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05 May 15, 2007 Citizens advisory committee / Social services transportation advisory council80322 RECORDS RIVERS/DE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL TIME: 11:30 A.M. DATE: May .15 2007 LOCATION: County of Riverside Administrative Center 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside Conference Room A *** COMMITTEE MEMBERS *** Andrea Puga, Corona, Chairman Mary Venerable, Office of Supervisor Buster, County of Riverside, Vice Chairman Michelle Anglin, City of Norco Peter Benavidez, BI ndness Support Services, Riverside Jim Collins, Include Me, Inc., Indio Eunice Lovi, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms Fortunato Penilla, Retired Citizen 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 11.36.10 RIVERS/DE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL www.rctc.org AGENDA* Actions may betaken on any item listed on the agenda 11:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 15, 2007 COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER 4080. Lemon Street; Riverside, CA 92501 Conference Room A 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 Commission 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 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 itemswill be placed for discussion at the end of the agenda.) Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council May 15, 2007 Page 2 PALO VERDE VALLEY - FY 2007/08 UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS HEARING 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 through Resolution No. 07=004 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 Commission for final` action. FY 2007/08, - FY 2009/10 SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLANS Overview This item is for the CAC/SSTAC to: 1) Review and approve, in concept, the FY 2007/08 - FY 2009/10 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 Transit'Policy Committee for review. COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS AND INFORMATION Overview This item: provides the opportunity for the. Committee Members and staff to report on attended and upcoming meetings/conferences and issues related to Committee activities. Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council May 15, 2007 Page 3 9. ADJOURNMENT The next Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation. Advisory Council meeting is scheduled to be held at 11:30 A.M., Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 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 13, 2007 1. CALL TO ORDER Chair- Andrea. Puga called the Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council to order at 1 1:40 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 Natalie Gomez for Scott Richardson Eunice Lovi Andrea Puga .. Cindy Scheirer Sherry Thibodeaux Mary Venerable Members Absent Michelle Anglin Peter .Benavidez Jim Collins 3. PUBLIC COMMENTS There were no public comments. 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES- M/SIC to approve the August 9, 2006 Minutes. 5. ADDITIONS/REVISIONS There were no additions/revisions to the agenda. 6. ELECTION OF OFFICERS M/S/C to approve Andrea Puga as Chair and Mary Venerable as Vice Chair. Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council February 13, 2007. Page 2 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION STRUCTURE, OFFICERS AND MEMBERSHIP FOR 2007 Jennifer-: Harmon, RCTC,: provided a 2007 membership. roster and outlined the. structure, officers and membership of the Riverside ` County Transportation Commission and its various committees. Tanya Love, RCTC, provided background information regarding the purpose of the various officers, committees and membership roles. She specifically referred to the Barton Ashman Study that tasked the. Commission with providing funding for transit services; :` the operators were tasked with the day-to-day functions of operating transit services. More recently, the Commission's FY 2001-2003 Triennial Performance Audit recommended that the Commission develop a transit vision. As a result, the Transit Policy Committee (TPC) was developed to guide the policy direction for transit and its visionary process. In response to a question . regarding the TPC, Ms. Love:: stated that it looks at issues including fare box compliance, congestion improvement and: allocation of funding. She further explained her role as staff to the public operator and. specialized transit programs, associated program funding and its impact on the various programs as well 'as the TPC's tasks. CAC/SSTAC COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS: UNMET, TRANSIT NEEDS HEARING AND SB 821' EVALUATION COMMITTEE Tanya Love reminded the committee that the first:CAC/SSTAC meeting of the calendar year is a working committee in which the Commission requests the assistance of the members with three assignments: Three volunteers for the SB.821 "'Bicycle and Pedestrian Program to review and score applications for sidewalk improvement, the week of June 11 or :June 18 One volunteer to attend Unmet Transit Needs Hearing in Blythe, scheduled for March 1, 2007 Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council February 13, 2007 Page 3 The volunteers were: • Natalie Gomez, Cindy Scheirer', Mary Venerable, Eunice Lovi and Andrea Puga .for the SB 821 program. Although there were no volunteers for the Unmet Transit Needs Hearing, Ms. Love indicated that she would report the results of the hearing at the next CAC/SSTAC meeting. 