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Commission Allocates Funding For Specialized Transit

The Commission allocated a little over $7.7 million for the provision of specialized transit services at its April 13 meeting. In Riverside County, transit options don’t stop at regular buses and trains. RCTC has long demonstrated a strong commitment to assisting in the mobility of individuals with special transit needs. Through its specialized transit program, the Commission has provided millions of dollars to public and non-profit transit operators to assist in the provision of special transit services to improve the mobility of seniors and persons with disabilities. Transportation assistance translates into everything from mileage reimbursements to dial-a-ride services operated by city governments, transit agencies, and non-profit groups. Specialized transit means someone who is disabled can go to work on his or her own; someone who’s elderly can shop at the neighborhood grocery store; and someone who is low on cash can get to the doctor.

Care Connexxus
Care Connexxus, one of the recipients of the
Commission’s Specialized Transit Program

Additional information on the $7.7 million allocation for specialized transit can be downloaded by clicking here.

Commission Executive Director Named Transportation Person of the Year

California Transporation Foundation AwardsAnne Mayer, the Commission’s Executive Director, was named the 2010 Person of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation (CTF). Anne was appointed Executive Director in 2007 and since that time, she has led the agency through a decline in revenue, and a spiraling unemployment rate. In spite of this environment, the Commission has charged forward to invest money in transportation projects to create jobs and economic opportunity. In 2010, stimulus funding played an important role for the Commission as $70 million was allocated for six interchange projects on I-10, I-215 and
SR-60. In addition, the CTF named Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Corona, Elected Official of the Year. Assemblyman Miller carried legislation on behalf of the Commission that cleared the way for the agency’s top priority project — the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project (SR-91 CIP) — a $1.3 billion planned improvement of SR-91 through the city of Corona. Anne worked closely with Assemblyman Miller to obtain unanimous legislative approval for design-build contracting. The legislative success required the building of a coalition that addressed the concerns of the legislature and organized labor. The impending construction of the SR-91 CIP will result in the creation of approximately 18,000 jobs. In addition to honoring Anne and Assemblyman Miller, three transportation projects in Riverside County — the Inland Empire 511 Traveler Information program, the Corona Transit Center, and the Perris Transit Center — have made the CTF’s finalist award category. Winners will claim the statewide honor at the CTF’s 22nd annual awards ceremony scheduled for June 15, 2011, in Sacramento. The CTF “Selections represent the best of the projects, programs and people who made a positive difference for California transportation in 2010,” said Sarah West, CTF Executive Director.

A complete copy of the award recipients and finalists can be downloaded by clicking here.

City of Perris Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Perris 100th Anniversary

The Riverside County Transportation Commission adopted a resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of the city of Perris, which was incorporated May 26, 1911. Perris was originally formed as the Perris Town Site in 1886 and was named for Fred T. Perris, Chief Engineer of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. The original community was 1.25 square miles but has developed and grown to a large city of 33 square miles with a population of 57,000. Perris services as an important economic engine and its location in the center of Western Riverside County ensures its participation in the advancement of transportation projects including highway, rail and bus projects. Additional information on Perris can be found at cityofperris.org.

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on May 11, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California.

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

In 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.

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.

Transportation in the News

Unmet Needs Public Hearing – May 12, 2011
(RCTC, 5/12/2011)

Hwy.60/Int. 215 Car-Pool Gap to be Fixed this Summer
(Press Enterprise, 4/17/2011)

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Officials Seek Leftover $82 Million for I-215 Widening
(Press Enterprise, 4/12/2011)

REGION: RCTC Chief Named Transportation Person of the Year
(North County Times, 4/11/2011)

22nd Annual CTF Transportation Awards Winners and Finalists Announced
(California Transportation Foundation, 4/8/2011)

Perris Homes Could be in Proposed Mid-County Parkway’s Path
(Press Enterprise, 4/6/2011)

Approve Loan for 91 Corridor Project
(Press Enterprise, 3/26/2011)

Group Advocates for Inland Transit Issues
(Press Enterprise, 3/14/2011)

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