(Sourced from the Greater Riverside Business publication, September 2013 issue.)
The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) is working on innovative projects, expected to generate approximately $3 billion in statewide economic output and create an estimated 28,000 new jobs for the Riverside area. Anne Mayer, Executive Director of the RCTC, has stated that the objective of these critical projects is to “create a transportation system that serves our community, that serves our businesses, and that helps us sustain and grow our economy”.
The projects include the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project and the 91 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) project.
SR-91 travels from south Los Angeles County, through Orange County, and into Riverside. Over 300,000 cars travel daily on this corridor between Orange County and Riverside, with more than 425,000 vehicles expected daily by the year 2025. The SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project will add general purpose lanes in each direction. Adding 16,200 jobs, the project will benefit businesses and commuters who utilize the 91 for goods movement, commuting, and travel. The Corridor Improvement Project is expected to be completed in Fall/Winter 2017.
The 91 HOV project will add a carpool lane and improve freeway access for commuters. This is a critical project that will provide better access to the Downtown Riverside area and to Riverside’s many business districts. The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2014.
“It’s really about the economic benefits that will be provided to the region,” said Mayer. She also stated that the RCTC team is committed to having transportation be a critical component and a boost for Riverside’s economy and quality of life, noting that the a community’s economy and quality of life depend on a vital transportation network.
To learn the latest on RCTC transportation projects, visit their web site at www.rctc.org