When voters approved the extension of Measure A in 2002, they also approved an innovative program for western Riverside County, the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee or TUMF. Western Riverside County’s TUMF was patterned after a program by the same name in the Coachella Valley.
Under the TUMF, developers of residential, industrial, and commercial property pay a development fee to fund transportation projects that will be required as a result of the growth the projects create. The Western Riverside Council of Governments administers the TUMF.
The TUMF funds both local and regional arterial projects. Local area projects receive 48.1% of all funds and the funds are programmed in each of five “zones” proportionately to the fees paid. These zone projects are proposed by local jurisdictions.
RCTC implements the Regional Arterial Program, which was adopted in September 2004. The program consists of 24 projects located throughout western Riverside County. To date, three projects have been completed and three are under construction. RCTC receives 48.1% of all fees to fund these regional projects. The balance, 3.8%, is allocated to transit projects programmed by the Riverside Transit Agency.
The TUMF is expected to create almost $3 billion in transportation projects for western Riverside County, with more than $1.4 billion programmed and implemented by RCTC.