Environmental Mitigation

The Traffic Relief Plan is a county-wide strategy to improve traffic flow and safety, keep infrastructure in good condition, provide greater access to public transportation, and keep Riverside County as a region of opportunity for its residents. RCTC developed the Plan based on feedback from Riverside County residents and their elected representatives.


To construct the traffic relief improvements in this Plan, mitigation will be required to preserve and improve quality of living, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Additionally, public infrastructure is increasingly under threat from natural disasters. Further, population growth and development puts pressure on natural areas that make Riverside County a desirable place to live. To achieve balanced growth of the region, ensure transportation projects can move forward, withstand natural hazards, and provide for a high quality of living for current and future generations of Riverside County residents, the Traffic Relief Plan makes meaningful commitments to environmental stewardship.

Examples include:

  • Actions to benefit the environment and to expedite permitting and completion of transportation projects
  • Promote public health and safety by improving air quality or safeguarding local transportation infrastructure from natural hazards, including, but not limited to, floods, fires, earthquakes, or blowsand
  • Preservation of the Coachella Valley’s natural areas, including fulfillment of the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan
  • Preservation of Riverside County’s natural areas, including fulfillment of the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan