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September 2015

TRANSPORTATION SUMMITS - ENGAGING CITIZENS IN DIALOGUE ABOUT OUR FUTURE

Nearly 200 citizens have participated in Riverside County Transportation Commission's (RCTC) Transportation Summits (Summits) around Riverside County this month. At each Summit, residents have shared their vision for our transportation future in a collaborative dialogue. These facilitated discussions allow everyone to have a voice and put forward their most creative solutions to our region's mobility challenges. One final Summit will be held at the Winchester Community Center on Wednesday, September 23 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Emerging themes from the Summits so far have focused on the need for expansion of alternative modes of transportation, especially public transit. Residents have also voiced an interest in receiving more information about transportation options already available to them and using the latest technologies to make traveling from point A to point B more convenient. Lack of adequate funding for transportation projects and programs is a common challenge raised at every Summit.

Ideas generated at the Summits will be provided to the Commission in January 2016 as part of RCTC's Strategic Assessment. Interested residents and stakeholders should regularly check www.rctc.org/summits to: (1) answer the online questionnaire that replicates the questions posed to Summit attendees; and (2) see the summaries and follow-up documents to the Summits.

Contact Aaron Hake at ahake@rctc.org or (951) 787-7141 with questions regarding RCTC's Transportation Summits or the Strategic Assessment. We hope to see you on September 23 in Winchester, or hear from you at www.rctc.org/summits.

I-15 EXPRESS LANES PROJECT

RCTC approved the Economic Benefit Analysis study on the Interstate 15 Express Lanes Project at its September 9, 2015 meeting. The proposed 14.6-mile project will construct one to two tolled express lanes in each direction on I-15 between Cajalco Road and State Route 60 and will reduce traffic congestion for motorists traveling through the cities of Corona, Norco, Eastvale, and Jurupa Valley. All proposed improvements are anticipated to be constructed within existing Caltrans right of way, with the majority of the improvements occurring within the existing I-15 median. The purpose of the study was to measure the economic impacts of the project including job creation, impacts to taxable sales for state and local governments, and increased demand for goods/services throughout the economy. A copy of the study is available here; complete project information is available at http://i15project.info.

I-15 Express Lanes Project Map

RCTC CHALLENGES WORLD LOGISTICS CENTER ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL

RCTC voted 20-1 to authorize the filing of a lawsuit challenging the city of Moreno Valley's approval of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the World Logistic Center project.
RCTC's challenge to the environmental document is related to the EIR's analysis of regional transportation impacts and the lack of mitigation to address the impacts.

ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE

Beacon Economics and The Center for Economic Forecasting and Development at the UC Riverside School of Business Administration are hosting the 6th Annual Inland Southern California Economic Forecast Conference on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at the Riverside Convention Center. Registration and breakfast begin at 7 a.m. and the program is from 8 a.m. to about 11:15 a.m.

This year's program delivers a new forecast for the state and national economy and a lively discussion about the future of Inland Southern California. Topics will include:

  • Home prices in the state are on the rise again. Too much too fast? Or is this sustainable growth?
  • The U.S. economy slowed in the first half of 2015. Will the expansion get back on track this year?
  • Inland Southern California has outpaced the state as a whole for the past 3 years. Will the region's economic performance persist?

RCTC is an affiliate sponsor of the Economic Forecast Conference, which provides a $25 discount to anyone signing up and using the RCTC Promo Code. Interested in attending? Simply click on the "Register Now" button on the flyer found here; to receive the $25 discount, please enter discount code rctc15 when registering.

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Speaker’s Bureau

The Commission 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:

Aug 13: City of Riverside's Transportation Committee - Riverside - Perris Valley Line Project

Aug 19: Riverside County Active Transportation Network Meeting - Riverside

Aug 20: Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Projects Meeting - Riverside

Aug 21: Pechanga Tribal Government Outreach - Temecula

Aug 25: Riverside City Council Meeting - Operation Life Saver Presentation - Riverside

Aug 25: Representative Ken Calvert - Tour of 91 Project

Aug 26: Transportation Summit - Perris

Aug 26: Riverside Reconnects Steering Committee - Riverside

Aug 26: California Transportation Commission Meeting - San Diego

Aug 26: California Road Charge Pilot Program Technical Advisory Committee - San Diego

Aug 27: Caltrans' Sustainable Strategies Transportation Workshop - Los Angeles

Aug 28: Mobility 21's Transportation Summit - Anaheim

Aug 29: Transportation Summit - Riverside

Aug 31: City of Corona - Tour of 91 Project

Sept 1: Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Operation Life Saver Presentation - Moreno Valley

Sept 2: Transportation Summit - Temecula

Sept 3: Transportation Summit - Palm Desert

Sept 3: Southern California Association of Governments' Transportation Committee/Regional Council Meeting - Los Angeles

Sept 9: Corona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Operation Life Saver Presentation - Corona

UPCOMING POLICY MEETINGS

The following RCTC policy meetings are currently scheduled; however, please 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.

  • 9/28/2015 at 9:30 a.m. - Budget and Implementation Committee
  • 9/28/2015 at 1:30 p.m. - Western Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee
  • 10/14/2015 at 9:30 a.m. - Commission Meeting

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RCTC'S 511 PROGRAM

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