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11 November 7, 2001 Citizens advisory committee / Social services transportation advisory council11.36.10 • • • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL AGENDA 1 1 :30 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2001 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION 3560 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501 1. CALL TO ORDER 2. PUBLIC COMMENTS 3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - Minutes will be available at the meeting. 4. STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Overview To receive and file information provided in the State and Federal Legislative Update. 5. MULTI -USE LANES Overview To receive and file information provided for the "Multi -Use Lanes in Riverside County. 6. PALO VERDE VALLEY TRANSIT AGENCY'S REQUEST FOR A SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLAN AMENDMENT TO IMPLEMENT FIXED ROUTE SERVICE O vervie w To receive and file information provided in the oral report on the Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency's Request for a Short -Range Transit Plan Amendment to Implement Fixed Route Service. 11.36.10 7. STATUS OF VETERAN'S EXPRESS SERVICE IN BLYTHE Overview To receive and file information presented in the oral report presented on the Status of the Veteran's Express Service in Blythe. 8. ANNUAL REPORT PUBLICATION Overview To receive and file the Annual Report Publication. 9. CALL BOX PROGRAM UPDATE AND FUTURE PLANS Overview To receive and file information provided in the Call Box Program Update and Future Plans. 10. COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS - This item provides the opportunity for the Committee Members to report on attended and upcoming meetings/conferences and issues related to Committee activities. 11. 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CALL TO ORDER The Citizen's Advisory Committee / Social Services Transportation Advisory Council was called to order Chair Judy Nieburger at 11:45 a.m. at the Sunline Transit Agency, 32-505 Harry Oliver Trail, Thousand Palms, California. Present Absent Peter Benavidez Fortunato Penilla** Grant Bradshaw Chris Millen William Densmore * Nellie Ortega attended for Kerry Kerry Forsythe Forsythe Judylynn Gries Pat Murphy Judy Nieburger Andrea Puga Cindy Scheirer Mary Venerable Mike Wertz* Jim Collins Arrived after start of the meeting * Excused Absence * * 2. PUBLIC COMMENTS Judy Nieburger acknowledged Phil Stack as a Guest of the Committee. Phil stated that he is the Mayor Pro-Tem for Rancho Mirage and welcomed the Committee to Sunline for the meeting. Judy Nieburger requested the future agendas have a space provided on agendas for Committee Comments. Jim Collins commented that he has started a new non-profit organization named "Include Me" whose purpose and mission as an advocacy and service organization is the inclusion of all persons with disabilities. He also stated that all ADA settlements are sent to non-profit organizations. • • • • Citizen's Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council August 15, 2001 Page 2 3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES M/S/C (Puga/Gries) to approve the May 16, 2001 minutes as submitted. Abstention - Jim Collins 4. STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE State - AB 2928 Governors Transportation Program to take the sales tax placed on gasoline and place it in the states general fund to be moved out to transportation funds with a split of 40/40/40 (20/20) designated to counties and cities. Due to the energy crisis, the governor deferred this action of moving the money to state and local governments and to transit. This bill, AB2928 would make this a permanent dedication of these funds for these entities to receive. On every gallon of gas, there is federal and state gas tax as well as a sales tax. This is proposed to go to the voters as a constitutional amendment in March of 2002. It could possible move to November. Federal - Currently the only items are a request for a $500,000 extension of the San Jacinto Branchline in Highgrove into downtown Riverside. Staff is drafting a letter to Congress and will be introduced to the Conference Committee which will meet when Congress convenes in early September. William Densmore noted that there is a provision for transfer in case of economic hardship. He questioned whether this will go through Congress. Hideo noted that the tax already exists the issue is whether there will be a problem getting the money out of the general fund and having support from both houses. Have Governor support but it requires a 2/3 vote from both houses to make this occur. The last transportation requirements are growing rapidly and the last real increase was in 1990 when 9G was added to the state gas tax. Another letter is being presented regarding demonstration monies for a project on route 71 and making some funds available to build on the direct connectors E/B91 to N/B 71. Funds from STIP are being requested and the preliminary information is that we are on the list. We are trying to get permission to use the money for what was actually