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RTA Vine St Mobility Hub Survey

RTA Vine St Mobility Hub Survey

RTA is requesting community feedback on their conceptual mobility hub plan for Vine Street.

Mobility hubs consist of major transit stations and the surrounding area. They serve a critical function in the regional transportation system as the origin, destination, or transfer point for a significant portion of trips. They are places of connectivity where different modes of transportation – from walking to biking to riding transit – come together seamlessly and where there is an intensive concentration of working, living, shopping and/or playing.

A survey is being circulated about ideas around this new transit hub.
The survey is the latest community engagement process for this idea. Some years back there was a big concept charette requesting community participation.

One idea has been to link the hub and the Eastside Lincoln Park Neighborhood directly to downtown with a linear bike and pedestrian parkway over the 91 freeway. Not unlike the Highline in New York.

NYC Highline Walkway
Such a parkway would  open up access to some amazing Lincoln Park Neighborhood assets. I think this time around we should explore how we could use the mobility hub as a catalyst for connecting the EastSide directly to the Downtown without an added traffic burden.

As it stands right now, air quality impacts from the mobility hub traffic will affect their neighborhood the most. Any increase in density as a multi-use destination will also be felt. There must certainly be some creative ways we can use this new mobility hub as a catalyst to actually improve the neighborhood for the neighbors.

Eastside Alleyway

 

The Eastside Heal Zone Collaborative has been doing great work in the EastSide.  They have built a powerful, community based focus on health in their neighborhoods.

They hosting their 6th Annual Walk By Faith. There’s clearly some irony and disconnection here. Some unconventional mitigation to address the added air pollution burden that a successful mobility hub will necessarily bring, is certainly worth a look.

What would it be like if we planned for active transportation in a way that benefited the neighborhoods rather than accommodated more cars and traffic?

It’s the same for the desperately needed pedestrian/bike walkways from UCR along University Avenue under the freeway.

We should be looking at separating the pedestrians, bikes, boards, and scooters from the University Avenue traffic at the 215/60 ramps.  Long approach ramps emanating from the now stalled, on-campus mobility hub, made from structural steel would be a safe, inexpensive, immediate solution.


With some integrated lighting and artwork, it could become the start of a workable, alternative transportation corridor all the way to downtown.


Now that CARB is nearing completion and Iowa Ave is scheduled to become four lanes from University to Martin Luther King Drive, maybe it’s worth considering.  We’re sure  making it easier for cars to get around. How about everyone else?

Don’t get me started on the  negotiated  trail access along the entire Perris Valley MetroLink Line. Metrolink even has trail specs already on the books. Other communities have trails along Metrolink lines.

What would it be like if we could bike and/or hike along the entire route?

Sunset Box Springs Mountains
The Friends Of Riverside’s Hills has donated nearly 900 acres of open space to the Box Springs Mountain Preserve.

Most critically, it includes the parcels necessary to build a tunnel and a bridge for safe trail access.

That’s the only safe option that thousands of residents and students have to regain their access to our neighborhoods’ best natural resource:  Our trails.

The Friends commissioned a Master Trails Plan for the Box Springs Mountain Preserve, including a trail head at Islander Park.

The trail plan ringed the mountains at the base and at the top connecting dozens of Riverside and Moreno Valley neighborhoods with a variety of trail loop options.

The plan needs updating, but could be used to leverage transportation grant funding to develop alternative transportation networks. That’s taking mobility to a whole new level.

Northside Visioning Session

The Northside has been clear and vocal about preserving and restoring their Springbrook Wash trail.

That’s a key trail link to Fairmont Park and the Santa Ana River Trail.


What can we learn from a mega dense urban population like NYC?  What can we apply in Riverside?

Aren’t we already feeling the impacts of increasing density? More traffic, longer delays, degrading roadways, boring vistas are all part of the daily commute we’re being forced to live with.


We’ve sold our soul and best natural assets to warehousing and we didn’t even have a designated truck route planned for the city. Go figure.

What would it be like if getting around was fun, easy, exciting … and promoted good health?

SB 1000 requires the each legislative body – city or county, to have safety and an environmental justice element integrated into their general plans.

What would it be like if we had a coordinated transportation agency response that leveraged  resources for immediate community equity?

Just some thoughts…. Would love to hear about yours.

UCR Lot 13 Parking Structure Meeting Notice

New Parking Structure Coming to UCR's Lot 13UCR will be holding the first of two community meetings to discuss a proposed parking structure on Monday, April 22. The meeting will be held from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Room J-102 of the Bannockburn Housing Complex, located at 3637 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, CA 92507 – Note: Parking will be free, however please park in the North Bannockburn parking lot.

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UC Riverside is proposing to build a new multi-story Parking Structure facility on the east portion of the existing campus Parking Lot 13, located at the north-east edge of campus directly south of Big Springs Road. This Project will construct a parking facility which will accommodate 1200 parking spaces (800 net new). This Parking facility will enhance the community and campus by creating a safe vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment by addressing circulation along Big Springs Road and adjacent roadway alignments while effectively integrating safety amenities.

For more information on the project, please see the attached flyer.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Dave Bomba, Project Manager
UCR Planning, Design & Construction
(951) 827-1412
email: dave.bomba@ucr.edu
or
Jeff Kraus
UCR Office of Government and Community Relations
(951) 827-7073

New Changes To Riverside’s Parking Program

Having a parking program acknowledges that cars have a major impact on city life. We design streets to handle various flows of traffic at optimal speeds.

