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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.

Jim October 27, 2012 at 06:31 PM
The City Council of Temecula has treated these low income residents like scum. They have horrible living conditions. There is "no management" there. There is violence that is never reported. Those people that live there (slums) thought they were going to be able to integrate into Temecula and have a chance in life. Instead, Walking on Sunshine and others have turned that area into a slum in order to fulfill the obligations of spending $$ hundreds of millions of redevelopment dollars and giving the money to developers that are friends with the city council.
The Republican October 27, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Mass transit is a subsidized disaster. The people that use it should pay the full cost and it should turn a profit. It also takes three to four times as long to get somewhere versus using a car. if this system cannot financially stand on its own or deliver prompt trips then the money should be spent on roads where it benefits 95% of us instead of being used to subsidize the 5%
The Patriot October 27, 2012 at 07:16 PM
He also supports Agenda 21.
Temecula Sunshine October 27, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Most of Temecula recently received multiple free day passes in the mail for the Temecula and Murrieta bus lines, begging people to ride the bus. Not sure if Murrieta received the same. But we need to spend $9 million on a "world-class" bus station for all those people clamoring to take a bus from Corona to Escondido? I am predicting this to be a world-class waste of taxpayer funds at a time when every dollar needs to be protected from greedy government hands.
sam shepperd October 27, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Bet you've never seen gas over $5/gallon till recently either.
TVOR October 27, 2012 at 09:38 PM
If they were proposing a rail line connecting Temecula with oceanside and Irvine then I would be willing to listen. A bus depot in Temecula/Murrieta is a waste of money IMHO.
BAJ October 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM
That's because you don't know what a good bus system is like if you're from around here. Have you ever taken mass transit or a bus in places like New York, Chicago, Alanta, Washington, D.C, or Boston? I've done it in all those cities. People are dressed for work because that's the way they get there. They save on gas, families don't have to own a car for every member who works or goes to school, and if you get stuck in traffic it's somebody else's problem. You can sit there and use your iPhone, read something, or do work on your laptop. Also less environmental pollution by getting a lot of cars off the road.
Galactic Cannibal October 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM
If you want to experience a world class bus transport system go visit LONDON and ride the Double Decker Buses there. Every day in London and its county, 7,000 buses carry about 7 million passengers on routes to work and back, to shops and events. But I keep forgetting, the US is the "Greatest Land on Earth" according to Romney and Obama. So its important for us to build a mickey mouse bus station in Temecula -Murrieta and buy a few buses, that 85% of the residents will not use . Since they are too scared or paranoid to travel on buses, they may be mugged or robbed... And what would they do with their gas guzzling cars and trucks. They feel safe inside with the windows and doors locked.
Jim October 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM
No one is afraid to take the bus. No one lives near Jefferson street in Temecula. How would people living by Walmart get to Old Town Temecula to catch a bus. If Temecula had real bus service more people would use it. Look at the current schedule. To get from Redhawk to Murrieta would take over 6 hours. This bus on Jefferson is a scam. Its for the Jefferson Corridor. Not for Temecula or Murrieta residents who live in Subdivisions. By the way, the Temecula City Council already lost millions of dollars in Federal grants for bus service throughout town (they did not use it so they lost it). However, they did not want buses going through Temecula so they declined. They only want a bus to go up and down Jefferson.
Jay of Murrieta October 28, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Train station from riverside thru Murrieta to San Diego would be better for the economy. How many resident of Temecula/Murrieta works south of us?
sam shepperd October 28, 2012 at 02:35 AM
It's the same as with low-income housing. Temecula enforces it's upper and upper-middle housing only by simply providing no accommodations for the masses of working class people. Same with their way of handling homeless - keep em moving till they leave city limits. Let Lake Elsinore or Perris deal with them. Then they blame it all on those cities when the same downtrodden individuals drift back to Temecula/Murrieta to burgle homes etc. If they would deal with people instead of shooing them away, these deluded cities would be a lot better off.
Brenda October 28, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I am with the "no'ers" on this one. Save the 9 million dollars for something productive. Temecula, Murrieta residents are just not people that will ride a bus. Or drive a couple of miles to get to the bus, then walk from where the bus drops them off to whereever they are going. It does not make any sense. Now the ideas most of you have on a bus line going into San Diego, and then partially into Orange County or LA is not a bad idea because of the amount who work in those areas. But still they have to take a taxi or hitch a ride from the closest bus stop to the office, or rough it in the above pictured suits, ties and heels and walk the rest of the way. Another reason is because a lot of this area's people would rather ride their bike. Will these guys profit somehow? Otherwise I just don't know why it would be on the table at all as it certainly won't pay for itself over the years either.
Jim October 28, 2012 at 03:27 AM
@Brenda. Yes, they profit. The city council gets to pick their favorite developer to build the Jefferson corridor. Construction companies that are not friends of the Temecula city council will not get any work. Only people like William Dalton and others will make money. Temecula City Council is fraudulently spending $120,000,000.00 of Redevelopment money. Here is the article that shows Temecula (shielding) hiding the money. This is also how Temecula came up with a surplus when in fact they are hundreds of millions in debt. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/temecula/article_7df2362f-f616-5db3-bc9f-e8cecbf7a84a.html
Jane Doe October 28, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Dear Republican(aka Diana Serafin) I personally know Randon Lane and his family. They are very good people, and want the best for the City of Murrieta. How dare you accuse him in a public forum of cheating on his wife! Measure N is your work, you disgruntled citizen, and it puts the lives of the families in this city at risk if it passes. Have you been to the intersection of Ynez and Winchester lately and counted the number of cars running red lights? We don't have that in major intersections thanks to the red light cameras. Public transportation is going to be essential to this region as our roads get more congested, and the price of gas approaches $5 a gallon in the future. With a well thought out plan, it can be effective, as demonstrated by the crowded trains of metro link. I love taking public transportation in cities that have it, and would do so here to teach my children to resourceful. Stop wasting your time fighting initiatives that only improve the quality of life in this community. Also, please move somewhere else and make their cities unsafe.
