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January 2016

LOCAL REVENUE FUNDS INCREASING

As the first step in the annual budget process, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (Commission) released its revenue projections for Fiscal Year 2016/17. Revenue projections include Measure A, the 1/2 cent sales tax program for transportation; Local Transportation Fund (LTF), which consists of funding derived from a 1/4 cent of the state's sales tax; and Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fees (TUMF). TUMF revenues consist of fees charged to new developments to ensure they pay for transportation facilities needed to accommodate growth. For FY 2016/17, the Commission approved revenue projections as follows:

Measure A $177 Million
LTF $86.5 million
TUMF $18.5 million

When making projections, staff considers revenue trends, historical receipts, economic data, and forecast studies. Click here for a copy of the annual sales tax forecast of Measure A and LTF revenues prepared by Beacon Economics, LLC. Click here for a copy of the revenue forecast powerpoint.

GOODS MOVEMENT: AVENUE 66

At its January 13, 2016, meeting, the Commission approved $15 million in Surface Transportation Program funding for the Avenue 66/Union Pacific Railroad grade separation bypass project located in the community of Mecca. The $39.08 million project will construct a 1.7-mile, two-lane bypass road that will connect Avenue 66 and State Routes 86 and 111. Included in the funding proposal is $5.7 million of Proposition 1B funding available through the state of California's Trade Corridor Improvement Fund program.

Vicinity Map of Avenue 66/Union Pacific Bypass Project

Over the past several years, the Commission invested approximately $500 million in goods movement related projects including 17 at-grade railroad crossings and one interchange project. A complete list of goods movement projects can be found at http://www.rctc.org/projects/rail-projects/goods-movement.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FORUM

Approximately 75 people attended a public forum hosted by the California Transportation Commission, Southern California Association of Governments, San Bernardino Associated Governments, Riverside County Transportation Commission, and local business leaders on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at the Riverside County Administrative Center to discuss and gain public input on road infrastructure and maintenance needs at the local, regional, and state level.

An emerging theme from the public forum was gasoline tax could no longer provide adequate funding to meet the growing transportation needs. As a result, the state of California is researching road charging as an alternative to the gas tax. Road charging means drivers pay to help maintain roads based on the distance they travel or period of time they use the state's roads, rather than the amount of gasoline they consume.

The state is currently seeking 5,000 volunteers to help in studying road charging. California drivers can easily volunteer via the Road Charge Pilot Program website. Volunteers get the unique opportunity to be a part of history by participating in this pioneering program and will have a voice in shaping the future of transportation policy in California.

CONSTRUCTION FREEWAY SERVICE PATROL - STATE ROUTE 91

A total of $590,759 was received from the South Coast Air Quality Management District's Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee to support construction freeway service patrol (FSP) services for the 91 Project. This is exciting news for commuters as construction FSP services are above and beyond the traditional level of FSP services. The construction FSP services will greatly benefit commuters as there will be periods of time during the construction of the 91 Project that will result in limited to no access to freeway shoulders resulting in stranded motorists blocking one or more lanes of traffic. Construction FSP will include mid-day service, extended evening service, and weekend service, as well as some holiday and full 24-hour service periods as deemed appropriate by project management. In addition to the construction FSP, regular FSP services will also be provided during peak a.m. and p.m. travel periods. For more information about the FSP program, including service hours and service areas, visit ie511.org/traffic/roadside-assistance . Information on the 91 Project is available at: http://sr91project.info/ .

Map of Construction FSP Service - 91 Project

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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 Perez at (951) 787-7141 or eperez@rctc.org.

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

Dec 9: California Transportation Commission - Riverside

Dec 10: Good Morning Riverside - Project Update - Riverside

Dec 10: Corona Community Task Force Meeting - 91 Project - Corona

Dec 11: Perris Valley Line Dedication Ceremony - Perris

Dec 14: Riverside County Supervisors' Open House and Toy Drive - Riverside

Dec 18: Mobility 21's Legislative Reception - Los Angeles

Jan 5: Perris Chamber of Commerce - Perris Perk-Up Hour - PVL and I-215 Project

Jan 7: 2016 City Manager Forum - Riverside

Jan 11: Southern California Association of Governments' Regional Transportation Plan - Public Hearing - Palm Desert

Jan 13: Southern California Association of Governments' Regional Transportation Plan - Public Hearing - Riverside

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.

The Commission's annual workshop will be held on January 28-29, 2016, at the Palm Springs Hilton, 400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

DOING BUSINESS WITH RCTC

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RCTC'S 511 PROGRAM

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.

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