RCTC - Riverside County Transportation Commission

02/20/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/20/2024 17:22


RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) encourages all Riverside County residents to read, assess, and provide comments and input on the draft 2024 Traffic Relief Plan (TRP or Plan).

The TRP is a comprehensive countywide strategic blueprint to reduce traffic congestion by constructing highway improvements, repairing potholes on local roads and streets, increase the frequency of public transportation, and fortify our county's transportation infrastructure against natural disasters.

Public input will ensure that the plan meets the needs of residents, considers voices from all communities in Riverside County, and incorporates diverse priorities for transportation upgrades throughout the county. It will also help ensure that the TRP, last updated following public input in 2020, reflects residents' current views.

"Upgrades and improvements to our highways, local roads, and public transportation are crucial to keeping pace with growth in what remains one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation," said RCTC Chair and City of Beaumont councilmember Lloyd White.

According to the Southern California Association of Governments, Riverside County is expected to grow to almost 3 million residents by 2050, up from 2.5 million today.

"There's no question that we need to make calculated investments in our county transportation infrastructure, not only to maintain and improve mobility, but also to keep growth from overwhelming our ability to live, work, learn, explore, go places, and enjoy life," White said.

The TRP is a comprehensive transportation strategy developed after extensive public outreach to outline transportation improvements in western Riverside County, Coachella Valley, and the Palo Verde Valley regions of Riverside County. The TRP identifies investment areas for transportation improvements in Riverside County for Riverside County residents.

Projects outlined in the plan will add over $30 billion in economic output while building on recent transportation improvements by smoothing streets, modernizing transportation infrastructure, and providing expanded safe and reliable transit, roads, and highways.

The commission is expected to vote on the 2024 TRP this spring and will consider project funding options in early summer. "We need public input to make the best decisions we can on prioritizing transportation projects and ensuring the strongest possible Traffic Relief Plan," White said.

RCTC encourages residents to review and comment on the plan, at www.trafficreliefplan.org, by March 31. Every voice is welcome.