Transportation Plan
How will the County deal with a rapidly growing population and its ever increasing need for better transportation?

RCIP Public Notices
CETAP General Information:
CETAP Frequently Asked Questions
CETAP Advisory Committee and Staff Recommendations
Get CETAP Fact Sheet

CETAP Internal Corridors:
Review CETAP Internal Corridors Draft EIR/EIS Document
CETAP Internal Corridors Alternatives Map

Hemet to Corona Lake Elsinore Corridor
Winchester to Temecula Corridor
Corona Council Keeps Option Open for a Future Freeway, August 21, 2003   Public Notice of Availability - Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement / Report (EIS/EIR) Available for the Winchester to Temecula Corridor
With Eye on Possible Freeway, Corona May Freeze 500 Acres, August 2003   RCTC Board Action supporting Hybrid alternative as the preferred alternative in the Winchester to Temecula Corridor
RCTC Board supports recommendation regarding Hemet to Corona Lake Elsinore Corridor, June 11, 2003   Winchester to Temecula Alternative Map

CETAP External Corridor:
  Moreno Valley to San Bernardino County Corridor
Moreno Valley to San Bernardino County Corridor Study
Public Notice of Public Scoping Meetings for the Moreno Valley to San Bernardino County Corridor EIR
Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the Moreno Valley to San Bernardino County Corridor

Why do we need transportation improvements?

People have different impressions about growth. Some are concerned that it is happening too fast, and that it should slow down. Others think that growth provides opportunities for additional and improved jobs, an enhanced economic base, better services, and an overall healthier county in the future. The current predictions are that Western Riverside County's population will grow from 1.2 million to about 2.0 million over the next 20 years. Making wise choices in where we locate transportation facilities will support the land use plans and will promote growth in the most logical areas.

We can also predict how bad traffic may be in the future by entering the growth projections into a computer model that simulates traffic flows. The results show that major increases in traffic can be expected on our freeways and other roadways. Here are some examples of predicted increases between now and 2020:

Examples of predicted increases between now and 2020
  • SR-91 at the Orange County Line-a 95% increase over the current daily traffic volume
  • SR-60/I-215 in Box Springs-a 60% increase to about 300,000 vehicles per day-this is about 30% more than SR-91 carries today into Orange County
  • I-15 in the Murrieta/Temecula area-a 90% increase
  • I-215 in Murrieta-a 130% increase
  • I-215 near March Air Reserve Base-a 100% increas
  • I-10 in the Beaumont area-a 150% increase
  • SR-79 in the French Valley area-a 240% increase
Even with the transportation improvements we have currently funded, the computer models indicate that a typical trip in Western Riverside County will take about 40 percent longer in 2020 than it takes now. In other words, a 20-minute trip now could take almost 30 minutes in 20 years, if we take no further action. We cannot afford to let that occur because it will hurt our economy and will negatively affect our quality of life.
What is CETAP?

In an effort to improve the quality of life for current and future residents, the County of Riverside and the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) have embarked on a comprehensive planning process to determine future placement of buildings, roads, and open spaces for Riverside County. This process has been named the Riverside County Integrated Project (RCIP) and will create three plans that are interrelated. The plans include a General Plan for land use and housing; a Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) to determine what land should be set aside as open space and maintained for plant and animal conservation; and the Community and Environmental Transportation Acceptability Process (CETAP) identifying improvements for highways and transit systems. For many years, transportation, land use, and environmental planning have occurred independently. This combined effort seeks to create plans that are coherent and consistent.

The main purposes of CETAP are to:
  • Identify and set aside areas for major transportation facilities (both highway and transit) that will be necessary to support the future growth in Western Riverside County
  • Ensure that the transportation infrastructure will be in place to foster the economy of Riverside County and provide access for our citizens to jobs, schools, shopping, and other daily activities
Due to the fast pace of development in Riverside County, opportunities are being lost to preserve land for regional transportation facilities. Therefore, an important goal of CETAP is to complete environmental documentation to allow for the preservation of right-of-way for regional transportation facilities. By doing this, everyone will know where the major corridors are going to be and will be able to plan around them.
Terms you should know
  • Corridor - A general geographic area linking origins and destinations between which people and goods travel. The four corridors being studied as part of CETAP were listed earlier.
  • Alternative - A major transportation option for carrying people and goods within that corridor. An alternative may define a particular mode of travel (e.g. transit or highway) or an alignment (transit, highway, or both together).
  • Alignment - The physical line followed by an alternative. Alignments may provide for either transit and/or highway travel, depending on the alternative. Some alignments follow existing roadways while others are in undeveloped areas.
  • Segment - Sometimes alignments need to be broken up into subsections so that variations or options can be examined in those subsections. These subsections are called "segments." Segments can be mixed and matched in various combinations to form a complete alignment. This may help in the development of alignments that avoid or minimize impacts to communities and the environment as much as possible

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