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05 May 9, 2013 Citizens advisory committee/ Social services transportation advisory councilCOMM-CAC-00008 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ SOCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL www.rctc.org AGENDA* *Actions may be taken on any item listed on the agenda 1:00 P.M. Thursday, May 9, 2013 County Administrative Center Conference Room A 4080 Lemon Street, 3rd Floor Riverside, CA 92501 Indio Teleconference Site Apt. A216 82490 Requa Avenue Indio, CA 92201 In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Government Code Section 54954.2, if you need special assistance to participate in a Committee meeting, please contact the Clerk of the Commission at (951) 787-7141. Notification of at least 48 hours prior to meeting time will assist staff in assuring that reasonable arrangements can be made to provide accessibility at the meeting. 1. CALL TO ORDER 2. ROLL CALL 3. PUBLIC COMMENTS 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES — NOVEMBER 1, 2012 5. ADDITIONS/REVISIONS (The Committee may add an item to the Agenda after making a finding that there is a need to take immediate action on the item and that the item came to the attention of the Committee subsequent to the posting of the agenda. An action adding an item to the agenda requires 2/3 vote of the Committee. If there are less than 2/3 of the Committee members present, adding an item to the agenda requires a unanimous vote. Added items will be placed for discussion at the end of the agenda.) Citizens Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council May 9, 2013 Page 2 6. FY 2013/14 — FY 2015/16 SHORT RANGE TRANSIT PLANS Overview This item is for the Committee to: 1) Review and approve, in concept, the FY 2013/14 — FY 2015/16 Short Range Transit Plans for the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Corona, Riverside, Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency, Riverside Transit Agency, SunLine Transit Agency and the Commission's Regional Commuter Rail program, as presented; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. 7. COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS AND INFORMATION Overview This item provides the opportunity for the Committee Members and staff to report on attended and upcoming meetings/conferences and issues related to Committee activities. 8. ADJOURNMENT The next Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council meeting is to be determined at a later date and will be held at the Riverside County Transportation Commission, County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA 92501, 3rd Floor, Conference Room A. 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ROLL CALL Members Present Michelle Anglin Peter Benavidez Jim Collins Joe Forgiarini Andrea Puga Gordon Robinson Mary Venerable Members Absent Fortunato Penilla Sherry Thibodeaux 3. PUBLIC COMMENTS There were no public comments. 4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes were approved as submitted. 5. ADDITIONS/REVISIONS There were no additions/revisions to the agenda. 6. 2013 UNIVERSAL CALL FOR PROJECTS Heather Menninger, AMMA provided an update on the 2013 Universal Call for Projects. In the recent 2010 census, the population in Riverside County grew, especially in the Coachella Valley area. The increase in population requires additional services. There is an increase in veterans and disabled persons. The 2012 Update to the Public Transit -Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan for Riverside County was recently approved. It identified and prioritized the Citizens Advisory Committee/ Social Services Transportation Advisory Council November 1, 2012 Page 2 needs of persons with disabilities, older adults, and low-income individuals. Ms. Menninger provided an additional update to the plan. There were new areas and population that were addressed. Not only was there a change in the type of needs, but also the volume. Martha Durbin, RCTC, presented an update on the outcome of the FY 2011 Call for Projects. A brief discussion was held. Dennis Brooks, AMMA went over the application process. For this Call, the instructions and forms are on separate pages. There is an overview of instructions page and an application form. The due date is January 8, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. and must include one electronic copy and one hard copy. There will be a development workshop on December 3 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. The applications will be available on RCTC's website on November 16. The results are expected to go to the Commission in April with a recommendation to award. 7. COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS AND INFORMATION Gordon Robinson, RTA, announced that on October 25, the RTA Board approved a study for the Twin Cities Transit Center. There will be a meeting with Murrieta and Temecula to identify a possible site. A comprehensive transportation analysis has been started. 8. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business for consideration by the Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council, the meeting adjourned at approximately 3:20 P.M. Respectfully submitted, a1z Fina Clemente Transit Manager AGENDA ITEM 7 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DATE: May 9, 2013 TO: Citizens Advisory Committee/Social Services Transportation Advisory Council FROM: Josefina Clemente, Transit Manager THROUGH: Robert Yates, Multimodal Services Director SUBJECT: Fiscal Year 2013/14 — Fiscal Year 2015/16 Short Range Transit Plans STAFF RECOMMENDATION: This item is for the Committee to: 1) Review and approve, in concept, the FY 2013/14 - FY 2015/16 Short Range Transit Plans (SRTPs) for the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Corona, Riverside, Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (MA/TA), Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), SunLine Transit Agency (SunLine) and the Commission's Rail program, as presented; and 2) Forward to the Commission for final action. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: As part of the statewide public transportation program, the Commission is tasked with the responsibility to identify, analyze and recommend potential productivity improvements to ensure that federal, state and local funds allocated to transit operators provide services needed by county residents and are used in an efficient and effective manner. Through the SRTP planning process, the Commission and transit agencies, determine the transit needs of the community, analyze current transportation services and their ability to meet those needs, and recommend service and organizational initiatives aimed at improving service delivery and meeting identified unmet needs, over a three-year time frame. The Riverside County FY 2013/14 - FY 2015/16 SRTPs are comprised of plans that cover the county apportionment areas of Western Riverside, Coachella Valley and Palo Verde Valley. The plans are developed to meet the Commission's Productivity Improvement Program (PIP) which was adopted as part of a comprehensive effort with the county's public transit operators to maintain financially sustainable transit systems. The SRTP process also requires that transit operators address recommendations that are made by regular performance audits. In addition, the SRTP is used as documentation to support projects included in the regional transportation plan prepared by the Southern California Association of Governments, the region's metropolitan planning organization, which also serves as the primary justification for receipts of Federal grants for transit operations and capital projects. Agenda Item The state's economic outlook this coming fiscal year remains optimistic but slightly dampened by possible delay of this year's projected federal revenues due to the ongoing dispute between the Department of Labor (DOL) and State of California regarding the implementation of the Public Employee Pension Reform Act and Section 13(c) of the Federal Transit Act. Until this is resolved, the DOL is continuing its practice of withholding certification of federal transit grant funds to State of California grantees at the request of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). There has been no indication to date that the ATU or DOL will allow transit agencies to receive certification of their federal operating grant to fund the remainder of FY 12/13 operations. As a result, the current RTA and SunLine financial plans are prepared to absorb the impact of the current disruption. To meet the growing demand for transit services, the operators are focusing on purchasing the needed vehicles for replacement of aging buses and other capital equipment that were programmed and fully funded in previous years. They are also furthering efforts to develop and assess marketing plans to continue and introduce new transit options and alternatives to serve the growing transit users in the county as well as improve necessary access and mobility for the large segment of the county's disabled, elderly, and lower -income populations. This annual update aims to continue evaluating current transit service and performance measures to keep up with increasing travel demand within the region. Staff is requesting that the SRTPs be approved in concept only, as requests for financial allocations will be made at the July Commission meeting. City of Banning The city of Banning (Banning) works closely with the city of Beaumont (Beaumont) to provide a seamless transit system for the residents of Banning, Beaumont, and the unincorporated areas of Cabazon, Cherry Valley, and the commercial area of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians reservation. Planned services for FY 2013/14 include: • A Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) of both cities of Banning and Beaumont will be conducted by Transportation Management Design Inc.; • Purchase one fixed route coach and one ADA accessible van for expansion; • Install additional bus stops signs along Routes 1, 5 and 6 to reduce number of flag stops; • Closely monitor service to the Mt. San Jacinto College campus and the Cabazon Evening Express and address needs as necessary; and • Continue working with the City of Beaumont staff on route and schedules, fares and passenger amenities to provide seamless transit service in the Pass area. City of Beaumont Beaumont Transit provides both dial -a -ride and fixed route services and works closely with Banning to provide a seamless transit system in the Pass area. Planned services for FY 2013/14 include: Agenda Item • Complete a COA study in conjunction with the City of Banning, RTA and SunLine; • Implement minor route changes to existing routes by adding buses during peak times; • Increase service regionally to San Bernardino County; • Install more bus shelters and bus benches throughout the service area; • Develop and print a system -wide map showing Beaumont and Banning routes; and • Continue collaborative efforts with Banning to improve coordination of routes, schedules, passenger amenities and fares for seamless transit service in the Pass area. City of Corona The city of Corona (Corona) operates a fixed route system known as