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Measure A — Delivering on Promises

Measure AOne of the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s (Commission) primary responsibilities is to administer the voter-approved Measure A ½ cent sales tax program for transportation projects. The transportation sales tax was first approved by voters in 1988 and was later extended in 2002. In voting for the Measure A extension, voters placed their confidence in the Commission’s ability to deliver much needed transportation projects.

Although the local economy has been negatively impacted by the recession and the Commission is experiencing a challenging economic climate, the agency’s focus continues to be on project delivery. At the September 8, 2010 Commission meeting, approval was given to allocate funding to three major projects:

  • I-15/French Valley Parkway (Phase 1) — Cost $24.1 Million
    • Construction of a new southbound off-ramp from I-15 to French Valley Parkway
    • Construction of the western segment of French Valley Parkway from the off-ramp to Jefferson Avenue; and
    • Widening the I-15 southbound off-ramp to Winchester Road (SR-79 North).
  • 15/79 South Interchange Improvements — Cost $24.3 Million
    • Improvements will be made to circulation, freeway access, and service levels.
  • I-215 South Project — Cost $39.2 Million
    • Project widening from Murrieta Hot Springs Road to Scott Road.

The Commission also approved entering into an agreement with Caltrans to begin work on the SR-91 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Project from Adams Street to the 60/91/215 interchange at an estimated cost of $278 million. Once completed, the project will improve ramps, bridges, and freeway access in addition to adding one HOV lane from Adams Street to the 60/91/215 interchange.

Positive Train Control


The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) is made up of five county transportation commissions including RCTC. SCRRA along with all other rail operators in Southern California are striving to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) by 2012, well before the official 2015 federal deadline. There is significant collaboration between SCRRA, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Union Pacific, and Amtrak to make this happen. Once implemented, PTC will provide a redundant system to minimize the risk of human error related train incidents. The system will use GPS technology — track side equipment and integrated on-board computers — to keep a train under the maximum speed limit and apply automatic braking systems in order stop a train before running a red signal. PTC is a revolutionary approach that will save lives by providing a back-up system to help prevent train-to-train collisions. The Commission is an active funding partner and supporter of this project to improve rail safety for everyone in our region.

91 Project: Fast Forward

For several months, RCTC has been seeking design-build authority for the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project. In late August 2010, the Senate unanimously passed legislation — Assembly Bill 2098 (Miller) — authorizing design-build construction on the $1.3 billion project. The legislation still needs Governor Schwarzenegger’s signature. Once approved, it is estimated that the $1.3 billion project could create upwards of 18,000 jobs in California. For complete project details, the project website can be accessed at sr91project.info.

Upcoming Meeting

The Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on October 13, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside.

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.

Follow RCTC on Twitter

TwitterIn 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.

Dick Kelly

Dedicated to the memory of Dick Kelly, a member of many policy boards including the Commission and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments. Commissioner Kelly was one of the visionaries who made Measure A and the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Program possible.

We are grateful for his leadership and salute his enduring accomplishments.

Transportation in the News

Flag Flown in Afghanistan Presented to Transportation Commission
(Press Enterprise, 9/9/2010)

Highway 91 Project Awaiting One Last OK
(Press Enterprise, 9/8/2010)

RCTC Rolls Out I-215 rescue plan - French Valley, Highway 79 South Interchanges Also Receive Money
(North County Times, 9/8/2010)

Cutting Mid-County Parkway Adds $7 Million to Engineering Cost
(Press Enterprise, 9/7/2010)

Local Governments to Bail Out Train Safety Plan
(Press Enterprise, 9/5/2010)

Panel Shelves Tunnel to the Coast - Decision Called Huge Loss for Southwest County Commuters
(North County Times, 9/4/2010)

Riverside Officials Agree to Front I-215 Widening Money
(Press Enterprise, 9/1/2010)

Chamber Meeting to Focus on 91 Freeway Update
(Press Enterprise, 9/1/2010)

Highway 91 Bill Goes to Governor
(Press Enterprise, 8/31/2010)

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