described in the demonstration description. Jim Collins asked about commission concerns of a tax on a tax and whether the concerns were relieved. Hideo stated that one commissioner actually did raise it as an issue but when the vote was complete, there was only one dissenting vote. • • • Citizen's Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council August 15, 2001 Page 3 5. STATUS OF CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS Route 91 - For the last two years auxiliary lanes have been designed and built from Mary Street to Tyler. Funds initially were wholly from Measure "A" as well as STIP. Caltrans provided some discretionary funding. Overall, the funds received total $21 million, $17.5 from Caltrans, $3.5 from the commission. Jackson Street Bridge - Currently this project is the reconstruction of the bridge to widen the bridge to allow addition of auxiliary lanes. The project is scheduled to take about 24 months to complete and started March or April 2001. Valley Way - Currently complete, this project took about 3 years to complete. This added 1 lane in each direction from Valley Way to University Avenue on Route 60 giving two lanes in each direction, one HOV, by making a total of 4 lanes in each direction. Mary Street Interchange - The reconstruction of the Arlington Interchange extending the HOV lanes up to 7t Street where they will be added to another project currently under design at the 91 /60/215 interchange. The construction estimate is currently 263 million and Construction 50 million on the Right of Way. This will add lanes in the eastbound and southbound 60/215 and adds an exclusive truck -climbing lane. Jim Collins stated that the EPA has brought up several issues regarding PM10 on the Coachella Valley 1-10 projects. He questioned what would happen if this happens with Route 91 projects. Hideo stated that if there were conformity problems, the complete project would be shut down of transportation construction projects for capacity enhancement leaving only transportation safety projects. Route 60 HOV Lanes - From the 60 / 215 Interchange to west of Redlands Boulevard. Project should be done by August 2002. Letters have been received requesting alternate HOV lanes which staff supports fully. It is currently being reviewed. Route 74 Realignment - City of Perris Th & G Street being extended to Dexter Avenue. Route 74 is probably the most dangerous roadway replacing Route 86. This project will replace a winding two-lane road with a 4-lane roadway with a median and centerline left turn areas. In addition, full shoulders will be installed along the highway to help facilitate right turn lanes and pull out areas for vehicles. Construction is anticipated to begin in January 2002 • • • Citizen's Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council August 15, 2001 Page 4 Route 91 - Soundwalls and rehabilitation resurfacing. Route 71 - Staff is attempting to receive funding for the installation of connectors to the Route 91 east roadway. Additional construction projects are two new commuter rail stations, one at Van Buren and Route 91 and the other being Corona Main Street. The City of Corona has donated 5 acres of land for the project. We are currently purchasing an additional 1 1 /2 acres to complete the project. Jim Collins suggested we explore the possibility of cellular telephones for residents of Riverside County for persons with disabilities. He stated that the call boxes are in essence out of reach of persons in wheelchairs or with other disabilities. Judy Niebuerger requested that Jim Collins bring information back to the Committee regarding other counties and the status of their cellular telephones policies and programs. Bill Densmore commented that he was under the impression that the committee was supposed to be focusing on items presented to it by the Commission and that they do not generate issues on their own. He is not discrediting the concerns of other members but requests clarification of the purpose of the committee. M/S/C (Collins/Venerable) To receive and file the Status on Capital Construction Projects. 6. EXTENSION OF MEASURE "A" PROGRAM The Measure "A" Program was a 20 year program that started in 1989 and ends in 2009. The commission is looking for a 20-30 year extension to 2039. An ad hoc committee has been formed to determine which projects would be part of the recommendation. Polling to determine that public support of the extension has been conducted. Results have been favorable at about 70% in support of an extension. The current Measure "A" programs consist of Commuter Rail and Highway Program, Local Return Program, Commuter Assistance and Specialized Transit Assistance. In the Coachella Valley, the only difference is that there is not a commuter rail program but there is a Regional Arterial Program. This program has been very successful and is tied to the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee on • • • RIVERS/DE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMM/SS/ON DATE: November 7, 2001 TO: Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council FROM: Darren Kettle, Director of Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs THROUGH: Eric Haley, Executive Director SUBJECT: State and Federal Legislative Update STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To receive and file the State and Federal Legislative Update as an information item. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: State Update The last day for the Governor to act on bills presented to him by the Legislature was October 14, 2001. As was reported at the September Budget and Implementation Committee and Commission meetings, the significant transportation measures, specifically ACA 4, were concluded earlier in the year and were not subject to the annual "1 1 t hour" onslaught of bills being considered by the Legislature. The Governor received several hundred bills from the Legislature during the last week of the session. Staff will verbally report on actions on bills as necessary. Federal Update As the federal government begins the 2001-02 fiscal year, Congress is keeping the government operating by passing a series of Continuing Resolutions that fund federal government agencies at prior year levels. The Transportation Appropriations bill is still pending consideration by the House/Senate Conference Committee with no schedule set for convening the committee and the Senate not yet appointing conferees. Staff will verbally report on actions on bills as necessary. Attachment • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSOSAN BERNARDINO ASSOCIATED GOVERNMENTS • PQSIT1ONS 0 ATE LEGISLATION Legislation/ Author Description Bill Status Position Date of Board Adoption AB 33 (Romero) In the event of a labor dispute, this bill would establish the LACMTA Labor Relations Trust Funds as a continuously appropriated fund in the State Treasury and would require the money in the fund to be This bill is dead. No position taken. AB 37 (Strickland) This bill would exempt motor vehicle fuel and diesel fuel from sales tax. This bill is dead. OPPOSE SANBAG: 5/2/01 RCTC: 4/1 1 /01 AB 132 (Horton) This bill would amend the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act to provide that a public agency shop agreement may apply to management, confidential, Signed by the Governor 9/8/01. No position taken. AB 133 (Alquist) This bill would authorize RTPA's to include other factors of local significance as an element of the RTP. Signed by the Governor 7/23/01. No position taken. AB 227 (Longville) This bill would extend indefinitely the period during which the Controller would be required to make the quarterly transfers from the General Two -Year Bill. SUPPORT SANBAG: 3/7/01 RCTC: 3/14/01 AB 257 (Longville) Existing law authorizes a county, and cities within the county, to create a service authority for freeway emergencies for the purpose of establishing and implementing an emergency motorist aid system on portions of the California Freeway and Expressway System located within the county in which the authority is established. Existing law allows the authority to contract with the Department of the California Highway Patrol or a private entity to respond to those calls. This bill Two -Year Bill. No position taken. AB 321 (Vargas) This bill would require the State Board of Equalization to inform the Controller of the amount and would require the Controller to transfer the amount to the Congestion Relief Transportation Trust Fund, which This bill is dead. No position taken. AB 381 (Papan) This bill would require that an unspecified percentage of the money in the account be available to the department for the purpose of providing incentives to local governments, local transit providers, private developers and financial lenders for the citing and construction of transit -oriented and pedestrian -oriented development within one -quarter mile of an existing or planned transit station. Two -Year Bill. No position taken. AB 403 (Bates) This bill would authorize the funds transferred as specified to cities, counties, and cities and counties to be expended to fund transportation services for the elderly, as defined, if all of certain conditions are met. The bill thereby would make an appropriation by expanding the purposes for which continuously appropriated funds may be expended. This bill is dead. No position taken. F:lusers\preprintljSVegmat.doc Legislation/ Author Description Bill Status Position Date of Board Adoption ' - AB 419 (Dutra) This bill would authorize, until January '1, 2010, certain transportation authorities to use a design -build process for bidding on transportation projects, including a requirement that certain information be verified under oath. Because a verification under oath is made under penalty of perjury, the bill would impose a state -mandated local program by changing the definition of a crime. Two -Year Bill. No position taken. AB 608 (Dickerson) This bill provides that, if a transportation projects contract award amount is more than 20% below the project cost estimate, the California Transportation Commission could adjust county share funding allocations to reflect the savings, thereby increasing the funds available for (re)programming in the affected county or counties. The bill authorizes an increase in the