Too bad we never seem to be able to get enough traffic lanes to keep things moving smoothly.  When all those cars  get home, they park somewhere. Sometimes that’s a problem.

Knowing how to solve that problem on your street is contained in Riverside’s New Parking Program Details.  See links below.

Transportation is a part of our daily lives. It’s important that it works well for everyone.  For those who remember the series of conversations with UCR and the City about how catering to cars, particularly at student rental units, caused the first neighborhood wide restricted parking opt-in zone to be created.

This basically leaves it to the neighbors to discuss and agree on what if any parking restrictions they might want to have posted on their streets. That included days, times, etc.

Our Neighborhood Specific Plan addressed these concerns as documented in the Circulation Element. It’s worth a review.

Watkins Dr Circulation Plan
Neighborhood Specific Plan Watkins Dr Valencia Hill North and South Section

Watkins Drive neighbors immediately banned day time parking. The City posted signs and the problem was solved. That’s how it was crafted to work. It was resident friendly and FREE,

After all, we the residents are the impacted parties. Charging residents for permits is pennywise and pound foolish. Neighbors coming together to solve their problem shouldn’t be penalized for doing so.

It’s as if no one saw a campus growing to 23,000 wouldn’t have an impact. Cars in traffic, cars parked on our streets and in our driveways.

UCR has been working to reduce on campus parking by banning freshman from parking on campus unless necessary for work or care giving  duties.

They are also building a Mobility Hub on camps to integrate multi modes of transportation which will help reduce car trips considerably. Bus runs every 15 minutes, some with express stops will keep ridership numbers rising.

See also: The 10 Best Car Sharing Programs In the US

RUSD is proposing a STEM High School on campus. This is going to cause a  major increase in the already dense daily traffic volume at peak times.

Transportation will continue to impact our daily lives. It’s in our best interests to be paying attention to what’s being proposed for our neighborhood.

Check out the New Parking Program details. The devil’s in the details but here are some relevant public record resources: Traffic Review Board MinutesGranfathered Permit LettersPermit Issuance LetterCouncil PresentationCouncil Report

Don’t be shy about asking questions or sharing comments with your Councilman and city staff.

 

What Are Your Thoughts On Downtown Parking

Downtown Riverside Parking Garage EntranceCommunity members, just a quick head’s up about a series of questions the City of Riverside will be posing to residents in the next four weeks regarding parking in the downtown area.

The first question is up and available for feedback here: http://bit.ly/parkingsurvey1

As stated in the explanatory text attached to the question, there will be new questions posted to the site each subsequent Monday – July 4, July 11 and July 18 – leading up to the next community meeting at the Convention Center from 4-5:30 p.m. on July 18.

If you could take the time to forward this email to your members so we can get their feedback, that would be greatly appreciated.

The entire listing of parking-related questions, and other questions about issues in Riverside, can be found here:https://riversideca.mysidewalk.com/

Sign-up for the mySidewalk tool being used to gather feedback is quick and easy.

Any questions about how to sign up, please go here: http://help.mysidewalk.com/hc/en-us/articles/215115307-Do-I-Have-to-Create-an-Account-

Finally, I have included a flyer for the next parking meeting on July 18th if you would like to include that information in one of your upcoming eblasts.

Thank you again for being involved in our civic dialogue.

Best regards

Phil

Phil Pitchford

Communications Officer

City of Riverside

951.826.5975

951.675.6806 (cell)

ppitchford@riversideca.gov

www.riversideca.gov

Quiet Zone Update

Jessica Gordon with the City of Riverside provided this update.

Quiet Zone SignService along the Perris Valley Line (PVL)  began on June 6th, but there are still a few steps that need to take place before a quiet zone can officially be established.  This includes execution of a maintenance agreement between the City and the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) – which is going to be presented to the City Council for consideration on June 21st.  Other steps include verification of all installed improvements, and updating CalTrans’ crossing inventory system.

The Perris Valley Line includes seven crossings within the City – four of which (Mt. Vernon Avenue, Blaine Street, Spruce Street and Marlborough Avenue) are part of the PVL Quiet Zone project.  Current projections indicate that this Quiet Zone should be in effect this Fall.

I hope this answers your question.  Please let me know if you have more questions.

Perris Valley Line For Real This Time

Metrolink

Grand Opening Fares

Metrolink is offering special grand opening fares for 6 months along the 91/Perris Valley Line extension.

·       A $10 promotional Round-Trip fare when traveling within Riverside County

·       A 10% discount on tickets starting at one of the new stations and traveling outside of Riverside County.

·      The 91/Perris Valley Line (91/PV), which will extend Metrolink service on the 91 Line, will begin operations on June 6, 2016. Led by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), the 91/PV is the first extension of Metrolink since the Antelope Valley Line was built in 1994.

The extension will continue rail service 24 miles from the Riverside-Downtown station to South Perris, and add new stations at Riverside-Hunter Park/UCR, Moreno Valley/March Field, Perris – Downtown and Perris – South. The extension will provide greater access to Metrolink service for residents throughout the region and in Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, San Jacinto, Hemet, Lake Elsinore and Wildomar. 

With the extension of the Perris Valley Line, there will be four new stations at Riverside-Hunter Park/UCR, Moreno Valley/March Field, Perris – Downtown and Perris – South. Click on the links below to view detailed station and connecting transit information. 

 

Riverside-Hunter Park/UCR

Moreno Valley/March Field

Perris – Downtown

Perris – South