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05 May 9, 2002 Citizens advisory committee / Social services transportation advisory council87466 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL AGENDA r^s�� 30 a.m. WFednesd , May 9, 2002 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION Conference Room "A" 3560 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501 1. CALL TO ORDER 2. PUBLIC COMMENTS 3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 4. PALO VERDE VALLEY TRANSIT AGENCY — UNMET NEEDS HEARING TESTIMONY AND RESPONSES Overview This item is to seek the Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Service Transportation Advisory Council's (CAC/SSTAC) approval: 1) That the CAC/SSTAC reaffirm the Commission's definition of "Unmet Transit Needs" and "Reasonable to Meet" standards; and, 2) That based upon a review of the requests for services received through the "unmet transit needs" hearing process, review of existing services and proposed improvements to the available services, that the CAC/SSTA make a finding that there are no unmet transit needs which can be reasonably met in the Palo Verde Valley area. 5. FY 2003-2005 SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLAN Overview This item is to seek the CAC/SSTAC's approval to review and approve the FY 2003-2005 Short Range Transit Plans for the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Corona, Riverside, Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency, Riverside Transit Agency, SunLine Transit Agency and RCTC's Regional Rail, as presented. 11.36.10 6. MEASURE "A" EXPENDITURE PLAN Overview John Standiford, Director of Public Information and Media Relations, will be present to review the Measure "A" Expenditure Plan. 7. FY 2002-03 SB 821 BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES PROGRAM Overview This item is to request for three (3) CAC/SSTAC members to serve on the FY 2002-03 SB 821 Evaluation Committee. 8. COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS AND INFORMATION - This item provides the opportunity for the Committee Members to report on attended and upcoming meetings/conferences and issues related to Committee activities. 9. ADJOURNMENT S�1Liu (_p RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANPSORTATION COMMISSION CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE / SOCIAL SERVICE TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL DATE: NAME SIGN IN SHEET AGENCY / CITY TELEPHONE -CTieNtiovolE04 LA Q_ La-kulD sus s(r.2 r� (.733 4, -rF N-191N 1 D � 15 �I NON �Qq� rr � � ��1 ✓' 3 H I - V5 V PI 1-L-t--1 LA y ioif iEt3 (//eG 6-A /Va[A/d (Mz-Z 6- y' ,o 0777 ate, FAUSERS\AGENDA\CAC Sign In.doc c0- 73"7 ©a 7 3 RIVERS/DE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMM/SS/ON CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE / SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL Minutes February 14, 2002 1. CALL TO ORDER The Citizen's Advisory Committee / Social Services Transportation Advisory Council was called to order Vice Chairperson Fortunato Penilla at 11:45am at the Riverside County Transportation Commission, 3560 University Avenue, Riverside, California 9250+. - Present Absent Peter Benavidez Mike Wertz Grant Bradshaw Andrea Puga Bill Densmore Pat Murphy Chris Millen Jim Collins Cindy Scheirer Judy Nieburger Fortunato Penilla Sherry Thibodeaux Mary Venerable 2. PUBLIC COMMENTS 3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES M/S/C (Benavidez/Venerable) to approve the minutes of the August 15,2001 meeting. Abstain (PenNal M/S/C (Venerable/ Thibodeaux) to approve the minutes of the November 7, 2001 meeting. Abstain (Peni11a) William Densmore reiterated his proposal that Committee meetings not convene unless there were action items. Naty Kopenhaver, Director of Administrative Services, reminded that the Committee may take a different action on items referred to the Committee as "receive and file" items. • Citizen's Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council February 14, 2002 Page 2 4. SPECIALIZED TRANSIT PROGRAM — MEASURE "A" CALL FOR PROJECTS Tanya Love, Program Manager, stated that Commission will be asked to approve a 2- year call for projects for Specialized Transit of Measure "A" funding. For Fiscal Year 2003/2004, there are $2.8 million available from Measure "A funds. She requesting two volunteers from the committee to review the applications and those volunteers should not be members of non-profit agencies submitting applications. The Evaluation Committee consists of two Commissioners, and two members of the CAC. The criteria for Call for Projects are: 1) Support of existing services which if not funded by Measure "A" funding would leave an area or special population without special service transportation; 2) Support of an existing service which offer improved level service, coordination or high level of individualized passenger service such as Blindness Support Services; 3) Support new service that would leverage other revenue sources and not require long term Measure "A" support; 4) support new or expansion of existing services. Mary Venerable questioned why certain agencies had not applied for funds. Tanya Love stated that one of the reasons might be lack of staff. In response to Bill Densmore's question as to what is being asked of the committee, Tanya Love is requesting Committee input regarding the criteria and if there are any additional recommendations. M/S/C /Densmore/Venerab/e) to approve the report and criteria to be used for the Specialized Transit Program — Measure "A" Call for Projects and two appoint Bill Densmore and Mary Venerable to the evaluation committee. 5. SECTION 5310 CAPITAL GRANTS REVIEW AND EVALUATION Tanya Love stated that Section 5310 is administered by Ca[trans. Each year, there is a competitive call for projects for non-profit agencies who seek funding for capital purchases, such as vans and other types of equipment. It is projected that this year there will be about $9 million available. There is a 20% local match requirement. Applications will be pre-screened by staff. She requested two volunteers from the CAC to be a member of the Evaluation Committee. Fortunato Penilla and Bill Densmore volunteered to become a part of this panel. 6. REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE WITH WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT John Standiford, Public Information Officer, informed the Committee that RCTC will be updating its website. Before the new website is completed, testing needs to be done to determine ease of use for all segments of the population. He asked CAC members if they wish to assist in the testing and to provide input into the creation of the • • • • • Citizen's Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council February 14, 2002 Page 3 website. Beta testers would be provided with a special login and specific instructions about what the Commission is looking for. Volunteers were: Sherry Thibodeaux, Mary Venerable, Bell Densmore, Fortunato Penilla and Peter Benavidez, who requested that the computer lab at Blindness Support Services be used by their clients to review and test the site. 7. UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORTATION ACCEPTABILITY PROCESS (CETAP) Cathy Bechtel, Director of Planning and Programming, provided an update on the CETAP- project and RCIP (Riverside County Integrated Project). The transportation element of the RCIP is referred to as CETAP. Public scoping meetings were held in August 2001 wherein the public provided several suggestions for alternatives to the projects currently under study. In December 2001, the Commission took action to enable the Moreno Valley and San Bernardino County team to initiate preparation of the Environmental Impact Report for the corridor. Alternative I was selected as its focal point a new multi -modal limited accesses facility that connects the I-215/SR 60 junction in the cities of Moreno Valley and Riverside with the California Street corridor in the cities of Loma Linda and Redlands. This project has been shown by analysis to provide the greatest transportation benefit. With regards to the Orange County to Riverside County Corridor, work efforts have been moving slowly. It is hoped that discussions on this corridor will accelerate during 2002. 8. COMMENTS AND INFORMATION A. Peter Benavidez recognized RTA for allowing Blindness Support Services to operate some of their program expansion plans out of their offices in the Hemet facility. B. Mary Venerable informed the Committee of a general public information meeting regarding the 1-10 Freight Corridor Meeting in San Bernardino on February 19, 2002. Cathy Bechtel confirmed RCTC staff representation at this meeting. C. Naty Kopenhaver informed the Committee of the following items: 1. Commissioner Phil Stack's passing last year. Commissioner Stack was instrumental in the restructuring of the CAC. 2. On Monday, February 25, 2002, the Commission, in partner with Ca!trans, will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Route 60 Truck Lanes at the Day Street Park 'N Ride Lot. Citizen's Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council February 14, 2002 Page 4 3. The Palo Verde Valley Unmet Transit Needs Hearing will be held Thursday, March 7, 2002 at the Blythe City Council Chambers. At this time, the Hearing Board will consist of Commissioners Roy Wilson, Robert Crain, Dick Kelly and possibly Will Kleindienst. 