9. COORDINATED. PUBLIC. TRANSIT -HUMAN SERVICES TRANSPORTATION PLAN Tanya Love stated that when the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU) was passed in 2005, it made funding available for transit and commuter rail operators:. It also made funding available for Jobs Access Reverse Commute trips as well as a program called -"New Freedoms Initiative," which is funded for services above and beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act. Before the Commission can allocate funds, a coordinated plan must be developed. Based on the evaluation committee's recommendation at the February 14, 2007 Commission meeting, staff will propose that Heather Menninger be the consultant to identify service gaps and duplication of services. She further stated that at least one CAC/SSTAC member is asked to sit on the Technical Advisory Committee to assist with the development of the Coordinated Public Transit -Human Services ,Transportation Plan. The volunteers were: Andrea Puga Fortunato Penilla Mary Venerable Cindy Scheirer subsequently .sent regrets that she will be unable to participate in the SB 821 evaluations. Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council February 13, 2007 Page 4 10. 2007 MEETING SCHEDULE AND AGENDA TOPICS 11. Ms. Love reviewed the 2007 meeting schedule as; outlined in her staff report and reminded the committee that the August 14, 2007.meeting agenda is open to suggestions from the CAC/SSTAC members. She proposed; that future . February meetings commence with . updating the committee on developments during the past six months and where the Commission is headed ..before seeking the committee's assistance with various tasks. COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS AND INFORMATION Tanya Love advised the CAC/SSTAC of the Commission's direction for staff to visit the Riverside County school districts to explore school transportation and its relationship with public transportation. She shared some of her experiences in visiting different school districts and stated that the meetings have been informative and productive. Jennifer Harmon stated :that, she would add :the CAC/SSTAC 'members to the Transit Policy Committee agenda mailing list. After discussion by committee members, it was requested that the August meeting be a review of the Triennial Performance Audit and the Transit Policy Committee's Transit Visioning. She also advised that a notice would be ; sent to the members of a May 17" workshop sponsored by the Office on Aging. The meeting will be held at the. Morongo Casino Resort and Spa and will focus on senior transportation <issues. Sheldon;. Peterson, RCTC, . provided Metrolink 'brochures and drewspecial attention to the Inland Empire/Orange County weekend service. He also provided updates on other Metrolink services. Citizens' Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council February 13, 2007 Page 5 Various comments were made regarding Metrolink service, service for seniors and a city of Riverside Special Services transportation ridership change as of March 1, which will implement a no-show policy. Tanya Love suggested that the ridership and no-show issue be brought to the attention of LaShawn Butler and indicated that she would provide Ms. Butler's business card following the meeting. 12. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business for consideration by the Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council, the meeting adjourned at approximately 1:10 P.M. The next meeting is scheduled for 11:30 A.M., May 15, 2007, County of Riverside Administrative Center, Conference Room A, 3rd Floor, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside 92501. Respectfully submitted, Tanya Le Program Manager AGEN A ITEM 6 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: May 15, 2007. 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 2007/08 Unmet Transit Needs Hearing STAFF RECOMMENDATION: ` This item is for the Committee to: 1) Reaffirm the Commission's definition of "Unmet Transit Needs" and "Reasonable to Meet" standards; 2) Make a finding through Resolution No. 07-004 that based upon a review ofthe 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. Commission for final action. 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 not all funds have been needed for transit. In the western County and Coachella Valley, all available local transit funds are being used for transit service. For FY 2007/08, Commission staff projects a total of $1,115,589 in available . LTF funds for transit services of that amount, transit staff has 'identified the :use of approximately $926,6.16 towards operating and capital costs_ The Commission held a public hearing in Blythe on March 1, 2007. Commissioners Joseph DeConinck, Charles Grotke, Terry Henderson and Roy Wilson and Les Nelson, City Manager, City of Blythe and General Manager, Palo Verde Valley 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. One person testified . at the hearing andno written' staternents were 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. possibleimplementation of additional transit services in the Palo Verde Valley. _ Request notice for fixed route deviations without one.