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04 April 11, 1994 CommissionRIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 1994 2:00 p.m. RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION 3560 UNIVERSITY AVENUE, SUITE 100 RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA 92501 CONFERENCE ROOM A AGENDA 1 CALL TO ORDER. 2. PUBLIC COMMENTS. 3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. 4. AGENDA ADDITIONS/REVISIONS. 5. PUBLIC HEARINGS -- Amendment to the Southern California Association of Governments FY 1993-1999 Regional Transportation Improvement Program. Overview The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is holding a public hearing on a significant amendment to the FY 1993-99 Regional Transportation Improvement Program. This hearing contributes toward meeting the public participation requirement of the Intermodal Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in the devalopmpr+f and adoption of region?! plans ?nri programs. The Commission is requested to allow time to conduct a public hearing on the RT!P. 6. CONSENT CALENDAR - All matters of tEte Consent COail.dar will be approved in a single motion unless a Commission member requests separate action on specific item:.. 6A. Consent Calendar - Administrative Items. 6A1. California Tran_portation Commission (C TC) Actions. Overview The CTC adopted the 1994 STIP on March 30 and 31. The staff memorandum relates to STIP projects of local interest. This is a receive and file item. 6A2. Measure A Local Streets and Roads Projections. Overvie., The Measure A Ordinance requires all r_)cipients of streets and roads funds to submit a five-year capital improvement plan annually to the Commission. To assist local jurisdictions with their completion of the five-year plan, the Commission annually develops a five-year projection of streets and roads revenues for each ciy. This is a receive and file item. Page 2 April 13, 1994 Commission Meeting Agenda 6A3. 1994-95 Local Transportation Funds Apportionment. Overview The Transportation Development Act requires that local transportation funds generated from a quarter cent of the statewide sales tax to annually be apportioned to the specific geographic regions within the County for transit and streets and roads purposes. (Note: The only area still receiving funds for streets and roads is the Palo Verde Valley.) This is a receive and file item. 6A4. Sacramento Monthly Report A report on legislation, from D.J. Smith/Will Kempton, is included in the Commission's agenda. This is a receive and file item. 6A5. Annual Contribution to Inland Empire Economic Data Bank and Forecasting Center. Overview The Commission is a founding sponsor of the Inland Empire Economic Data Bank and Forecasting Center, part of the University of Riverside's School of Graduate Management. The Commission is requested to continue its support and approve $5,000 to co-sponsor the Center. 6A6. Co -Sponsorship of UCLA's Fall 1994 Symposium on 'The Connections Among Transportation, Air Quality and Land Use'. Overview The UCLA Public Policy Program has asked RCTC to again co-sponsor its annual policy/research symposium on the Transportation Air Quality/Land Use Connection. This year, the Symposium will be held October 16-18 at the Temecula Creek Inn. The Commission is requested to approve $4,000 for co- sponsorship of the Symposium and authorize attendance of three Commissioners/staff. 6A7. Financial Support for California Transportation Consensus Project. Overview The project is a joint venture of the regional transportation planning agencies, the California Transportation Commission, California Transit Association, and Californians for Better Transportation (CBT), to develop the next statewide transportation funding package. The Commission is being requested to approve $3,000 for the project. Page 3 April 13, 1994 Commission Meeting Agenda 6A8. Establishing Fees for Commission Agendas. Overview The Commission spends an exorbitant amount of funds for printing and mail -out of its agenda, and the number of requests for agendas has increased tremendously. In an effort to contain administrative costs, staff is proposing setting fees for Commission agendas to offset the printing and mailing expenses. Public agencies and the press will continue to receive an agenda at no cost. The Commission is requested to approve the proposed fees. 6A9. Upcoming Conferences. Overview The list of upcoming conferences is provided to the Commissioners. Interested Commissioners must notify staff by deadline date, if they are interested. 6A10. Membership on the Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Service Transportation Advisory Council. Overview The Riverside Transit Agency is nominating Cis LeRoy, Planning Manager for the RTA, for membership on the RCTC Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Service Transportation Advisory Council (CAC/SSTAC) as the representative from the Consolidated Transportation Service Agency (CTSA). The Commission is requested to appiuve this nomination. 6A11. Request for Leave of Absence -- Member of the Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Service Transportation Advisory Council. Overview A request was received from Committee member Lucia Moran, representative from the Coachella Valley, for a three-month leave of absence from the Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Service Transportation Advisory Council. The Commission is requested to approve the leave of absence, and appoint Jim Collins to take her place during the leave. 