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08 August 28, 2006 Plans and Programs77964 RIVERS/DE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMM/SS/ON TIME: DATE: LOCATION: PLANS AND PROGRAMS COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA 12:30 P.M. August 28, 2006 Board Chambers, 151 Floor County of Riverside Administrative Center 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside RECORDS ***COMMITTEE MEMBERS *** Daryl Busch/Mark Yarbrough, City of Perris, Chair Mary Roche/Robert Bernheimer, City of Indian Wells, Vice Chair John Chlebnik/Shenna Mogeet/ Bill Davis, City of Calimesa Mary Craton/John Zaitz, City of Canyon Lake Jeff Miller/Karen Spiegel, City of Corona Robin Lowe/Lori Van Arsdale, City of Hemet Michael H. Wilson/Gene Gilbert, City of Indio Frank West/Charles White, City of Moreno Valley Frank Hall/Harvey Sullivan, City of Norco Dick Kelly/Robert Spiegel, City of Palm Desert Ronald Oden/Ginny Foat, City of Palm Springs Ron Roberts/Jeff Comerchero, City of Temecula Bob Buster, County of Riverside, District I Roy Wilson, County of Riverside, District IV *** STAFF *** Eric Haley, Executive Director Cathy Bechtel, Project Delivery Director *** AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY *** State Transportation Improvement Program Regional Transportation Improvement Program New Corridors Intermodal Programs (Transit, Rail, Rideshare) Air Quality and Clean Fuels Regional Agencies, Regional Planning Intelligent Transportation System Planning and Programs Congestion Management Program The Committee welcomes comments. if you wish to provide comments to the Committee, please complete and submit a Testimony Card to the Clerk of the Board. 11.36.15 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION PLANS AND PROGRAMS COMMITTEE www.rctc.org AGENDA* *Actions may be taken on any item listed on the agenda 12:30 P.M. Monday, August 28, 2006 BOARD ROOM County of Riverside Administrative Center 4080 Lemon Street, First Floor, Riverside In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Government Code Section 54954.2, if you need special assistance to participate in a Committee 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. 1. CALL TO ORDER 2. ROLL CALL 3. PUBLIC COMMENTS 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 5. ADDITIONS/REVISIONS (The Committee 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 Committee 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 Committee 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.) Plans and Programs Committee Agenda August 28, 2006 Page 2 6. CONSENT CALENDAR - All matters on the Consent Calendar will be approved in a single motion unless a Commissioner(s) requests separate action on specific item(s). Items pulled from the Consent Calendar will be placed for discussion at the end of the agenda. 6A. COMMUTER RAIL PROGRAM UPDATE Overview This item is for the Committee to: Pg. 1 1) Receive and file the Commuter Rail Program Update as an information item; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. 6B. FY 2006/07 SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLAN AMENDMENT - SUNLINE TRANSIT AGENCY Overview This item is for the Committee to: Pg. 7 1) Allocate $833,657 in Local Transportation Funds. (LTF) to SunLine Transit Agency due to a shortfall in federal funding and $25,000 in LTF for development of a Facilities Design Manual; 2) Approve SunLine's request to reprogram funding to purchase ten (10) replacement and five (5) expansion vehicles; 3) Reprogram $194,317 in State Transit Assistance (STA) Funds and $777,270 in Federal Transit Administration funds to purchase two (2) expansion vehicles; and 4) Forward to the Commission for final action. • Plans and Programs Committee Agenda August 28, 2006 Page 3 6C. FY 2006/07 SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLAN AMENDMENT — RIVERSIDE TRANSIT AGENCY Overview This item is for the Committee to: Pg. 10 1) Allocate $3,888 in Local Transportation Funds (LTF) to Riverside Transit Agency to cover additional operating costs; 2) Receive and file a report on implementation of a University Pass Program with the University of Riverside, California; 3) Amend RTA's FY 2006/07 Short Range Transit Plan to reflect the service changes as well as the implementation of the University Pass Program and implementation of Route 794, an express bus service along SR-91; and 4) Forward to the Commission for final action. 1-15/1-215 FREEWAY TRAFFIC DETECTION AUGMENTATION PROJECT Pg. 13 Overview This item is for the Committee to: 1) Authorize the Executive Director to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with Caltrans for the 1-15/1-215 Freeway Traffic Detection Augmentation Project; 2) Approve a budget amendment for the project; and 3) Forward to the Commission for final action. 8. SR 91 COMMUTER EXPRESS BUS — ROUTE 794 .DEMONSTRATION PROJECT Overview This item is for the Committee to: Pg. 18 1) Approve the request from the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) for the Commission to provide 100% of the RTA's share in the operation of the Route 794 Demonstration Project costs (using Commuter Assistance Measure A funds) in an amount not to exceed $120,000 for FY 2006/07; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. Plans and Programs Committee Agenda August 28, 2006 Page 4 9. FY 2006/07 AND 2007/08 CALL FOR PROJECTS: MEASURE A SPECIALIZED - TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM: WESTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTY Pg. 24 Overview This item is for the Committee to: 1) , Approve the requests for Measure A Specialized Transit funds available in western Riverside County for Blindness Support, Volunteer Center and Whiteside Manor in an aggregate amount not to exceed $323,364 in FY 2006/07 and $317,174 in FY' 2007/08; 2) Approve interim funding in the amount_ of $32,500 for Care Connexxus covering the months of October through December 2006. Interim funding will enable the agency's services: to continue without interruption; 3) Authorize RCTC's Executive Director, pursuant to legal counsel review, to enter into funding agreements as appropriate; 4) Direct staff to develop a specialized transit program geared towards on -going chemotherapy, radiation and dialysis treatment; and 5) Forward to the Commission for final action. 10. FY 2006/07 STATE TRANSIT ASSISTANCE FUNDS Overview This item is for the Committee to: Pg. 33 1) Receive and file the report on State Transit Assistance Funding Apportionments; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. 11. ITEMS PULLED FROM CONSENT CALENDAR AGENDA 12. COMMISSIONERS / STAFF REPORT Overview This item provides the opportunity for the Commissioners and staff .to report on attended and upcoming meetings/conferences and issues related to Commission activities. Plans and Programs Committee Agenda August 28, 2006 Page 5 I 13. ADJOURNMENT The next Plans and Programs Committee meeting is scheduled to be held at 12:30 P.M., Monday, September 25, 2006, Board Chambers, 1st Floor, County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside. ATTENDANCE ROSTER PLANS AND PROGRAMS COMMITTEE MEETING MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2006 - 12:30 P.M. NAME 10E4 e.s� h s ;49-,/ ko,6,r) Leg REPRESENTING Orr ve 4 // o E--CI-4 z I L/11 De5ekt AI0A CD (7"-0 TELEPHONE OR E-MAIL 9c1S 6 fer G G N-6c-Pla tWv*eff,C7Z/) 957 - 7 3 S--; / 9 b �iS"}- `r-r-/z)i27 • MINUTES RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION PLANS AND PROGRAMS COMMITTEE Monday, June 26, 2006 MINUTES 1 CALL TO ORDER The meeting of the Plans and Programs Committee was called to order by Chair Daryl Busch at 12:38 p.m., in the Board Room at the County of Riverside Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon Street, First Floor, Riverside, California, 92501. 2. ROLL CALL Members/Alternates Present Members Absent Daryl Busch Bob Buster Mary Craton Ginny Foat Frank Hall Jeff Miller Ron Roberts Mary Roche Frank West Michael Wilson John"Chlebnik Dick Kelly Robin Lowe Roy Wilson 3. PUBLIC COMMENTS There were no requests to speak from the public. 4 APPROVAL OF MINUTES — May 22, 2006 M/S/C (Miller/Craton) to approve the May 22, 2006 minutes as submitted. Plans and Programs Committee Minutes June 26, 2006 Page 2 5. ADDITIONS/REVISIONS There were no revisions or additions to the agenda. 6. CONSENT CALENDAR M/S/C (Miller/Roberts) to approve the following Consent Calendar items: 6A. COMMUTER RAIL UPDATE 1) Receive and file the Commuter Rail Program Update as an information item; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. 