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05 May 10, 2006 Citizens advisory committee / Social services transportation advisory councilRIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL TIME: 11:30 A.M. DATE: May 10, 2006 LOCATION: Conference Room 2B, 1" Floor County of Riverside Administrative Center 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside *** COMMITTEE MEMBERS *** Andrea Puga, Corona, Chairman Mary Venerable, Office of Supervisor Buster, County of Riverside, Vice Chairman Michelle Anglin, City of Norco Peter Benavidez, Blindness Support Services, Riverside Jim Collins, Include Me, Inc., Indio Eunice Lovi, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms Judy Nieburger, Office of Supervisor Ashley, County of Riverside Mike Pistilli, City of Beaumont Scott Richardson, Riverside Transit Agency, Riverside Cindy Scheirer, Office of Supervisor Tavaglione, County of Riverside Sherry Thibodeaux, Community Access Center, Riverside *** STAFF *** Tanya Love, Program Manager 76762 RECORDS PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE TO CONFERENCE ROOM 2B, 1ST FLOOR, OPPOSITE HUMAN RESOURCES 11.36.10 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMM/SS/ON CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL www.rctc.org AGENDA* *Actions may be taken on any item listed on the agenda 11:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 10, 2006 COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA 92501 CONFERENCE ROOM 2B, 1" Floor In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Government Code Section 54954.2, if you need special assistance to participate in a Commission meeting, please contact the Clerk of the Board at (951) 787-7141. Notification of at least 48 hours prior to meeting time will assist staff in assuring that reasonable arrangements can be made to provide accessibility at the meeting. PLEASE NOTE: The Chairperson of the CAC/SSTAC kindly requests that cell phones be turned off during the meeting. 1. CALL TO ORDER 2. ROLL CALL 3. PUBLIC COMMENTS 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 5. ADDITIONS/REVISIONS (The CAC/SSTAC may add an item to the agenda after making a finding that there is a need to take immediate action on the item and that the item came to the attention of the CAC/SSTAC subsequent to the posting of the agenda. An action adding an item to the agenda requires 2/3 vote of the Committee. If there are less than 2/3 of the CAC/SSTAC members present, adding an item to the agenda requires a unanimous vote. Added items will be placed for discussion at the end of the agenda.) Riverside County Transportation Commission Agenda May 10, 2006 Page 2 6. FY 2006/07 - FY 2008/09 SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLANS Overview This item is for the CAC/SSTAC to: Pg. 1 1) Review and approve, in concept, the FY 2006/07 - FY 2008/09 Short Range Transit Plans for the cities of Banning, Beaumont (collectively Pass Transit System), Corona, Riverside, Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency, Riverside Transit Agency, SunLine Transit Agency and RCTC's Regional Rail program, as presented; and 2) Forward to the Plans and Programs Committee for review. 7. PALO VERDE VALLEY - FY 2006/07 UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS HEARING Pg. 8 Overview This item is for the CAC/SSTAC to: 1) Reaffirm the Commission's definition of "Unmet Transit Needs" and "Reasonable to Meet" standards; 2) Make a finding that based upon a review of the requests for services received through the "Unmet Transit Needs Hearing" process, review of existing services and proposed improvements to the available services, that there are no unmet transit needs which can be reasonably met in the Palo Verde Valley; and 3) Forward to the Plans and Programs Committee for review. 8. RESULTS OF SECTION 5310 - LOCAL REVIEW COMMITTEE Overview Pg. 15 This item is for the CAC/SSTAC to receive and file the results of the Section 5310 recommendations made by the Local Review Committee. Riverside County Transportation Commission Agenda May 10, 2006 Page 3 COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS AND INFORMATION Overview This item provides the opportunity for the Committee Members to report on attended and upcoming meetings/conferences and issues related to Committee activities. 10. ADJOURNMENT The next Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council meeting is scheduled to be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, August 9, 2006, Riverside County Transportation Commission, County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA 92501, 3rd Floor, Conference Room A. MINUTES RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL Minutes February 8, 2006 1. CALL TO ORDER The Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council was called to order by Judy Nieburger at 11:30 A.M. at the Riverside County Transportation Commission Offices, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, California 92501, 3rd Floor, Conference Room "A." 2. ROLL CALL Members Present Peter Benavidez Eunice Lovi Judy Nieburger Mike Pistilli Andrea Puga, Chair Scott Richardson Cindy Scheirer Sherry Thibodeaux Mary Venerable, Vice Chair Members Absent Jim Collins Also in Attendance: Shirley Gooding, RCTC Jennifer Harmon, RCTC Tanya Love, RCTC Tracy Mauser, Peppermint Ridge Fortunato Penilla Virginia Werly, RTA Stephanie Wiggins, RCTC 3. PUBLIC COMMENTS There were no public comments. 