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Current News October 2013

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION GRANT PROGRAM

In September 2013, the Governor signed legislation creating an Active Transportation Program (ATP) that encourages bicycling and walking, especially for children traveling to school and for residents of disadvantaged communities. A total of $360 million is available statewide; of that amount, $76 million is available regionally and RCTC's target share is $8.76 million. Caltrans issued a call for projects for the ATP on March 21, 2014, and is accepting applications through May 21. Additional details on the ATP including the application and program guidelines are available at http://www.catc.ca.gov/programs/ATP.htm. The purpose of the ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation by achieving the following goals:

  • Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking;
  • Increase safety and mobility for non-motorized users;
  • Advance the active transportation effort of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals;
  • Enhance public health, including reduction of childhood obesity;
  • Ensure disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program; and
  • Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users.

State and federal law segregates the ATP program funding into three components as follows:

  • 50 percent to the state for a statewide competitive program;
  • 10 percent to small urban and rural regions with populations of 200,000 or less for the small urban and rural area competitive program; and
  • 40 percent to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in urban areas with populations greater than 200,000 for the large urbanized area competitive program.

Grant recipients will be selected by the state (60 percent of funds) as well as regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (40 percent of funds). Caltrans will forward grant proposals not selected for funding at the state level to the MPO for consideration in the regional program. To encourage participation in the ATP, RCTC recently conducted an ATP workshop that was attended by over 40 individuals representing various agencies throughout the county of Riverside.

GOODS MOVEMENT - TWO ADDITIONAL GRADE SEPARATIONS BREAK GROUND

Within the last month, two groundbreaking ceremonies were held to grade separate vehicle, freight, and passenger rail traffic. The first ceremony was for the Clay Street project located in the city of Jurupa Valley; the second project was Magnolia Avenue, located in the county of Riverside. These two at-grade rail projects represent RCTC’s continued commitment to improve traffic flow and safety while eliminating unnecessary delay and emissions as cars wait for rail traffic to pass through Riverside County. Since 2008, RCTC together with local, state, and federal partners have invested $461 million in grade separating 11 crossings and one goods movement related interchange project at the Interstate 215 and Van Buren Boulevard.


RCTC ADOPTS CAP AND TRADE FUNDING PRINCIPLES

The California Air Resources Board established a market for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions commonly referred to as “cap and trade”. GHG allowances are auctioned, creating revenue for the state to reduce GHG emissions according to goals set forth in AB 32. The independent Legislative Analyst Office predicts cap and trade could generate up to $15 billion through 2020. Given that 40 percent of GHG emissions are from the transportation sector, RCTC believes a commensurate portion of cap and trade revenue should be invested in transportation, with an emphasis on providing local and regional control of these dollars. Therefore, RCTC adopted the following principles on how the state should structure this major new funding program:

  1. Align funding with responsibility;
  2. Regional consultation;
  3. Geographic equity;
  4. Protection of theft; and
  5. Hold harmless existing funds and projects.

For additional details, click here.

SOUTHERN CALIFRONIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS’ REGIONAL CONFERENCE AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SCAG will hold its 2014 Regional Conference and General Assembly on May1-2, 2014, at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells. This year’s conference will focus on partnering for prosperity and technology’s impact on mobility and opportunity. Additional information including the draft conference schedule is available here.

EXPRESS TRAIN TO ANGELS BASEBALL GAMES

Once again, Friday night Metrolink train service from Riverside and Corona will add to the excitement of visiting Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The service will be offered for Friday night games with the train leaving the Downtown Riverside Station at 5:01 p.m. Subsequent stops will take place at La Sierra, North Main Corona, West Corona, and Anaheim Canyon stations. The train will arrive at the Orange Station at 6:10 p.m. Riders will then transfer to an Orange County line train that leaves at 6:16 p.m., arriving at the train station located in the stadium parking lot at 6:20 p.m. Click here for additional information.

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Policy Meetings

The following policy meetings are scheduled; however, always check the RCTC website at http://www.rctc.org/about-us/agendas-and-meetings a few days prior to the meeting to download the agenda and check to make sure the meeting has not been cancelled:

April 28: 9:30 a.m. - Budget and Implementation Committee

April 28: 1:30 p.m. - Western Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee

May 5: 10:30 p.m. - Eastern Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee

May 14: 9:30 a.m. - Commission Meeting

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 month, Commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:

March 13: City of Corona's State of the City and Business Health Expo - 91 Project

March 13: Corona-Norco Unified School District/Corona Chamber of Commerce Career Day

March 17: Coalition for America's Gateway Trade Corridor - Goods Movement

March 18: California Transportation Foundation Board Meeting

March 18: Omnitrans - DBE/Small Business Workshop

March 18: Paramount Group - 91 Project

March 19: California Freight Advisory Committee

March 19: CalSTA Secretary Brian Kelly - SHCC Meeting

March 20: California Transportation Commission Meeting

March 24: Corona-Norco Unified School District - 91 Project

March 25: American Lung Association - Active Transportation Program

March 25: Project Stakeholder Liaison Meeting - I-15 Express Lanes Project

March 26: City of Corona's Foothill Westerly Extension Project - Ground Breaking

April 1: Press Conference - I-215 Bi-County Freeway Closure

April 2: Keller Williams Realty - 91 Project

April 3: 2014 California Passenger Rail Summit

April 4: Coachella Valley Association of Governments - I-10/Monterey Avenue Interchange Ground Breaking Ceremony

April 7: City of Jurupa Valley - Clay Street Grade Separation Ground Breaking Ceremony

April 7-8: Washington, DC - Federal Advocacy Meetings with Monday Morning Group

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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