4. The next meeting of the CAC Committee will be held on Thursday May 9, 2002 and the committee will be reviewing the short-range Transit Plans. 9. ADJOURNMENT There being no other items to be considered, Vice Chairperson Penillo adjourned the meeting. Respectfully submitted, Cow anne Brown Administrative Support Specialist • • • • • • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMM/SS/ON DATE: May 9, 2002 TO: Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Advisory Council Services Transportation FROM: Tanya Love, Program Manager SUBJECT: Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency Testimony and Responses — Unmet Needs Hearing STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is_to seek the Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Service Transportation Advisory Council's (CAC/SSTAC) approval of the following: 1) That the CAC/SSTAC reaffirm the Commission's definition of "Unmet Transit Needs" and "Reasonable to Meet" standards; and 2) That based upon a review of the requests for services received through the "unmet transit needs" hearing process, review of existing services and proposed improvements to the available services, that the CAC/SSTAC make a finding that there are no unmet transit needs which can be reasonably met in the Palo Verde Valley area. 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 that this determination of unmet needs is applicable to is the Palo Verde Valley where it is anticipated that not all funds will be needed for transit. In the Western County and Coachella Valley, all available local transit funds are being used for transit service. The Commission held a public hearing in Blythe on March 7, 2002. Commissioners Robert Crain, Dick Kelly, and Roy Wilson together with Blythe Councilman George Thomas 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 mailed to social service agencies in the area, the local college, medical facilities, the public library and residents who previously had expressed interest in transit services. Five (5) people provided comments at the hearing and eight (8) provided written comments regarding the service needs in the area. Attachment 1 is a summary of the comments received. Staff worked with City of Blythe staff to determine what improvements were reasonable to meet based on the projected productivity. Requests for additional fixed route, expanded hours, including weekend service, as well as service to the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital were the primary areas of interest. There was also a request for free transportation for Palo Verde college students. The following information provides an up -date as to possible implementation of additional transit services in the Palo Verde Valley: ■ Request for additional fixed route, expanded hours, including weekend service: PVVTA is requesting approval to implement a second fixed route during FY_ OS connecting most of the residential areas with key destinations such as Albertsons, K-Mart, Palo Verde High School, Blythe Middle School, the "old" college campus and the Social Security Office. Proposed service hours will be Monday through Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Attachment 2 is a copy of the proposed route map. ■ Request for evening transportation or taxi service: With the implementation of the second fixed route, evening service will be available. In addition, the Transportation Reimbursement and Information Project (TRIP) is available to seniors and persons with disabilities. TRIP provides mileage reimbursements to volunteer drivers of people unable to use other transportations services. The request for available taxi service is not an issue that can be addressed through transit services. ■ Request for more Dial -A -Ride Service: A 22-passenger, lift equipped Dial -A -Ride bus has been ordered. Staff anticipates delivery in late May, 2002. PVVTA will evaluate the need and feasibility of implementing Saturday Dial -A -Ride service after the start up of the second fixed route. Staff wants to evaluate whether there is adequate demand for both services. ■ Request for transportation to the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital: PVVTA staff is working with their contract service provider to establish dates, times and costs of providing service to the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital. It is anticipated that service will be implemented in May 2002. During FY 01, $10,000 in Local Transportation Funds was allocated to • • • • • • the City of Blythe to implement a demonstration program to transport veterans from Blythe to the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital. ■ Request for free transportation to Palo Verde College: PVVTA is required under the Transportation Development Act (TDA) regulations to have a minimum farebox recovery ratio. As a result, TDA funds can not be used to provide free service. PVVTA is requesting approval to hire a full-time Transit Manager to monitor and manage the day to day transit operations. Currently, the position is held by the City Manager with the Finance Director providing budgetary oversight and development of the Short Range Transit Plan. As the need for additional transit service increases in the Palo Verde Valley, it is becoming more difficult to meet the demands required to operate an effective transit service. A full time staff member devoted to transit will enable PVVTA to react more quickly to transit needs. Prior to allocating any Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds for street and road purposes, the Commission must adopt by resolution a finding that there are no unmet transit needs that can be reasonably met by existing or proposed service contained in the Short Range Transit Plan for Riverside County. The Commission previously adopted a definition of "Unmet Transit Needs" and "Reasonable to Meet". The definitions are as follows: "Unmet Transit Needs are, at a minimum, those public transportation or specialized transportation services that are identified in the Regional Short Range Transit Plan Report, and the Regional Transportation Plan (Regional Mobility Plan) that have not been implemented or funded." "Reasonable to meet shall include the following factors: community acceptance, timing, equity, economy (both short term and long term), and cost effectiveness including the ability to meet the required farebox ratios." Based upon the above definition and the proposed implementation of a second fixed route in FY 03, the implementation of Saturday service, the increase in service hours together with the implementation of transportation to the veterans' hospital staff is recommending that there are no additional transit needs which can be "reasonably" met. • ATTACHMENT 1 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FY 02/03 UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS Summary of Testimony, Written Testimony and Staff Responses BLYTHE CITY HALL March 7, 2002 NAME/ORGANIZATION SUMMARY OF COMMENTS STAFF RESPONSE Carol Bogren Blythe Drug Court & Riverside County Request for free transportation for Palo Verde College students. Palo Verde College does offer a program in which students could qualify for free transportation passes to attend college. Riders needing free transportation to college should inquire about this program. Mildred Miller Need for more reliable Dial -a -Ride services including evening and weekends. Three calls requesting Dial -a -Ride service were not answered PVVTA will evaluate the need and feasibility of implementing Saturday Dial -a -Ride service. Also, Dial -a -Ride service must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. PVVTA is also proposing to implement a second fixed route in FY 02/03. Days and times of service will be established upon evaluating the route. Bill Densmore Riverside County Department of Veterans' Services Need for reliable transportation to the VA Medical Center in Loma Linda. PVVTA is currently working with Valley Resource to establish dates, times and cost of providing this service. Should be implemented in May 2002. Carmen Micalizio Request for evening transportation or taxi service. Lack of evening transportation — necessitates senior citizens having to call ambulance services. The TRIP program, which provides reimbursement to volunteer drivers, is available and PVVTA encourages usage of the program. 