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES M/S/C IVenerable/Puga) to approve the August 10, 2005 Minutes. 5. ADDITIONS/REVISIONS There were no additions/revisions to the agenda. Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council February 8, 2006 Page 2 6. ELECTION OF OFFICERS Tanya Love, RCTC, stated that Judy Nieburger has been the CAC/SSTAC Chair for the past several years and Peter Benavidez was the Vice Chair until last year when Andrea Puga was nominated as Vice Chair. The term of the Chair is one year and elections are held annually. Andrea Puga was nominated Chair and unanimously elected. Mary Venerable was nominated Vice Chair and unanimously elected. 7. RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ' STRUCTURE, OFFICERS AND MEMBERSHIP FOR 2006 Jennifer Harmon, RCTC, referred to the membership rosters attached to this agenda item, outlined the structure and membership of the `Riverside. County Transportation Commission and its various committees. 8. MEASURE A SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM - NON -EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION Tanya Love announced that Naty Kopenhaver and Marilyn Williams retired in December along with other RCTC staff changes and additions. ' She stated that approximately $2-3 million in Measure A'funding is available annually to specialized transit services for western Riverside County. Five percent of the Measure A funding is split 2.5% for rideshare and $2.5% for specialized transit. Ms. Love pointed out that Riverside Transit Agency has included the taxi demonstration program that was done in western Riverside County in their regular service profile. A study of non -emergency medical health transport needs in Riverside and San Bernardino County was administered by the Southern California Association of Governments and partners brought in match dollars consisting of community hospital, San Bernardino Health Net, Inland Ernpire Health Plan, etc. The study identified the needs of non -emergency medical transport and while the need isn't great, it is a market that allows those who are unable to take public transportation to receive medical care. Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council February 8, 2006 Page 3 In July, staff presented a proposal to the Commission to develop a non - emergency medical transportation service. The focus of the Call for Projects was to look at medical appointments to veterans and other health care facilities. A.M.M.A., RCTC's consultant, interviewed over 60 people at health care facilities and transportation facilities to talk about various transportation problems. Ms. Love announced that a Request for Proposals is being released today and she highlighted the criteria and related schedule. She requested three CAC/SSTAC volunteers to assist in reviewing the Measure A applications on April 11, 2006. 1. Fortunato Penilla 2. Virginia Werly 3. Eunice Lovi Based on the outcome of the call, a communications package will be developed and a distribution outlet will be defined so that residents are aware of the transportation providers available to assist their needs. If this committee would like, Tanya Love will present an overview of the call results as well as some ideas of how staff is proposing to market the program. It is anticipated that a progress report on the Call for Projects will be provided at the August 2006 CAC/SSTAC meeting. 9. CAC/SSTAC COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS Ms. Love reminded this committee that they are charged with reviewing transit services in Riverside County and reviewing unmet transit needs hearings. She stated that the CAC/SSTAC should be a working committee since they are the eyes and ears of the community. She outlined the Palo Verde Valley unmet needs hearing process and requested a volunteer to attend the hearing. Sherry Thibodeaux volunteered to serve on the hearing panel. Tanya Love stated that 2% of the local transportation funds are set aside for bicycle/pedestrian facilities and a Call for Projects is released about May of each year. Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council February 8, 2006 Page 4 Three volunteers are being requested to review the SB 821 call. 1. Eunice Lovi 2. Peter Benavidez 3. Mike. Pistilli ' Lastly, the Section 5310 Program that provides capital grants will require three volunteers to score the applications on March 14, 2006, 9:00 A.M. A pre - meeting will also be scheduled to review the scoring criteria and process. The following three CAC/SSTAC members volunteered: 1. Mary Venerable 2. Judy Nieburger 3. Andrea Puga 10. 