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Coachella Valley Interchange Projects Underway

Reducing delays and eliminating congestion moved one step closer as construction crews recently broke ground on the new I‑10/Date Palm Drive interchange in Cathedral City. The project is the fourth interchange to start construction on the I‑10, in the Coachella Valley, since 2010. Two additional projects, the Monterey Avenue interchange is expected to begin construction in the spring of 2012 and the Jefferson Avenue interchange project is slated to start in late 2014 or early 2015.

I‑10/Date Palm Drive Interchange Groundbreaking
I‑10/Date Palm Drive Interchange Groundbreaking

The Coachella Valley Association of Governments is the lead agency on the projects and is partnering with Riverside County, Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), and Caltrans as well as the nine cities in the Coachella Valley. Traffic on the I‑10, which ranges from 79,000 to 96,000 cars per day in the Coachella Valley, will move more smoothly, eliminating long waits to enter and exit the freeway. Additional information can be accessed at i10cvcprojects.com.

Commission Adopts Preliminary FY 2011/12 Metrolink Operating and Capital Budget


The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) is a joint powers authority made up of five member agencies including RCTC. The five agencies comprise Metrolink, which in FY 2011/12 will celebrate its 19th year providing Metrolink commuter rail service in Southern California. Opening with three lines and 12 stations in October 1992, the SCRRA today operates over 512 route miles on seven lines, serving 55 stations in six counties. Average weekday ridership is projected to total over 44,000 one-way trips, which represents a 9.6% increase over the previous year. The operating budget for Metrolink is $179.7 million. RCTC’s financial obligation to Metrolink service is approximately $7.1 million for operations and $1.3 million for capital improvements.

Three Metrolink commuter rail lines traverse Riverside County — the Riverside Line, the Inland Empire Orange County Line and the 91 Line. The FY 2011/12 draft Metrolink budget proposes no changes in service levels.

For FY 2011/12, Metrolink will:
●   Continue safety initiatives;
●   Initiate express and late night service on the San Bernardino and Antelope Valley Lines;
●   Expand staffing and marketing initiatives;
●   Receive further delivery and rollout into service of the new passenger rail cars; and
●   Continue efforts on positive train control development and implementation.

On a vote of 17 yes, 5 no, and 1 abstention, Commissioners approved the budget but expressed their concern regarding a 4% performance increase for Metrolink employees and newly created in-house positions. For additional details, the staff report can be downloaded by clicking here.

State Route 91 Public Meeting
91 Project: Fast Forward

The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the SR‑91 Corridor Improvement Project (SR‑91 CIP) has been approved and is being circulated for public comment. A public hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2011, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Corona Civic Center Gymnasium located at 502 S. Vicentia, Corona, California. If you have comments or questions about the SR‑91 CIP, you may submit them via the comment form at sr91project.info. For more information about this study, contact Mr. Aaron Burton, Caltrans District 8 at (909) 383‑2841.

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California.

Speakers Bureau

The Commission also maintains a speakers 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

High Speed Rail Upcoming Open House Meetings
(California High Speed Rail, 6/21/2011)

Groundbreaking Interchange Project Friday in Cathedral City
(KPSP Local 2 News, 5/13/2011)

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

TRAFFIC INFO: IE511 Garners More Interest Than Expected
(Press Enterprise, 5/9/2011)

Gas Prices Changing Some Inland Commutes
(Press Enterprise, 4/25/2011)

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

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