6B. FISCAL YEAR 2006/07 MEASURE A COMMUTER ASSISTANCE BUSPOOL SUBSIDY FUNDING CONTINUATION REQUESTS 1) Authorize payment of $1,645/month per buspool for the period July 1, . 2006 to June 30, 2007 to the existing Riverside, Moreno Valley, Corona and Mira Loma buspools; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. 7. FISCAL YEAR 2006/07 ALLOCATION OF FUNDING FOR RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSIT SERVICES Tanya Love, Program Manager, provided an overview of the FY 2006/07 allocation of funding for Riverside County transit services based on the Short Range Transit Plans. She noted that the city of Beaumont is provided as information only because the Commission cannot allocate any funds ' to . Beaumont pending completion of its financial audits for FY 2004/05. The audits are anticipated to be completed.by July 2006. She then reviewed the three major funding sources used for transit. M/S/C (Hall/Roberts) to: 1) Approve the FY 2006/07 Federal Transit Administration's Section 5307 and 5311 Program of Projects for Riverside County; 2) Conduct a public hearing at the July 12, 2006 Commission meeting on the proposed Program of Projects; 4) Transit Assistance Fund allocations for transit Attachment 2; 5) Adopt Resolution No. 06-016, "Resolution of County Transportation Commission to Allocate Assistance Funds"; and 6) Forward to the Commission for final action. Plans and Programs Committee Minutes June 26, 2006 Page 3 3) Direct staff to add projects into the Regional Transportation Improvement Plan; Approve the FY 2006/07 Local Transportation Fund and State as shown in the Riverside State Transit FISCAL YEARS 2003/04, 2004/05 AND 2005/06 COMMISSION AND TRANSIT OPERATORS' TRIENNIAL PERFORMANCE AUDITS Tanya Love reviewed the process for the triennial performance audits for the Commission and the transit operators. M/S/C (Miller/West) to: 1) Approve the release of a Request for Proposal to conduct a performance audit of the Riverside County Transportation Commission's activities and the seven public transit operators providing services in Riverside County; 2) Direct the Chair to appoint an Ad Hoc Sub Committee to select the consultant to conduct the audits; and 3) Forward to the Commission for final action. 9. COORDINATED PUBLIC TRANSIT -HUMAN SERVICES TRANSPORTATION PLAN Tanya Love provided an overview of the two new funding sources for transit service that became available with the passage of SAFETEA-LU: Jobs Access Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedoms. She stated that prior to any allocation of funds, the Commission must create a locally developed human resource transportation plan. Guidance has been provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for developing the plan. Plans and Programs Committee Minutes June 26, 2006 Page 4 In response to Commissioner Ginny Foat's concern regarding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and how it may pertain to a homeless shelter, Tanya Love replied that with fixed route service, the ADA requires that complimentary paratransit services be provided within three quarters of a mile. She then indicated she would meet with Commissioner Foat to discuss this further. M/S/C (Roche/Craton) to: 1) Approve the release of a Request for Proposal to develop a Coordinated Public Transit -Human Services Transportation Plan; 2) Direct staff to form a Technical Advisory Committee to guide the development of the plan once the consultant has been selected and approved by the Commission; 3) Forward to the Commission for final action. 10. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GOODS MOVEMENT STRATEGY MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT Stephanie Wiggins, Regional Programs Director, provided an overview of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the California Transportation Commissions (CTC) to address the level of cooperation and collaboration needed for goods movement issues in the region. In response to Commissioner Jeff Miller's question regarding funding requests related to the MOA, Eric Haley, Executive Director, responded that these types of efforts are frequently funded by the voluntary contributions of the CTCs. He added that the CTCs agreed that all members involved have dedicated revenue streams with the ability to match dollars aggressively. This agreement will allow the CTCs to be recipients of opportunities that come from federal funding or the state bond_ Commissioner Miller stated that he anticipates that there will be a study, analysis and evaluation of all the options. Eric Haley concurred with Commissioner Miller's comment. Commissioner Mary Craton commended Eric Haley's involvement in this effort. Commissioner Miller concurred with Commissioner Craton's comment. I i Plans and Programs Committee Minutes June 26, 2006 Page 5 M/S/C (Miller/Hall) to: 1) Approve the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among the County Transportation Commissions (Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Ventura), pursuant to legal counsel review; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. 11. ANNOUNCEMENT OF GUARANTEED RIDE HOME PROGRAM Robert Yates, Program Manager, provided a brief overview of the Guaranteed Ride Home program that will be provided to rideshare participants that need an emergency ride home. The program replaces the Get Home on Us program sponsored by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) that sunsets July 14, 2006. At Commissioner Craton's request, Robert Yates outlined the criteria for an emergency ride home. Commissioner Miller requested that the usage by city be provided as part of the staff report that will be forwarded to the Commission. In response to Chair Busch's inquiry regarding the amount of funding the MSRC spent over the life of its program, Robert Yates responded that for the entire MSRC region, there were 353 enrolled employers and 305 emergency rides over four years. He will provide the actual cost in the staff report that will be forwarded to the Commission. M/S/C (Roberts/Miller) to: 1) Receive and file the announcement of the availability of the Guaranteed Ride Home program for rideshare participants; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. 12. COMMISSIONERS / STAFF REPORT Eric Haley announced that there will be a Commission Pre -Workshop on August 9`h that will include presentations on 2009 Measure A Delivery Plan and public/private partnership opportunities. Plans and Programs Committee Minutes June 26, 2006 Page 6 13. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business for consideration by the Plans and Programs Committee, the meeting adjourned at 1:04 p.m. The next meeting of the Plans and Programs Committee is scheduled for August 28, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Jennifer Harmon Clerk of the Board • AGENDA ITEM 6A • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: August 28, 2006 TO: Plans and Programs Committee FROM: Henry Nickel, Commuter Rail Staff Analyst THROUGH: Sheldon Peterson, Rail Programs Manager SUBJECT: Commuter Rail Program Update STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the Committee to: 1) Receive and file the Commuter Rail Program Update as an information item; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: /EOC Weekend Service Passenger Trips IEOC Weekend Service 3,500 3,000 a 2,500 H 2,000 0 1,500 4t 1,000 500 0 2005 2006 AA° AA° - eel , ee� AA° AA° •,\Aee� AAee� \Aee��ee� A%0 AAee� The Beach Train has now successfully transitioned to year-round Metrolink IEOC Weekend Service. Since commencing July 15, daily passenger trips on the new service have averaged 2,350 per weekend which is up 463 1+24.5%) from a year ago. This service provides both an extension to our existing services for transit dependent riders and existing commuter passengers as well as a fun and practical alternative to driving into Orange County, introducing entirely new users to the Metrolink system. Growth of the service reflects ongoing marketing efforts including print advertising, promotion of www.metrolinkweekends.com, direct mail, seat drops and daily radio spots. Furthermore, RCTC has partnered with parks and recreation departments in cities located near our Metrolink Stations through a special ticket consignment program: 1 a 100 m 95 re 90 c d 85 ' 80 d 75 1 �� Riverside Line Passenger Trips Riverside Line 5,400 5,000 w 4,600 a •.