Construction has begun on the $248.3-million, 24-mile-long Perris Valley Metrolink Extension in Southern California, which will extend the current Metrolink 91 Line to new stations in North Riverside, Moreno Valley/March Field, Downtown Perris and South Perris/Menifee.
“Riverside County is an excellent location for employers and businesses,” said
Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) Chair Marion Ashley at a groundbreaking ceremony. “The addition of train service by the end of next year will make it an even more attractive job center.”
“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-41). “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.”
The actual construction project is projected to create as many as 4,000 jobs during the two-year duration of the work and service is expected to begin by December
2015. Funding sources for the project include Riverside County’s voter-approved Measure A program, a $75-million Federal Transit Administration grant and additional funding from the state of California