1 ATTACHMENT 1 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FY 02/03 UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS Summary of Testimony, Written Testimony and Staff Responses BLYTHE CITY HALL March 7, 2002 NAME/ORGANIZATION SUMMARY OF COMMENTS STAFF RESPONSE Margaret Szuch Request for improved service PVVTA will evaluate the need and feasibility of implementing Saturday Dial -a -Ride service. PVVTA is also proposing to implement a second fixed route in FY 02/03. Days and times will be established upon evaluating the route. Marion Alvillas Need for additional Dial -a -Ride vehicles. If one breaks down, it requires passengers to wait for a ride. PVVTA has recently purchased a 22 passenger, lift equipped Dial -a -ride bus. Delivery of the vehicle is expected in late May 2002. Ron Torigian Need for a regular, fixed route schedule. PVVTA implemented a limited fixed route in FY 01/02 which provides service down Hobsonway, up to Sixth Avenue to PV College. A second route which will cover a circular route in town is proposed to be implemented in FY 02/03. Mary Evans Need for additional transportation service to pay bills and go shopping. PVVTA implemented a limited fixed route in FY 01 /02 which provides service down Hobsonway, up to Sixth Avenue to PV College. A second route which will cover a circular route in town is proposed to be implemented in FY 02/03. Doris Key Need for additional transit service, especially from Lovekin Blvd., to 95 and Riverside Drive. There is a need for a city bus on Hosbsonway at least twice per day. PVVTA implemented a limited fixed route in FY 01 /02 which provides service down Hobsonway, up to Sixth Avenue to PV College. A second route, which will cover a circular route in town is proposed to be implemented in FY 02/03. 2 • • ATTACHMENT 1 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FY 02/03 UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS Summary of Testimony, Written Testimony and Staff Responses BLYTHE CITY HALL March 7, 2002 • NAME/ORGANIZATION SUMMARY OF COMMENTS STAFF RESPONSE Barbara Vinciguerra Dial -a -Ride service is adequate. Need for weekend service, night time and emergency service. PVVTA is proposing to implement a second fixed route in FY 02/03. Days and times will be established upon evaluating the route. Paul Williams, Pastor First Baptist Church Request for a bus system that would benefit the city. PVVTA implemented a limited fixed route in FY 01/02 which provides service down Hobsonway, up to Sixth Avenue to PV College. A second route which will cover a circular route in town is proposed to be implemented in FY 02/03. Charles Barnett Extended service hours and more rapid response of the Dial -a -Ride program would be the answer to Blythe's problems. PVVTA will evaluate the need and feasibility of implementing Saturday Dial -a -Ride service. Dial -a -Ride service requires 24 hour notice for scheduling. Charles Hull Taxi service in Blythe closed. Need weekend transportation and extended service hours. PVVTA will evaluate the need and feasibility of implementing Saturday Dial -a -Ride service. PVVTA is proposing to implement a second fixed route in FY 02/03. Days and times will be established upon evaluating this route. 3 Z au4urtpe ly H 1 1 g �•1 / 1 • • o 1�1 1 enueny AsMuosgoH `g) eanoa aeirrul° - ZA s3noa . . etnoa °Bello° - Lti a;noa ReNu01sus40 . . 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BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Riverside County FY 03-05 Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) covers the three apportionment areas of the county and is comprised of plans for the municipal operators, the Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency, Riverside Transit Agency, SunLine Transit Agency, and RCTC's Regional Commuter Rail. Staff reviewed the SRTPs according to the guidelines provided through the Triennial Performance Audit recommendations. Following is a summary of service highlights for the eight Riverside County public transit operators: City of Banning: The City of Banning's Municipal Transit System provides fixed route, ADA complementary paratransit, and senior and persons with disabilities Dial -A -Ride service. Service is provided to the City of Banning, Cabazon (an unincorporated area of Riverside County), and the commercial area of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians' Reservation. The primary uses of these services are for transportation to medical appointments, workshop programs for persons with disabilities, shopping areas, employment and connections with other transit agencies. City of Beaumont: The City of Beaumont's Municipal Transit System provides fixed route, and ADA complementary paratransit services for seniors and persons with disabilities. Although Beaumont's fixed route service is relatively new (implemented February, 1999) it averages approximately 11 passengers per hour. During FY 03, Beaumont will order two replacement, lift -equipped buses that were approved through the FY 02 SRTP process. Beaumont will also add more bus stop amenities including . additional shelters, bus benches and additional stops along its three fixed routes. Combined Note for the Cities of Banning and Beaumont Transit Services: In April of 2000, the Pass Area Cities of Beaumont, Banning and Calimesa requested and received funding to implement a regional transit system feasibility study to determine if a single transit system to serve the Pass Area was needed. The consulting firm of Nelson/Nygaard was hired to conduct the study and a Transit Task Force was formed to oversee the work performed. The Transit Task Force was made up of elected representatives from the Cities of Banning, Beaumont and Calimesa, as well as staff from the County of Riverside, RCTC, RTA, SunLine and Morongo Band of Mission Indians. In December, 2001, the Transit Task Force accepted Nelson/Nygaard's first report entitled the "Pass Area Existing Conditions and Transit Needs Assessment Study". At the same time, the Transit Task Force recommended that the contract with Nelson/Nygaard be terminated and that staff from the Cities of Banning and Beaumont compile an implementation plan for review by the Transit Task Force. That plan was completed, reviewed by members of the task force and is currently being reviewed by both Banning and Beaumont's City Councils. It is anticipated that final approval of the plan will be made by both City Councils in May, 2002. The plan proposes the following services changes to be implemented during FY 03: 1) A single user-friendly ride guide containing all transit services in and through the Pass Area; 2) Extended local service hours to better coordinate with regional services provided by SunLine Transit Agency and Riverside Transit Agency; 3) Creation of a fixed route trunk line connecting the Beaumont, Banning and Cabazon commercial areas; 4) Fixed route deviations to provide service to major employers; 5) Style standards that will give the Banning and Beaumont transit systems a single system appearance. Fares, transfers and passes will be standardized between the two public providers. Style standards • • • will be developed for exterior bus graphics (and interior colors on future vehicle purchases), bus stop signs, bus stop benches and amenities; and 6) An agreement between both cities to allow Dial -A -Ride and fixed route vehicles to provide service to destinations in both service areas. With the final approval of the Pass Area Transit Plan, the two cities will continue to pool their efforts in the implementation phase that is scheduled to start in October, 2002. Both Banning and Beaumont included the above mentioned service changes in their proposed FY 03 SRTP documents. City of Corona: The City of Corona operates a general public Dial -A -Ride program as well as a fixed route service known as the "Corona Cruiser" which consists of two routes. Corona closely coordinates all transfers with both RTA and RCTC's Commuter rail services. Corona staff hired a consultant firm to study the fixed route services and to provide recommendations to improve ridership. In addition, a public meeting was held on April 17, 2002, to gather community input for proposed route and schedule changes. Twenty-five citizens attended and provided feedback on proposed changes. As a result, Corona is requesting approval to: 1) Eliminate the Green Line route due to low performance; 2) Modify the Blue Line route to enhance its performance; and 3) Implement a new route — Red Line — to run in an east -west direction from 1-15 /Ontario Avenue to Smith Avenue/Sixth Street. If approved, both routes (Blue and Red Lines) will serve the new North Main Corona Metrolink Station which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2003. Corona's Dial -A -Ride continues to have difficulty meeting the minimum