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July 13, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The director of the county's primary transportation agency will retire at the end of the year, officials said Thursday. Eric Haley, 59, joined the Riverside County Transportation Commission in March 1998 as its executive director. During his tenure, voters in 2002 renewed Measure A, a half-cent-on-the-dollar sales tax. The commission also embarked on significant projects including the reconstruction of the 60/91/215 freeway interchange and widening of California 60, 74 and 86.
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July 13, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The director of the county's primary transportation agency will retire at the end of the year, officials said Thursday. Eric Haley, 59, joined the Riverside County Transportation Commission in March 1998 as its executive director. During his tenure, voters in 2002 renewed Measure A, a half-cent-on-the-dollar sales tax. The commission also embarked on significant projects including the reconstruction of the 60/91/215 freeway interchange and widening of California 60, 74 and 86.
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September 10, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
In a potential setback to regional commuter rail plans, Riverside County transportation officials Wednesday voted to withhold their county's share of money needed to purchase right of way between Fullerton and Los Angeles until Orange County agrees to advance the date of planned service between Riverside and Irvine.
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December 9, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Adding toll lanes to Interstate 15 and creating an extension of the 91 Freeway Express Lanes are among the ideas being considered by Riverside County transportation officials to help relieve freeway traffic in the Inland Empire, according to a report released Friday. The report lays out the county's 10-year plan to address traffic problems and calls for $2 billion in improvements on four major freeways -- the 91 Freeway and interstates 215, 15 and 10.
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November 28, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stung by criticism that they have ignored problems of chronic traffic jams along the Riverside Freeway, Orange County Transportation Authority officials announced Monday they will make the nagging issue a priority. Following a string of postponed meetings between OCTA and the Riverside County Transportation Commission over possible solutions--including construction of a freeway through the Cleveland National Forest--OCTA members vowed to focus anew on the matter.
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March 17, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Riverside County transportation officials protested to Gov. Gray Davis, Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer and Caltrans Director Jose Medina on Thursday, charging that state officials are working too closely with the private operator of the 91 Express Lanes. In a strongly worded letter, Tom Mullen, chairman of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, implored Medina to block efforts to move to San Diego County Superior Court a lawsuit filed in Riverside County on Dec. 22.
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August 15, 2003 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
Cash-strapped state transportation officials agreed Thursday to a $31-million deal, clearing the way for a long-sought upgrade of the Pomona and Riverside freeway interchange. Approved unanimously by the California Transportation Commission, the deal allows the freeways to be upgraded by permitting Riverside County officials to provide $31 million for construction costs upfront.
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November 12, 1999
Two new midday Metrolink trains between the Inland Empire and Orange County are due to start rolling Monday, plugging a large gap in the train schedule and giving rail commuters more flexibility. Transit officials said they hope the new service will bolster ridership on the line, which now serves about 1,400 people daily.
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December 29, 2002
Re "Familiar Clause Takes a Toll," Dec. 22, Editorial: I am happy to report that Riverside County, the Riverside County Transportation Commission and the Orange County Transportation Authority have worked out contract language that eliminates the non-compete agreements for the 91 Express Lanes. Riverside County has supported OCTA's effort to buy the toll road primarily because the purchase would eliminate the non-compete clause and allow crucial improvements to the Riverside Freeway.
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November 15, 1991 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
In an attempt to avoid litigation, transportation officials from Orange and Riverside counties have moved closer to agreement on plans for toll lanes in the median of the Riverside Freeway. Under a compromise still to be fine-tuned during the next few months, two toll lanes would be built in each direction along the heavily congested, 10-mile stretch between the Costa Mesa Freeway and the Riverside County line. The lanes would be free to buses and cars containing more than three people.
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September 9, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Riverside and Orange county transportation officials moved forward Friday with testing on one of the more radical alternatives for bringing relief to the traffic-swamped Riverside Freeway -- an 11-mile tunnel through the Santa Ana Mountains. Transportation boards from the two counties met Friday in Riverside and approved taking soil samples in the hills to determine whether the tunnel is a feasible alternative to the freeway, the main artery linking Riverside and Orange counties.
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May 17, 2006 | Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writer
The Riverside Transit Agency and the union that represents bus drivers and mechanics reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday just minutes before agency employees were scheduled to launch what would have been the first strike against the city bus service. More than two dozen union members had gathered in front of the city agency's headquarters expecting to begin picking at 2 p.m. when the breakthrough in the contract negotiations was announced.
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April 21, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Two Southern California congressmen will seek to broker an agreement among regional water boards and transportation agencies trying to get $16 million in federal money to study a proposed 11-mile tunnel between Orange and Riverside counties. Reps. Ken Calvert (R-Corona) and Gary G. Miller (R-Diamond Bar) are seeking to end growing frustration among transportation and water directors battling over the creation of a new agency seeking the funds.
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April 11, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Orange County's largest transportation agency on Monday declined an invitation to join a group of regional water districts seeking federal money to study a proposed 11-mile tunnel through the Santa Ana Mountains. The proposed tunnel between Riverside and Orange counties -- still far from reality -- would carry water pipelines and traffic between the two counties.
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February 24, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A $317-million overhaul of the interchange between the Riverside and Pomona freeways will eventually unsnarl traffic, but not before construction creates more nightmares for commuters, authorities said Monday. "Remember, patience is a virtue," Anne Mayer, director of Caltrans District 8, which includes Riverside and San Bernardino counties, said at the groundbreaking. "It's going to take us several years to get this done, but when it's done, it's going to be great."
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December 11, 2003 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The Riverside County Transportation Commission awarded a $5-million consultant contract Wednesday to launch planning for an east-west corridor between Corona and Hemet, the first financial commitment to the controversial road. The $500-million roadway, which will dip south of Lake Mathews near the habitat of rare species, is expected to face intense scrutiny. "It's a pretty extensive environmental review process," said John Standiford, spokesman for the commission.
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July 10, 2003 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A state transportation official said Wednesday that a $312-million freeway project designed to relieve gridlock at the interchange of the Riverside and Pomona freeways could be shelved for years if the Legislature doesn't finalize a budget within a month. "If there is no budget, the likelihood of funding for the interchange is not likely," said Anne Mayer, Gov. Gray Davis' appointee to the Riverside County Transportation Commission and head of Caltrans in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
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August 11, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The operator of the 91 toll lanes has asked a judge to transfer to another venue a lawsuit alleging that the company engaged in unfair business practices. The company, California Private Transportation Co., said it could not receive a fair trial in Riverside County. The motion, filed this week, is in response to a lawsuit earlier this year by Richard D. Ackerman, a lawyer who commutes to Orange County from Corona.
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August 15, 2003 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
Cash-strapped state transportation officials agreed Thursday to a $31-million deal, clearing the way for a long-sought upgrade of the Pomona and Riverside freeway interchange. Approved unanimously by the California Transportation Commission, the deal allows the freeways to be upgraded by permitting Riverside County officials to provide $31 million for construction costs upfront.
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July 11, 2003 | Hanah Cho, Times Staff Writer
At least three times a week, Mary Sims rides Metrolink from Riverside to Los Angeles in a nearly two-hour journey to her sister's place in Compton or Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. First, the 57-year-old Perris resident drives 20 minutes to the downtown Riverside station to catch the train because Metrolink doesn't go to Perris. That may soon change.
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