2006 MEETING SCHEDULE AND AGENDA TOPICS Tanya Love briefly reviewed the 2006 meeting schedule and agenda topics. She requested suggestions for the August 9 meeting. Suggestions are: 1. An overview of Metrolink Commuter Rail 2. Call for Projects results 3. GPS was suggested. Although the Commission is not involved in GPS, Robert Yates, RCTC staff, could provide information from a technology standpoint. Scott Richardson suggested that Rick Kaczerowski may also be available to make a presentation oh RTA's GPS system. Stephanie Wiggins, RCTC, stated that there is a $35 million earmark from the federal authorization bill and staff is working with the jurisdictions to determine how the funding will be distributed. The program calls for up to $7.5 million to each jurisdiction consisting of Corona, Banning, city of Riverside, county of Riverside and Coachella. In addition, staff is working with the jurisdictions for safety improvements at Magnolia Avenue and with the decision -making process for quiet zones. Regarding the grade separation projects, she stated that they are averaging $30 million each. The city of Riverside had their kick-off meeting last month for Columbia Avenue grade separation. They are proposing an overpass which they hope to have completed in 2007. Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council February 8, 2006 Page 5 11. COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS AND INFORMATION Mary Venerable commented that at her suggestion, her son used public transportation in Sacramento from the airport to where he had parked his vehicle. Shuttle transportation would have cost $50, a taxi would have cost close to $100 and bus transportation got him within walking distance of his vehicle for less than $3. Peter Benavidez said that regarding fixed route transportation, he participated in the Go Riverside meetings which met for over a year. Based on the outcome, a report went to City Council and he has not heard what happened. Tanya Love stated that Go Riverside was modeled after Boulder, Colorado's system where they would color their buses different colors and name them different names. One of the naming suggestions for Riverside was Cheetah and Jaguar. Buses would run every ten minutes within Riverside City at an affordable cost. Cost analysis on the capital needs was done and it was high. A committee is looking at ways to fund such a program using non -transit revenue. Scott Richardson, RTA, stated that buses would connect to retail areas and to different locations. Judy Nieburger thanked the committee for their help while she was Chairperson and particularly the staff who have been so helpful. 12. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business for consideration by the Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council, the meeting adjourned at 12:40 P.M. The next meeting is scheduled for 1 1:30 A.M., May 10, 2006, County of Riverside Administrative Center, Conference Room "A," 3rd Floor, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside 92501. Respectfully submitted, Tanya Love Program Manager AGENDA ITEM 6 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMM/SS/ON DATE: May 10, 2006 TO: Citizens` Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council FROM: Tanya Love, Program Manager THROUGH Stephanie Wiggins, Regional Programs Director SUBJECT: FY 2006/07 - FY 2008/09 Short Range Transit Plans STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the CAC/SSTAC to: 1) Review and approve, in concept, the FY 2006/07 - FY 2008/09 Short Range Transit Plans for the cities of Banning, Beaumont (collectively Pass Transit System), Corona, Riverside, Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency, Riverside Transit Agency, SunLine Transit Agency and RCTC's Regional Rail program, as presented; and 2) Forward to the Plans and Programs Committee for review. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Riverside County FY 2006/07 - FY 2008/09 Short Range Transit Plans (SRTP) cover the three apportionment areas of the county and are comprised of plans for the municipal operators, the Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency, the Riverside Transit { Agency, SunLine Transit Agency, and RCTC's Regional Commuter Rail program. This item is requesting that the SRTPs be approved in concept only as requests for financial allocations will be made at the July Commission meeting. For FY 2006/07, the Commission adopted a Productivity Improvement Program (PIP) as part of a comprehensive effort to work with the county's eight public transit operators to provide better service and improve efficiency. Under state law, RCTC is tasked with the responsibility to identify, analyze and recommend potential productivity improvements for transit operators. The process requires the transit operators to address recommendations that are made by regular performance audits. RCTC oversees transit service in Riverside County primarily through the approval of SRTPs which detail the operating and capital costs that are planned for transit services. Each operator adopts such a plan and then provides quarterly data to the Commission on performance. The performance indicators that are evaluated through the PIP include operating costs per revenue hour, fare box recovery ratio, subsidies, passengers per revenue hour and 1 passengers per revenue mile. These factors are critical in ensuring that service can be maximized in an efficient manner. More importantly, the. PIP will be a cooperative process between the Commission and the transit providers to work together on approaches in an environment fraught with rising costs for fuel, labor and