= 4,200 r c 3,800 xt 3,400 3,000 2,600 UP Track. Work 0 Ors 0 O<0 Or' oro Oro Oro Oro Oro ro J� Z oti 64' C' � o t t cp• PJ co O � p° �m �° 4a PQ 4\a1 �� �o Month Daily passenger trips on Metrolink's Riverside Line for the month of July averaged 4,478 which is down 147 (-3%) from the month of June. Compared to one year prior, the Line averaged an overall daily increase of 105 passenger trips, nearly 2% more than a year ago, July 2005. On Time Performance (95% Goal) Riverside Line • UP Track Work or' Po o' 0 ,(0 p�' orO o0 06 00 p`O 00 00 �J Q- co 0°` 4) pw Sao ��� •e PQ9 4se, Month July on -time performance averaged . 96% inbound (-1 % from June) and 97% outbound (-3% from June). There were 8 delays greater than 5 minutesduring the month of July. The following were primary causes: Signals/Track/MOW: Dispatching Mechanical Operations TOTAL 0 3 0 - 2 Inland Empire -Orange County Line 4,600 4,400 7 a 4,200 F 4,000 0 3,800 --- at 3,600 le` 3,400 Passenger Trips Inland Empire Orange County Line 3,200 , 03 03 0° 00 0° off° OHO O° 03 00 00 P,0 �10 po'� �e Oe,C far �0 �a� eQ� �a� Month OHO OrO �Jc � ;Daily passenger trips on Metrolink's Inland Empire -Orange County (IEOC) Line for the month of July averaged 4,484, an increase of 100 trips, 2% more than the month of ;June. The Line has increased by 930 daily trips or 26% from a year ago July 2005. On Time Performance (95% Goal) Inland Empire Orange County Line 100 d 95 m 90 ✓ 85 m 80 a 75 70 mac§" oh o`' O3 0 0 oO o0 oO 06 oO 0 Quo; 5e� pC 6 Ot �a� �mar PQ� �a� � Month July on -time performance averaged 94% southbound (+ 10% from June) and 92% northbound (+5% from June). There were 21 delays greater than five minutes during the month of July. The following were primary causes: 3 28% v Signals/Track/MOW Dispatching 5 24% . Mechanical 5 24% Operations 8 24% TOTAL Y 2 _ .__ 5,3 = <,. . . 3 91 Line 2,800 2,600 a 2,400 2,200 c 2,000 It 1,800 1,600 1,400 O� O� O) OID O(0 Oqo OrO 00 OHO 06 OrO geQ 0° \-\ O�G lac Qe`O�J� Month Passenger Trips 91 Line Daily passenger trips on Metrolink's 91 Line for the month of July averaged 2,483, an increase of 101 trips or a 4% increase from the month of June. The Line averaged an overall increase of 530 (+27%) from a year ago July 2005. 100 m 95 co 90 85 • 80 o - 75 70 On Time Performance (95% Goal) 91 Line Oh �J PJ� co 5 h h ro 0 O 0 O 0 O°�O°,A pe O �� O Q� O `��O PQ�O `5���O Month July on -time performance averaged 94% inbound (+9% from June) and 95% outbound (+8% from June). There were 9 delays greater than five minutes during the month of May. 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O ,01.0 ;a8uPz < f „: z3� .40f:t,<<. . ;tt ul `:**1l,�u0:41:' <... 71 6±t���xla4�40- 0;' ifK u ', �ii A� I.1L!#f.. ui Diu 0 Powti . a;tit4 SHINOW EL 1631Y1 augl pelnpeyoS;o ea;nuM S my3!M Otopiy suleil;o a6e;ueo.led 331A1:13S AVON33M - A2 VINIAI 1S 30143113HW 3`inaaHaS NN11ON131hl AGENDA ITEM 6B RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: August 28, 2006 TO: Plans and Programs Committee FROM: Tanya Love, Program Manager THROUGH: Stephanie Wiggins, Regional Programs Director SUBJECT: FY 2006/07 Short Range Transit Plan Amendment Transit Agency - SunLine STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the Committee to: i 1) Allocate $833,657 in Local Transportation Funds (LTF) to SunLine Transit Agency due to a shortfall in federal funding and $25,000 in LTF for development of a Facilities Design Manual; 2) Approve SunLine's request to reprogram funding to purchase ten (10) replacement and five (5) expansion vehicles; 3) Reprogram $194,317 in State Transit Assistance (STA) Funds and $777,270 in Federal Transit Administration funds to purchase two (2) expansion vehicles; and 4) Forward to the Commission for final action. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: SunLine Transit Agency is requesting an amendment to its FY 2006/07 Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) as follows: 1) Request for $833,657 in Additional Local Transportation Funds (Capital): In FY 2003/04, SunLine was approved to receive' $3,296,374 in funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for operating and capital assistance to fund projects identified in its FY 2003/04 SRTP. However, FTA appropriated only $2,744,904 of the amount originally requested. In FY 2004/05, SunLine was approved to receive $3,198,470 to fund capital projects identified in the SRTP; however, FTA reduced the amount requested and apportioned only $2,916,283. The following table provides a summary of the original amount requested compared to the actual amounted apportioned by FTA. 7 FISCAL YEAR FUNDS APPROVED BY SUNLINE/ROTC FTA ' APPORTIONMENT DIFFERENCE 2003/04 $3,296,374 $2,744,904 $551,470 2004/05 $3,198,470 $2,916 283 $282,187 TOTAL $833,657. As a result of the federal funding shortfall, additional LTF capital funding in the amount of $833,657. is required to complete the capital projects. 2) Request $25,000 in LTF Capital Funding to Develop a Facilities Design Manual: A recommendation made in SunLine's Comprehensive Operational` Analysis (COA) was that a facilities design manual :be developed to provide guidance and direction on how to place transit amenities and facilities throughout SunLine's service area. The design manual is also intended to standardize amenities and provide guidelines to local jurisdictions and the development community, on ;how and where amenities should be placed. SunLine staff has estimated that additional funding in the amount of $25,000 is required to cover consultant costs to develop the facilities design manual. 3) Bus Purchase — Request to Reprogram Funds: SunLine's FY 2006/07 — FY 2008/09 SRTP identified -federal and local funds to purchase 15 expansion buses to implement COA related service improvements. However, due to federal: and state mandates on vehicle replacement, SunLine staff is requesting approval to reprogram the funds to purchase ten (10) replacement buses: and five :(5) expansion buses. This programming change will assist SunLine to continue meeting federal and state mandated regulations on fleet replacement. 4) Reprogram $971,587 in Local and Federal Funds to Purchase Additional Buses: In FY 2003/04.and FY 2004/05, $971,587 in local and federal funding was approved to pay SunLine's annual Certificates of Participation (COPS) debt service payments for buses purchased in 1994: Subsequently, SunLine staff has determined ;that they had previously paid the COPS debt in full and as a result, are requesting that the funding be programmed to purchase two (2) additional buses. 8 The following table provides a summary of the funding originally approved: Fiscal Year STA Funds FTA Section 5307 Funds Total Funds to be Reprogrammed 2003/04 $100,200 $400,800 $501,000 2004/05 $ 94,117 $376,470 $470,587 Total $194,317 $777,270 $971,587 If SunLine's reprogramming request is approved by the Commission, SunLine staff will need to work with the Federal Transit Administration to reprogram the Section 5307 federal funds. Commission staff is in support of SunLine's FY 2006/07 SRTP amendment. There are adequate LTF funds available in the Coachella Valley apportionment to cover the additional funds requested. Financial Information In Fiscal Year Budget: N/A Year: FY 2006/07 Amount: $858,657 Source of Funds: Local Transportation Funds Budget Ad ustment: No GLA No.: 601-62-86102 Fiscal Procedures Approved: \ix,,,,,,,„ Date: 8/21 /06 9 AGENDA ITEM 6C RIVERS/DE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMM/SS/ON DATE: August 28, 2006 TO: Plans and Programs Committee FROM: Tanya Love, Program Manager THROUGH: Stephanie Wiggins, Regional Programs Director SUBJECT: FY 2006/07 Short Range Transit Plan Amendment Transit Agency - Riverside STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the Committee to: 1) Allocate $3,888 in Local Transportation Funds (LTF) to Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) to cover additional operating costs; 2) Receive and file a report on implementation of a University Pass Program with the University of Riverside, California; 3) Amend RTA's FY 2006/07 Short Range Transit Plan to reflect the service changes as well as the implementation of the University Pass Program and implementation of Route 794, an express bus service along SR-91; and 4) Forward to the Commission for final action. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is requesting an increase in operating funds in the amount of $3,888 to cover additional operating costs for the following services: 1) Request for $370 in LTF funds to cover Corona/Norco/District 2 Holiday Trolley: RTA is requesting funding to provide a holiday trolley service on the weekends of December 9-10 and December 16-17, 2006 in the Corona/Norco/District 2 area. Total cost to operate the service on both weekends is approximately $2,970. The cities of Corona and Norco have agreed to partially sponsor the service at a. cost of $800 per city and the County of Riverside District 2 will provide $1,000 sponsorship resulting in unfunded operational costs for RTA of $370. 