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Update: December 8, 2015

Riverside Reconnects Steering Committee

The PowerPoint presentation from the August 26, 2015 Steering Committee meeting is available for download here:

Steering Committee Meeting #5 Presentation

The 5th Steering Committee meeting focused on potential funding strategies and funding sources. As a result of the meeting, the Committee discussed several possibilities related to phasing, conceptual costs, implementation challenges, and funding sources. Further refinement of project feasibility is pending the draft feasibility study, expected to be complete by mid-2016.

Please contact Principal Planner Jay Eastman or Senior Planner David Murray if you have any questions. Jay can be reached at jeastman@riversideca.gov, or 951-826-5264. David can be reached at dmurray@riversideca.gov, or 951-826-5773.


Update: August 19, 2015

Riverside Reconnects Steering Committee

The PowerPoint presentation from the August 5, 2015 Steering Committee meeting is available for download here:

Steering Committee Meeting #4 Presentation

The next meeting of the Riverside Reconnects Steering Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room, City Hall. The focus of this meeting will be a discussion of funding strategies and sources.

Also, please remember to share your input on the Preliminary Preferred Alignment via the online survey. Your input is extremely important.

Preliminary Preferred Alignment Survey

Please contact Interim City Planner Jay Eastman or Senior Planner David Murray if you have any questions. Jay can be reached at jeastman@riversideca.gov, or 951-826-5264. David can be reached at dmurray@riversideca.gov, or 951-826-5773.


Update: July 24, 2015

Preliminary Preferred Alignment – We Want Your Feedback!

We are soliciting your feedback on a Preliminary Preferred Alignment. The map below shows the 14-mile Primary Alignment, Potential Phase 1 of the Preferred Alignment, and Future Potential Alignment Extensions. Please note that this alignment is based on feedback received at two community meeting and three Steering Committee meetings, along with preliminary economic, ridership, and physical barrier data. These alignments are solely for study purposes. Should City Council direct staff to move forward with a streetcar or other transit system, alignments will need to be evaluated in much more detail and in a public forum.

Click the map image to view enlarged version
Map of Entire Alignment
Entire Alignment
Map of Potential Phase 1
Map of Potential Phase 1

The Preliminary Preferred Alignment analyzed under this feasibility study runs from UC Riverside (UCR) to Riverside Community College (RCC), connecting to destinations in the Downtown, and then south along Market Street and Magnolia Avenue, ending at the La Sierra Metrolink Station and La Sierra University. The eastern terminus is generally located at the gateway to UCR near intersection of Blaine Street and Canyon Crest Boulevard, and extends south along Canyon Crest to Linden Street. From there it extends west to Iowa Avenue and then south to University Avenue. It then proceeds west along University Avenue with a loop to the Downtown Metrolink Station, and then continues to Market Street. At Market Street, the route runs south along Magnolia Avenue to La Sierra Avenue. At La Sierra Avenue, it heads south to connect to the La Sierra Metrolink Station. The last leg returns north along La Sierra Avenue, turning west onto Pierce Street and then south on Riverwalk Parkway, to connect to La Sierra University. If this Preferred Alignment is chosen by the City Council for further study, the terminus location at UCR will be evaluated and finalized based on traffic considerations and coordination with the University.

Potential Phase 1 of the Preferred Alignment is identified as a 4.6-mile starter line connecting UCR to RCC. A spur line, which branches off the main service alignment at the Downtown Metrolink Station, is being considered on Commerce Street and Third Street, This maintenance spur (no passenger service) would provide access to a potential maintenance yard in the industrial zones north of Third Street. The actual maintenance yard would be considered at a later date as part of a more detailed analysis, should Council choose to further evaluate a streetcar system.

Future phases would consider alternative alignments and or/spur lines from the Preferred Alignment. As shown on the map, these include: an extension from Chicago Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard; a Downtown couplet along Orange Street and Lemon Street; and a loop from Arlington Avenue to Van Buren Boulevard, to Indiana Avenue, to Madison Street and back to Arlington Avenue.

We would appreciate your comments on the preliminary preferred alignment, and the Potential Phase 1 of the streetcar system. Please click on the link below to access a brief survey.