insurance. At the time of writing this staff report, Commission and: transit operator staff were reviewing the PIP targets to determine compliance. An up -date on meeting the PIP targets will be provided at the CAC/SSTAC meeting. While reviewing and analyzing individual route productivity will remain with the transit operators and their governing boards, the Commission has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that transit operators are utilizing Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds efficiently and effectively. In addition to implementing the PIP, the Commission recently purchased TransTrack, a transit performance manager software application and training package which will assist staff in compiling, tabulating and reporting transit operating information for use in the SRTP, monthly management reports, quarterly transit operator reports as well as annual reports to external agencies (e.g., State Controller and National Transit Database reports). TransTrack will assist the Commission's policy board in complying with the PIP requirements of the Public Utilities Code (PUC) and state -mandated requirements to effectively use TDA funds. Representatives from each transit agency will make a presentation at the May CAC/SSTAC meeting. The following provides a summary of the SRTP service highlights proposed in the FY 2006/07 through FY 2008/09 SRTPs: City of Banning and City of Beaumont (Pass Transit System): Previously, the Commission approved funds to evaluate the development of a regionalized transit system in the Pass Area based on geographic rather than city boundaries.. The concept was based on the idea that the Banning Municipal Transit System and the Beaumont Municipal Transit Agency (two independent transit systems) would be coordinated to present the appearance of a single transit system to customers and the public. The coordinated service area of Pass Transit includes the cities of Banning and Beaumont, the unincorporated areas of Cabazon and Cherry Valley, and the commercial area of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians Reservation. Both fixed route and dial -a -ride services are provided throughout the pass area. A result of the Pass Area Transit Study is the closer coordination of service between the Banning Municipal Transit System and the Beaumont Municipal• Transit Agency. As the Pass Transit System continues to evolve, it is anticipated that adjustments intended to improve service will continue and be reflected in future plans. While the new Pass Transit System is a single seamless transit system to the public, it is two independent transit systems operated by two different administrators and overseen by 2 two different policy boards. When the Pass Area Transit Plan was adopted it was anticipated that at some future date, the two systems would combine into a single system (single administrator and single policy board). During FY 2006/07, transit staff will continue researching and developing the proposal to combine the two transit agencies into a single agency. Proposed changes will be presented to the Commission for final review. In addition to the potential merger, following are the highlights of the SRTP for the Pass Transit System: • Both dial -a -ride and fixed route services will continue to be provided seven days a week. Service will be provided from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. which reflects an increase in service hours; • Implementation of the Commercial Trunk Line in the Pass Area connects the two fixed route systems together and provides services from Beaumont/Cherry Valley to Banning/Cabazon; • Implementation of new Pass Transit Guide; • Completion of the implementation of the new Pass Transit Graphics on buses in order to provide branding of the bus fleets for the cities of Banning and Beaumont Transit System; • An outreach to major employers in the Pass Area was initiated in March 2006 with the opening of Wal-Mart in Beaumont. This program offers free passes to encourage employees to try taking the transit system to work. The outreach to Wal-Mart employees was successful with roughly 20% of the free passes being used. This outreach program will continue in FY 2006/07; • The City of Beaumont has continued its outreach program to schools; Banning will begin a similar outreach program in FY 2006/07; and • In an attempt to make the transit system easier to use in FY 2006/07 the city of Banning will be posting route schedules and system maps at bus stops throughout the city. City of Corona: The City of Corona (Corona) operates a general public dial -a -ride program as well as fixed route services known as the "Corona Cruiser." Corona closely coordinates all transfers with both RTA and RCTC's Commuter Rail services. Following are highlights of Corona's services for FY 2006/07: • Corona will continue to maintain current levels of service, but considering route changes if necessary, to better serve the transportation needs of riders; and 3 ■ A systemwide on-b©ord transisµrvey will be conducted to determine if there is an existing demand for Sunday service. City of Riverside - Special Services: Riverside Special Services (RSS) operates a Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Bial- a -ride. Service is provided within the Riverside city limits. The special services program functions as an alternative to RTA's fixed route' system for seniors and persons with disabilities unable to use fixed route service. All services operated by RSS are closely coordinated with RTA. Following are the highlights of services planned for FY 2006/07: • Effective July 1, 2006, a passenger fare increase will be made as follows: o $2.00 for senior/disab►ed; and o $175.00 monthly fare for subscription service The fare increase is necessary to keep up with rising fuel costs as well as to meet the state -mandated farebox recovery ratio of 10%; • A new scheduling/dispatching software will be fully implemented in FY 2006/07. The new software and technology will increase passenger ridership and improve efficiencies of service; and • A marketing outreach campaign to educate and promote service to senior centers and complexes will continue during the fiscal year. Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency: The Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (PVVTA) provides a multitude of services including fixed route, dial -a -ride, and a transportation reimbursement program (for individuals that cannot ride the public bus system). Service is provided within the city of Blythe and surrounding unincorporated county areas in the Palo Verde Valley. Following are the highlights of PVVTA's services: • PVVTA's service is known as the Desert Roadrunner and operates three deviated fixed routes and a general public/ADA paratransit service. Transit service continues to be provided by contract with Transportation Concepts; • Growth in ridership is projected at 2%; • To meet farebox requirements, a fare increase will be implemented on both dial -a -ride and fixed route; • Some emphasis will be placed on situating passenger amenities (e.g. benches, shelters, trash receptacles) at strategic locations; 4 • Transit management will focus on system productivity, mindful of Transportation Development Act requirements relative to farebox recovery ratio and operating cost per revenue hour; and • Agency will actively continue to pursue additional .funding for a Compressed National Gas (CNG) fueling station, in partnership with the city of Blythe and county of Riverside. Riverside Transit Agency: The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) provides both local and regional transportation services. RTA is the Consolidated Transportation Service Agency for western Riverside County and is responsible for coordinating transit services throughout the approximately 2,500 square mile service area, providing driver training, and assistance with grant applications. The following are highlights of RTA's proposed service for FY 2006/07: ■ RTA will continue to monitor ridership. From FY 2001 /02 to FY 2003/04, RTA experienced a growth in ridership; from FY 2003/04 to FY 2004/05, systemwide ridership declined approximately 3% from 7.5 million to 7.3 million riders. Systemwide ridership in FY 2005/06 is expected to continue its decline, falling by approximately 6%. Various external and internal factors such as the fare increase, weather patterns, employment rates, and service levels are currently being studied by RTA staff. ■ For FY 2006/07, RTA is projecting a 3% increase in ridership based on service enhancements; ■ Proposed service changes include: 1) The following routes will be discontinued in January 2007: • Route 36: Beaumont/Banning/Calimesa; ■ Route 61: Sun City Scooter; and • Route 204: Riverside -Montclair Transcenter commuter route, 2) Service modifications will be made on the following routes: ■ Route 18A: Moreno Valley Mall to RCC/Moreno Valley campus; and ■ Route 17: Fair Isle & Sycamore Canyon to RCR Medical Center, 3) Implementation of a new service: the Harveston Community in Temecula will commence January 2007. ■ Operating budget reflects a 6.9% increase over projected FY 2005/06 year-end actual; and ■ Capital budget includes the acquisition of 23 paratransit vehicles. 5 SunLine Transit Agency: The SunLine Transit Agency (SunLine) provides both local and regional transportation services with 12 fixed routes and demand response dial -a -ride services known as SunDial. SunLine is the Consolidated Transportation Service Agency and is responsible for coordinating transit services in the Coachella Valley. SunLine's service area consists of approximately 1,120 square miles. Following are the highlights of SunLine's proposed FY 2006/07 SRTP: • Resources in FY 2005/06 were dedicated to the completion of a Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA). When feasible, the results of the recently completed study will be implemented in FY 2006/07. Changes as a result of the COA will be brought forward for review and consideration; • Install more bus shelters at existing bus stops as well as adding new transit amenities such as bus benches to improve and enhance transit services provided in the Coachella Valley; • Work with local jurisdictions to improve existing bus stops as well as to develop new bus stops throughout the valley; • Begin environmental assessment, preliminary and final engineering for new administrative building; and • Evaluate existing plans and determine need to