10 2) Request for $3,518 in LTF funds to provide bus service to the Festival of Lights Downtown Aglow: Annually, the Mission Inn presents a Festival of Lights Switch -on Ceremony. The event is held the day after Thanksgiving in downtown Riverside. This year's event will be -held on Friday, November 24'. Following the official switch -on ceremony the entire downtown area begins the holiday season by continuing the Festival of Lights celebration with Riverside Downtown Aglow every Thursday, Friday and Saturday . between Thanksgiving and Christmas. RTA is requesting funding in the amount of $3,518 to cover the cost of providing bus service targeted in Calimesa, Hemet/Sang Jacinto, Temecula, Beaumont, Banning, Mead Valley, Corona and Country Village. If approved, RTA staff proposes to serve certain jurisdictions with two buses each on the four Saturdays following Thanksgiving. It is estimated that a total of 267 one-way passenger trips will be provided to the Festival of Lights celebration. 3) Implement a University Pass Program with the University of. California, Riverside As an outgrowth of the "GO Riverside" discussions - an effort to gain community input on transit enhancements within,the City of Riverside service area - the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and RTA discussed ways to better serve university students that populate and utilize facilities throughout Riverside. As a result of the on -going discussions, UCR will reimburse RTA for trips taken using a UCR student identification card. To improve service efficiency, RTA will operate a proposed transit route, called the "Crest Cruiser" which is a route designed to directly link students to campus from off -campus housing in addition to providing a connection to other on -campus routes and adjoining RTA bus service. To implement the program, UCR and RTA will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding which will allow students to board any fixed route RTA bus without paying a fare. Each student trip will be counted for reimbursement by UCR. UCR will receive a discounted rate of 60 cents per trip with a maximum reimbursement of $32 per month per rider. As part of the program, RTA's fare boxes will be programmed to accept UCR student identification cards. Each time a student swipes the pass through the fare box, the trip will be counted providing the i date, time and number or uses for the pass. The reimbursement program is being modeled after the University of California, Irvine and California State University, Fullerton pass program with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). The University Pass Program will be fully subsidized by the University of California, Riverside. 4) SR-91 Commuter Express Bus — Route 794 Demonstration Project: Under a separate agenda item, RTA is requesting approval and funding to implement Route 794, a commuter express bus route along the SR- 91 Freeway corridor. Working in partnership with OCTA and RTA, Commission staff has participated in the design of this route. Staff is requesting that RTA's FY 2006/07 SRTP be amended to reflect this service addition. Productivity Improvement Program: For FY 2006/07, the Commission adopted a Productivity Improvement Program (PIP) which established performance targets critical to ensuring that transit service can be maximized in an efficient manner. More importantly, the PIP is a cooperative process between the Commission and the transit providers to work together on approaches to improve mobility in an environment fraught with rising costs for fuel, labor and insurance. It is anticipated that the requested service changes described above will have an impact on RTA's FY 2006/07 PIP targets; however, the actual impacts were not known at the time of writing this staff report. Commission and RTA staff will continue discussions on PIP impacts. It is anticipated that the revised PIP targets will be available for review by the September Commission meeting. Financial Information In Fiscal Year Budget: N/A Year: FY 2006/07 Amount: $3,888 Source of Funds: Local Transportation Funds Budget Ad ustment: No GLA No.: 601-62-86101 Fiscal Procedures Approved: \ixe4„4,A, Date: 8/23/06 12 AGENDA ITEM 7 • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMM/SS/ON DATE: August 28, 2006 TO: Plans and Programs Committee FROM: Robert Yates, Program Manager THROUGH: Stephanie Wiggins, Director of Regional Programs SUBJECT: 1-15/1-215 Freeway Traffic Detection Augmentation Project . j STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is -for the Committee to: 11 Authorize the Executive Director to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with Caltrans for the 1-15/1-215 Freeway Traffic Detection Augmentation Project; 2) Approve a budget amendment for the project; and 3) Forward to the Commission for final action. i BACKGROUND INFORMATION: On January 24, 2005, www.CommuteSmart.info was unveiled as the region's one stop shopping center on the internet for regional rideshare and commute information. One of the primary information services provided on the website was the real time traffic information map. While already serving a relatively large area of Southern California, the traffic map was limited in its service of the Inland Empire. Based on the Commission's approval of a staff recommendation at its. March 18, 2005 meeting, staff then worked closely with its consultant team to enhance the geographic coverage of the county on the map. On September 19, 2005, staff implemented the enhanced map depicting the entire county live onto the website. Once the entire county freeway system was incorporated into the map, it became clear that additional detection resources would be required in order for the map to provide real time traffic conditions on all freeways in Western County as well as in other outlying areas of the county. DISCUSSION: , Staff, working in partnership with Caltrans District 8, set about to investigate the potential for the deployment of additional detection resources in the county with the primary criteria being their location based upon need and the cost/timeframe•for 13 getting the work in the ground. Staff and District 8 working through this process_ identified two freeway corridors of high need (based on current congestion levels).. These corridors are I-15 south of the SR91 to the San Diego County ;Line and 1-215 south of the 60 to its intersection with the 1-15. These two freeways, while requiring detection, also have the distinction of not yet being funded in the District 8 SHOPP budget. As such, and given the parameters identified above, the district prepared a conceptual plan and cost proposal for these two corridors for the Commission to consider. PROJECT SCOPE: The conceptual plan and cost proposal presented by District 8, should it be approved, would result in the deployment of approximately 75 solar powered radar detection stations (some including cameras): covering 67 miles, of freeway: The detection stations would be connected to the District 8 ATMS (Advanced Traffic Management System) via wireless communication and would provide accurate real time data regarding :traffic congestion levels along with the capability for the identification/classification of commercial vehicles. The Ca!trans estimate for this proposal is $2,300,000,.which includes design and project management (25%), as well as construction (75%). Ca[trans in accepting these funds also agrees to provide the on -going maintenance as well as pay for the monthly wireless communication charges. The monthly communication charges are estimated to be in the range of $750/month. It is estimated that the project will take approximately 12 to 18 months to design and construct. The Commuter Assistance Program has a sufficient fund balance to cover these costs although a budget. amendment to the FY06/07 budget is required. PROJECT BENEFITS: These detection stations, once deployed, would result in the immediate depiction of Riverside County freeway traffic conditions south of the SR91 on the www.CommuteSmart.info traffic map as well as any other traffic map (such as the future So Cal 511 system, for example) which .would usea feed via .District 8 or the_,Caltrans PEMs' (Freeway Performance Measurement System). Given that District 8 is also working on posting travel times on its CMS's