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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
JOSEPH TAVAGLIONE

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

RCTC Chair Bob Buster, CTC Commissioner Joseph Tavaglione, and Executive Director Anne Mayer

GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY - 74/215 INTERCHANGE PROJECT

Officials celebrate ground breaking of 74/215 Interchange Project

Officials celebrate ground breaking of 74/215 Interchange Project

In partnership with Caltrans, the city of Perris, and the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), the Commission recently held a ground breaking ceremony for the 74/215 interchange project (known locally as the 4th Street interchange) in Perris.  The new interchange will pave the way for better traffic-flow, easier access to downtown Perris, and improved connections to both north and south I-215.  The $29 million effort will be funded primarily by federal stimulus funds along with WRCOG’s Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee proceeds, and the voter-approved Measure A program.  For additional project details, including the schedule, please visit the project website, www.74-215project.info, or call the project helpline at 1-877-74-215ie (1-877-742-1543).

ConeKidConekid was at the ground breaking as part of an innovative safety program reminding everyone to "slow for the cone zone"

Upcoming Meeting

The Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on July 14, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside.

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.

Follow RCTC on Twitter

TwitterIn an effort to enhance public outreach, the Commission has 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.

Transportation in the News

Construction Begins on 74/215 Interchange
(Press Release, 6/14/2010)

4th Street 74/ 215 Interchange Set to Break Ground
(Press Release, 6/8/2010)

Rebound in Shipping has Officials Focused on Dealing with More Traffic in Inland Area
(Press Enterprise, 6/3/2010)

Perris Valley Line Criticism Lingers After Draft Report
(Press Enterprise, 6/1/2010)

Toll Extension Proposal to be Considered Monday
(Press Enterprise, 5/22/2010)

Transportation Commission Awards Cash for Area Road Projects
(Press Enterprise, 5/22/2010)

Inland Receives its Share of State Transit Bond Money
(Press Enterprise, 5/14/2010)

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