6B. Consent Calendar - Financial Items. 6B1. Selection of Financial and Compliance Auditors. Overview The Requests for Proposals for audit services for FY 1995-99 were mailed in January and reviewed by the Ad Hoc Committee. The Ad Hoc Committee is recommending that the Commission award the contract to Ernst & Young. Page 4 April 13, 1994 Commission Meeting Agenda 6B2. $80,000,000 Interest Rate Swap Transaction Overview Effective April 7, 1994 the Executive Director under authority granted him by the Commission in our Master Swap Agreement, entered an interest rate swap transaction with Goldman Sachs for a notional amount of $80,000,000 for a period of five years. This is a receive and file item. 6B3. Cost and Schedule Reports for the Month of March. Overview The material in the Commission agenda depicts the current costs and schedule status of contracts reported by routes, commitments, and cooperative agreements executed by the Commission ending February 28, 1994. This is a receive and file item. 6C. Consent Calendar - Congestion Management/Alr Quality Programs. Air Quality Conformity Issues Update. Overview This item provides an update on the status of air quality conformity issues in the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Region and the related impacts to Riverside County. This month's item includes: (1) An update on the status of State Implementation Plan (SIP) and the related Rate of Progress Plans for the South Coast and Mojave Desert Air Quality Management Districts; (2) Reference to the Air Quality Forum, in response to a request by the Riverside County Transportation and Land Management Agency. Staff will work with WRCOG and CVAG to schedule a workshop. This is a receive and file item. 6D. Consent Calendar - Transit/Rideshare/Park-n-Ride/Bicycle. 6D1. Unmet Transit Needs Hearing Testimony & Response. Overview The Commission held three public hearings during January and February to identify 'unmet transit needs' in Riverside County. Comments from 48 individuals were received and considered by the appropriate transit operator. The Commission's Citizen Advisory Committee/Social Service Transportation Advisory Council reviewed the requests and responses at their meeting on March 28 and recommends approval of the responses. The Commission is requested to: (1) make a finding that there are no unmet transit needs which can be reasonably met in the Palo Verde Valley area; (2) adopt Resolution No. 94-011; and (3) accept the unmet transit needs responses for the Western Riverside County and Coachella Valley areas. Page 5 April 13, 1994 Commission Meeting Agenda 6D2. Amendments to the FY 1994-2000 Short Range Transit Plans and Transportation Improvement Plans for the City of Banning, Riverside Transit Agency and SunLine Transit Agency. Overview We were recently informed of the availability of $1 million of FTA Section 18 discretionary funds. The City of Banning, SunLine Transit, and possibly the Riverside Transit Agency will be applying for funds and need to amend their FY 1994-2000 Short Range Transit Plan and Transportation Improvement Plan accordingly. The Commission is requested to approve amendments to the FY 1994-2000 Short Range Transit Plan and Transportation Improvement Plan for the agencies listed in the staff memorandum. 6D3. Commuter Transportation Services, Inc. Issues Update Overview Ca[trans has notified Commuter Transportation Services, Inc. the regional rideshare agency for five counties, that its FY 94/95 workplan and budget have been reduced by 25+ percent. The services provided by CTS in Riverside County are an important part of RCTC overall commuter assistance program efforts. Various issues are discussed in the staff report which seeks Commission approval to pursue three courses of action in response to the budget reduction which will significantly impair CTS's rideshare assistance to employers in the County. The Commission will be requested to reaffirm its position that employer assistance is an essential 'core service' and direct staff to request in writing to apt, opriate entities that Catti ans retain employer assistance in the CTS FY 94/95 budget at its existing staff level. 6D4. Contract Award for Measure A Commuter Assistance Program Evaluation Survey. Overview In response to the Commission's request for proposal to perform and evaluation survey of the Measure A Freeway Incentive Program and Local Incentive Program two proposals were received. The Commission is requested to award a contract to OmnTrack in an amount not -to -exceed $15,000 to perform the evaluation survey. 6D5. Donations to the Telecommutinq WorkCenter of Riverside County. Overview In response to the Northridge earthquake, there has been an increased interest in the Talecommui:ing centers located throughout the Los Angeles basin. As a result, donations have been made to the Telcommuting WorkCenter of Riverside County including videoconferencing equipment from PictureTel and software from Future Labs, Inc. This is a receive and file item. Page 6 April 13, 1994 Commission Meeting Agenda 6D6. Club Ride Program Update. Overview To market Club Ride and its new membership card and Merchant Discount Catalog, a newly developed employer marketing packet will be mailed to approximately 3,500 employers in a four -county area. The packet includes a number of tools to assist employers in implementing Club Ride at their work site as a benefit for Western Riverside County commuters who rideshare. This is a receive and file item. 6D7. FY 1994-1995 SB 821 Program - Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities. Overview 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. Based on LTF revenue estimates for FY1994-95, the 2% LTF funding level for the SB 821 program will be approximately $486,500. The Commission is requested to authorize staff to inform the cities and County and accept applications. 