=half ` hour advance One. individual requested .,that the agency's requirement for advanced notification for the fixed route to deviate be. eliminated; At the time of the unmet transit needs hearing, riders were required to notify the agency one-half hour in advance of their tripif they wanted the transit vehicle to deviate from the fixed route.. As a result of the testimony, on March 5, 2007, PVVTA .implemented an operations policy to accept deviations from passengers..: on the bus. The deviation, request is then radioed to the dispatcher. Approval is determined by the safety and schedule time of the .request:: In 90% of cases; since the policy was implemented, a deviation .-requested .on the bus has been approved. Prior to. allocating any Transportation' Development Act (TDA) funds for Street and Road purposes, the Commission must adopt by resolution is 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 previousl y y .adopted .a definition of "Unmet Transit Needs" and "Reasonable . to. Meet. The definitions are as: follows: " Unrnet 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 .i:(Regional Mobility Plan) that havenot 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. 07-004 Summary of Testimony RESOLUTION NO. 07-004 RESOLUTION OF THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSP,,ORTATION 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, 2007, 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 Phan (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 2007/08 - FY 2009/10 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. NOW, THEREFORE, the Riverside County Transportation. Commission hereby resolves: That the Cormission 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 13th day of June '200.7. Terry Henderson, _Chair Riverside County Transportation Commission Jennifer Harmon, Clerk of the Board Riverside County Transportation Commission Attachment 1 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FY 2007/08 UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS HEARING Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency Blythe City Hall March 1, 2007 Summary of Oral Testimony and Staff Responses NAME/ORGANIZATION AND ADDRESS SUMMARY OF COMMENTS PVVTA STAFF RESPONSE Mary Davenport Deviated Fixed Route: On March 5, 2007 we P. O. Box 1 Need to notify transit implemented an Blythe, California agency in advance if you operations policy to want the fixed route to accept deviations from deviate. Problem is that passengers on the bus sometimes, passenger when they board the bus. does not know in The deviation request is advance. then radioed to the dispatcher for approval. Approval is determined by the safety and schedule time of the request. In 98% of cases since implementation of this policy a deviation requested on the bus was approved. Passengers were notified of this new policy by the transit advisory meeting and fliers. Miss Davenport was informed in person and travel trained on how to make her request. 1 AGEN A ITEM 7 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: May 15, 2007 TO: Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council FROM: Tanya Love, Program Manager THROUGH Stephanie Wiggins, Regional Programs Director SUBJECT: FY 2007/08 — FY 2009/10 Short Range Transit Plans STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for. the CAC/SSTAC to: 1) Review and approve, in .concept, the FY 2007/08 — FY 2009/10 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 Commuter Rail program, as presented; and 2). Forward to the Transit Policy Committee for review. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Riverside County FY 2007/08 FY 2009/10 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 staff report is requesting that the SRTPs be approved in concept only as requests for financial allocations will be made at the July Commission meeting. The SRTPs provide detailed information about existing services and ,facilities, financial forecasts and plans, as well `. as planned and proposed improvements to be implemented in FY 2007/08. The Commission 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 data to the Commission on performance. The SRTPs were developed to meet the Commission's Productivity Improvement Program (PIP) which was adopted 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, the .Commission 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. 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 passengers per revenue mile. These factors are critical in: ensuring that 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 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 determinecompliance. It is anticipated that 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 implemented TransTrack, a transit performance manager software application and training package which assists 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; on their..SRTP at the May CAC/SSTAC meeting. The following information is;, provided :.as a , summary of each operator's proposed plan,: 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,. Mor.ongo .