July 28, 2021
They are practically newlyweds. The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and the Western Riverside County R...
State law created the Riverside County Transportation Commssion (RCTC) in 1976 to oversee funding and coordination of all public transportation services within Riverside County. (See generally, Division 12 of the Public Utilities Code entitled “County Transportation Commissions” beginning at Section 130000).
RCTC recommends projects that will be federally funded under the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Community Strategies (RTP/SCS). The RTP/SCS identifies strategies to meet mobility of all modes, legislative, financial, and air quality requirements in the six county area the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). RCTC identifies long range transportation improvement projects beyond those already programmed in the six-year federal funding plan. RCTC coordinates the input provided to SCAG with local agencies in order to ensure consistency with city and county transportation plans and projects.
RCTC also serves as the tax authority and implementation agency for Measure A, a voter-approved ½ cent sales tax, passed in 1988 and in 2002 renewed by voters through 2039.
RCTC’s transportation work is integrated with Riverside County’s innovative, first-of-its-kind multi-species habitat conservation plan. The Community Environmental Transportation Acceptability Process (CETAP) helps focus investments and leverage regulatory streamlining (with pledged streamlining support from the federal government) in critical transportation corridors.
Additionally, RCTC also serves its communities in the following ways:
RCTC also participates in Mobility 21, a regional Southern California transportation advocacy group.
Primary Funding Sources:
Local transportation tax, local mitigation fees, federal and state transportation funds
29: one county and 28 cities
The current RCTC Board has 34 members. The governance structure is defined in Sections 130053 to 130053.7 of the Public Utilities Code. The commission includes all five members of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and one mayor or council member from each incorporated city. Each board member has one vote. In addition, the Governor may appoint one nonvoting member for a maximum of two four year terms.
Each voting member may appoint an alternate with 24 hours notice. In addition, any voting board member may call for a weighted vote for an item, which requires the item to be approved simultaneously in three ways: (1) by a majority of the board members present who represent the county board of supervisors; (2) by a majority of the commission members present who represent cities in Riverside County who each shall have one vote; and (3) by a number of commission members present who represent a majority of the city-based population (population of city/total population of incorporated areas in Riverside County using Department of Finance data).
CALCOG Board Representative:
Lisa Middleton, Council Member, City of Palm Springs