Construction Contract Awarded for the I-215 South Widening Project
At the December 8, 2010 Commission meeting, a $14.5 construction contract was awarded to All American Asphalt for the I-215 South widening project between Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Scott Road in the city of Murrieta. The project design includes the addition of a third general purpose lane in the center median in the northbound and southbound directions, minor drainage improvements, and ramp metering. Complete details of the project can be found at www.i215project.info.
2011 Election of Officers —
Cathedral City’s Greg Pettis Elected Chair of RCTC
Cathedral City’s Greg Pettis was elected to serve as the Commission’s Chair for 2011. Supervisor John Benoit will serve as First Vice Chair and Corona’s Councilmember Karen Spiegel will serve as Second Vice Chair.
Pettis has served on the Commission since 1999, and has been on Cathedral City’s council since 1994. He has served on a number of regional boards including the Southern California Association of Governments and the League of Cities.
Riverside County Supervisor Benoit will serve as the Commission’s First Vice Chair. He has extensive political experience including several years in the State legislature and Senate. He was appointed to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in 2009 and was elected to a four-year term in June 2010.
Spiegel will serve as RCTC’s Second Vice Chair. She was elected to the Corona City Council in 2002 and served as Mayor in 2006 and again in 2010. She serves on a number of regional boards including the League of California Cities, Riverside Division.
Metrolink’s New Safety-Enhanced Rail Cars
Metrolink, Southern California’s passenger rail provider, unveiled its new state-of-the-art cab and passenger rail cars equipped with collision-absorption technology at a series of stops throughout Metrolink’s five-county service area. The new cars dubbed the Guardian Fleet by Metrolink and manufactured by Hyundai Rotem include energy-absorbing retractable couplers, a crumple zone, and tables designed to minimize passenger injuries. In addition, the cab cars have an elevated train engineer compartment providing enhanced visibility and safety for the engineer. Ten of the stainless steel cars were placed into service on December 13, 2010. An additional 127 rail cars are ordered and should be placed into service by 2012.