required fare revenue ratio of 20% due to increasing costs and the proportion of elderly and persons with disabilities served (approximately 70%). Upon implementation of the schedule and service changes, if Corona Cruisers' ridership on fixed route services substantially improves, Corona will review the feasibility of changing from a general public Dial -A -Ride to one for seniors and persons with disabilities. If implemented, the fare box ratio requirement will change from 20% to 10%. City of Riverside — Special Services: Riverside Special Services (RSS) operates a Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Dial -A -Ride. Service is provided within the Riverside city limits. The Special Services Program functions as an alternative to the Riverside Transit Agency's (RTA) fixed route system for seniors and persons with disabilities unable to use fixed route service. All services operated by RSS are closely coordinated with RTA. Due to increased demand in services, RSS is requesting approval to provide an additional 16 hours per day of service. To accommodate this service increase, two additional expansion vehicles are being requested. RSS is projecting to provide 153,512 one-way passenger trips during FY 03 which represents a 9% increase over projected passenger trips for FY 02. RSS is also requesting approval to hire a full time Administrative Analyst for the purpose of pursuing funding resources, and meeting all current and future reporting requirements. Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency: Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (PVVTA) operates a General Public Dial -A -Ride service in the City of Blythe and adjacent unincorporated areas within an 18 mile radius of the City. The service is operated Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is currently no weekend service operated but PVVTA staff is in the process of evaluating the necessity and feasibility of implementing weekend service. In FY 02, PVVTA implemented its first fixed route service providing transportation to the college. The service operates Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30.a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Current ridership averages 565 passengers per month. PVVTA is requesting approval to implement a second fixed route during FY 03 connecting most of the residential areas with key destinations such as Albertsons, K-Mart, Palo Verde High School, Blythe Middle School, the "old" college campus and the Social Security Office. If approved, PVVTA will need to purchase one expansion 22-passenger, lift equipped fixed route vehicle. PVVTA is requesting approval to hire a full-time Transit Manager to monitor and manage the day to day transit operations. Currently the position is held by the City Manager with the Finance Director providing budgetary oversight and development of the SRTP. As the need for additional transit service increases in the Blythe area, • • • • • it is becoming more difficult to meet the demands required to operate an effective transit service. A full time staff member devoted to transit will enable PVVTA to attend various transit meetings including the quarterly meetings held by RCTC as well as all SRTP meetings. Riverside Transit Agency: The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) provides both local and regional transportation services with 35 fixed route and demand response Dial -A -Ride 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, assistance with grant applications and development of SRTPs for the four municipal transit operators in western Riverside County. During FY 03, RTA is requesting approval to increase service during peak hours when on -time performance has been at its lowest due to traffic congestion. Following are proposed increases in service: 1) Route 15 (downtown Terminal to the Galleria at Tyler) — additional 300 hours per week; 2) Route 16 (Moreno Valley City Hall to downtown terminal) — additional 300 hours per week; 3) Route 16 (Metrolink Express) - additional 120 hours per week; 4) Route 29 (Downtown terminal to Rubidoux — Jurupa area) — additional 105 hours per week; and 5) Route 49 (downtown terminal to Country Village) — additional 45 hours per week. In addition to adding service hours, RTA is afso proposing the implementation of new Regional Flyer Services as follows: 1) Temecula/Murrieta/Lake Elsinore/Corona Express; 2) Temecula/Murrieta/San Diego County Express; 3) Riverside/Montclair Transit Center Express; 4) Sun City/Perris/Moreno Valley/Riverside Express; and 5) Riverside to Orange County (two routes). Other service improvements include the following routes: 1) Route 37 will be split into two routes (service area includes Perris, Sun City, Hemet and Temecula); 2) Addition of a new fixed route linking the county area of El Cerrito and Ontario Avenue in Corona; 3) Addition of the "Harveston" shuttle in Temecula; 4) Addition of 160 hours a week on ADA intercity services; 5) Addition of 30 hours a week on Route 100 (provides service from San Bernardino to Riverside); and 6) Elimination of Route 39 (currently services Anza, Aguana, Idylwild, Hemet and Temecula). Lastly, RTA is anticipating the delivery of 31 40-foot CNG expansion buses, 13 expansion Dial -A -Ride vehicles and ten expansion 30-foot buses during FY 03. SunLine Transit Agency: The SunLine Transit Agency (SunLine) provides both local and regional transportation services with 12 fixed route and demand response Dial -A -Ride services. 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. SunLine operates two transit facilities: Headquarters which is located in Thousand Palms and the SunLine Clean Air Center which is located in Indio. The Clean Air Center is located on Highway 111 in Indio's eastern commercial corridor and provides a transfer point for fixed route services. Resources in FY 03 will be dedicated to minor time schedule changes in fixed route service as well as an extension on the Line 50 to accommodate the opening of the Cal State University campus in Palm Desert. SunLine is projecting a 5% average growth in ridership over the next two years. SunLine works with other area transit agencies to coordinate service whenever possible. SunLine works closely with adjacent transit agencies to ensure schedules coincide so riders' regional trips are as seamless as possible. SunLine created a new radio communication program with Metrolink so passengers wanting to connect to SunLink (and vice versa) would be better apprised of unscheduled delays. Regional Commuter Rail: RCTC's Commuter Rail consists of the Riverside to Los Angeles Line, the Inland Empire to Orange County Line (IEOC), and the Riverside to Los Angeles via Fullerton Line (91 Line). • • During FY 03 the new North Main Corona station will open with 621 parking spaces. Parking expansion projects will also occur at the La Sierra and Riverside - Downtown stations. In FY 03, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) will celebrate its 10' year providing Metrolink commuter rail service in Southern California. From three lines in October 1992, the agency will operate service over seven lines, with 138 weekday and 32 weekend trains as of its 10th anniversary. Celebrations are planned for the week of October 26', 2002. New this year is the "Take the Next Train" program. Both SCRRA and Amtrak have agreed to work together to allow passengers with valid Metrolink or Amtrak tickets, where complementary service exists (like the Orange County and Ventura County Lines), to choose the service provider that best suits their travel needs. This program is expected to add increased train services for less than the average operating costs of a single train. • • • • • Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY BY SUPPLEMENTING EXISTING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION Reduce current congestion and provide adequate transportation facilities to accommodate reasonable growth in the future. Provide funding for the adequate maintenance and improvement of local streets and roads in the cities and unincorporated areas. Enhance Riverside County's ability to secure state and federal funding for transportation by offering local matching funds. PROVIDE FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE EXPENDITURE OF TAX PAYER FUNDS Provides for mandatory dedication of sales tax funds only for the transportation improvements and programs identified in the Expenditure Plan and no other purpose. Provides for a mandatory, annual financial audit of program expenditures to insure that all funds are spent in accordance with this voter adopted Plan and associated legal ordinance. Provides for a Maintenance of Effort requirement in funds made available to city and county governments for local street and road programs to insure the new money for this purpose is adding to current funding levels. Provides for the strict