Survey


Background Reports Available

Two documents are now available for public review: the Summary Existing Conditions Report, and the Initial Assessment Report. Links for both are located below. The Summary Existing Conditions Report analyzes existing demographics, the local economy, growth projections, and the existing transportation system. It provides the baseline for evaluating alternative streetcar alignments. The Initial Assessment Report evaluates six potential streetcar alignments that were developed through discussions with the community, the project Steering Committee, and the City. Based on the analysis and further input from the project Steering Committee, four alternative alignments were identified for further study.

Existing Conditions Report
Initial Assessment


Riverside Reconnects Steering Committee

The next meeting of the Riverside Reconnects Steering Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room, City Hall.

The remaining two Steering Committee meetings are tentatively scheduled for August 26th and September 23rd, 2015 at 6:00 pm. Location to be confirmed.

Please contact Interim City Planner Jay Eastman or Senior Planner David Murray if you have any questions. Jay can be reached at jeastman@riversideca.gov, or 951-826-5264. David can be reached at dmurray@riversideca.gov, or 951-826-5773.



Update: February 12, 2015

Riverside Reconnects Steering Committee

The next meeting of the Riverside Reconnects Steering Committee has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:00p in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room, City Hall..

Please contact Principal Planner Jay Eastman if you have questions. Jay can be reached at jeastman@riversideca.gov, or 951-826-5264.


Update: January 27, 2015

January 28, 2015 Steering Committee Postponed

The third Riverside Reconnects Steering Committee meeting, scheduled for January 28, 2015, has been cancelled.

Additional time is necessary to evaluate the potential alignments and prepare the Preliminary Alignments Report.

The third meeting of the Steering Committee is tentatively scheduled for late February. Please contact Principal Planner Jay Eastman if you have questions. Jay can be reached at jeastman@riversideca.gov, or 951-826-5264.


Update: October 27, 2014

Thank you to all of the individuals that attended and participated in the Community Charrette held on September 24, 2014 at the Cesar Chavez Community Center.

Approximately 40 participants attended this meeting and provided valuable information that will guide the direction of the Streetcar Feasibility Study. Following a brief presentation by the consultant team, the participants were asked to break into small groups to discuss a variety of topics, including: proposed alignment (route) opportunities; key destinations and connection opportunities; system technology options; opportunities for land use changes; and key evaluation criteria to consider throughout the feasibility study.

The results of the Community Charrette, as well as the feedback from an Eastside Leadership Academy mini-charrette held on October 8, 2014, are available for download on the right column of this page. The Streetcar Feasibility Study Steering Committee will consider this information in the selection of the preferred alignment alternatives and technology opportunities. The next Steering Committee meeting will be held in January, 2015.


Update: September 15, 2014

COMMUNITY CHARRETTE SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

Come participate in the workshop! We want your input!

The public is invited to participate in a community workshop and charrette for the Riverside Reconnects Streetcar Feasibility Study.

Date:
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Time:
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Door open at 5:30
Location:
César Chávez Community Center
2060 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507

Light refreshments will be served
Download the Flyer
Descargar el Folleto

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING NO. 1, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Integral to the Riverside Reconnects Feasibility Study is a Steering Committee, which is comprised of members of the Riverside community who will provide City Staff and the consultant team feedback and local guidance as the study progresses.

Since August 20, 2014 the City’s Planning staff has been working diligently with elected officials, local public agencies and non-profit organizations to create the Riverside Reconnects Steering Committee. These community groups were asked to select the members of the Steering Committee, to ensure that the Committee reflects a range of community interests. A list of the current members of the Steering Committee are provided below.

The first meeting of the committee was held on September 10, 2014, where an introduction to the study was provided by the project team. The second Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for October 15, 2014.

