measure A sales tax, local transportation fund sales tax, and state and federal programs, the Commission is moving forward with an ambitious program of project development and funding leading to the construction of billions of dollars in transportation projects over the next decade. Construction will begin on three major freeway projects: 74/215 interchange, the Interstate 215 south segment from I-15 to Scott Road, and the 60/215 East Junction high occupancy vehicle lane connector project. In addition, environmental work will wrap up on the Perris Valley Line, a 22-mile extension of the Metrolink commuter rail service. Preliminary project work will also move forward on SR-91 in the city of Corona that will feature new toll lanes, a general purpose lane in each direction, and a series of system improvements to include expanded interchanges and improved access.
Regional programs such as Metrolink’s commuter rail and bus transit services will receive a little over $87.9 million in funding during FY 2010/11. 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.
In terms of expenditures for staffing and administration, the Commission is limited by state law to spend no more than one percent of Measure A revenues on administrative salaries and benefits. The budget authorizes a total of 40 positions in the coming year, a reduction in staffing by one position from the prior year.
The Commission’s draft budget can be viewed online at http://rctc.org/downloads/FY2011_Budget_Draft.pdf
RCTC HONORS CTC COMMISSIONER
The Commission honored local businessman Joseph Tavaglione for his ongoing service to the California Transportation Commission (CTC), which is responsible for programming and allocating funds for the construction of highway, passenger rail, and transit improvements throughout California. Commissioner Tavaglione has served on the CTC since 2002. In that capacity, he led the charge for the Commission to receive design-build authority on the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project. In addition, Mr. Tavaglione has been an advocate for many transportation projects throughout Riverside County including the completion of the 60/91/215 interchange as well as the interchanges at La Sierra and Green River.
RCTC Chair Bob Buster, CTC Commissioner Joseph Tavaglione, and Executive Director Anne Mayer