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'World-Class Transit Center' On Tap For Temecula, Murrieta

A plan to secure over $9 million dollars of federal, regional and local funding has been approved by RTA to fund the development of a “Twin Cities Transit Center” that will be located in the Temecula and Murrieta area.

Officials with the City of Temecula announced Friday plans to build “a world-class transit center” in Southwest Riverside County.

City of Temecula Council Member Jeff Comerchero, who also serves on the Board of Directors for Riverside Transit Agency and its executive committee, announced that a plan to secure over $9 million dollars of federal, regional and local funding has been approved by RTA to fund the development of a “Twin Cities Transit Center” that will be located in the Temecula and Murrieta area. 

The facility will serve local and regional public transit needs and provide for connectivity with existing CommuterLink bus services traveling along the Interstate 15 and 215 corridors. The transit center is envisioned to evolve into a multi-modal transportation hub with the future addition of bus rapid transit (BRT), express bus services, and possible Metrolink commuter rail extensions associated with the near term implementation of the Perris Valley Line, according to city officials.

“I am very pleased.  This puts the available funding for the Twin Cities project at $9,136,000 and, at that level, the project is fully funded,” Comerchero stated.

Officials contend that demand for additional transit services has become a critical need due to rapid growth in the cities of Temecula and Murrieta over the past decade. 

City of Murrieta Mayor Doug McAllister said, “This is yet another indication of the growing collaboration between the Twin Cities of Murrieta and Temecula.” McAllister is also the Chairman of the Board for the Riverside Transit Agency and added, “RTA is thrilled to be able to further enhance our infrastructure by adding this essential link to the southwest region of Riverside County.” 

Temecula Council Member Ron Roberts represents the 3rd Supervisorial District on behalf of Supervisor Jeff Stone as a member of the board of directors for Riverside County Transit Agency, and is also vice chair for the National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure Committee. He said, “It is remarkable to be able to work on this long term vision for our region’s transportation needs and be a part of the planning as it comes to fruition.” Roberts also serves as a Commissioner for Riverside County Transportation Commission and on the Board of Directors for Metrolink.

Plans will now move forward to secure a location for the Twin Cities Transit Center as Riverside Transit Agency approved funding a site feasibility study that will determine the best location, according to city officials. Among options to be explored are sites along Jefferson Avenue. 

 “It makes sense to consider locations along Jefferson Avenue since plans to enhance public transit in that corridor are currently evolving through the City’s Jefferson Avenue Specific Plan planning efforts, and, particularly, the Highway 395 multi-jurisdictional planning effort that includes four cities along that corridor, including the Twin Cities of Temecula and Murrieta,” Comerchero said. 

Both Council Member Roberts and Comerchero are Subcommittee Members for the Jefferson Avenue Study Area.

Eric Cartman October 31, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Jane, what makes citizens disgruntled? My guess is political corruption and the thought of leaving an effed up world to our children. I commend Patriots like Diana for everything that they do to keep the corruption at bay. Temecula and Murrieta are twin cities and we will clean them up even if it means wiping from the back to the front. God bless you Diana for keeping up the good fight, you are an inspiration to many.
Eric Cartman October 31, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Randon better get his head around opposing Agenda 21 very soon. That is my message to him.
Jim October 31, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Diane single handedly fought billion dollar companies so the citizens of Murrieta could simply "vote" and decide if they want to have red light cameras or not. After getting over 6000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot she was sued to stop the citizens of Murrieta from voting. She won again. Now the citizens can decide. How dare you apologize to her and then call her names. She is a patriot who only thinks about other citizens. Murrieta citizens can now choose Freedom or Slavery to the government and unelected camera companies. Keep fighting Diane and don't listen to Hinklefueruer or whatever his fake name happens to be.
Brenda October 31, 2012 at 08:13 AM
I dont understand 99% of this since my first post. I think the article right is still about the waste of $ bus system right? Then somewhere in there a man had an affair with a woman, and another woman found out. The man does red light camera's or will get $$$ for them?. Diana, who is not a republican and never hits in the gut, and uses her own name here(thank God I am not the only one), said this man is not a cheater(what man and is there pictures?), she solely accomplished having residents of Murrieta vote on these proposed Camera's per Jim. That is an accomplishment. Camera's I must say are already in and look fabulous. Diana needs to be Mayor of Murrieta if she is not already in my opinion, because she sets a goal and did it. Even If I don't agree with Diane's No on Camera's, a goal was set evidently for it to be a vote and that alone is spectacular no matter what chair you sit in. WE WANT a say! Diana? Why are you against the use of camera's? They catch cars running lights, but also footage that could be important in criminal acts like robberies, burglaries, abductions? If residents see the camera's in operation it will help to slow them down, and stop the running of lights. 13 yrs ago It got me in SD and its embarrassing to get a ticket with 6 very unflattering pictures of you. I stop now even if the guy behind me is too close, that is his problem now. Another eye out there to slow down cars is a big "Yes on Lights" and a big No on Buses.
TVOR November 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Red light cameras are in fact effective and can be done without any corrupting influence. I would love to see Temecula start using them at all of the major intersections.

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