develop new strategies on how best to work with human service agencies to begin working on a coordinated transportation plan. Regional Commuter Rail: The Southern California Regional Rail Authority operates seven commuter rail lines" with 39 locomotives and 155 commuter rail cars. Three routes, the Riverside to• -Los'" Angeles Line, the Inland Empire to Orange County Line (1E0C), and the Riverside to Los Angeles via Fullerton Line (91 Line) directly serve western Riverside County with connecting service available to destinations on the other four lines. Following are the highlights of the Commuter Rail's FY 2006/07 SRTP: • Continued implementation of the revised fare structure with an average 5.5% fare increase in FY 2006/07; • Preliminary engineering and environmental clearance of the Perris Valley Line (Riverside — Moreno Valley — Perris) Metrolink extension project; • Implementation of Inland Empire Orange County year-round weekend train; and 6 • An 18.88% increase in operating subsidy due to dramatic increases of 47% in fuel costs, 21 % in property liability costs and increases of 27.4% for sheriffs' expenses and 18.9% increase for supplemental additional security. Attachments: SRTP's 7 AGENDA ITEM 7 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: May 10, 2006 TO: Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council FROM: Tanya Love, Program Manager THROUGH Stephanie Wiggins, Regional Programs Director SUBJECT: Palo Verde Valley — FY 2006/07 Unmet Transit Needs Hearing STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the CAC/SSTAC to: 11 Reaffirm the Commission's definition of "Unmet Transit Needs" and "Reasonable to Meet" standards; 2) Make a finding through Resolution No. 06-011 that based upon a review of the requests for services received through the "Unmet Transit Needs Hearing" process, review of existing services and proposed improvements to the available services, there are no unmet transit needs which can be reasonably met in the Palo Verde Valley; and 3) Forward to the Plans and Programs Committee for review. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: State law requires that prior to making any allocations of Local Transportation Funds (LTF) not directly related to public transit, the Commission must identify the unmet transit needs in the area and determine those that are reasonable to meet. At least one public hearing must be held to solicit comments on unmet transit needs. The only area where this determination of unmet needs is applicable is the Palo Verde Valley where in prior years it was anticipated that not all funds would be needed for transit. In the western County and Coachella Valley, all available local transit funds are being used for transit service. In FY 2002/03, $566,282 was reallocated from transit to Streets and Roads. For FY 2003/04 and FY 2004/05, no LTF funding was allocated for Streets and Roads use as all available funds were used for transit services in the Palo Verde Valley. Unfortunately, although all available funds were spent on transit, ridership did not significantly increase and resulted in lack of fare box compliance in FY 2003/04. In FY 2005/06 and FY 2006/07, it is anticipated that some funding may be available for Street and Road purposes although the majority of available funds will be spent on operating and capital improvements for transit. 8 The Commission held a public hearing in Blythe on March 1, 2006. Commissioners Robert Crain, Joseph DeConinck, and Roy Wilson, together with Sherry Thibodeaux, CAC/SSTAC member, and Les Nelson, City Manager, City of Blythe and General Manager, Palo Verde Transit Agency acted as the . hearing board. Notice of the hearing was advertised in the Desert Sun, Palo Verde Valley Times and the Riverside Press Enterprise. Notices of the hearing were delivered and posted at the Blythe Police Department, Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency Office, City of Blythe Administrative Offices, Palo Verde College and the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services. Flyers in both English and Spanish were posted on the transit vehicles and made available to the riders. A total of three people testified at the hearing and one written statement was received regarding transit service needs in the area. Attachment 1 is a summary of the comments received. Staff worked with the city of Blythe to determine what improvements were reasonable to meet based on the projected productivity. Based on the public hearing, the following information provides an update as to possible implementation of additional transit services in the Palo Verde Valley. ■ Request for fixed route service on Saturday A written request was received for fixed route service on Saturday. It should be noted that Saturday service is provided from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. • Requests for dial -a -ride transportation with a timely return trip home PVVTA staff met with the individual making this. request to explain the dial -a -ride scheduling process. In addition, transit staff made a notation on his computer scheduling screen to provide additional assistance to the individual making this request.. • Request for increased fixed route frequency on Hobsonway with timed transfers to Ripley Transit staff is in the process of analyzing and developing a possible route that will provide more frequency along Hobsonway between Lovekin and Intake Boulevard. In the interim, transfers to and from Ripley from the fixed route to dial -a -ride are made at various times throughout the day at the Greyhound Transit Center. Request for service to/from the Ripley Farm Labor Center Riverside Housing Authority (RHA) is remodeling the Ripley Farm Labor Center and as a result requested transportation for potential renters. 