similar to what District 7 has done for Los Angeles County, the CMS system would also be able to take advantage of this new data set and display travel times into and out of the Temecula Valley on both freeway corridors as proposed. Having the ability to review traffic conditions (and travel times) via the internet "prior, to, departure for work or recreation enables motorists to makea more 14 informed route decision, avoid congestion and make a more informed decision on the use of an alternative mode of transportation such as ridesharing and bus or rail transit. Offering information and choices of this type has been proven to have a positive impact on the freeway system by allowing it to operate more efficiently through the reduction in vehicle trips. Furthermore, the ability to identify/classify commercial vehicles may in the future aid the region in additional goods movement research and analysis. Accurate freeway congestion data is also a necessary ingredient for the securing of state and federal funds to support various Caltrans programs. These additional detection resources would put District 8 in a much better position to compete for those funds. Lastly, approval of this project would advance the district's plan to install detection in these corridors by 4 to 7 years. Financial Information In Fiscal Year Budget: No Year: FY06/07 Amount: $2,300,000 Source of Funds: Measure A Commuter Assistance Budget Ad ustment: Yes GLA No.: 226 41 81102 P2199 $575,000 226 41 81301 P2199 $1,725,000 Fiscal Procedures Approved: \i.,,,x4„/,,,0,�n Date: 8/22/06 Attachments: Project Limits map Existing CommuteSmart Traffic map for Riverside County 15 AINnoo 0J31a`N`d.S.„. tilS2MAIN IV2131S3M ©}upe[ u Oucuu 901:1Z-131W-94. Vld 9Z:Z ail 11 i :d. S311113d1111 S1311313011 3111101131D . VO UI mum 10311 DOM NUM 2311 Wig- 10131611101A33113 1133 911Y11391S �. A133 Po S113 40kciA vouutt� .�. Img!A mg M PgIg s11 A;unoo apisaanib ao} dew oi}}evewsa;nuauaoo Buniix3 CalTrans Project Fact Sheet Southern Riverside County Traffic Detection Post Mile: Riv-15 PM 0.0 - 41.8 Riv 215PM R8.43 — R29.2 I ti 9r� If733 II I oina� Olt COI-- ,,;NAVTEQ and/drGDt;ln it-r o. a i � - �iI grin Ali llit Project Description: It is proposed to install Vehicle Detection Stations in Riverside County on Interstate 15 from the San Diego County Line to El Cerrito Avenue, and on Interstate 215 from the I-15/I-215 interchange to Eucalyptus Avenue. The project would install approximately 75 solar powered radar detection units with wireless communications._ This system would provide needed traffic data • for approximately 67 miles of freeway, where no detection currently exists. Installation of the proposed radar equipment will require no disruption to existing traffic, and minimal earthwork. This would allow for a short project development timeframe. This detection would ultimately be incorporated into the District's overall TMS infrastructure, when the scheduled improvements for these freeways are constructed. Need for Project: District 8 has large segments of freeways without the Transportation Management System (TMS) elements (electronic infrastructure) to monitor the freeway system properly.' Roadway detection is one of the important elements that is deficient throughout the region. This leaves the District without the ability to collect traffic volumes and speeds information on a • continuous basis.. This data is used for a variety of needs'. The section of Riverside County within the Project Limits is experiencing tremendous growth in the numbers of vehicle trips. Projects to install TMS elements will not begin the project development process until at least 2010, because of limited funding. The proposed project will enable transportation agencies to analyze the deficiencies with the freeway, and produce project deal with the growing congestion problem. Purpose of Project: This project will produce the following benefits: • Traveler Information — Information on congestion will be made available to the media, displayecfon traffic maps, and travel times can be displayed on changeable message signs. This will allow motorist to make more informed travel decisions. • System Monitoring — Historical congestion data can be recorded and used to initiate projects. In the future, programs like the Freeway Service Patrol and STIP will base their funding on vehicle hours of delay. It is difficult to compete for funding without the baseline information. • System Planning — Planners will have the historical traffic information to make better decisions about expansions to freeway, new interchanges, operational improvements, etc. • Goods Movement — Vehicle classification information can be collected and used to study truck movements. Truck travel data can be accessed at any point in time to assess commerce. Project Funding: Source Const. FY R/W FY Total Fed, State, and local Funds 2,300,000 08 0 NA 2,300,000 Project Schedule: PA&ED PS&E RW Cert. RTL Start Const. End Const. Current NA 12/01/06 NA 02/01/07 05/01/07 8/01/07 Comments: Major Stakeholders: RCTC,Caltrans Contact Person: Robert Yates (RCTC), Thomas Ainsworth (CT) Created: March 13, 2006 Revised: August 14, 2006 s AGENDA ITEM 8 • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: August 28, 2006 TO: Plans and Programs Committee FROM: Robert Yates, Program Manager THROUGH: Stephanie Wiggins, Director of Regional Programs SUBJECT: SR 91 Commuter Express Bus - Route 794 Demonstration Project STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the Committee to: 1) Approve the request from the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) for the Commission to provide 100(Y° of the RTA's share in the operation of the Route 794 Demonstration Project costs (using Commuter Assistance Measure A funds) in an amount not to exceed $120,000 for FY 2006/07; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: At its July 10, 2002 meeting, the Commission approved a not to exceed amount of $400,000 in Specialized Transit/Commuter Assistance Measure A funds to cover the Commission's share for the demonstration of commuter express bus routes along the SR 91 Freeway corridor. Additionally, this action put a 50/50 split on the funding responsibility for the Riverside County portion of the project evenly between the Commission and the RTA. DISCUSSION: Working in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and RTA, staff has participated in the design and preparation of a new route that seeks to satisfy the Commission's direction for the implementation of express bus service along SR91. The new Route 794 Express bus service is intended to primarily serve business commuters traveling from Riverside County into Orange County, and those whose destination is along the Sunflower Corridor in Costa Mesa. The service shall operate weekdays, departing 5 morning trips from the Galleria at Tyler, along with 2 additional morning trips departing from the Crossroads Community Church in Corona. 18 Service is scheduled to begin on September 11, 2006 and shall be operated by OCTA. The buses are conversion coaches and seat up to 22 riders. The initial start-up fare will be $2.50 each way. Average travel time for the approximate 80 mile route is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Staff shall continue to work with OCTA and RTA in order to develop a marketing mechanism to promote the service. The Commuter ;Assistance Program will also. be responsible for cross promotion of the service with its ongoing rideshare campaigns and specifically, shall include a tie-in for the service in its upcoming Rideshare Week in the Inland Empire Campaign which is slated to be held October 2-6, 2006. FINANCIAL IMPACT: In anticipation of the new service start-up in September, RTA has submitted a request dated August 4, 2006, asking for the Commission to pick up 100% of the Riverside County share of demonstration period costs. Approving this request would double the Commission's share of the funding responsibility. Given current project cost projections, staff is not requesting a budget amendment at this time as the funds made available under the original Commission action should suffice. Given that this project will operate for 2 years as a demonstration project, RTA shall be responsible for billing and reporting project performance to the Commission on a quarterly basis as well as at the conclusion of the first year of service operation: Should the Commission find the performance of .the route acceptable, staff shall bring it back to the Commission for approval to fund the entire Riverside share for the second year of the 2 