the Corona Cruiser and a general public dial -a -ride program. Corona closely coordinates all transfers with both RTA and the Commission's Rail services. Planned services for FY 2013/14 include: • Purchase one expansion and five replacement Corona Cruiser buses; • Install a new land mobile -based communication system; • Implement phase one of a multi -year effort to enhance accessibility of Corona Cruiser bus stops; • Complete the conduct of a competitive bid process to select the best qualified contractor to operate the city transit service and continue operation beginning August, 2013; and • Continue work with the Corona Norco Unified School District in identifying times and locations where to transport students due to continuing constraints on school busing. City of Riverside — Special Services Riverside Special Services (RSS) operates a 24-hour advance reservation dial -a -ride for seniors and persons with disabilities within the Riverside city limits. The program serves as an alternative to RTA's transit service for seniors and persons with disabilities unable to use fixed route service. Planned services for FY 2013/14 include: • Install five additional slow fill stations at the Riverside Corporation Yard in FY 2013/14 to meet fueling demand; • Place in service eight new paratransit vehicles for replacement to be delivered by June, 2013; • The new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicle maintenance facility will be operational starting July 2013. The facility includes 6 bays, an office and a large storage area for parts and equipment; • Currently working on the design plan to expand and modernize the Operations facility to include a larger dispatch center and a separate conference room; and Agenda Item • Continue marketing efforts by installing advertisements of city transit services on the back windows of agency minibuses. Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency The PVVTA provides fixed route and a transportation reimbursement program for individuals who cannot ride the public bus system. The fixed route can deviate up to three-quarters of a mile away from the actual fixed route. Service is provided within the city of Blythe and surrounding unincorporated county areas in the Palo Verde Valley. Planned services for FY 2013/14 include: • The Mobility Management Project is anticipated to renew current agreement with Caltrans to extend program until 2014; • Current fare structure will be maintained for FY 2013/14 with a possibility of modest increase in FY 2014/15; • Construction and upgrade installation for the new Transit Facility will be completed in FY 2013/14; • Continue to implement the PVVTA X-Tend-A-Ride, a demand response service to address special times when community events require general public service that are not available on the existing fixed route system; and • Run existing services for Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 with minor changes in frequency to unproductive areas. Riverside Transit Agency RTA provides local, intercity, and regional transportation services. As the Consolidated Transportation Service Agency (CTSA) for western Riverside County, RTA is responsible for coordinating transit services throughout the service area, providing driver training and grant applications assistance to operators in Western County. Planned services for FY 2013/14 include: • The COA study will be completed in 2014 and will serve as a blueprint of service improvements for the next five years; • Proposed service changes include later service on major routes serving colleges and universities and reinstatement of three holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day); • Continue refining existing service through improved scheduling, streamlining and better serving communities with the available resources; and • Increase operating budget by approximately 5.4% over FY 2012/13 budget. SunLine Transit Agency SunLine is the CTSA for Coachella Valley and is responsible for coordinating transit services in the valley, which covers a service area of approximately 1,120 square miles. SunLine provides both local and regional transportation services with 13 fixed routes Agenda Item and demand response dial -a -ride services known as SunDial. Planned services for FY 2013/14 include: • Complete construction and occupy the new Administrative Building project at Thousand Palms; • Implement the new Indio -Palm Desert and North Shore -Indio bus services; • Implement route improvements to Lines 14, 15, 24, 30, 32, 53, 70, 90, 91, and 111; • Continue the Taxi Voucher program in Coachella Valley and the Riverside Commuter Link 220 express bus service; and • Procure additional bus shelters and continue working with local jurisdictions on bus stop improvements. Commission's Rail Program The Southern California Regional Rail Authority operates seven commuter rail lines with 52 locomotives and 150 commuter rail cars. Three routes, 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) directly serve western Riverside County with connecting service available to destinations on the other four lines. Planned services for FY 2013/14 include: • Potential implementation of 5%+ fare increase; • Begin construction of the Perris Valley Line Metrolink extension; • $1 million cost increase due to implementation of positive train control; • Potential service increase on 91 Line; and • Support development of Coachella Valley commuter rail facilities. Attachments: FY 2013/14-FY 2015/16 Operator SRTPs 1) City of Banning 2) City of Beaumont 3) City of Corona 4) City of Riverside 5) PVVTA 6) RTA 7) SunLine 8) Commuter Rail Program Agenda Item