Residents now have an opportunity to help chart a course for Riverside County’s transportation future by providing feedback on a draft Traffic Relief Plan. The plan includes a local strategy to reduce traffic bottlenecks, improve safety, and help create a stronger, more sustainable economy for our communities.
Over the past year, you and thousands of your neighbors talked to us about the transportation improvements that matter most. RCTC is urging you to visit TrafficReliefPlan.org to view the plan and take a short survey to voice your comments. Feedback will be collected now through June 10.
In addition to relieving traffic, the plan promotes economic investment in the fast-growing – and often slow-moving – 7,300 square-mile county. Incentives are provided for local governments to develop infrastructure that will secure new permanent living-wage jobs in Riverside County and cut commute times.
“Too often, our residents are traveling to other counties for employment. Through incentives and a stronger transportation network, we can bring more jobs closer to home for Riverside County residents,” said RCTC Chair and Wildomar City Council Member Ben Benoit.
Locally-driven strategies are included in the plan to address diverse transportation needs in the Coachella Valley, the Palo Verde Valley (Blythe area) and western Riverside County. In the Coachella Valley, for example, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments would use its Transportation Project Priority Study to guide investments in roads, bridges, traffic signal synchronization, passenger rail, and upgrades to reduce road closures from flooding and wind-blown sand.
In June, RCTC Commissioners representing every city and the entire Board of Supervisors will analyze the feedback and other data to decide whether to place a half-cent per dollar sales tax measure on the November 2020 ballot for voter consideration to fund the Traffic Relief Plan.
Visit TrafficReliefPlan.org for more information and to provide feedback.