percentage of a region's transportation funds, which can be used for project administrative expenses. The percentage increase would vary among agencies, depending on whether the agencies receive federal planning funds. On the Governor's Desk. AB 631 (Oropeza) This bill would require the CTC, in conjunction with the department and state's regional transportation planning agencies, to prepare and submit to the Governor a comprehensive statewide transportation needs assessment containing specified information regarding unfunded transportation needs every 5 years beginning on 12/1 /03. This bill would require the needs assessment to include, to the extent possible, a list compiled by the department and the regional agencies participating in the needs assessment prioritizing their top 10 unfunded Vetoed by Governor 10/10/01 , No position taken. AB 710 (Chavez) Existing law requires the DOT to develop contract specifications to conduct a statewide study of technically feasible and available cost- effective means to reduce 4- and 5-axle truck traffic from congested urban freeways during commute hours. This bill would delete the This bill is dead. No position taken. . AB 860 (Negrete- McLeod) "Spot Bill" that includes Legislative intent language to fund transportation projects that will mitigate the impacts of local traffic impacts caused by the construction of the Alameda Corridor. Two -Year Bill. SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS SANBAG: 4/4/01 RCTC: 4/11/01 AB 1039 (Oropeza) This bill would eliminate the $1 million cap on funding received by the Southern California Association of Governments from RCTC, SANBAG, This bill is dead. WATCH SANBAG: 4/4/01 RCTC: 4/1 1 /01 AB 1091 (Pacheco) This bill would provide that any provision in a contract for the design, construction, maintenance, or operation of a transportation facility, entered into between a state entity and private party, is void if the provision purports to limit the authority of the state to exercise its jurisdiction over the state highway system, or any other transportation system that is subject to state jurisdiction, in order to minimize competition with the transportation facility. Vetoed by the Governor 10/9/01. No position taken. F: \users\preprint\js\legmat.doc Legisl on/ A,Statusdoption Description Bill Position ii‘e of Board AB 03 (Hollingsworth) This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature that alternative routes that may be used to travel from Riverside County to Orange County be evaluated and considered. Two -Year Bill. No position taken. AB 1396 (Longville) This bill would create the Passenger Rail Improvement, Safety, and Modernization Program Subaccount to the Public Transportation Account and appropriates $100,000,000 from the State General Fund to the subaccount to be used for commuter and light rail improvement, modernization and safety projects, Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee. In Committee, held under submission 5/31 /01. SUPPORT SANBAG: 4/4/01 RCTC: 4/11/01 AB 1463 (Longville) Existing law requires a court in an eminent domain action to award the defendant his or her litigation expenses whenever the proceeding is wholly or partly dismissed or when the final judgment is that the plaintiff cannot acquire the property sought. This bill would specify that the court is required to award the defendant his or her litigation expenses whenever the proceeding is wholly or partly dismissed, provided that the defendant owned or had an interest in the property that is the subject of the litigation. Signed by the Governor 8/13/01. SUPPORT SANBAG: 1 /8/01 RCTC: 1 /10/01 AB 1587 (Pacheco) Existing law requires the Department of Transportation to improve and maintain the state highways. This bill, contingent upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for the purposes of the bill, would require the County of Riverside, in consultation with a steering committee comprised of representatives from Orange County, the Orange County Transportation Authority, the Transportation Corridor Agencies of Orange County, the City of Riverside, Riverside County Transportation Commission, the City of Corona, and Districts 8 and 12 of the department, to complete and submit to the Legislature, not later than July 1, 2003, a study and route alignment to develop and gain legislative approval for an alternative to the State Highway Route 91 transportation corridor from Riverside County to Orange County. The bill would require the study to address the issues of the jobs and housing balance in the area, the movement of goods and services, and Two -Year Bill. SUPPORT RCTC: 5/9/01 SB 10 (Soto) Existing law requires the DOT, in consultation with the California Highway Patrol, to establish and administer a "Safe Routes to School" construction program pursuant to authority granted under specified federal law and to use federal transportation funds for construction of bicycle and pedestrian safety and traffic calming projects. This bill would delete an obsolete study and reporting provision and the January Signed by the Governor 10/7/01. No position taken. SB 18 (Alarcon) Existing law provides for