year demonstration program. Upon conclusion of the 2 year demonstration period, RTA shall have satisfied itself with the performance parameters of the route. If upon finding the performance acceptable, RTA shall then fund the on -going operation ofthe route out of its normal transit operating allocations, with no additional Measure A funding coming from the Commuter Assistance Program. For FY 2006/07 and based on county traveled mileage, the Riverside County share of the project cost to the Commission (including the RTA share) is approximately 1/3 of the total projected service cost of $347,335, or $120,000. The balance of the project costs are to be funded by OCTA. 19 Financial Information In Fiscal Year Budget: Y Year: FY 2006/07 Amount: $120,000 Source of Funds: Measure A — Commuter Assistance Budget Adjustment: N GLA No. 226 41 86101 P2199 Fiscal Procedures Approved: w���._ � Date: 8/22/06 Attachments: RTA Letter dated August 4, 2006 Line 794 Route Map 20 77593 EH/TL/SW VECFPWEEh AUG 08 2006 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORT T'iON i;OMMiSSION August 4, 2006 Riverside Transit Agency 1825 Third Street P.O. Box 59968 Riverside, CA 92517-1968 Phone: (951) 565-5000 Fax: (951)565-5001 Mr. Eric Haley Executive Director Riverside County Transportation Commission 4080 Lemon St., 3rd Floor Riverside, CA 92501 2c Dear Mr. Ha ey: The Route 794 is scheduled to be implemented in mid -September 2006. This is a demonstration commuter bus project with partnerships between the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), and the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA). .The Route 794 will primarily,: serve business commuters traveling between :Riverside. and :Orange; counties. OCTA will operate the service Monday through .Friday _during mornilig,- and. afternoonpeakhours for .a total of 14 trips per day. The cost of this demonstration project will be shared proportionally between the parties based on miles operated in each county. For this 794 commuter bus demonstration project, a total of approximately $120,000 will be shared in Riverside County with RCTC and RTA contributing $60,000 each. This cost represents one-third of the total project cost of approximately $347,335 for FY07. As currently directed by RCTC, the Commission will use Measure A Specialized Transportation — Commuter Assistance Program funds and RTA's share will be funded with Locai Transportation Funds (LTF). At the July, 2002 RCTC Board of Commissioners meeting, the Commission approved $100,000 in Measure A funds to be allocated for the implementation of express bus routes on the SR91 corridor and an additional $300,000 in Measure A funds were budgeted. toward this project in the RCTC's FY03-04 budget. The total, provides- $400,000 for the demonstration project. Since this is a .commuter_;bus demonstrationproject, RTA: respectfully requests that- our portion . of the cost be funded with Measure `A funds, making: Riverside County's total cost contribution to be funded 100 percent by Measure A: 21 Mr. Eric Haley Riverside County Transportation Commission Route 794 August 4, 2006 Page .Two We appreciate your consideration in this matter and look forward to : this opportunity to partner with both RCTC and OCTA to provide commuter bus service between Riverside and Orange counties. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions. Sincerely, RIVERSIDE TRANSIT AGENCY 2a4-Cul rry Rubio Chief Executive Officer LR/mh c/ Jeff Fox, Chairman of the Board of Directors, RTA 22 AHIMI' NORCO ; i danyon Community Church Park and Ride RANCHO . SANTA MARGARITA Gabe 4_ - -10r CCTA • Bus Stops (Existing) • Proposed Bus Stops (New) - 794 Riverside to South Coast Metro - 794A Corona to South Coast Metro 23 Proposed Express Bus Route 794/794A 0 1 2 Miles 11111111111 LAPLANNING\5-G106-xJUN1Docs1ExpressDocumentMrt794_stal/_report.apr Rev: 7/25/200G AGENDA ITEM 9 • • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMM/SS/ON DATE: August 28, 2006 TO: Plans and Programs Committee FROM: Tanya Love, Program Manager THROUGH: Stephanie Wiggins, Regional Programs Director SUBJECT: FY 2006/07 and 2007/08 Call for Projects: Measure A Specialized Transportation Program: Western Riverside County EVALUATION COMMITTEE AND STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the Committee to: 1) Approve the requests for Measure A Specialized Transit funds available in western Riverside County for Blindness Support, Volunteer Center and Whiteside Manor in an aggregate amount not to exceed $323,364 in FY 2006/07 and $317,174 in FY 2007/08; 2) Approve interim funding in the amount of $32,500 for Care Connexxus covering the months of October through December 2006. Interim funding will enable the agency's services to continue without interruption; 3) Authorize RCTC's Executive Director, pursuant to legal counsel review, to enter into funding agreements as appropriate; 4) Direct staff to develop a specialized transit program geared towards on -going chemotherapy, radiation and dialysis treatment; and 5) Forward to the Commission for final action. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: In May 2006, the Commission reviewed requests from 15 non-profit transit operators seeking Western Riverside County Measure A Specialized Transit funding. As a result of that process, funding was approved for nine (9) of the 15 applicants. Commission staff was directed to work with the remaining six (6) applicants during the months of June, July and August to further clarify application information prior to the Commission's further consideration. Since that time, in addition to working directly with the applicants, staff worked with the original Evaluation Committee consisting of a former transportation coordinator for the Inland Regional Center, the County of Riverside's Director of Veterans' Affairs, and two members from the Commissions' Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council as part of the on -going 24 application review process. At this time, four (4) of the remaining six (6) agencies' have resubmitted applications. Following is a brief summary of the revised funding requests: 1) Blindness Support Services Blindness Support Services (BSS) provides fixed route travel training to blind/visually impaired western county residents. The agency proposes to provide training to 80 individuals during FY 2006/07 and FY 2007/08,. Participants will receive both classroom instruction and actual hands-on training in riding fixed route buses. The agency's travel trainer will work with western Riverside- public transit ,providers including the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Corona, Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) and Metrolink. In addition, BSS will provide four (4) travel training seminars to an estimated 120 blind/disabled consumers over the two year period. The intent of the seminars is to provide consumers with the necessary information to make the most of their public transportation experience. The travel training seminars will include information regarding changes occurring within public transportation, information on the Americans with Disabilities Act as it pertains to public transportation and the disabled consumer and the "do's and don'ts" of independent travel using public transportation systems. While BSS has been a long-time recipient of Measure A Specialized Transit funding, the Evaluation Committee's concern is that program costs continue to increase; however, ,program goals and actual performance have remained constant. The Evaluation_ Committee is in support of BSS' application; however, they want to ensure that if funding is approved: a) Management of BSS is aware that future funding increases be based in terms of program value, e.g. increased goals tied to actual performance, the number of travel training recipients successfully trained2, etc.; and b) A six-month post survey instrument is developed and implemented to determine the actual .success of the individualized travel -training program. Staff from RTA Of the remaining two applications, it is anticipated that the Department of Mental Health will resubmit in the October/November 2006 time frame. Due to an executive management staffing change, CASA has withdrawn from the application process. 2 Successful travel training defined as the applicant transitions from dial -a -ride to fixed route services. 25 volunteered to work with BSS to design the post survey questionnaire. If approved, Commission staff will review actual performance tied to the post survey results during the two-year grant cycle. Based on the above clarification, the Evaluation Committee's recommendation is to provide the requested funding in the amount of $73,377 for FY 2006/07 and $75,114 in FY 2007/08. 