The following Steering Committee members were assigned by their agencies to provide general technical insight to the City’s consultant team:

Appointing Authority Member
Transit Advisors
Riverside County Transportation Commission John Standiford, Deputy Executive Director
Riverside Transit Agency Rohan Kuruppu, Director of Planning
Higher Education Advisors
University of California, Riverside Irma Henderson, Director of Transportation
La Sierra University David Geriguis, CFO
California Baptist University Mark Howe, CFO & V.P. for Finance & Administration
Riverside Community College District Chris Carlson, Chief of Staff & Facilities Development
Infrastructure Advisors
City of Riverside, Public Works Gilbert Hernandez, Traffic Engineer
City of Riverside, Public Utilities Steve Badgett, Deputy General Manager & COO

The following Steering Committee members were selected to represent community interests:

Appointing Authority Member
Resident Advisors
Mayor's Office Joseph Tavaglione
Councilmember – Ward 1 Brad Perrine
Councilmember – Ward 2 Garth Newberry
Councilmember – Ward 3 Rick Gay
Councilmember – Ward 4 Eric Troxel
Councilmember – Ward 5 Andrew Walcker
Councilmember – Ward 6 Karin Roberts
Councilmember – Ward 7 Richard Olquin
Riverside Neighborhood Partnership Bob Garcia
Riverside Neighborhood Partnership Paul Chavez
Business Advisors
Greater Riverside Chamber Pending
Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber Lucy Gallardo
Riverside County Black Chamber Christina Duran
Riverside Downtown Partnership Lucas Quass (Downtown Representative)
Arlington Business Partnership Andrew Guerra, Jr. (Arlington Representative)
Real Estate/Development Industry Advisors
Building Industry Association, Local Section Mark Rubin
Urban Land Institute, Local Section Donald Henry
Inland Valleys Association of Realtors Frank Vora
Designated Historic Neighborhoods Advisors
Old Riverside Foundation Stephanie Standerfer
Riverside Historical Society Jennifer Gamble, Board Member

NOTES FROM THE JULY 31, 2014 PUBLIC MEETING ARE AVILABLE!

The following is a summary of questions and answers provided at the July 31, 2014 Community meeting, as well as copies of the maps.

07-31-14 Community Meeting Notes – Questions and Answers
07-31-14 Community Meeting Maps – Community Comments

Update: August 6, 2014

STEERING COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

If you want to serve on the Riverside Reconnects Steering Committee, please submit your application by August 20, 2014

Click here for an application


The City hosted the first Riverside Reconnects community meeting on July 31, 2014. Approximately 45 people participated in the discussion. The PowerPoint presentation presented to the public available here:

07-31-14 Community Meeting Presentation

Take the Survey!

The City is interested in obtaining some basic information from the public. A survey was provided at the July 31, 2014 community meeting, and an on-line version of the survey is available by clicking on the following link:

Riverside Reconnects Survey (English)
Encuesta Riverside Reconnects (Español)

Update: July 17, 2014

PUBLIC COMMUNITY MEETING JULY 31, 2014

Join the Conversation!

The public is invited to attend a community workshop to learn about and participate in the Riverside Reconnects Streetcar Feasibility Study.

Date:
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Time:
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Door open at 5:30
Location:
César Chávez Community Center
2060 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507

Light refreshments will be served
Download the Flyer
Descargar el Folleto


What is the Riverside Reconnects Streetcar Feasibility Study?

The City of Riverside is conducting a study to determine whether a streetcar system in the City is feasible and beneficial. The study is intended to analyze system requirements, potential routes, alternative technologies, construction and operating costs, community benefits, and potential financing options. The study will consider a route that extends from one end of the City to the other, traveling on or aligning near Magnolia Avenue, Market Street and University Avenue. The study will consider the benefits and challenges of connecting Downtown, UCR and destinations along University and Magnolia Avenues, as well as the Downtown Metrolink station and existing bus service. Although the route to be studied is roughly twelve miles in length, the analysis will evaluate the phasing of a transit system to start with a shorter segment with the most favorable ridership and costs.

The study will be performed in three parts. The first includes a review of existing conditions to understand development-oriented transit opportunities; the second will define the land use, development and transit possibilities of a transit system; and the third will develop an implementation strategy that is financially prudent and addresses the City’s growth forecasts. While the project investigates the feasibility of a streetcar system, the underlying objective is to inform decision makers of the costs and benefits of an enhanced transit system that is correlated with land development and growth, regardless of whether the transit is a streetcar or bus solution.


Please continue to visit www.RiversideReconnects.com for updates, announcements and opportunities to be involved.
Related Documents
Community Charrette Materials
Mini-Charrette Materials

The following materials are from an Eastside Leadership Academy Mini-Charrette held on October 8, 2014

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