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COMMISSION APPROVES TRANSIT FUNDING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011/12

Specialized TransitAs the regional transportation planning agency, the Commission is responsible for planning transit services, allocation of transit funds, operator oversight, and performance monitoring. In June, the Commission approved the Short Range Transit Plans (SRTP) for public bus and commuter rail service providers. The SRTPs identify operating and capital budgets as well as funding sources, and serve as blueprints for the future development of transit services, operations, and infrastructure. Based on the approved SRTPs, the Commission approved approximately $179 million in funding to cover the operating and capital costs for seven public bus operators and Metrolink commuter rail services for FY 2011/12. Overall transit ridership is projected to be 16 million, which is approximately 2% higher than the current year ridership.

PERRIS VALLEY LINE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT

The Commission approved and certified the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a 22-mile extension of the Metrolink system between Downtown Riverside and Perris. The vote to approve was a unanimous 27-0.

The Perris Valley Line will extend the existing Metrolink 91 Line from Downtown Riverside to the city of Perris. The new line will travel along existing rail tracks located primarily next to the 215 freeway. The effort adds new train stops in the Hunter Park area of Riverside, March Air Reserve Base, Downtown Perris and South Perris near State Route 74. Along with the stations, RCTC is working closely with the Riverside Transit Agency to coordinate connecting bus service to the trains.

The $237 million project is expected to begin construction early next year and open in 2013. The project has garnered an initial award of $75 million from the Federal Transit Administration with the remainder to be financed through voter-approved Measure A dollars and state funds.

The goal of developing Metrolink service to Perris was outlined in the Measure A expenditure plans approved by voters in 1988 and in 2002. Riverside County was the first county transportation agency in Southern California to dedicate a portion of its half-cent sales tax program starting in 1988 and voters reaffirmed an extension of the program in 2002 that specifically indentifies the Perris Valley Line.

Community support for the project has been critical and one part of the Commission's action was to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Riverside Unified School District, which addresses a number of safety, landscaping, and coordination issues at two nearby elementary schools.

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STATE ROUTE 91 IMPLEMENTATION PLAN UPDATE FOR 2011

SR 91Annually, the Orange County Transportation Authority, in consultation with Caltrans and RCTC, updates the SR-91 Implementation Plan. This year's update includes projects identified in the Riverside-Orange County Major Investment Study as well as other project development efforts and funding programs including the Commission's 10-year Western County Highway Delivery Plan that outlines a number of projects including the extension of high occupancy toll lanes from the Orange/Riverside County Line to
I-15. In addition, the plan details proposed projects and completion schedules for transportation improvements to Metrolink, express bus, freeways and interchanges, new east-west highway corridors, and high-speed rail. To access the 2011 Implementation Plan, click here.

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors' Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California.

Speakers Bureau

The Commission also maintains a speakers 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

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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Transportation in the News

Perris Valley Metrolink Approval
(Inland News Today, 7/25/2011)

Perris Valley Train on the Fast Track
(Press Release, 7/25/2011)

Inland Area Suffers Recent Setbacks at State, Federal Levels
(Press Enterprise, 7/24/2011)

RCTC Thanks Senator Feinstein
(RCTC, 7/14/2011)

RCTC Thanks Congressman Lewis
(RCTC, 7/14/2011)

RCTC Thanks Congressman Calvert
(RCTC, 7/14/2011)

RIVERSIDE: Perris Valley Line Approval Delayed
(Press Enterprise, 7/13/2011)

Inland: Hwy. 91 Toll Lane Project not Funded
(Press Enterprise, 7/7/2011)

'Subway to the Sea' Gets Infusion of Federal Cash, Inland Empire Not so Much
(Southern California Public Radio, 7/6/2011)

91 Project Moves Forward in Spite of TIFIA Decision
(Press Release, 7/6/2011)

INLAND: Federal Funding Awarded to Two Transit Projects
(Press Enterprise, 6/27/2011)

TRAFFIC TIME: I-215 Lane Widening Phases are in Sync
(Press Enterprise, 6/26/2011)

High Speed Rail Upcoming Open House Meetings
(California High Speed Rail, 6/21/2011)

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