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Lilac to Rancho Double Track Open House
July 19
Rialto, CA
 
I-10 Pepper Avenue Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
August 15
Colton, CA
 
Mobility 21 Conference
September 29
Anaheim, CA

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The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) is the transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County.

SBCTA is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide.

SBCTA proudly serves the more than 2.1 million residents of San Bernardino County.
 
Monte Vista Grade Separation Project Awarded

In July 2016, the SBCTA Board approved the project plans, specifications and estimate package for the Monte Vista Avenue Grade Separation Project. Following a detailed procurement process that initiated this past spring, the project was awarded to Pulice Construction, Inc. for approximately  $17.3 million. 
Ultimately, this grade separation in the West Valley of San Bernardino County represents the last of a series of grade separations from Montclair to Barstow.  As the economy improves, train activity from the Los Angeles Basin through San Bernardino County to the rest of the nation continues to increase.  Removing the at-grade crossings along key arterials will improve safety and circulation.  In addition, projects like the Monte Vista Grade Separation traditionally offer residents and commuters enhanced roadway operations, reduced noise levels through communities, improved emergency response times, and an overall improvement to the quality of life of those who live and work near the facility.
Construction is expected to begin this fall and last for approximately two years.
TDA Unmet Needs - Public Hearings

Each year the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) is required by Public Utilities Code to hold public hearings for obtaining testimony regarding unmet transit needs that can be reasonably met. The findings must be adopted prior to making an allocation of Local Transportation Funds (LTF) for street purposes.

The California Department of Transportation has suggested that the definitions of "Unmet Transit Needs" and "Reasonable to Meet" be reviewed, revised and adopted on a periodic basis. On May 4, 2016, the Board approved the following definitions:
  • "Unmet Transit Needs" is defined as any deficiency in the provision of public transit services, specialized transit service or private for-profit and non-profit transportation.  
  • "Reasonable to Meet" is defined as a determination to be made based upon certain guidelines, performance and financial standards in accordance with federal Title VI Non Discrimination regulations and recognizing certain components. 
To read more on the Transportation Development Act Unmet Needs Hearings, including dates and locations for each, see our Board of Directors meeting agenda, here


I-10 Corridor Project Approved

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted Wednesday to approve the proposed I-10 Corridor Project. The decision is the culmination of 10 years of planning to identify the preferred alternative to address the current and future challenges of the I-10. This critical project will provide sustainable congestion relief for residents, businesses and visitors travelling along I-10 through San Bernardino Valley by adding two express lanes from the LA County line in Montclair to Ford Street in Redlands.
The I-10 Corridor Project will be adding two new lanes east of Haven Avenue to SR 210 in Redlands, and one new lane west of Haven Avenue to the Los Angeles County Line, thereby increasing the overall capacity of the corridor and allowing congestion relief to occur to all users of the highway. 
Construction, planned to be built in two stages, is expected to start in late 2018. The first segment, from the county line to the 15 freeway, is expected to be finished by 2022. The rest would begin in 2021 and take three years to complete. For additional information, visit the I-10 Corridor Project page

Redlands Passenger Rail Project Awards Vehicle Acquisition Contract

As part of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority has awarded Stadler US approximatley $31.4 million for the acquisition of passenger rail vehicles and associated tools, spare parts, and training. The contract will result in a fleet of three (3) low floor, Tier 4 compliant Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) vehicles. The vehicles are compliant with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Passenger Equipment Safety Standards and meet the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Buy America requirements. Akin to a hybrid car in that the DMUs convert a cleaner diesel form of power to electricity to efficiently drive the vehicles to their destination. The vehicle's dimensions will allow for shared platforms with Metrolink equipment at the San Bernardino Transit Center and Downtown Redlands Station and will have the ability to be converted to low or zero emission power as those technologies are developed.
 
It was also approved to increase the overall Redlands Passenger Rail Project budget of $4,850,000 to be funded with Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds, for a new total of $290 million, which includes private contributions from other stakeholders totaling $5 million for Project betterments. For more information, visit our Redlands Passenger Rail Project

Lilac to Rancho Double Track Open House

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), in conjunction with The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), has initiated a study to add a 3-mile, second mainline track from Lilac Ave. in Rialto to Rancho Ave. in San Bernardino. SBCTA will be hosting an Open House for the project on Wednesday, July 19th at 6PM at the Community Center in the City of Rialto.

Can't make it to the Open House? Join us via Facebook Live (find us under goSBCTA). We look forward to your participation!

New ITOC Member Named - Wayne Hendrix
                                                                       
By recommendation of the Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC) Selection Ad Hoc Committee, Wayne Hendrix has been appointed to serve as a new member of the ITOC. Mr. Hendrix is a resident of San Bernardino and has been a Registered Civil Engineer for 34 years. He is retired from Matich Corporation and during his career he actively participated in various transportation projects involving local, state and federal government funding.
 
The role of the ITOC is to review Measure I expenditures to make sure that they are in compliance with the expenditure plan approved by the voters. The provisions of Measure I further state that each of the five members of the ITOC will have background or experience in specific fields that would benefit them in their role on the ITOC.
 
More information to follow.