Diana Serafin October 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM
@Jane Doe. I am NOT the republican. I would never hit below the belt and potentially hurt children. We know who Republican is and I have already told Randon. Please DON'T ASSUME you know who is who on here,. i always USE MY REAL NAME. i HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE. I don't agree with some of Randon's political views but that is what makes this country great - we can differ in our opinions, VOTE Y ON N - ban the red light traffic cameras.
Jane Doe October 28, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Thank you Diane, I stand corrected, and I apologize. I guess there is someone nuttier than you in this city after all. Also, my judgement of your character is solely based on a conversation I had with you in front of Albertson's regarding Measure N. I don't know about other Moms in this city, but I'd rather be rear-ended than T-boned in an intersection. I have 2 children, and a t-bone accident would have a disastrous result.
Andy October 29, 2012 at 03:10 AM
LOL. Sadly, this comment speaks the truth.
Andy October 29, 2012 at 07:38 AM
People from Temecula / Murrieta would have their house foreclosed on, have their car repossessed, and file for bankruptcy before they considered riding the bus. See Temecula / Murrieta home foreclosure rates for proof. They can't stop spending on their Hummer H2 / lifted truck and Mercedes for their wife when they have a 1200 sq. ft house, barely any food in the fridge, and bills they barely pay off. "What would our neighbors think if we drove a 2002 Toyota Corolla and rode the bus?" Yuppies all over the place!
Brenda October 29, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I agree, buses just do not fit our needs here. Everyone is going in a lot of different directions and there is no way to get to the bus stop, and then from the bus stop to your location unless you take a cab, its close enough to walk in a short amount of time(which would be very unlikely), or someone picks you up at the destination etc. Now if you could hop the bus in say Menifee at Scott and Antelope to go to the Mall, (which you can now I believe)then that is ok. Directly to the Mall, and you live right there at Scott and Antelope. Same if you worked at the Mall and lived in that location. I agree somewhat with Andy too about Temecula folks and I dont think it has anything to do with foreclosures, cars they drive, well maybe the cars, LOL. I just think its more of "where" they are all going. One thing about 7k buses in London is that you DO get dropped off right where you want and dont have to walk another mile to get to where you are going. Alot of purses, backpacks get stolen too. But we arent going to have 7k buses strewn out between Temecula, Irvine, San Diego, and all the adjoining Cities and possible bus stops. Sometimes the normal visit to the doctors office requires you to go to another location for blood work, another for an exray, and its just impossible to do that and as someone said Not Safe for some. I just dont see 20 people riding one a day. Dont see people on the buses we have running now.
Brenda October 29, 2012 at 06:27 PM
True True Jim. On your bus times taking so long, and also our traffic is bad enough without adding buses to it. Hell buses are the worst for causing accidents because they dont realize they have to wait until its clear before they merge back into traffic after a stop point. RAWR. We have enough accidents as it. A bus going up and down Jefferson would be ok, as would one maybe Margarita but it still leaves everyone the problem of how far to the bus stop, and then from the drop off back to their home and heck how much they are carrying and how far the walk is. Less they make a bike that folds up and fits in the backpack right>?
Brenda October 29, 2012 at 06:30 PM
AH HA!! Same with all this road constuction that takes 15 years. Then a new bid and contractor has to come in and finish it. Also if we had surplus I would think we would have more of the IMMEDIATE things we need finished, started, or turned on, hired, implemented :/ instead of a bus line to no where.
Jim October 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Jane Doe or whoever you are, Public Transportation is not coming to the area. This bus only goes Up and Down Jefferson Street in Temecula and Murrieta. There will be no transportation anywhere else in town. Give me a break. The city is spending "junk bonds - series 1 bonds" and giving the money to crony developers. There will be no public transportation for the rest of us. Just Jefferson. Wake Up!
The Republican October 31, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Randon Lane seems like a likable guy on the surface but he is a Murrieta backstabber undeneath.
Reverend Smith October 31, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Problem is, often you get rear-ended, which launches you into the intersection where you now get t-boned as well. Red light cameras could be a deterrant to accidents. But they're often installed not at intersections that have the most accidents, but the ones that have the most traffic. In other words, the ones that will generate the most revenue. And the companies that do nothing more than hang these unsightly ornaments from light standards and lamp posts take a huge portion of the profit. We know what motivates them. The RLC at Nutmeg and Cal Oaks has so much hardware hanging over the intersection, it looks like an alien UFO formation is making a landing there. That has to distract drivers from concentrating on watching the lights and cross traffic. The motivation is clear. It's not public safety.
Reverend Smith October 31, 2012 at 01:51 AM
The population of Temecula/Murrieta is made up, in large part, of refugees from places like Riverside and San Diego. They moved there because of it's remoteness and the lack of lower-working class people. It's a place where they don't have to see the homeless dying on the side of the road or veterans of their wars limping on one leg or stammering in their language because half their brain was blown away by an IED. Hell no they don't want anything going to or through their little asylum from the real world their votes and investments have created.
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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