6E. Consent Calendar - Highways/Local Streets & Roads. 6E1. Measure A Vision and Strategy Paper. Overview As directed by the Commission at their March meeting, a workshop for Commissioners will be held April 25, 1994 at 1:00 p.m. at the Commission offices to develop a proposed schedule for project development and construction of projects in* the Highway Program to be funded by Measure A revenues. The Commission is requested to continue this item to a workshop to be held on April 25th at 1:00 p.m. 6E2. (1) Addendum No. 4 to the Master Agreement with Riverside County General Services Agency, Building Services Division (County) for Right -of -Way Services and (2) Clarification of Costs for Addenda 2 and 3. Ovrview In November 1992, the Commission authorized the Executive Director to enter into an Agreement with the County Real Property Services Department for Right - of -Way appraisal and acquisition services for the Route 79 Lamb Canyon Project. Through the County, ail of the parcels required to advertise and construct the project are in the Commission's possession under an order of condemnation. Legal Counsel has requested that the County be retained to support their efforts to come to an agreement with the property owners. The Commission is requested to approve Addendum No. 4 for continuing right-of-way services in the amount of $50,000. Page 7 April 13, 1994 Commission Meeting Agenda 6E3. Surface Transportation Program Amendment Requests for the City of Perris. Overview The City of Perris has requested amendments to previously programmed formula and discretionary Surface Transportation (STP) projects. The Commission is requested to approve the City of Perris's request to use STP discretionary funds with the condition that the City of Perris commit to complete the Perris Boulevard/Citrus Avenue signal project in a timely fashion using other local funds. 6F. Consent Calendar - Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE). 6F1. Purchase of Call Boxes. Overview Titan Corporation, the call box consultant for the Riverside County SAFE, performed an audit of the call box maintenance and repairs provided by GTE Government Information Services for Riverside County. One recommendation that evolved was the suggestion that Riverside County Safe purchase a stock of three call boxes that can be used to immediately replace a damaged call box, thereby saving an additional trip to the call box site, as well as return the call box into service faster. The Commission is requested to approve the purchase of the call boxes. 6F2. Morally Cell Uox Update Overview The operational statistics for the Riverside County Motorist Aid Call Box System for the month of February 1994 will be presented to the SAFE Board. This is a receive and file item. 6G. Consent Calendar - Commuter Rai!. 6G1. Casa Blanca Property - Interim Use and Future Planned Use. Overview Included with the property that RCTC acquired from Santa Fe was a 180,000 sq. ft. parcel located on Railroad Avenue and Madison Street in the Casa Blanca area of the City of Riverside. The property is approximately 100 ft. deep by 1800 ft. in length, fronting Railroad Avenue. The Commission is requested to allow the City of Riverside, and a nominal fee of $1 to install portable toilets for 'day workers'. In addition, staff is requesting authorization for the City's assistance to set meetings in the Community to determine long time use of the property. Page 8 April 13, 1994 Commission Meeting Agenda 6G2. Correction Grant Deed and Grant of Easement for San Jacinto Subdivision Overview This is a correction Grant Deed and Grant of Easement to reconvey the spurline to Santa Fe. This action does not alter the transaction between Santa Fe Railway and the Commission. The Commission is requested to receive and file. 7. CONGESTION MANAGEMENT/AIR QUAUTY PROGRAMS. Air Quality Forum and Steering Committee Representation. Overview The Commission is requested to consider and endorse a proposal to reorganize the Air Quality Partnership as the Air Quality Forum, and to appoint one (1) RCTC representative to the Steering Committee Forum. 8. TRANSIT/RIDESHARE/PARK-N-RIDE. 8A. Inland Empire Connection Routes 110/496. Overview This agenda item addresses the recent correspondence received from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority informing RCTC that due to their projected budget shortfall, they cannot continue funding operation of the Inland Empire Connection Line 110/496. At this time, Omnitrans and RTA are working to determine the best way to provide service to the Montclair Transit Center. The Commission will be requested to receive and file. 8B. Long Range Transit Plan Working Paper. Overview The Long Range Transit Plan Working Paper provides information that will be incorporated in the final Long Range Transit Plan being developed by Parsons- Brinckerhoff. The intent of the Plan is to integrate the transit vision for Western Riverside County into the Comprehensive Transportation Plan and the Regional Mobility Element. Tom Jenkins, Parsons Brinckerhoff, will make a presentation to the Commission on the Working Paper. The Commission will be requested to approve the methodology and assumptions in the paper, approve the basic policy and service types, and direct staff to assist in the development of a list of options. Page 9 April 13, 1994 Commission Meeting Agenda 9. SERVICE AUTHORITY FOR FREEWAY EMERGENCIES (SAFE). Cellular 911 Telephone Program Status Report - Request for Direction. Overview At the November 10, 1993 Commission meeting, staff was directed to proceed with developing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for cellular 911 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 a mobility impairment. The Commission is requested to reject all bids received for the cellular 911 telephone equipment and provide direction to staff regarding the cellular 911 program. 