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 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 2007/08, 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; • An outreach to major employers in the PassArea 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. This outreach program will continue in FY 2007/08; • Pass Transit .staff will continue its outreach program to schools; • The City of Banning has adopted landscape standards which include bus stop benches, waste .containers and shelters. New benches and waste containers were ordered to start up -grading bus stops in the commercial areas of the City to be in compliance with these new standards; and • Driver recruitment continued to be an issue through much of FY 2006/07 and is expected to continue through FY 2007/08. The transit systems have difficulty recruiting and retaining part time bus' drivers as unemployed drivers prefer full-time work. City of Corona: The City of : Corona (Corona) operates a general public dial -a -ride program and operates two fixed routes 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 2007/08: • Corona will . continue to maintain current levels of service, but considering route changes if necessary, to better serve the transportation needs of riders; • System -wide transit ridership has consistently grown for the past Years; however, for FY 2006/07, ridership has declined due to operational problems experienced by the service provider; and • During the ,summer: of 2007, City of Corona will release a Request for Proposal for transit services as the current contract expires on =October 31 °2007.. City of Riverside. Special: Services: Riverside SpecialServices (RSS) operates a 24=hour advance reservation dial:-a=ride for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. Service is . provided within the Riverside city limits. The special s.ervic'es__prograrn functions as an alternative to RTA`s fixed route system for seniors and persons with disabilities unable to use Jixed route service. All 'services/operated by RSS are closely coordinated with RTA Following are the highlights of services planned for FY 2007/08: • : In an effort to market its program, a new brochure: will be distributed educating and; promoting service to senior centers and various. housing complexes; • During the year,six new dial -a -ride vehicles will be received` as part of the., bus replacement program; and • Due to a shortage of drivers, the City of Riverside Human Resources and RSS .°have createda video titled Live, Work; and Play This video . advertises the need for drivers. The video is displayed at all Council. meetings and on the City's web page. 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). The fixed route can deviate up to 3 /4 of a mile away from the actual fixed route. 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%;. �: No proposed fare increase identified for FY 2007/08; • PVVTA staff will continue to monitor services for efficiency. If necessary, changes in service configurations or service hours (late hours and: weekend service) ` may occur in order to meet , the State _ mandated 10% fare box recovery ratio; 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 2007/08: • RTA will continue to monitor ridership and projects an increase of 3% in FY 2007/08 based on service enhancements; • The agency's Comprehensive Operational Analysis is projected to be completed within a couple of months. Once finalized; additional service enhancements may occur; • Operating budget reflects an 11.4% increase (excluding the GASB pre - fund); and • Capital budget of $9,051,321 has been identified. 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 2007/08 SRTP: • Service improvements will be implemented as a result of the agency's completed Comprehensive Operational Analysis; • SunLine will continue to replace and expand its fleet. During FY 2007/08, a total of 43 vehicles will be purchased through its `capital program; •, Additional bus shelters and bus benches will be installed throughout the service area to improve and enhance service; • Continue working with local jurisdictions on bus stop issues; Continue work on . environmental . assessment, preliminary and final engineering for new administrative building; and Examine the feasibility of conducting a Site selection study to potentially select- 'locations . throughout the valley for: a transit : center, transfer locations and sites for park -and -ride lots. Regional :Commuter Rail: e Southern California Regional Rail Authority operates seven commuter rail lines with .39 locomotives., and 5155; commuter rail cars.: Three routes, the Riverside to Los Angeles Line, the Inland Empire to Orange County Lines (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 2008/0I9 SRTP Continued implementation of the revised fare structure with an . average 3.5 % fare increase in FY 2008/09; • Preliminary engineering and environmental clearance of the Perris. Valley Line ..(Riverside - Moreno Valley — Perris) Metrolink .extension: project; Construction of :the Perris. Multimodal transit center; and Construction of a parking structure at the North Main 'Corona Metrolink station to meet passenger demand.