On The Move
Current News February 2013

Goods Movement Projects

Goods MovementRiverside County continues to be the conduit for nearly half of the nation’s imports arriving at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, moving east through Riverside County to the rest of the nation. Although growth in goods movement presents significant economic opportunities in terms of increased tax revenues and job creation, it also highlights the need to improve freight infrastructure. Currently, 66 trains cross the county every day at the rate of about two per hour. By 2035, the number of daily trains is projected to escalate to 137. To ease the negative consequences of freight movement and resulting traffic congestion, the Commission has been proactive in securing funding for many of the at-grade crossings. In 2008, there were 61 at-grade crossings. As identified below, 15 of the crossings are being transformed:

Completed Projects: Avenue 48/Dillon Road, Columbia Avenue, Jurupa Avenue and Magnolia Avenue/UP;
Under Construction: Iowa Avenue and Streeter Avenue;
Projects with a 2013 Construction Start Date: Auto Center Drive, Avenue 52, Avenue 56/Airport Blvd., Clay Street, Magnolia Avenue/BNSF, Riverside Avenue and Sunset Avenue; and
Grade Crossings Closed Due to Street Reconfiguration: Jane Street and Mountain View Avenue.

Total investment: $426.9 Million

During Fiscal Year 2013/14, there will be nine grade separation projects under construction throughout Riverside County! This level of progress is unprecedented and will result in a number of positive economic, safety and mobility benefits.

Interstate 215 Central Widening Project — Construction Ramping Up

I-215 CentralConstruction work on the widening of the I-215 between Nuevo and Scott Roads is rapidly becoming a common sight. Work this week includes major closures in Perris for the relocation of a water line and additional work along the corridor will intensify in the coming weeks. Unlike the recently completed project to the south, this segment will require a number of closures, primarily in the northern part of the work area. Our crews will make it a priority to minimize the impact of construction activity. The latest news on the project can be obtained at: i215project.info/central.

Interstate 15 Corridor Improvement Project

I-15Recently, the Commission approved a new project scope for the I-15 Corridor Improvement Project to include two tolled express lanes in each direction from approximately SR-60 to Cajalco Road. This action paves the way to develop environmental and preliminary engineering documents for further project development.

The map shows the revised project parameters and can be downloaded by clicking here.

Public Meetings: Mid County Parkway and SR-79 Realignment Projects

Open house style public hearings on the Mid County Parkway and SR-79 Realignment Projects are scheduled as follows:

MCPThe hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lakeside Middle School, 27720 Walnut Street, Perris, California. Comment period closes March 11, 2013. Project details can be found at: midcountyparkway.org

SR-79Hearings are Tuesday, February 26, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 27, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Both hearings will be held at Tahquitz High School, Multipurpose Room, 4425 Titan Trail, Hemet, CA 92545. Comment period closes March 25, 2013. Project details can be found at: sr79project.info

Cathy Bechtel — Woman of the Year

Cathy BechtelCathy Bechtel, RCTC’s Project Delivery Director, was named the 2012 Woman of the Year by the Women Transportation Seminar – Inland Empire Chapter. Cathy joined RCTC 21 years ago and quickly put her analytical, communication and management skills to use on a variety of projects. She is the Commission’s key staff for major transportation corridor planning and works with the capital projects team to deliver the voter approved Measure A transportation improvement plan.

Congratulations Cathy!

Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Commission will hold its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 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.

During the past month, Commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:

January 8: Perris City Council meeting — Perris Valley Line (PVL)

January 16: Perris Planning Commission — PVL

January 22: Riverside Unified School District Board Meeting — PVL

January 24: 36th Annual State of the City Address — City of Riverside

January 24: Women in Transportation Seminars — Inland Empire Chapter’s Annual Dinner

January 29: Perris City Council Meeting — I‑215 Central Project

January 29: California Transportation Foundations’ Annual Transportation Forum — Sacramento

January 31: Corona Chamber of Commerce, Good Morning Corona Valley — SR‑91 Corridor Improvement Project

February 5: Chamber of Commerce — Wake Up Perris — I‑215 Central Project

February 5: Menifee City Council Meeting — I‑215 Central Project

February 13: 6th Annual State of Public Transit Luncheon — SunLine Transit Agency

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

PERRIS: Judge Hears Suit Over Planned Metrolink Line
(Press Enterprise, 1/29/2013)

PERRIS: Draft EIR Available On Mid-County Parkway
(Press Enterprise, 1/25/2013)

Riverside County Transportation Revenue Rebounds
(San Diego Union Tribune, 1/8/2013)

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