limitation of administrative staff costs in implementing this Plan, by limiting, in law, funds expended for salaries and benefits to no more than one (1) percent of the annual net amount of revenues raised by Measure "A". Provides for the Plan to be updated every 10 years for the period it is in effect to insure that the changing needs and priorities of the county are met. 1 Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 Provides for the mandatory termination of the tax in 2039, requiring additional voter approval for extension at a County General Election according to state law. PROVIDE FOR EQUITY IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF MEASURE "A" REVENUES Return funds to the Western County, Coachella Valley and Palo Verde Valley proportionate to the funds generated in those areas. Adopt a Transportation Improvement Plan, which address the unique needs of each of the areas of the county. Provide a reasonable balance between competing highway, commuter rail, transit, and local streets and roads needs. PROVIDE FOR LOCAL CONTROL OF THE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM Provide for cost effective, local administration of the program through the existing Riverside County Transportation Commission. No new agency would be required to administer these funds. Delegates appropriate administrative responsibility to the cities and the county and other local agencies for local programs. This TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN, which shall act as the County's Expenditure Plan, was prepared by the Riverside County Transportation Commission for the purpose of extending the current % cent local transaction and use tax for transportation to be collected for an additional 30 years, if approved by the voters on November 5, 2002 — Measure "A". This is proposed by the Commission as a means to. fill the funding shortfall to: implement necessary highway, commuter rail, and transit projects; secure new transportation corridors through environmental clearance and right of way purchases; provide adequate maintenance and improvements on the local street and road system; promote economic growth throughout the county; and provide specialized programs to meet the needs of commuters and the specialized needs of the growing senior and disabled population. TAXPAYER ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS LEGAL DEDICATION OF FUNDS Measure "A" funds may only be used for transportation purposes and described in the local ordinance governing this program, including the construction, environmental mitigation of transportation projects, capital activities, acquisition, maintenance, and 2 Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 operation of streets, roads, highways, including state highways and public transit systems and for related purposes. These purposes include but are not limited to expenditures for the planning, environmental reviews, engineering and design costs, related right-of-way acquisition, and construction, engineering and administration. MANDATORY ANNUAL FISCAL AUDIT No less than annually, the RCTC shall conduct an independent fiscal audit of the expenditure of all sales tax funds raised by this measure. The audit, which shall be made available to the public, shall report on evidence that the expenditure of funds is in accordance with the Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan as adopted by the voters in approving the sales tax measure on November 5, 2002. In addition, the audit shall determine that Maintenance of Effort requirements, other requirements regarding local government participation in Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee Programs, as well as requirements described in Section 5 of the Plan entitled "Local Streets and Roads" have been complied with. The audit shall also insure that no more than 1 (one) percent of total sales tax expenditures are used for administrative staff salaries and benefits in implementing this Plan. MANDATORY PLAN UPDATE AND TERMINATION OF SALES TAX This Plan shall be updated by RCTC every 10 years that the sales tax is in effect to reflect current and changing priorities and needs in the County, as defined by the duly elected local government representatives on the RCTC Board. Any changes to this Plan must be adopted in accordance with current law in effect at the time of the update and must be based on findings of necessity for change by the Commission. The sales tax authorized to be collected by the voters shall be terminated on March 31, 2039, unless reauthorized by the voters to extend the sales tax prior to the termination date as required under state law in effect at the time of the vote for extension. • Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 SPECIFIC TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED WESTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTY The Expenditure Plan Map illustrates the Western and Coachella Valley areas. The Western County area includes the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Corona, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Murrieta, Norco, Perris,- San Jacinto, and Temecula. It also includes the unincorporated communities of Jurupa, Mira Loma, Menifee, Wildomar, and Sun City and other more sparsely populated areas, and the reservations of the Pechanga Band of Mission Indians, the Soboba Band of Mission Indians, the Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians, the Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians, and the Morongo Band of Indians. 1. STATE HIGHWAYS Many more state highway improvement projects are needed to deal with congestion and safety problems than existing state and federal revenues can fund. Projected formula funds from these sources over the 30 years is estimated to be $640 million and will fund less than %z of the improvements needed and identified in the Expenditure Plan, which are estimated to cost $1.66 billion in current dollars. Measure "A" funds will supplement those funding sources by an estimated $1.02 billion and will cover the remaining costs estimated to accomplish these improvements. The Highway projects to be implemented with funding returned to the Western County Area by extending the Measure "A" Program are as follows: 4 • • • Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 ROUTE LIMITS PROJECT EST. COST 91, 60, I-15,& 1-215 Reducing congestion on these routes will require that new transportation corridors are constructed See Section 2 Rte 91 Pierce Street to Orange County Line Add 1 lane each direction S 161 91/1-15 Interchange Add new Connector from 1-15 North to 91 West $ 243 91 /71 Interchange Improve Interchange $ 26 Rte 71 _ Rte 91 to San Bernardino County Line Widen to 3 lanes each direction $ 68 1-215 60/91/215 to San Bernardino County Line Add 2 lanes each direction $ 231 1-215 Eucalyptus Ave to 1-15 Add 1 lane each direction $ 210 1-15 Rte 60 to San Diego County Line Add 1 lane each direction $ 359 -10 San Bernardino County Line to Banning Add eastbound truck climbing lane $ 75 1-10/60 Interchange Construct new interchange $ 129 Rte 60 Badlands area, east of Moreno Valley Add truck climbing lane $ 26 Rte 79 Ramona Expressway to Domenigoni Parkway Realign highway $ 132 SUBTOTAL Measure "A" Funding State & Federal Formula Funds $1.02 Billion $0.64 Billion TOTAL $1.66 Billion The Commission may add additional State Highway projects, should additional Measure "A" revenue become available. An estimated 5% of the total cost for these highway projects ($83 million) will be used for environmental purposes to mitigate the cumulative and indirect impacts associated with construction of these projects. 5 Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 2. DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS State Routes 91 and 60 and Interstate Routes 15 and 215 cannot cost effectively be widened enough to provide for the traffic expected as Riverside County continues to grow. In addition to the specific highway improvements listed in Section 1 above, congestion relief for these highways will require that new north south and east -west transportation corridors will have to be developed to provide mobility within Riverside County and between Riverside County and its neighboring Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Four new Transportation Corridors have been identified as necessary through the Community Environmental Transportation Approval Process (CETAP) currently underway. An estimated $370 million in Measure "A" matching funds to leverage local, state and federal funding will be made available for environmental clearance, right of way, and construction of these new corridors. An estimated $70 million of these funds will be used to mitigate the cumulative and indirect impacts associated with construction of these projects. 