9 The housing project will not be completed until March 2007 and staff is working to determine the feasibility of providing fixed route service, a subscription service or more frequent dial -a -ride service to Ripley. Transit staff will continue to work with the RHA staff to determine the feasibility of meeting this transportation request. Prior to allocating any Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds for Street and Road purposes, the Commission must adopt by resolution a finding that there are no unmet transit needs that can be reasonably met by existing or proposed service contained in the Short Range Transit Plan for Riverside County. The Commission previously adopted a definition of "Unmet Transit Needs" and "Reasonable to Meet." The definitions are as follows: "Unmet Transit Needs are, at a minimum, those public transportation or specialized transportation services that are identified in the Regional Short Range Transit Plan Report, and the Regional Transportation Plan (Regional Mobility Plan) that have not been implemented or funded." "Reasonable to meet shall include the following factors: community acceptance, timing, equity, economy (both short term and long term), and cost effectiveness including the ability to meet the required fare box ratios." Based upon the public comments received and the above definitions, staff recommends that the CAC/SSTAC make a finding that there are no unmet transit needs which can be reasonably met in the Palo Verde Valley. Attachment: Resolution No. 06-011 Summary of Comments 10 RESOLUTION NO. 06-011 RESOLUTION OF THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ADOPTING A FINDING THAT THERE ARE NO UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS THAT ARE REASONABLE TO MEET IN THE PALO VERDE VALLEY AREA WHEREAS, the Commission has identified the transit needs of residents in the Palo Verde Valley area, including the needs of seniors, persons with disabilities and the transit dependent; and WHEREAS, the Commission has held a properly noticed public hearing on March 1, 2006, and solicited written comments, to gather information to assist in identifying unmet transit needs in the Palo Verde Valley area; and WHEREAS, the Commission has defined "Unmet Transit Needs" as, at a minimum, those public transportation or specialized transportation services that are identified in the Regional Short Range Transit Plan Report, and the Regional Transportation Plan (Regional Mobility Plan) that have not been implemented or funded; and WHEREAS, the Commission has defined "reasonable to meet" as including the following factors: community acceptance, timing, equity, economy (both short term and long term), and cost effectiveness including the ability to meet the required fare box ratios; and WHEREAS, pursuant to California Public Utilities Code section 99401.5, the Commission has consulted with the Commission's Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council regarding the transit needs of the Palo Verde Valley area; and WHEREAS, an analysis of the existing public transportation services (Dial -A - Ride and Fixed Route) in the Palo Verde Valley has been completed, and with the planned improvements that will be included in the FY 2006/07 — FY 2008/09 Riverside County Short Range Transit Plan, was found to be adequate to meet the needs of seniors, persons with disabilities, the transit dependent and the general public. 11 NOW, THEREFORE, the Riverside County Transportation Commission hereby resolves: That the Commission adopts the finding that there are no unmet transit needs in the 'Palo Verde Valley area of Riverside County that are reasonable to meet. APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 14th day of June 2006. Marion Ashley, Chair Riverside County Transportation Commission ATTEST: Jennifer Harmon, Clerk of the Board Riverside County Transportation Commission 12 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FY 2006/07 UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS HEARING Blythe City Hall March 1, 2006 Summary of Oral Testimony and Staff Responses NAME SUMMARY OF COMMENTS STAFF RESPONSE William Brooks Resident, Blythe, California Requested fixed route service on Saturday Fixed route service is provided on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. James W. Current Resident, Ripley, California Wants dial -a -ride transportation with a timely return trip home The Dial -a -Ride computer scheduling program was noted with a screen prompt to provide Mr. Current a return ride in a timely manner. Staff has spoken with Mr. Current and together came up with a better schedule for his trips on the DAR. Maryon Denton Resident, Blythe, California Wants increased fixed route frequency on Hobsonway with timed transfers to Ripley. Staff is in the process of analyzing and developing a possible route that would provide more frequency along Hobsonway between Lovekin and Intake Blvd. Currently transfers to and from Ripley from the fixed route to Dial -A -Ride are made at various times throughout the day at the Greyhound Transit Center. If a new route is developed as outlined above it could incorporate trips to Ripley providing fixed route service to Ripley. 