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Measure A and Local Transportation Fund Revenues Increasing — Delivering Projects Continues to be RCTC’s Top Priority

As part of the annual budget process, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (Commission) released its revenue projections for Fiscal Year 2012/13. Revenue projections include Measure A, the ½ cent sales tax program; Local Transportation Funds (LTF), derived from a ¼ cent of the state’s general sales tax; and funding from Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fees (TUMF). TUMF revenues consist of fees charged to new developments to ensure they pay for transportation facilities needed to accommodate growth.

When making projections, staff considers revenue trends, historical, economic data, and forecast studies. As shown on the following chart, current trends indicate that Measure A and LTF receipts are about 9.4% and 9.8% higher, respectively, for the six months ended December 31, 2011, compared to the same period last year. TUMF revenues have declined 33% for the four months ended October 31, 2011, compared to the same period in 2010.

current trends chart

For FY 2012/13, the Commission approved the following revenue projections:

        Measure A     $ 124 million
        LTF     $ 61 million
        TUMF     $ 4 million

While there has been promising economic recovery, recent forecasts indicate that the Inland Empire’s economic recovery lags the nation and state. In Riverside County, the housing market continues to be challenging and unemployment stands at 13.3%, one of the highest of any major metropolitan area in the United States. Current data indicates that every sector of the Inland Empire economy is slowly recovering but many areas remain economically distressed with unemployment 55% higher than the national average of 8.5%.

Project Delivery

Despite a slow economic recovery, delivering projects remains the Commission’s priority. Construction work continues on a number of projects including major improvements on Interstate 215. Current construction on the expanded I-215/4th Street interchange in Perris is ahead of schedule and a ribbon cutting is scheduled for February 15. The widening of the freeway in Murrieta between the Interstate 15 and Scott Road should also be completed this year. Transportation options for commuters on the I-215 corridor will also increase with the extension of Metrolink commuter rail service on the Perris Valley Line. In Coachella Valley, two interchange projects on Interstate 10 are nearing completion. A joint ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for March 9 for Indian Canyon Drive and the Palm Drive/Gene Autry Trail interchanges. Both interchange projects will be completed within 45 days.

Major improvements are also planned for the State Route 91 corridor including the addition of a carpool lane from Adams Street to the 60/91/215 interchange. This $279 million project includes major roadway improvements, the widening of several existing bridges, and the replacement of four bridges and is slated to start construction in March. Additionally, the Commission’s $1.35 billion flagship project — the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project — will extend the 91 Express Lanes from the Orange County line into Riverside County and add new general purpose lanes in each direction, received a $20 million TIFIA payment from the federal TIGER program in December.

Additional details of the Commission’s major projects can be found on the Commission’s website www.rctc.org.

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its annual workshop on Thursday and Friday, February 2‑3, 2012, at the Embassy Suites La Quinta, 50‑777 Santa Rosa Plaza, La Quinta, 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.

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Transportation in the News

PERRIS: I-215 Overpass Opening Slated for Mid-February
(Press Enterprise, 1/17/2012)

CONGRESS: Road Forward Seen for Transportation Bill
(Press Enterprise, 1/11/2012)

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Transportation Sales Tax Making a Comeback
(Press Enterprise, 1/10/2012)

Workshop to Cover Senior, Disabled, Low-Income Transportation Services Wednesday
(Desert Sun, 1/10/2012)

I-215 Widening Set for Summer Completion
(Murrieta Patch, 1/10/2012)

REGION: Riverside County Collecting More Money for Transportation
(North County Times, 1/6/2012)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Road Construction Continues Into 2012 and Beyond
(Press Enterprise, 12/31/2011)

Riverside County Coordinated Plan Workshops
(RCTC, 12/30/2011)

TOP 10: Widening of Interstate 215 Kicks Off in 2011
(North County Times, 12/29/2011)

Transportation Agencies Hit the Gas for Riverside County
(Desert Sun, 12/24/2011)

Local Agencies Pave the Way for 91 Express Lane Project
(OC Metro, 12/19/2011)

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