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Officials Celebrate Start of Rail Service Project Connecting Riverside, Perris

The $248 million project, which has been in the works for nearly seven years, will provide Metrolink commuter rail service along Interstate 215.

Officials break ground on the new rail line on Feb. 21, 2014.   Photo courtesy:  Riverside County Transportation Commission.
Officials break ground on the new rail line on Feb. 21, 2014. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Transportation Commission.
The start of construction on a 24-mile commuter rail line that will link Riverside to Menifee was celebrated recently, with officials touting the project as a boon to the regional economy.

"With this brand new Metrolink line, Riverside County commuters will finally be one step closer to traffic relief, as the Perris Valley Line will take an estimated 4,000 cars off the road each day," said Rep. Mark Takano, D- Riverside of the Friday groundbreaking. "Investing in local infrastructure projects is one of the best stimulants for our economy, as they create jobs, increase efficiency, and provide resources for generations to come."

Takano, Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley, state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, officials from the Riverside County Transportation Commission and other parties were on hand Feb. 21 for the Perris Valley Line groundbreaking just outside March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley.

The $248 million project, which has been in the works for nearly seven years, will provide Metrolink commuter rail service along Interstate 215, adding four new stops -- Hunter Park in Riverside, near March Reserve Base, downtown Perris, and south Perris, along the Menifee city boundary.

"The extension of train service from Riverside to Perris creates a critical link for Riverside County residents to reach a new jobs center," said Judy Carpenter, president of the Riverside Medical Clinic and chair of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. "It also creates an opportunity to attract new businesses and employers that will have significant access to a skilled workforce."

According to the RCTC, trains along the route will ferry an estimated 4,350 riders daily. reducing vehicular traffic on the often-congested 60 and 215 freeways. The line is slated for completion in December 2015, employing around 4,000 people during the construction phase, officials said.

"Riverside County is an excellent location for employers and businesses," said Ashley. "The addition of train service by the end of next year will make it an even more attractive job center."

Funding sources for the project include allocations from the county's Measure A transportation sales tax program, as well as state and federal grants.

– City News Service.
DB February 26, 2014 at 06:37 PM
Seems I recall a thread awhile back I caught her on it....but I could be wrong.....matters not.....they are who they are, extremist. I am not going to change their views and they are not going to change mine.
Steve Newman February 26, 2014 at 07:16 PM
ChrisG- he is also Shane- and Joe Scalero, etc.
DB February 26, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Did not know about the Scalero .......
ChrisG February 27, 2014 at 08:43 AM
@jeff, only one personality on the Patch? How many do you have in real life? We are all pretty set in our ways that is true. And that is more so for you extreme left and right. Here's the main difference as I see it. Conservatives do not stick behind politicians of their group like the liberals do. We stand behind the issue where you stand behind the party. That is why pols on the right have a harder time keeping political backing than democrats when they foul up. Look at Obama. You think all conservatives are racist but he couldn't have been elected if it were not for the conservatives. Many of us voted libertarian or did not vote for McCain or Romney because those two were not conservative enough. Also, Obama got elected on the white vote. We are not a racist nation as you like to claim Jeff. The right wants to provide a system were all of us, regardless of race, sex, religion, can have opportunity to support themselves. The left wants to enslave the poor in the chains of government handouts. If one side is racist it would be yours not mine.

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