1 13 NAME SUMMARY OF COMMENTS STAFF RESPONSE Diana Weller Riverside Housing Staff has met with Ms. Resident, Authority is remodeling Weller about the Indio, California the Ripley Farm Labor transportation needs in Center and as a result, wants transportation for Ripley. She has submitted a list of 36 the 76 rental units. names that currently need better transportation to Blythe. The housing project will not be completed until March 2007 and staff is working to determine the feasibility of a fixed route service to Ripley, a subscription service, or more frequent Dial -A - Ride service through scheduling. Future meetings are planned with Ms. Weller and the Ripley CSA on addressing the transportation needs in that area. 2 14 RIVERS/DE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMM/SS/ON DATE: May 10, 2006 TO: Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Advisory Council Transportation FROM: Tanya Love, Program Manager THROUGH: Stephanie Wiggins, Regional Programs Director SUBJECT: Results of Section 5310 — Local Review Committee STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the CAC/SSTAC to receive and file the results of the Section 5310 recommendations made by the Local Review Committee. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Section 5310 program provides capital grants for the purpose of assisting private nonprofit corporations and public agencies in providing transportation services to meet the needs of seniors and persons with disabilities for whom public transportation services are otherwise unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate. For FY 2006/07, the program provides funding for approved projects on an 88.53% federa1/11.47% local match basis. Section 5310 funds are awarded through a statewide competition with approximately $1 1.8 million available for programming during the FY 2006/07 grant cycle. A Local Review Committee (Committee) in each county quantitatively evaluates all applications submitted for their area, ranks them using state -mandated criteria, and submits the scores to Ca!trans' Headquarters for the statewide competition. For FY 2006/07, the Commission utilized a sub -committee of our Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (CAC/SSTAC) as the Committee for Riverside County. The Committee was comprised of Andrea Puga and Mary Venerable. In addition, Fortunato Penilla, former transportation coordinator for the Inland Regional Center, as well as myself reviewed the applications. 15 A total of five agencies located in Riverside County submitted grant applications requesting $528,002 in funding for 35 projects consisting of four replacement vehicles, five expansion vehicles and 26 pieces of equipment. The Committee met and scored the projects on March 14, 2006. The Proposed Regional Priority List for Riverside County listing the final scores is attached. Applicants were notified of the project scores and given the opportunity to appeal; however, no appeals were made. It is anticipated that the California Transportation Commission will adopt the final list of projects in August 2006. Attachment; Regional Priority List 16 FORM 1 SECTION 5310 - FY 2006/07 APPROVED REGIONAL PRIORITY LIST FOR RIVERSIDE COUNTY APPLICANT GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF APPLICANT PROJECT TYPE" VIN QTY SECTION 1 SCORE SECTION 2 SCORE SECTION 3 SCORE SECTION 4 SCORE SECTION 5 SCORE PROJECT SCORE COST Angel View Desert Hot Springs Medium Bus R 62943 1 18 27 10 28 10 .III $56,000 Peppermint Ridge Corona Base Station OE N/A 2 20 21 10 30 10 1�:- .'P u $7,400 Peppermint Ridge Corona Mobile Radio OE N/A 16 20 21 10 30 10 � ! $24,000 Peppermint Ridge Corona Computer Equipment OE N/A 1 20 21 10 30 10 $1,992 Peppermint Ridge Corona Computer Software OE N/A 1 20 21 10 30 10 ..?: $1,610 SunLine Transit Thousand Palms Medium Bus R 18565 1 20 20 10 30 10 r $56,000 SunLine Transit Thousand Palms Medium Bus R 57950 1 16 20 10 30 10 , . $56,000 SunLine Transit Thousand Palms Medium Bus R 57954 1 14 20 10 30 10 t $56,000 SunLine Transit Thousand Palms Mobile Radio OE N/A 3 20 20 10 30 10g $4,500 SunLine Transit Thousand Palms Computer Equipment OE N/A 3 15 20 10 30 10 I $4,500 Foundation for the Retarded of the Desert Palm Desert Modified Van S/E N/A 1 20 21 10 26 8_ $50,o00 Foundation for the Retarded of the Desert Palm Desert Larger Bus Type III S/E N/A 1 20 21 10 26 8 `, I'r $60,000 Peppermint Ridge Corona Modified Van S/E N/A 1 13 21 10 30 10 '�x $50,000 �I , Peppermint Ridge Corona Modified Van S/E N/A 1 13 21 10 30 10= �) b $50,000 Care Connexxus, Inc. Riverside Modified Van S/E N/A 1 13 9 10 28 10 u'i '', '. $50,0o0 Total Funds Requested $528,002 `TYPE: "S/E" • Service Expansion; "R: - Replacement; and "OE" - Other Equipment 17