the membership of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. This bill would require that 6 of the members of the authority be elected and would otherwise substantially revise the membership of the authority. This bill is dead. No position taken. F:\users\preprint\jsllegmat.doc Legislation/ Author Description Bill Status Position Date of Board' - Adoption SB 106 (Sher) Existing law authorizes the establishment of a service authority and the importance of a $1 service • fee in a county if the county board of supervisors, by a 2/3 vote, and a majority of the cities having a majority of the incorporated population within the county, adopt a resolution establishing the authority and the imposition of a service fee on vehicles, as specified. This bill would limit the authority to suspend the service fee to abatement programs that have been in existence for at least 2 full fiscal years and would require every service authority that imposes a service fee to issue a fiscal year end report, as specified, to the Controller on or before October 31 of each year. The bill would require each service authority that fails to submit the report by Signed by the Governor, 8/12/01. No position taken. SB 116 (Kuehl) This bill would prohibit a state or local agency from constructing, or approving the construction of any public road, or from making any improvement to an existing road that substantially increases vehicular traffic capacity in or through any property under jurisdiction of the State Department of Parks and Recreation. Two -Year Bill. OPPOSE SANBAG: 4/4/01 RCTC: 4/1 1 /01 SB 127 (Johnson) Under existing law, certain local entities are authorized to use design- build procurement for specified types of projects. This bill would require the Legislative Analyst to conduct a study and report to the Legislature on the appropriateness of expanding the number of local This bill is dead. No position taken. SB 171 (McClintock) This bill would authorize a transportation gridlock emergency to be declared for the purpose of relieving traffic congestion on any highway or segment of highway for the DOT has determined that the average daily vehicle hours of delay, excluding weekends, exceeds 3,000 vehicle hours. Two -Year Bill. No position taken. SB 618 (Margett) This bill would require expenditures for retrofitting soundwalls included on Caltrans priority list to be funded prior to making state transportation funds available for interregional and regional capital improvement projects in the STIP. This bill is dead. OPPOSE SANBAG: 4/4/01 RCTC:4/11/01 SB 759 (Murray) Existing law requires that a regional or local receiving an allocation from the Traffic Congestion Relief Fund certify that it will sustain its level of expenditures of transportation purposes at a level that is consistent with the average of its annual expenditures during the 97/98, 98/99, and 99/00 fiscal years. This bill would make technical, non -substantive Signed by Governor 10/14/01. No position taken. SB 790 (Karnette) This bill would specify that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that removes restrictions on county share advances from the State Transportation Improvement Program process to promote efficient Two -Year Bill. No position taken. j SB 829 (Karnette) This bill extends indefinitely the transfer of motor vehicle fuel sales tax revenues from the State General Fund to the Transportation Improvement Fund. This bill is dead. SUPPORT SANBAG: 5/2/01 RCTC: 5/9/01 F:\users\pro rint\js\legmat.doc • Legisl / Aut Description' • Bill Status Position of Board:` option' SB 10 (Dunn) This bill would provide that, in any action filed on or after January 1, 2002, challenging the validity of a housing element, there shall be a rebuttable presumption of nonvalidity of the element or amendment if the department has found that the element or amendment does not substantially comply. Two -Year Bill. OPPOSE SANBAG. 5/2/01 RCTC: 4/1 1/01 SB 956 (Ackerman) Existing law provides for the funding of state, local, and regional highway projects. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to appropriate $500,000,000 annually from the General Fund for the purpose of funding the annual maintenance cost of, and to begin to address a backlog in deferred maintenance for, local streets and roads. This bill is dead. No position taken. ACA 2 (Vargas) This measure would impose certain conditions upon a loan to the General Fund of funds in the Congestion Relief Transportation Trust Fund in the State Treasury, which fund would be created separately by statute, or the Transportation Investment Fund in the State Treasury, or any successor to either of those funds. Contains other related provisions. This bill is dead. No position taken. ACA 4 (Dutra, Longville) This measure would lock in, for transportation purposes, the dedication of the state's sales tax revenues collected at the gas pump that heretofore have accrued in the State General Fund. Expected to be placed on March 2002 voter ballot. SUPPORT SANBAG: 5/2/01 RCTC: 5/9/01 ACA 9 (Dutra) Amended to a non -transportation related activity, provisions are now part of ACA 4. SUPPORT SANBAG: 5/2/01 