3. PUBLIC TRANSIT The Transportation Improvement Plan will provide an estimated $390 million to expand commuter rail, implement intercity bus services and to continue and expand programs to assist the elderly, disabled and commuters. A. Discount Fares and Transit Services for Seniors and Disabled Persons Seniors and disabled persons are becoming an increasing percentage of the population each year. They are currently charged a fare on fixed route transit services that is one-half the normal fare for service within the Western County area. In addition a number of specialized transportation programs have been implemented which meet specialized needs for transportation to medical services, social service agencies and programs, shopping and other purposes that cannot be met by conventional transit. A minimum of $85 million in Measure "A" funds will be used to guarantee these services. B. Commuter Rail and Intercity Bus Service Metrolink has provided a viable alternative to the automobile for thousands of daily commuters to Orange and Los Angeles counties and reduces the demand on our freeways. The current service level needs to double in the future and expansion of the system to Moreno Valley and • Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 Perris is needed to relieve congestion on 1-215. In addition, an intercity express bus service that feeds the Metrolink service and provides a reasonable alternative to the automobile for daily commuters who travel within the region is needed. Measure "A" funds will be made available for operations of these services and to match federal funds for capital. C. Commuter Services, Ridesharing, Vanpools, Buspools, Park-N-Ride Commuter traffic created by Riverside County residents traveling to jobs in neighboring Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties adds significantly to the peak hour congestion on the freeway and highway system. A number of programs have been implemented to assist commuters to share rides, reduce congestion, and take advantage of travel in the "carpool" lanes. These programs include; rideshare matching services; incentive programs; vanpool "seed money"; buspool subsidies; and park-n-ride lot leasing. These programs will become even more necessary in the future as traffic increases. A minimum of $50 million in Measure "A" funds will be used for this purpose. 4. REGIONAL ARTERIAL SYSTEM The freeway and state highway system can no longer be expected to handle the traffic demands for travel between and through the cities of the Western County area, with the development projected for the future. A system of regional arterials (major local roadways) with limited access, freeway interchanges, grade separations, and coordinated traffic signals are needed to supplement the highway backbone system. The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), in conjunction with the cities and the County, has developed this system of roadways to meet this need. This roadway system will be periodically updated by the Commission, or the Western Riverside Council of Governments, to reflect actual development trends. Funding to widen existing roads and construct new roads on this system will be funded by an estimated $300 million in revenues generated by Measure "A" and by matching revenues to be generated by the cities and County implementing a Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) administered by the Commission or the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG). Examples of the roadways on the regional arterial system that may be eligible to receive Measure "A" and TUMF funding for widening and other improvements to increase capacity and traffic flow are: • Van Buren Boulevard from 1-215 to State Route 60 7 Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 • Alessandro Boulevard from 1-215 westerly to Central Avenue • Central Avenue from Alessandro Blvd to Van Buren Boulevard • Arlington Avenue from Central Avenue to Van Buren Boulevard • Green River Road from Dominguez Ranch Rd to Route 91 • Foothill Parkway from Lincoln Ave to Green River Road • Scott Road from State Route 79 to 1-215 • Clinton Keith Road from State Route 79 to 1-215 • Date Street from State Route 79 to 1-15 • SR 79/1-10 Interchange Improvements and Possible Bypass to 1-10 • Ramsey Street from Banning City Limits to Field Road • Ramona Expressway from San Jacinto to 1-215 • Cajalco Road from 1-215 to 1-15 • Perris Boulevard from State Route 74 to San Bernardino Co. Line- • Pyrite Street from San Bernardino County Line to State Route 60 • Schleisman Road from San Bernardino County Line to 1-15 and Arlington Avenue • Domenigoni Parkway from State Street to 1-215 • Railroad Canyon/Newport Road from 1-215 to 1-15 The final scope and project limits of all improvements proposed for the regional arterial system will be determined through the environmental clearance process. 5. LOCAL STREETS AND ROADS The local street and road system is critical to the every day movement of people within the cities and the county. This system is reaching "middle age", with potholes and is in need of continued maintenance and rehabilitation. New local roads adjacent to new residential and business developments will continue to be constructed and paid for by the developers. Current resources, without the extension of the existing sales tax revenues for transportation, cannot provide adequate funding to maintain the local street and road system at the level necessary to adequately serve the public. The Transportation Improvement Plan will provide an estimated $970 million specifically for this purpose. The funds made available in the Western County area will be distributed to the cities and the county by a formula based 75% on proportionate population and 25% on revenues generated by Measure "A". In order to be eligible for these funds, each agency will be required to: 1) File a Five - Year Capital Improvement Program, updated annually, with the Commission; 2) Participate in a Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) Program to be developed and administered by the Commission or the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG); and, 3) Participate in the Multi- Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) currently under development by the County of 8 • • Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 Riverside by endorsing the Permit Application and signing the Implementation Agreement. The TUMF Program shall be adopted according to all applicable laws and shall provide that the first $400 million of TUMF revenues will be made available to the Commission to fund equally the: 1) Regional Arterial System, as described above; and, 2) Development of New Corridors ("CETAP") described above. 6. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES PROGRAM The need to attract new commercial and industrial development and jobs to Riverside County to reduce the need for long commutes to Orange and Los Angeles counties is important to the economic vitality and quality of life of Western Riverside County. A greater jobs - housing balance is needed immediately. The Transportation Improvement Plan will provide an estimated $40 million for this purpose. These funds will be used to create an Infrastructure Improvement Bank to improve existing interchanges, construct new interchanges, provide public transit linkages or stations, and make other improvements to the transportation system. Given the limited amount of funds available, the RCTC shall develop a program of competitive incentives to attract commercial and industrial development and jobs to locate within the Western Riverside County area. In particular, the highest priority for these funds shall be for use in attracting key industrial development. For example, Western Riverside County through the provision of a needed interchange or transit service as a part of an overall package of incentives, could attract industrial development, which may have otherwise located elsewhere in California, in the United States or internationally. 7. BOND FINANCING Construction of the highway and rail projects and implementation of the local streets and roads and other programs identified in the Transportation Improvement Plan are needed as soon as possible. In order to accomplish this, some level of borrowing will be required. The Commission will determine the extent of borrowing that is reasonable as the program is implemented. Up to $270 million, 8% of the revenues expected to be generated, will be made available for this purpose. 