10. HIGHWAYS/LOCAL STREETS & ROADS. 10A. Route 86 Update. Overview This item is an update to the oncoing Route 86 project and RCTC staff participation in the Project Development Team (PDT) meetings, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers method for making a'wetlands' determination. The Commission is requested to discuss and consider action on this item. 106. Status Report on Route 71 Demonstration Project Proposal. Overview During the March 9th meeting, RCTC endorsed a Board of Supervisors Resolution which conditionally supported the concept of a demonstration project on Route 71. The major conditions were to mitigate traffic impact on Route 91 and to assure that any demonstration funding not count toward State or County minimum highway funds. The Commission is requested to endorse the proposed revision to the Route 71 demonstration project to include the improvements referenced in the staff memorandum to mitigate traffic impacts on Route 91, and request that SCAG include the expanded project in the Regional Mobility Element unconstrained list of projects. 10C. Route 91 Toll Road Changes. Overview This item concerns the California Private Transportation Corporation (CPTC) Orange Lanes project and the substantial changes from the project envisioned at the time that RCTC executed the Memorandum of Agreement with CPTC, Caltrans, and the Orange County Transportation Authority. The Commission is requestedto discuss and consider possible action. Page 10 April 13, 1994 Commission Meeting Agenda 11. COMMUTER RAIL 11A. Naming the Commuter Rail Unes. Overview During the past several months, members of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) Board have requested member agencies to think about renaming the MetroLink Commuter Rail Service Unes. As you know, the current line names are 'the San Bemardino Une, the Santa Ciarita Une, the Ventura County Une, the Riverside Line, and the Orange County Line'. The Commission will be asked to discuss and consider possible action. 11 B. Pedlev Commuter Rail Station - Winner of 'Excellence in Transportation' and 'Trannv' Awards. Overview The Riverside County Transportation Commission's Pedley Commuter Rail Station is a winner of two awards: (1) Excellence in Transportation sponsored by the State of California Department of Transportation; and (2) Tranny Award sponsored by the California Transportation Foundation. This is a receive and file item. 12. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS. 12A. 1994 Brown Act. Overview Best, Best & Krieger, RCTC's Legal Counsel will review the 1994 Brown Act and how it affects Commission activities. This is a receive and file item. 12B. Joint Exercise of Power Agreement Forming the Riverside Transportation Financing Authority. Overview The Riverside County Transportation Commission, at its October 1993 meeting, approve the JPA, it concept, authorized staff to initiate discussions with the City of Riverside to determine. interest in creating a joint powers agency to facilitate development of the Commission's properties. An Ad Hoc Committee comprised of two Commissioners (Norton Younglove and Judy Nieburger) and two Riverside Councilmembers (Alex Clifford and Joy Diffenbaugh) were appointed to review and discuss the proposed joint powers agreement. On April 5ht, the City of Riverside took action to approve the agreement and to appoint two representatives to the Authority. The Commission is requested to take action and approve the agreement and Resolution No. 94-009 and to appoint two Commissioners to the Authority. Page 11 April 13, 1994 Commission Meeting Agenda 12C. Senate Bill 1731 (Leonard: Riverside County Transportation Commission. Overview A local committee representing the Westem Riverside Council of Govemments (WRCOG) and the Coachella Valley Association of Govemments (CVAG) is working to develop compromise language for an amendment to this bill. The Commission is requested to support SB 1731 subject to amendment language endorsed by the affected local agencies. If no consensus is reached, the composition and method for selecting RCTC members should not be changed. 12D. Commissioners/Executive Director Report. Overview This item is placed on the agenda to provide opportunity for the Commissioners and the Executive Director to report on various transportation activities. 13. CLOSED SESSION. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(c), RCTC v. Johnson. 14. ADJOURNMENT. The Commission meeting will adjourn to the Workshop on April 25, 1994 at the Commission's offices, 3560 University Avenue, Ste. 100, Riverside. The May Cummission meeting will be heid on May 11, 1994 at 2:00 p.m., at the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center, 29995 Evans Road, Sun City.