Construction of the Perris Valley Line (PVL), which will extend Metrolink commuter rail service on the 91 Line, began in October 2013. Led by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), the PVL is the first extension of Metrolink service since the Antelope Valley Line was built in 1994. The PVL will continue rail service 24 miles from the downtown Riverside station to south Perris, with four new stations being constructed at Riverside Hunter Park, Moreno Valley/March Field, Downtown Perris and South Perris. The project also includes construction and rehabilitation of railroad tracks, upgrade at-grade crossings and improvement of existing tracks. The PVL will provide greater access to Southern California’s commuter rail network for residents in Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, San Jacinto, Hemet, Lake Elsinore and Wildomar. The PVL is expected to open to riders by late 2015.

Hard Won Victories Award - Inland Empire Section-American Planning Association

The Perris Valley Line received a Hard Won Victories Award from the Inland Empire Section of the American Planning Association. The award recognizes the Riverside County Transportation Commission for its planning efforts, which serve as a great example of how a plan can be developed and endorsed amidst varying viewpoints. The award entry showcased the long-term planning and innovation that formed the foundation for a creating successful, functional and vibrant communities through public engagement and concern for environment and economy.