9 Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 COACHELLA VALLEY AREA • The Coachella Valley area is located in the central part of Riverside County and includes the cities of Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirage. It also includes the unincorporated areas, and the reservations of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, and the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. The Transportation Improvement Plan is designed to give flexibility to adjust to changing circumstances and to: ■ Improve Traffic Flow and Reduce Congestion on Highway 111 ■ Add/Improve Interchanges on Highway 86 and 1-10 ■ Provide funding for Local Streets and Roads Improvements ■ Improve Safety and Visibility at Major Intersections and Arterial Roads ■ Reduce Congestion by Improving Major Roadways Identified as ■ Important by Local Governments in the Coachella Valley ■ Provide Express East-West Transit Routes in the Coachella Valley ■ Improve and Expand Public and Specialty Transit Service 1. STATE HIGHWAYS AND MAJOR REGIONAL ROAD PROJECT Fifty percent (50%) of the Measure "A" revenues will be used for State highways and regional road improvements. The Transportation Project Prioritization Study (TPPS), developed through the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), will function as the Plan for future needs. Preventive maintenance of these Measure "A" funded arterials will be allowed, if a majority of the Coachella Valley local governments give approval. The system improvements will be accomplished with a mix of Measure "A" funds, state and federal highway funds, and the existing Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) on new development. This segment of the Measure "A" Expenditure Plan will be implemented through the Coachella Valley Association of Governments. 2. LOCAL STREETS AND ROADS Thirty-five percent (35%) of the Measure "A" revenues will be returned to the cities and the county in the Coachella Valley and shall be used to assist with the funding local street and road improvements. These funds will supplement existing federal, state, and local funds. Local street improvements adjacent to new 10 • • • Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 residential and business developments will continue to be paid for by the developers. Cities and the county in the Coachella Valley must participate in the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) program to assist in the financing of the priority regional arterial system in order to receive these funds. If a city or the county chooses not to levy the TUMF, the funds they would otherwise receive for local streets and roads will be added to the Measure "A" funds for the Regional Arterial Program. Allocations of funds to the cities and the county will be based on a formula weighted 50% on proportionate dwelling units and 50% on Measure "A" revenues generated within each jurisdiction. A Five -Year Capital Improvement Program for the use of these funds will be prepared and annually updated with public participation by each city and the county. 3. PUBLIC TRANSIT Fifteen percent (15%) of the Measure "A" revenues will be used to improve and expand public transit and specialized transportation services. A. Discount Fares and Expanded Transportation Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities For Seniors (age 60 and older) and persons with disabilities, access to healthcare, social services, shopping, and recreation is a key to quality of life. Sunline Transit Agency offers a full array of public transit and specialized transportation services at reduced prices to individuals in these special groups. Measure "A" funds will guarantee discounts continue for the next 30 years. Funds will also be used to expand services to meet future needs of the growing population of the valley. B. Specialized Transportation Services In addition to providing SunBus public transit service, SunDial paratransit service, and SunLink express commuter service to Riverside, the Sunline Transit Agency offers specialized transportation services to Coachella Valley residents and visitors. These services include the Vets Express that provides free transportation to the Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda; SunTrip, that enables those beyond Sunline's fixed route service area to receive reimbursement they can pay to volunteer drivers; and SunRide that coordinates the transportation services offered by many non-profit social service organizations. All of Sunline's vehicles operate on clean, alternative 11 Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 fuels thereby preserving the environment and creating a healthier community while increasing access. Measure "A" funds will assist these and other types of specialized transportation services which may be implemented. C. Bus Replacement and More Frequent Service Public bus transportation offers communities many benefits — reduced traffic congestion, reduced wear and tear on roads, reduced parking demand, and lower emissions. By providing access to schools, jobs and shopping, it is also a vital force in economic development. This is especially true in the Coachella Valley where nearly 75% of the 4 million annual SunBus riders take a bus to work and/or school. Public transit buses have a 12--year life. Passage of Measure "A" will enable SunLine's fleet to be replaced as needed. Funds will also be used to increase frequency of service, which is the single most important factor in use of public transportation. PALO VERDE VALLEY AREA The Palo Verde Valley area is located in the far eastern part of Riverside County. It is geographically separated from the Western and Coachella Valley areas. The population within the area is relatively small, and significant growth over the next 30 years is not anticipated. The Palo Verde Valley is served by Interstate 10 which provides adequate connections to the more westerly portions of Riverside County and easterly to Arizona. Increasing transit needs can be. adequately met using existing revenue sources available for that purpose. The greatest need for the Palo Verde Valley is additional funding to adequately maintain and rehabilitate local streets and roads. All of the funding generated by Measure "A" returned to the Palo Verde Valley is to be used for local streets and roads. Funds shall be distributed to the City of Blythe and the County of Riverside by formula. The formula distribution is based 75% on proportionate population and 25% on sales tax revenues generated in each area. •12 Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 MEASURE "A" REVENUE ALLOCATIONS IS millions) Western County Area Highway Improvements $1,020 New Corridors $ 370 Commuter Rail / Intercity Bus/ Specialized $ 390 Transit/ Commuter Services Regional Arterial Projects $ 300 Local Streets and Road Improvements $ 970 Bond Finance $ 270 Economic Development Projects $ 40 TOTAL $3,360 Coachella Valley Highways and Regional Arterials Local Streets and Roads Specialized and Public Transit TOTAL Palo Verde Valley Area Local Street and Road Improvements TOTAL 13 $ 628 $ 439 $ 188 $1,255 $ 47 $ 47 ( INSERT MAP HERE 1 14 • • Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 GENERAL PROVISIONS OF THE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN 1. BASIS FOR REVENUE ESTIMATES Federal and state participation for highways, commuter rail, new corridors, and major non -highway roadway improvements is assumed to be $40 million per year allocated biannually by the California Transportation Commission through the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) process. The Riverside County Transportation Commission currently programs 24.2% of these funds on a discretionary basis for projects. This practice will be continued in order to fund major improvements that will arise and have not been anticipated by this Transportation Improvement Plan. Measure "A" revenue estimates have not been adjusted to reflect inflation. It is assumed that inflation revenue increases will be offset by inflation costs to deliver the projects. "Real Growth" is assumed to parallel countywide population growth. Based upon these factors Measure "A" revenues over the 30-year period are assumed to be about $4.665 billion. 2. BASIS FOR COST ESTIMATES All cost estimates for highway projects were developed by Caltrans based on a specific scope of improvements and are based on 2001 values. Future costs may increase due to inflation or other factors beyond the control of the Commission. The 2001 costs estimates are to be used to determine the proportionate distribution of funds to the categories of projects and programs identified in the transportation program. 3. STATE HIGHWAY AND MAJOR ARTERIAL PROGRAMS A. Eligible state highway project costs include preliminary engineering, environmental clearances, design engineering, project management, right of way acquisition and long-term leases and construction. Measure "A" funds are intended to supplement and not replace existing federal and state sources. If it is determined by the Commission that Riverside County is not receiving its fair share of existing funds, sales tax funds may be directed to other types of transportation needs. B. The actual scope of the highway, and major arterial projects to be implemented is to be determined through a prioritization process, required environmental analysis, and full consideration of reasonable alternatives. Public participation during the environmental analysis process is required. 