Senator Harris Welcomes Riverside County’s Transportation Commission Director at Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris today introduced Anne Mayer, the Executive Director of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, at an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA), a federal loan program that helps fund highway, transit, and passenger rail projects.
The following are Senator Harris’ remarks as delivered:
Thank you, Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper. I appreciate and agree wholeheartedly that there are so many issues that are presented to this committee and to all of us as senators – the vast majority, in fact – that are not even bipartisan, they’re nonpartisan and it is critical that we approach them that way. So, thank you, Mr. Chairman. I am honored to introduce Anne Mayer from California and it’s good to see you again. And I welcome you warmly to the United States Senate. She is the Executive Director of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, also known as RCTC.
Riverside County is the tenth most populous county in the nation and home to over 2.3 million people. It is also located approximately 60 miles east from the Ports of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, making it a major transportation corridor for the goods in and out of the United States. Residents and visitors to Riverside are used to sharing their highways with a high volume of trucks, but as the population continues to grow, so does congestion. This is part of a state that suffers from poor air quality, mostly due to the number of vehicles moving through it, so that growing traffic also threatens public health.
As head of RCTC, Ms. Mayer oversees the safe and reliable mobilization of the people and all the international and domestic products that pass through the region. She has over 34 years of service as a transportation official and civil engineer. Previous to her current role, she served as the District Director of the California Department of Transportation’s geographically largest district, which is District 8 in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
With her extensive knowledge and experience, Anne has led RCTC to look for different solutions to meet the challenging transportation demands in Riverside County. During her tenure, she steered RCTC into successfully receiving one of the United States Department of Transportation’s earliest TIFIA loans to expand State Route-91, a project that cost a total of $1.4 billion. She has also helped expand Southern California’s commuter rail line, Metrolink, to expand service from Los Angeles into southwest Riverside County.
Riverside County is a model of how a transportation agency can leverage federal resources and bring jobs and transportation to a community that needs both. Therefore, it is my distinct pleasure to hear from Anne about how we can efficiently and effectively accelerate the development of infrastructure improvement projects for the benefit not only of California, but the entire nation. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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