RCTC: 5/9/01 ACR 81 Assembly Concurrent Resolution urging the California Department of Transportation, RCTC, and OCTA to facilitate the establishment of an alternative transportation corridor between Riverside and Orange Counties. Assembly Floor. Two- Year Bill. SUPPORT SANBAG: 7/11/01 RCTC: 7/1 1 /01 SCA 5 Senate Constitutional Amendment to dedicate the sales tax on gasoline to transportation purposes and set a simple majority vote requirement Two -Year Bill. SUPPORT SANBAG: 7/1 1 /01 RCTC: 7/1 1 /01 for local transportation sales tax measures. F:\users\preprint\js\legmatdoc i • i RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: November 7, 2001 TO: Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council FROM: Darren Kettle, Director of Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs THROUGH: Eric Haley, Executive Director SUBJECT: High -Occupancy Vehicle Lane to Mixed -Flow Lane Initiatives STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Receive and file report on High -Occupancy Vehicle Lane to Mixed -Flow lane initiatives. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: In January 2000 the California Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) produced a comprehensive HOV lane report entitled "HOV Lanes in California: Are They Achieving Their Goals?" that goes into tremendous detail on how HOV lanes have worked in California. In the report, the LAO addresses the question raised by the Citizens Advisory Committee about the ability to open HOV lanes to mixed -flow traffic during non -peak travel times. It is important to note that the decision to allow the use of HOV lanes by mixed flow traffic during non -peak periods is made by the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), with the CALTRANS districts playing an integral role in the decision -making. According to the LAO, who references policies established by the CALTRANS, HOV lanes in Southern California operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week because traffic peak periods are so long in Southern California that part-time operation is impractical. Furthermore, full time operation of HOV lanes in Southern California has become the norm in order to minimize motorist confusion. In contrast, in Northern California, HOV lanes operate only during peak traffic hours due to shorter periods of congestion. The hours of operation are determined by CALTRANS in consultation with the appropriate regional transportation planning agencies. • I • • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: November 7, 2001 TO: Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council FROM: Tanya Love, Program Manager SUBJECT: Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency's Request for a Short Range Transit STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To receive and file the Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency's Request for a Short Range Transit Plan Amendment to Implement Fixed Route Service as an information item. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (PVVTA) is requesting an amendment to their FY 02 Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) to cover the costs of implementing a fixed route service. The total cost is $156,700 which consists of $94,350 for equipment acquisition and $62,350 for operating. The following provides detailed cost information and highlights of this new service which started August 23, 2001: 1) PVVTA will purchase an intermediate sized lift -equipped vehicle for the Dial -A -Ride service, replacing a 1989 vehicle. Additionally, a 15- passenger van, acquired through a lease/purchase agreement has been secured to replace a high mileage 1991 van. Approximate capital cost: $94,350; 2) Operating costs will be $62,350 to support the fixed route service; 3) Service will operate between the Hobson Way corridor and the college site which is located approximately five miles from town; 4) Hours of service will be Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and 5) The fare will be $1.00. PVVTA has created passes (10 rides for $10.00 and 20 rides for $20.00) which are sold through Valley Resource Center (contract service provider) and Palo Verde College. To assist students with their transportation needs to the new college; PVVTA started this demonstration program on August 23, 2001. The first month, which consisted of 19-week days, showed a ridership of 634 passengers. If ridership continues to grow, PVVTA may look at implementing a second fixed route in FY 02/03. The request for additional funds will be presented to the PVVTA's board on October 31, 2001. There are sufficient Local Transportation Funds available to meet this request. Staff from PVVTA will be available to answer questions at the November 7, 2001 Citizens Advisory Committee meeting. • • • • • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: November 7, 2001 TO: Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council FROM: Naty Kopenhaver, Director of Administrative Services SUBJECT: Status of Veterans' Express Service in Blythe STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This is a receive and file information item on the Status of the Veterans' Express Service in Blythe. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Les Nelson, City Manager of Blythe, will present an oral report on status of veterans' express service. • • • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: November 7, 2001 TO: Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council FROM: John Standiford, Public Information Officer THROUGH: Marilyn Williams, Director of Communications and Regional Issues SUBJECT: Annual Report Publication STAFF RECOMMENDATION To receive and file the Annual Report Publication as an information item. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Every year since 1990, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) has published an annual report detailing the accomplishments and achievements of the Commission during the past year. The purpose of the report is to keep the public informed of the Commission's activities. This is especially important since so much of the Commission's budget and expenditures are comprised of voter - approved Measure "A" revenues and funding. This year, the report was published on Sunday, October 21. To ensure circulation of the report, it was placed as an advertising supplement in the Press -Enterprise, Desert Sun and Californian newspapers. This is the first year that the Commission has purchased advertising in the Californian, and the move reflects the growing population in the Southwest portion of the county. Soon after the publication of the report in the newspapers, the Commission reprints a number of the reports for distribution at community events and to the public. The reprint of the publication is an excellent outreach tool and can be used by RCTC Commissioners and staff when making speaking appearances or participating in public gatherings. Copies of the report will be made available to CAC members as soon as reprints have been produced. • • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: November 7, 2001 TO: Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council FROM: Jerry Rivera, Program Manager SUBJECT: Call Box Program Update and Future Plans STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To receive and file the Call Box Program Update and Future Plans as an information item. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Riverside County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) was formed in August 1986 when the County Board of Supervisors and a majority of the cities approved resolutions establishing the SAFE in Riverside County. The SAFE was formed under the 1985 Call Box legislation — Senate Bill 1199. The legislation established the funding source (51 vehicle registration fee) to develop and manage a motorist aid system of roadside call boxes along the County's state highway system. The SAFE is operated in partnership with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and its private sector contractors AT&T Wireless Services, Comarco Wireless Technologies, and TeleTran Tek Services. The Riverside County Call Box program currently has approximately 1,010 call boxes in operation, which cover 657 county highway miles and generate approximately 50,000 calls per year. The call box system covers Interstate 10, 15, and 215, U.S. 95, State Routes 31, 60, 62, 71, 74, 78, 79, 86, 91, 1 1 1, 243, and 371, as well as several Park-n-Ride lots and interchanges. Commission staff will be preparing a ten year strategic plan for the call box program to define the current system, identify future needs, outline existing financial constraints, and provide recommendations to continue and improve the system within the context of current and projected revenues and expenditures. The Plan will also address several important issues, which currently face the program. Over the past few years, the increased use of cellular telephones has affected the call volume of the Riverside County Call Box program. Calls have decreased approximately 50% since FY 1995-96 and the Commission may want to consider increasing the spacing between call boxes in the urban areas and redeploying boxes to the more rural areas of the County. Accessibility issues arising from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Caltrans' revised site design guidelines for "B" and "C" sites may warrant improvements to a significant number of existing sites. Conversion from analog to digital cellular service may become necessary as the cellular industry migrates to new technologies. The Commission may wish to explore other means of maintaining and servicing its call boxes in light of the fact that one provider is the "sole source" which manufactures and maintains the call boxes for all programs throughout the State. On a related issue, the Commission may need to decide if the Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) program, which is partially funded from call box revenues, is to be continued, expanded to other congested freeways if seen as a better use of funds, or otherwise changed as a result of increasing costs and/or limited revenues. As mentioned previously, the call box program is funded by a $1 vehicle registration fee added to