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October 2015


On Friday, October 9, 2015, a construction accident on the State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project (91 Project) occurred. A total of nine construction workers were injured when the supports holding up a bridge collapsed as the bridge was being lowered. Out of respect for the injured workers and their families' privacy, additional information on their condition is unavailable at this time. Please keep the injured workers and their families in your thoughts. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation to ensure safety remains the number one priority for the public, 91 Project, and the men and women who are making these infrastructure improvements. The California Transportation Foundation established worker assistance accounts for construction workers injured. Click here for a copy of the latest press release.


To increase awareness of the dangers of crossing railroad tracks, a public outreach program - See Tracks? Think Trains - was implemented in 2014 to selected Riverside County schools, neighborhoods, and community groups. With the start up of the Perris Valley Line (PVL), the Riverside County Transportation Commission (Commission) is mindful that rail safety education is an ongoing need for Riverside County and the region. Metrolink started testing trains on the PVL earlier this month and passenger rail service is scheduled to begin late 2015. To date, rail safety presentations have been made to approximately 65 schools, community events, and/or community groups. An extensive outreach campaign for the University of California, Riverside has also been implemented. This effort will engage the university students, faculty, staff, and surrounding neighborhoods on how to safely interact around railways and will also address how to safely achieve the community's long-standing tradition of hiking to the "Big C". Included in the presentation were the following sobering statistics:

  • About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States;
  • In 2013, in the United States, 908 pedestrians were killed or injured while walking on or next to railroad tracks; and
  • Also in 2013, California led the nation in railroad crossing trespassing injuries and deaths.

Click here for a copy of the staff report and power point presentation.


Speaking of rail safety, during the past several years, the Commission in partnership with the cities of Banning, Coachella, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Riverside, the county of Riverside, and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments invested approximately $461 million to improve safety at 11 at grade railroad crossings and one goods movement related interchange project. Seven of the projects have been constructed and the remaining five crossings are projected to be completed no later than March 2016.

A ribbon cutting ceremony, held in late September 2015, for the $32.7 million Auto Center Drive grade separation project was a happy occasion as partner agencies celebrated another grade separation project being completed.

Before and after photos of the Auto Center Drive Project

In a separate action, the Commission nominated the Avenue 66 at grade crossing located in the county of Riverside, near the community of Mecca to receive Proposition 1B funds under the Trade Corridor Improvement Fund program. The Commission also allocated $15 million in Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds so the $39 million at grade crossing can move forward to the right of way stage with construction projected to begin late winter 2016.

These two projects - Auto Center Drive and Avenue 66 - demonstrate the Commission's ongoing commitment to improving safety and traffic flow while eliminating unnecessary delay and emissions as cars wait for increasing rail traffic to pass through Riverside County.


RCTC in partnership with Caltrans, the city of Perris, and the city of Menifee will celebrate the completion of the I-215 Central project on Friday, October 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Templo del Evangelio, 215 North Perris Boulevard, Perris, CA 92571. The $123.5 million project added one lane in each direction along the 12.5 mile stretch from Scott Road in Menifee and Nuevo Road in Perris.

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Speaker’s Bureau

The Commission 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:

Sept 10: SR-79 Public Hearing - Hemet

Sept 17: California Society of Municipal Finance Officers Luncheon - State Controller - Riverside

Sept 22: Auto Center Drive Ribbon Cutting - Corona

Sept 22: Coachella Valley Rail Meeting - Rancho Mirage

Sept 23: Transportation Summit - Winchester

Sept 23: Monday Morning Group - Riverside

Sept 24: California Transportation Foundation Board Meeting - Ontario

Sept 25: Transportation Reform - Continuing the Conversation - Sacramento

Sept 28: Norco Community College Summit - Norco

Sept 29: Perris City Council - Rail Safety - Perris

Sept 30: Welcome Reception - New Caltrans Director - Riverside

Oct 1: Inland Southern California Economic Forecast Conference - Riverside

Oct 8: Good Morning Riverside - Riverside

Oct 8: Riverside City Council's Transportation Committee - Project Update - Riverside

Oct 8: Jurupa Chamber of Commerce - Operation Life Saver Presentation

Oct 13: Protecting the Desert - Public Hearing with Senator Feinstein - Whitewater Preserve


The following RCTC policy meetings are currently scheduled; however, please check the RCTC website at http://www.rctc.org/about-us/agendas-and-meetings a few days prior to the meeting to download the agenda and check to make sure the meeting has not been cancelled.

  • 10/26/2015 at 9:30 a.m. - Budget and Implementation Committee
  • 10/26/2015 at 1:30 p.m. - Western Riverside County Programs and Projects Committee
  • 11/12/2015 at 9:30 a.m. - Commission Meeting

Note: The November Commission meeting will be held at Eastern Municipal Water District, located at 2270 Trumble Road, Perris, CA 92570.


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