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PERRIS VALLEY LINE GROUND BREAKING

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On Friday, February 21, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) joined with federal, state, and local officials and a number of business leaders to mark the beginning of construction of the 24-mile Perris Valley Metrolink Extension. The $248.3 million project will extend the current Metrolink 91 Line to new stations in North Riverside, Moreno Valley/March Field, Downtown Perris and South Perris/Menifee. In addition, the project will construct and rehabilitate railroad tracks and upgrade 18 at-grade crossings. The event marks the first significant service expansion of Metrolink's six-county commuter rail system in more than a decade, and the first expansion of the Metrolink system in terms of added mileage since 1994.

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One major theme during the ground breaking ceremony was the link between effective public transportation and job creation. The event was held near the new office of the UC Path Center near March Air Base. UC Path recently relocated to Riverside and will employ as many as 480 people involved in administrative responsibilities for the University of California. RCTC officials hope more employers will follow that trend once additional train service is completed.

"Riverside County is an excellent location for employers and businesses," said RCTC Chair Marion Ashley. "The addition of train service by the end of next year will make it an even more attractive job center." In addition to the economic benefits, Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) praised the project for its positive impact on mobility.

"With this brand new Metrolink line, Riverside County commuters will finally be one step closer to traffic relief, as the Perris Valley Line will take an estimated 4,000 cars off the road each day," said Takano. "Investing in local infrastructure projects is one of the best stimulants for our economy, as they create jobs, increase efficiency, and provide resources for generations to come."

The actual construction of the project is projected to create as many as 4,000 jobs during the two-year duration of the work. Rail service is expected to open to riders by late 2015. Funding sources for the project include Riverside County's voter-approved Measure A program, a $75 million Federal Transit Administration grant and additional funding from the state of California. When finished, the project will improve mobility, enhance safety at rail crossings, reduce noise, create new jobs and offer an environmentally-friendly alternative to driving alone.

For more information on the project, please see http://perrisvalleyline.info.

RCTC RECEIVES 2014 INNOVATION AWARD FOR 91 PROJECT

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The California Society of Municipal Financial Officers (CSMFO) honored RCTC for its development of an innovative rating presentation. The presentation was designed to convey the value of the project in a colorful, informative, and concise way. The presentation included a commute video on YouTube, which allowed employees of Fitch rating agency to avoid the expense and time of having to travel from New York to California, helping to keep the bond issuance on schedule.

CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE/SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

RCTC is seeking qualified applicants for its Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Committee (CAC/SSTAC). The CAC/SSTAC is a volunteer advisory group tasked with providing input and advice to RCTC by participating in unmet transit needs hearing(s) and the review of proposed operating and capital expenditures of seven public transit operators and RCTC’s Commuter Rail Program. Applicants must live in Riverside County and have the ability to dedicate no fewer than 20 hours per year to RCTC meetings/activities. An overview of the CAC/SSTAC and 2014 Application is available here. Applications must be submitted by April 18, 2014. The RCTC Board will select the CAC/SSTAC members by the end of May 2014. Contact
John Standiford at (951) 787-7141 or jstandiford@rctc.org for additional information.

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Upcoming
Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California.

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.

During the past two months, Commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:

January 14: Perris City Council - Presentation on Perris Valley Line

January 14: KFROG Radio Interview - 91 Project

January 16: City of Banning, Sunset Avenue Grade Separation - Ground Breaking

January 21 City of Coachella, Avenue 56/Airport Blvd. Grade Separation - Ground Breaking

January 21: American Society of Civil Engineers - 91 Project

January 22: Southwest T-NOW - Presentation on Perris Valley Line

January 22: Active Transportation Program Hearing - California Transportation Commission

January 23: Urban Land Institute Presentation - Transportation Issues Connecting Riverside and Orange Counties

January 24: Federal Highways Administration - Goods Movement Listening Session

January 28: WTS-IE - 9th Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner

February 4: Jurupa Valley Rotary Presentation - RCTC Project Update

February 11: California Transportation Foundation Forum - Annual Statewide Conference on Transportation Issues

February 13: Good Morning Riverside - Perris Valley Line

February 14: Yucaipa-Calimesa Unified School District - Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics Presentation

February 21: Perris Valley Line Ground Breaking Event

February 24: City of Riverside - New Urbanism Walk Audits

February 24: Arlington Business Council - 91 Project

February 28: Southern California Regional Rail Authority - Annual Workshop

March 12: Temescal Town Hall Meeting - 91 Project

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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RIVERSIDE: Commuters unfazed by Highway 91 onramp closures Press Enterprise (February 24, 2014)

TRANSPORTATION: At long last, construction begins on Perris Valley Line Press Enterprise (Feburary 21, 2014)

Crews Break Ground On Metrolink Perris Valley Line CBS News (February 21, 2014)

A Good Day for the Metrolink Perris Valley Line The Transit Coalition (February 21, 2014)

TRANSPORTATION: Officials launch Perris Valley Line project Press Enterprise (February 20, 2014)

Metrolink launches PTC system on BNSF track Progressive Railroading (February 21, 2014)

Sen. Feinstein to herald new safety system for Metrolink trains Los Angeles Times (February 20, 2014)

RIVERSIDE: Project aims to make neighborhoods walkable Press Enterprise (February 19, 2014)

TRANSPORTATION: RTA bus ridership hits peak in 2013 Press Enterprise (February 14, 2014)

PETER FISCHETTI: Train puts commuter on the right track Press Enterprise (February 14, 2014)

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