2) Volunteer Center of Riverside County The Volunteer Center of Riverside County (VCRC) has • been a long time recipient of Measure A Specialized Transit funding to distribute bus tickets to improve access to services for at -risk individuals for whom current transportation options make needed services inaccessible. The mission of VCRC is to link people in need with those who can help. While Measure A Specialized Transit funding does not support all of the activities of the VCRC, it does fund the Transportation Access Program (TAP) which leverages its services to link additional VCRC programs with volunteers, seniors with advocacy groups, callers -in -need with a crisis counselor as well as various other community resources. In addition, people at -risk of homelessness are linked with affordable housing options and court -referrals are provided with restitution options. The Evaluation Committee is in support of VCRC's application if the following program changes are implemented: 1) An on -going training program needs to be implemented to properly: a. Train social service agencies on distribution of bus tickets; and b. Monitor ticket usage to ensure that tickets are actually used on an occasional basis, e.g. how does the agency look at frequency of use? More closely monitoring tickets will answer the question of 1) whether the tickets are truly used on an occasional basis or 2) determine if recipients are dependent on the free bus tickets. 26 While the Volunteer Center's application states that "...one of TAP's objectives is to reduce the tendency for on -going dependence- on the free tickets," the Evaluation Committee was concerned that the recipients of the free tickets are probably not 'going to be financially able to purchase a car or provide for their own transportation in the near term. As a result, in all likelihood, the recipients of the free tickets are probably dependent on receiving the' tickets and are on- going recipients. As part of monitoring actual ticket usage, it is possible that the Volunteer Center may need to re-examine its philosophy on weaving program participants into other transportation options as the agency may actually determine that recipients are,and will continue to be, repeat users of the TAP program. Based on the above clarification, the Evaluation Committee's recommendation is to provide funding up to $180,945 for FY 2006/07 and $192,353 in FY 2007/08. 3) WhitesideManor, Inc. Whiteside Manor (Whiteside) is seeking ,funding to provide non - emergency medical transportation for its clients including veterans, seniors, disabled and truly needy residents of western Riverside. Clients of Whiteside suffer from mental illness, the disease of alcoholism and/or drug addiction. The agency is requesting operating funds to support its transportation program as well as funding to purchase a new vehicle and computer equipment to support the agency's transportation program. As stated in the grant application: "The majority of the (Whiteside) clients are not mentally or physically able to use public transportation when they enter treatment due to their diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse)." Once program participants complete their primary phase of the Whiteside program, training will be provided on the use of public transit. The Evaluation Committee is in full support of Whiteside's application and recommends that funding be provided up to $69,042 for FY 2006/07 and $49,707 in FY 2007/08. If approved, Whiteside will be a new recipient of Measure A operating funds and as such, Commission staff will work closely with the agency over the two year grant cycle to provide technical support. 27 I • • Care Connexxus, Inc. Interim Funding Care Connexxus, Inc. provides specialized transportation services for participants in its adult -day care programs. The agency specializes in the care of the frail elderly with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders as well as providing support for their caregivers. While the Evaluation Committee believes that the agency's request for funding has merit, there continues to be concern that several areas of the revised application require further development including performance goals, projected delivery date of identified equipment as well as coordination efforts with public operators. In addition, there are various discrepancies in the proposed budget including vehicle depreciation costs. Commission staff together with RTA staff (as part of the Evaluation Committee) has scheduled a meeting with Care Connexxus to provide hands-on assistance in finalizing its grant application. In the interim, it is the Evaluation Committee's recommendation that interim funding in the amount of $32,500 be provided to the agency so that it can continue to provide the much needed transportation program during the months of October through December 2006. We believe that this additional time extension should be adequate to enable Care Connexxus' staff to further develop its application. Non -Emergency Medical Transportation Program Development Attached is a summary of current (and proposed) western Riverside Measure A Specialized Transit funding recipients. While the service providers represent a broad range of specialized transportation services, transit staff continues to believe that a specialized transit program needs to be developed to provide non -emergency medical transportation (NEMT) trips for individuals undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and/or dialysis treatment. As a result, staff is requesting approval to develop an NEMT program designed for these specialized trips. Once developed, staff will present the program concept to the Commission and, in all likelihood, will request additional funding. Financial Information In Fiscal Year Budget: Yes Year: FY 2006/07 Amount: $355,864 Source of Funds: Western Riverside Measure A Specialized Transit Budget Ad ustment: No GLA No.: 225-26-86101: $336,529 225-26-86102: $ 19,335 Fiscal Procedures Approved: \pvh��ofw, Date: 8/21 /06 Attachments: Funding Recommendations for FY 2006/07 and FY 2007/08 Overview of Measure A Specialized Transit Funding Recipients 28 OIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION WESTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTY MEASURE A SPECIALIZED TRANSIT PROGRAM Funding Recommendations for FY 2006/07 and FY 2007/08 Recommended Funding "Up To" Applicant Geographic Proposed Services FY 2006/07 FY 2007/08 Total Location of Agency Blindness Contract Support Services No: 07-26-023-00 City of Riverside Fixed route travel training to blind/visually impaired/disabled Western Riverside County residents. $ 73,377 $ 75,114 $ 148,491 Volunteer County 26-021-00 Center of Riverside Contract No. 07- City of Riverside Distribution of bus tickets through various social service agencies. Seniors, disabled and truly needy clients comprise the program's targe population. $ 180,945 $ 192,353 $ 373,298 Whiteside Manor, Inc. Contract No. 07-26-024-00 ' City of Riverside Specialized transportation program for low-income, including homeless and persons in recovery for alcoholism and/or drug addiction for medical, recreational and support program appointments. $ 69,042 $ 49,707 $ 118,749 INTERIM FUNDING Care Connexxus City of Riverside Specialized transportation services for participants in its adult -day programs. The agency specializes it the care of the frail elderly with $32,500 $32,500 Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. TOTAL FUNDS RECOMMENDED $ 355,864 $ 29 317,174 $ 673,038 8/23/2006 FY 2006/07 FY 2007108 Specialized Transit Measure A Call for Projects i • WESTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTY MEASURE A SPECIALIZED TRANSIT FUNDING RECIPIENTS FY 2006/07 Blindness Support Services $ 73,377 Riverside, California Provides travel training assistance. Instruction includes teaching the blind/visually impaired/disabled persons how to utilize the local fixed route bus service in western Riverside County. Beaumont Adult School $ 32,933 Beaumont, California Adult School Transportation program for low-income families with small children to attend the Even Start Family Literacy Program. Areas served include Banning, Beaumont, Cherry Valley and Calimesa. Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest County $124,745 Temecula, California Before and after school transportation program (Temecula & Murrieta Lake Elsinore area) for school age children between 6-18 years old. Care -A -Van Transit System $ 233,000 San Jacinto, California Specialized curb -to -door transportation service in the Hemet/San Jacinto area that focuses on serving those individuals unable to use the local dial -a -ride due to frailty and/or special medical or emotional conditions, which require extra assistance. Care -A - Van provides skilled escorts who are trained to assist people with disabilities, allowing them to fulfill their mobility needs. Care Connexxus, Inc. $ 65,000 Riverside, California Specialized curb -to -curb transportation services for participants in Adult Day Care programs in Riverside, Sun City/Menifee and Moreno Valley. 30 Western Riverside County Measure A Specialized Transit Funding Recipients FY 2006/07 City of Norco Parks and Recreation Norco, California $ 69,628 Specialized transportation services for elderly and disabled population for non - emergency transportation, nutrition, entertainment and shopping. Friends of Moreno Valley Senior Center $ 43,600 Moreno Valley, California The "MoVan" provides weekday inter -community paratransit service from Moreno Valley to surrounding communities (within a 35-mile radius of Moreno Valley). This service meets the out -of -city trip needs of residents by providing access to medical facilities in Riverside, Corona, Loma Linda, Colton and Kaiser -Fontana. Inland AIDS Project $107,500 Riverside, California Demand responsive transportation services for Western Riverside County residents with HIV/AIDS to medical, dental, social service and other health related services in the Inland Empire. This service is available weekdays, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.' Operation SafeHouse, Inc. $ 5,000 Riverside, California Provides 24-hour emergency shelter in Riverside County for runaway, homeless and at - risk youth aged 12 to 18. Partnership to Preserve Independent Living for Seniors & Persons w/Disabilities Riverside, California $386,998 The Transportation Reimbursement and Information Project (TRIP) provides escorted travel and access to medical and other services for the disabled and frail senior citizens, who have no other form of transportation, public or private, available to them. The Program provides incentives to encourage volunteer drivers who assist eligible program participants. The program also provides information about existing programs through which seniors and persons with disabilities can obtain discounted or free bus tickets for use on public transit. The TRIP program is available countywide, however the Measure A allocation is solely for the Western County participants. 31 Western Riverside County Measure A Specialized Transit Funding Recipients FY 2006/07 Riverside County Regional Medical Center $ 247,005 Moreno Valley, California Program provides non -emergency medical transportation between home to hospitals and clinics in western Riverside County for medical appointments, dialysis appointments and medication pick-up. Volunteer Center of Riverside County $ 180,945 Riverside, California The Transportation Access Program (TAP) assists seniors, disabled and truly needy individuals in western Riverside County for whom current transportation options are inaccessible due to their inability to pay the required fare. TAP distributes bus tickets and passes for Riverside Transit Agency and other public transit services in Western County to social service agencies for distribution to their clientele. Tickets are distributed to allow truly needy persons to use public transit for occasional, urgent and emergency use. Whiteside Manor, Inc. $ 69,042 Riverside, California Program provides trips to Whiteside Manor clients who are not mentally or physically able to use public transportation due to mental illness and disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. Trips are for non -emergency medical appointments, social fitness, recreation trips and AAA meetings during primary treatment phase. TOTAL: $ 1,638,773 32 AGENDA ITEM 10 I RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMM/SS/ON DATE: August 28, 2006 TO: Plans and Programs Committee FROM: Tanya Love, Program Manager THROUGH: Stephanie Wiggins, Regional Programs Director SUBJECT: FY 2006/07 State Transit Assistance Funds STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the Committee to: 1) Receive and file the report on State Transit Assistance '-Funding Apportionments; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Annually, the Commission allocates funding to support transit services (public bus and commuter rail) provided by Riverside County public transit operators. While funding sources include local, state and federal funds, the primary source of public transit funding is provided from the Transportation Development Act (TDA) which consists of two major sources of funding. The first, the Local Transportation Fund (LTF), provides for a '/a cent of the 71/4 % state retail sales tax collected in each county. The State Board of Equalization returns the sales tax revenues to the county of Riverside where it is held until the Commission provides written allocation instructions for disbursement. For FY 2006/07, it is estimated that LTF revenue for transit services will be $63,256,158. State Transit Assistance (STA) funding is the second source of TDA funds. STA funds are generated from the statewide sales tax on motor vehicle fuel (gasoline and diesel). The STA funds are appropriated to the State Controller for allocation by formula to each Transportation Planning Agency. RCTC is responsible for the allocation of these funds for Riverside County. The formula allocates 50% of the funds on the basis of the region's population compared to the state's population (STA 99313 Funds). The remaining 50% is allocated according to the prior year proportion of the region's transit operator passenger fare and local support revenues (STA 99314 Funds). 33 FY 2006/07 STA FUNDS TO INCREASE BY $11.7 Million: In January 2006, the State Controller's Office notified the Commission that the amount of STA funds projected to be received in Riverside County for FY 2006/07 was $6,924,442. In July 2006, the State Controller's Office revised the projected dollar amount of STA funds to be available. The revised projection is $18,672,794 ($16,545,249 is 99313 discretionary funds and $2, 127,545 is 99314 non - discretionary operator funds). This represents an increase of 169.7% over the state's original projection. The increase in STA funds includes Proposition 42, prepayment of existing general fund loans that were due in FY 2007/08 and FY 2008/09 as well as the gas sales tax "spillover'." In addition, the increase in the cost of fuel positively impacted the STA funding as illustrated on the following chart: $7,000,000 $6,000,000 $5,000,000 $4,000,000 $3,000,000 $2,000,000 $1,600,000 GROWTH IN STATE TRANSIT ASSISTANCE FUNDS - AVERAGE COST OF FUEL FY 2001/02 FY 2002/03 FY 2003/04 FY 2004/05 Source of Fuel Costs: Automobile Association FY 2005/06 -ill-- STA Revenue t Average Cost of Fuel Spillover for FY 2006/07 partially predetermined under Bay Bridge "deal": first $200 million to general fund, next $125 million to Bay Bridge project. May Revise significantly increased estimated spillover revenues, adding an additional $343 million. 34 Based on Commission adopted policy, the following table provides a breakdown of how the revised STA funding will be apportioned in Riverside County: State Transit Assistance Funds (PUC 99313) Total Western County Coachella Valley Palo Verde Valley Bus Services: 78% Rail Service: 22% $16,545,249 $12,779,550 Bus: $9,968,049 Rail: $2, 811, 501 $3,502,629 $263,070 State Transit Assistance Funds (PUC 99314) $ 2,127,545 $1,444,075 Banning: $ 10,897 Beaumont: $ 7,782 Corona: $ 24,438 Riverside: $ 22,732 RTA: $665,952 Rail: $712,274 $ 677,612 $ 5,858 REVISED TOTAL: $18,672,794 $14,223,625 $4,180,241 $268,928 ORIGINAL PROJECTION: $6,924,442 $5,298,167 $1,529,001 $97,274 NET INCREASE: $11,748,352 $8,925,458 $2,651,240 $171,654 Short Range Transit Plan Amendments: Public transit operators can access the additional STA funding by amending their agency's Short Range Transit Plan. Commission staff will notify the transit operators of the additional funding once the apportionments are approved. Financial Information In Fiscal Year Budget: No Year: FY 2006/07 Amount: $11,748,400 Source of Funds: State Transit Assistance Funds Budget Ad ustment: Yes GLA No.: 241-62-42301 $10,556,100 241-62-42302 $ 1,192, 300 STA 99313 revenues STA 99314 revenues Fiscal Procedures Approved: \44,a«14,,,, Date: 8/21 /06 35