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2015 ELECTION OF OFFICERS - CITY OF PERRIS' MAYOR DARYL BUSCH ELECTED CHAIR OF RCTC

City of Perris' Mayor Daryl Busch was elected to serve as the Commission's Chair for 2015. Desert Hot Springs' City Councilmember Scott Matas will serve as Vice Chair and Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione will serve as Second Vice Chair.

Busch has served as Mayor since 1999 in the city of Perris and serves on a number of regional boards including the March Joint Powers Authority and the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

Matas will serve as RCTC's Vice Chair. He was elected to the city council in 2007 and appointed to the RCTC board in 2008. Councilmember Matas actively serves the city of Desert Hot Springs and is active in the community, coaches youth sports and volunteers for many local charities.

Tavaglione was elected to represent the Second Supervisorial District in November 1994 and became a member of RCTC at that time. He sits on a number of state and regional boards including the state of California's Probation Services Task Force, Riverside County's Local Agency Formation Commission and the Inland Empire Health Plan, the state of California's second largest public health plan.

RCTC'S ANNUAL REPORT - PROMISES MADE - PROMISES KEPT

On an annual basis, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) prepares a report to keep the public apprised of investments it approved in Measure A, the half-cent sales tax initiative for transportation projects and programs. RCTC's annual report provides an overview of the Commission's major accomplishments during the prior 12-month period and also highlights current and future projects. During 2014, project delivery continued to be a top priority for RCTC as work started on two high-profile projects. The $1.4 billion 91 Project, easily the most ambitious project in RCTC's history, will provide significant congestion relief when finished in 2017 by adding general lanes and express tolled lanes on SR-91. The Perris Valley Line marks the first addition in the Metrolink commuter rail system since 1994; when completed, commuters in southern Riverside will have a new option for traveling as far as Riverside or can transfer to trains headed to Orange or Los Angeles Counties. Work continues on other high profile projects as well including the SR-91 High Occupancy Vehicle project, the I-15 Express Lanes Project, the Mid County Parkway, and the I-215 Central project. A copy of the 2014 Annual Report is available here.

91 PROJECT UPDATE

Almost a year ago, RCTC broke ground on the 91 Project; today, the contractor is on-the-job "moving dirt" in preparation for making the commute for Riverside County residents much better. Much progress can be seen as you travel the 91 corridor between the Orange County line and the interchange at I-15. Recent construction activity has focused on shoulder widening and bridge construction. Currently, five bridges are under construction and by 2015, the number of bridges under construction will grow to 29. In the near future, construction will begin on frontage road realignments and median paving on I-15. Due to bridge demolition, the Main Street on and off ramps will be closed for 12 months beginning the first quarter of 2015. The 91 Project is RCTC's largest roadway delivery project since the beginning of the original Measure A in 1989. The 91 Project will add two tolled express lanes, build a new general purpose lane, rebuild several interchanges, and make local street and access improvements. When completed in 2017, the 91 Project will expand transportation choices, reduce delays, allow faster emergency response times, relieve local street congestion, and offer better access to public transit and trails including the Santa Ana River Trail. Complete project details are available here.

MEASURE A SPECIALIZED TRANSIT CALL FOR PROJECTS

Through its specialized transit grant program, the Commission demonstrates a long-time commitment to improving mobility and independence of the region's older adults, persons with disabilities, and low-income individuals. Through the Specialized Transit Program, RCTC provided millions of dollars to public and non-profit transit operators for the provision of specialized transit services. At its November Commission meeting, approximately $8 million in Measure A funding was approved for the 2015 call for projects covering FYs 2015/16 - 2017/18. Specific information on the call for projects, including the grant application, can be accessed here. A list of current specialized transit providers is available here.

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Upcoming
Policy Meetings

The following RCTC policy meetings are currently scheduled; however, please check the RCTC website a few days prior to the meeting to download the agenda and make sure the meeting has not been cancelled:

  • 1/14/2015 - 9:30 a.m. - Commission Meeting
  • In addition, the Commission's annual workshop will be held on January 29-30, 2015, at the Palm Springs Hyatt, 285 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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.

Commissioners and/or staff participated at the following events:

October 9: University of California, Riverside Neighborhood Meeting - Perris Valley Line Project

October 10: Western Riverside Council of Government's 2014 Joint Meeting - Western Municipal Water District

October 13: Green River Home Owner's Association - 91 Project

October 13-15: American Public Transit Association's Annual Meeting - Houston, Texas

October 14-16: Intelligent Transportation Society of California - 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition - Santa Clara

October 23: Orange County Transportation Authority's Business Expo

October 23: Riverside-San Bernardino Economic Forecast Conference

October 28: City of Perris - Perris Valley Line (PVL)

October 29: We are Temescal Valley -
I-15 Express Lanes Project

October 30: Coachella Valley Economic Summit

October 30: WTS Corporate Partners Appreciation Night

November 5: Menifee City Council - I-215 Central Project

November 6: Riverside Chamber of Commerce, East Hills Division - PVL Update

November 6-7: California Transportation Foundation Symposium - Santa Cruz

November 7-8: CALCOG Strategic Board Workshop - San Jose

November 12: Temescal Valley Municipal Advisory Council - I-15 Express Lanes Project

November 13: Rotary Club of Magnolia Center - RCTC Projects

November 13: Southwest Veterans' Business Resource Center's 4th Annual Small Business Summit - Perris

November 13: Supervisor District 1 Town Hall Meeting - Woodcrest Elementary School

November 16-18: - Focus on the Future - Annual Self-Help Counties Transportation Conference - San Jose

November 17: Partnering Dinner - SR-91 Project - Corona

November 19: Green River Home Owners' Association Update - 91 Project

November 24: Regional Transportation Planning Agency Annual Legislative Workshop - Oakland

December 1-2: TIFIA - I-15 Express Lanes - Washington DC

December 4: Southern California Association of Governments' 5th Annual Economic Summit - Los Angeles

December 5: SR-91 Advisory Committee - Orange County

December 9: Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez Christmas Open House

December 10: California Transportation Commission Meeting and Open House - Riverside

December 10: California State Transportation Agency's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund - Rail and Transit Programs Guidelines Workshop - San Bernardino

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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