the annual registration of each vehicle in the County. For FY 2001-02, revenues are estimated to be $1.1 million. However, expenditures, including $220,400 for the Freeway Service Patrol program, are estimated to be $1,638,500, so the program has had to transfer funds from its reserve fund balance to make up the deficit. Accessibility for motorists must also be addressed. Not only in access to the call box but also accessibility for speech and hearing impaired individuals once you are at the box. CaISAFE, an informal organization of call box agencies that meets quarterly throughout the State, has been working with its partner agencies, Caltrans and the CHP, to develop accessible sites so that individuals in wheelchairs or other walking aids can readily get to the call boxes. One such site, a modified "F" site which is located behind a berm or curb on the freeway, has received tentative approval from Caltrans and will be implemented on all future "F" type locations and on existing locations as they are repaired. The L. A. County SAFE has installed TTY devices on all of its call boxes as part of a settlement to a law suit; however, they have experienced several operational problems with the boxes and are currently working with Comarco, the call box manufacturer to correct the problems. MTC in the Bay Area is developing a "Yes/No" box that allows for a push button response to "yes/no" questions but does not include a TTY keyboard. MTC conducted a twelve-month field test using 200 boxes and staff is ready to implement the boxes throughout its system. However, management has questioned the capital costs, estimated at $3.25 million, since only one call was received during the field test. MTA spent $4.5 million to install the TTY's on its 4,500 call boxes; however, the manufacturer has recently increased the cost by over 50%. • • In 1993, Commission staff considered distributing cellular telephones to motorist in Riverside County. At the November 10, 1993 Commission meeting, staff was directed to proceed vvith developing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for cellular 9-1-1 telephones to provide telecommunications capability to the motoring public with disabilities in Riverside County. Portable cellular telephones would be issued to county residents who drive but cannot use the roadside call boxes due to mobility impairment. Staff prepared and issued the RFP on January 14, 1994, and received bids from eight vendors to provide the cellular phones and related equipment. The bids received were higher than anticipated and ranged in price from $352.00 to $743.00 once all the optional equipment was included. The two low bidders were not local companies and could not provide local service and installation, and therefore, were deemed non -responsive. An Ad -hoc committee comprised on three members from the Citizens Advisory Committee, RTA, Sunline, Commission staff, and Titan, our call box consultant at that time, evaluated the proposals and interviewed three vendors. Afterwards, the vendors were asked to submit a Best and Final Offer (BAFO) for consideration. Unfortunately, the BAFO's were no better than the original proposals. As a result of the higher than anticipated bids received for cellular telephone equipment, staff requested Commission direction regarding the Cellular 9-1-1 Telephone Program. Options available to the Commission included: 1) Reject all bids received for cellular 9-1-1 telephone equipment; 2) Examine the feasibility of re -opening the contract with the call box cellular service provider (L.A. Cellular) to include a provision that a specific number of cellular phones with 9-1-1 calling capability be distributed as directed by the Riverside County SAFE; 3) Develop a new approach to distribute cellular phones to mobility impaired licensed motorists which would provide a reimbursement procedure to pay a fixed amount of the cost of a 9-1-1 only cellular phone purchased by a licensed County resident with a documented mobility impairment; or 4) Direct staff to cease work on the program pending issuance of final regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act. Staff would continue to monitor the development of the regulations and report back to the Commission, as information became available. At its April 13, 1994 meeting, the Commission rejected all of the bids submitted to provide equipment for the Cellular 9.-1-1 telephone program. The Commission also directed staff to work with other call box agencies in the development of alternate technologies to allow mobility -impaired motorists access to the call box system. Both the TTY used in L. A. and the "Yes/No" box in the Bay Area are products of this effort. Also, the Riverside County SAFE participated along with other SAFE in funding a study of various options for call box accessibility for the hearing and speech impaired. While the study did not recommend one of four options over the other, it did provide some solutions available to the SAFE. These solutions, along with the other issues mentioned above, will be reviewed and evaluated in the ten-year strategic plan that staff will be preparing for the Commission. • i