On The Move
Current News November 2011

2012 Regional Transportation Plan

2012 RTPSouthern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the regional planning agency for six Southern California counties, is nearing completion of the 2012 draft Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP is a long‑range transportation plan that guides transportation projects in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. A new component for the 2012 RTP is the development of a Sustainable Communities Strategy, a state requirement for greenhouse gas reductions from passenger cars and light duty trucks imposed by the passage of Senate Bill 375. To receive state or federal funding, transportation projects must be included in the RTP. The 2012 RTP identifies approximately $450 billion in road, transit, pedestrian, and bicycling projects. However, SCAG’s analysis indicates that available transportation funding is inadequate to meet project demand and estimates a $125 — $155 billion funding shortfall over the course of the 20‑year plan. Alternative funding strategies are identified in the RTP including, among others, an increase in state and federal gas tax, a vehicle miles traveled tax, freight‑related fees, tolling, and congestion pricing.

The RTP is progressing in partnership with the Riverside County Transportation Commission and other county transportation commissions, cities, counties, and stakeholders throughout the region. The draft RTP is scheduled for release for public review and comment in early December, and final adoption is scheduled for April 2012. Additional information on the 2012 RTP is available on SCAG’s website, scag.ca.gov/rtp2012/.

State Transportation Improvement Program

The Commission approved programming approximately $91 million in State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds at its November meeting. The STIP is a five‑year program of projects that outlines the commitment of transportation funds for improving transportation projects including highways, operations for rail, mass transportation, and local roads. The majority of funding was allocated to three major projects:

  I‑215 Central widening from Scott Road to Nuevo Road   $49.2 million
  I‑15 French Valley Interchange   $18.8 million
  I‑10 Jefferson Interchange   $19.5 million

In addition, $1.6 million was allocated for transportation enhancements projects on Interstate 10 in Coachella Valley. The projects will be submitted to the California Transportation Commission for final consideration.

Annual Report — On The Move

Measure AFor almost 20 years, the Commission has published an annual report known as On the Move in local newspapers to keep the public apprised of the investment they approved in Measure A, the half‑cent transportation sales tax. The report provides an easy‑to‑read synopsis of the Commission’s accomplishments during the prior 12‑month period and also highlights current and future projects. The 2011 On the Move was recently published in the Californian, the Desert Sun, and the Press Enterprise. This year’s report highlights several projects under construction including four freeway interchanges on the I‑10 in the Coachella Valley, widening of Interstate 215 in Murrieta, closing the carpool lane gap on the I‑215 at the 60/215 interchange in Moreno Valley as well as improvements at I‑215 and 4th Street in Perris. Interested in learning more about up‑coming projects? The annual report can be accessed by clicking here.

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 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.

twitter.com/ie511Interested in what’s happening with traffic in the Inland Empire? IE511 is your best source for getting around Southern California. Real‑time traffic for Southern California, including travel times, freeway cameras, and incident information. IE511 also offers bus and rail transit information as well as rideshare for those seeking an alternative to automobile travel. Connect on the go. Call 511 within the Inland Empire or rely on IE511 wherever you go by calling 1‑877‑MYIE511.

Transportation in the News

CORONA: Planners Emphasize Toll Project’s Bus Benefits
(Press Enterprise, 11/13/2011)

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Relief Ahead on Highway 91
(North County Times, 11/9/2011)

TRANSPORTATION: Two Riverside County Bridges Receive State Funding
(Press Enterprise, 10/26/2011)

PERRIS: Bridge Demo Will Close I-215 Next Week
(Press Enterprise, 10/21/2011)

TRANSPORTATION: Highway 79 Realignment May Come Next Year
(Press Enterprise, 10/12/2011)

REGION: Agency to Pick Route for Highway 79 Next Summer
(The Californian, 10/12/2011)

INLAND: Cleaner Tow Trucks Proposed for Freeway Patrol
(Press Enterprise, 10/5/2011)

I-215 Speed Limit Reduced Between Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Scott Road
(RCTC, 9/30/2011)

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