15 Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 _ C. The Commission shall establish a "State Highway Account for funding capital expenditures for state highway improvements. 4. PUBLIC TRANSIT A. Eligible programs include: special discount fares for the elderly and persons with disabilities; funding for computer assisted rideshare programs; commuter incentive programs; "seed" programs to encourage the creation of vanpools and buspools; bus capital replacement and additional bus service in the Coachella Valley; and capital and operating assistance for commuter rail expansion and intercity bus service implementation in the Western County area. B. Western County area commuter rail services are anticipated continue to be operated by Metrolink on existing rail lines to Los Angeles, range and San Bernardino counties. Increasing the level of services will require negotiation of the appropriate agreements with the railroads and appropriate cost sharing between the counties served. Extension of service to the Moreno Valley area and the City of Perris is anticipated to be along the San Jacinto Branch Line owned by the Commission. Measure "A" funds will be used for operating costs and to match federal and state funds for capital improvements. C. Western County area intercity bus express services to be implemented are intended to specifically target commuters and provide a viable connection to the Metrolink service and transportation between and to key employment centers within the region. D. The Commission shall establish a Public Transit Account" for funding these programs. The Commission shall determine to which public transportation or specialized transportation services operators, and carpool/vanpool facilitating agencies, shall receive funding assistance. The Commission may directly provide or operate these services and programs if it is determined they are the most appropriate agency to do so in the Western County area. In the Coachella Valley area, the services will be provided by the Sunline Transit Agency. Based on 30 year funding estimates, the amount of funds should be $340 million for the Western County and $188 million for the Coachella Valley area. 16 Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 5. LOCAL STREETS AND ROADS PROJECTS A. Eligible local street and road project costs include any environmental review and mitigation, engineering, right of way acquisition and, capital or maintenance cost. Decisions on projects are to be made by local jurisdictions, but subject to capital Improvement requirements. B. Annual population estimates used for the distribution formula for the Western County and Palo Verde Valley areas shall be from the State Department of Finance. Dwelling unit estimates used for the distribution formula in the Coachella Valley shall be from the Riverside County Planning Department. Actual State Board of Equalization retail sales transactions shall be used for the formula in all three areas. The County Planning Department shall estimate the share for each of the unincorporated areas for the three areas, from the total retail sales transactions for the total unincorporated area. C. The Commission shall assure the cities and the County are in compliance with maintenance of effort requirements before allocating funds for local streets and roads. Further, the Commission shall not allocate funds to an individual city or the County for local streets and roads within the Western County and Coachella Valley areas unless the local agency is certified by the Coachella Valley Association of Governments or in the Western County Area by .the Commission or the Western Riverside County Association of Governments as applicable, to be a participant in the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) program necessary for the implementation of the Regional Arterial Program in their area. The cities and the county in the Western County Area must participate in the Multi Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) by endorsing the Permit Allocation and executing the Implementation Agreement with the resources agencies in order to be eligible to receive local streets and roads funds. D. Funding which is not allocated to a city or the county because it is not a participant in the TUMF program in the Coachella Valley area and the TUMF and the MSHCP in the Western County area shall be allocated to the Regional Arterial Program in the geographic area in which the city or portion of the county is located. 17 Riverside County Transportation Improvement Plan April 10, 2002 - 6. FUNDING FLEXIBILITY AND BONDING TO EXPEDITE PROJECTS The Commission may make maximum use of available funds by temporarily shifting allocations between geographic areas and transportation purposes. However, the proportionate shares for areas and purposes over the 30-year period may not be changed without an amendment of the Transportation Improvement Plan as required by law. Shifts may not be made without previous consultation with the affected agencies and two-thirds majority approval of the Board of Commissioners. The Commission may also use bonds to speed implementation of some projects. Bonding will not be used without first determining that the benefits of an accelerated program outweigh the additional cost of interest on borrowing funds. 7. INFORMING THE PUBLIC OF LOCAL FUNDING SUPPORT All state highway, commuter rail, and regional arterial projects using $1 million or more of sales tax revenues shall be signed to inform the public that local voter approved revenues are being used to support the project. 8. SEVERANCE PROVISIONS If any provision of this Transportation Improvement Plan is for any reason held invalid and unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, that holding shall not effect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions, and the Commission declares that it would have passed each part of the Plan irrespective of the validity of any other part. 18 • • • r.•_. • • RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: May 9, 2002 TO: Citizens Advisory Committee FROM: Jerry Rivera, Program Manager THROUGH: Naty Kopenhaver SUBJECT: FY 2002-03 SB 821 Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item into seek Committee action to: 1) Appoint three (3) of its members to serve on the FY 2002-03 SB 821 Evaluation Committee. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Each year 2% of the Local Transportation Fund (LTF) revenue is made available for use on bicycle and pedestrian facility projects through the Commission's SB 821 Program. This is a discretionary program administered by the Commission. There are three steps to carry out the program: 1. All cities and the county are notified of the SB 821 program estimate of available funding and are requested to submit project proposals (all school districts in the county are also notified and asked to coordinate project submissions with either their local city or the County Transportation Department). The Commission's SB 821 program policies, project application, and selection criteria are also provided with the notification. 2. The Commission's SB 821 Evaluation Committee, comprised of members of the Commission's Technical and Citizens Advisory Committees (3 each), meets to review and rank the project applications using the evaluation criteria adopted by the Commission and recommends projects and funding amounts to the Commission for approval. 3. The Commission reviews the Committee's recommendations and approves a program of bicycle and pedestrian projects for funding. Based on LTF revenue estimates for FY 2002-03, the 2% LTF funding for the SB 821 Program will be approximately $873,000. In addition to these funds, any unapportioned carryover (receipts of LTF revenue in excess of the FY 2001-02 apportionment) will not be known until the close of the fiscal year. Also, there may be an unidentified amount of carryover funds from projects in the current year's program as a result of funds not claimed or because time extensions were not requested and granted prior to the expiration of the FY 2001-02 SB 821 funding authorization. Staff has notified all the cities and the county of the availability of SB 821 funds and requested that they submit project applications to the Commission by May 31, 2002. Staff also notified all local school districts of the program and asked that they coordinate any possible project submissions with appropriate city or the County Transportation Department. Staff has tentatively set the meeting of the Evaluation committee for the week of June 10th (preferably June 10"' or 11th), depending on the availability of the committee members.