September 2017
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September 29
Anaheim, CA

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October 17
Ontario, 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.
Inland Economic Growth Opportunity Project 

The SBCTA Board of Directors received a presentation on the Inland Economic Growth Opportunity (IEGO) Project at their September 6th board meeting.  IEGO Project Coordinator Lou Monville briefed Board Members on the project and upcoming actions as the effort moves forward.

The IEGO Project is a joint effort in coordination with the Brookings Institute and supported by a coalition of public and private sector leaders in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties to advance inclusive economic growth and expand middle class opportunity in the Inland Empire.   The effort is being led by the University of California Riverside's Center for Sustainable Suburban Development and also includes representatives from Cal State University San Bernardino, the University of Redlands, Loma Linda University and other community leaders.

The Brookings Institute is a nonprofit policy organization that conducts in-depth research aimed to foster new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, state and national level.  In this effort the Brookings Institute's objective is to help the IEGO Project gather an extensive amount of data to provide Inland Empire leaders research and insights that will be useful in implementing a shared regional agenda of economic and workforce development strategies. 

View the various reports mentioned at the Board Meeting here: 

Contract Awarded for Low Carbon Transit Operations Program Marketing Toolkit

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) was awarded State Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) funds for development of a transit marketing toolkit and fare subsidy program for the Mountain/Desert Transit Operators. The goal of this particular grant is to work with our operators within their existing programs to identify marketing opportunities that they can sustain at a low or no costs moving forward.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) was released on June 1, 2017 and after an extensive interview process, AMMA Transit Planning was identified to best meet the goals and objectives of the RFP.  Initially, AMMA Transit Planning will be meeting with the various transit providers to analyze the existing marketing efforts to develop and implement strategies that complement current programs toward the goal of increased ridership. A short-term fare subsidy effort to incentivize ridership will accompany the marketing strategies developed with the Transit providers. LCTOP was created to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emission and improve mobility.

Measure I Update

The Measure I 2010-2040 Strategic Plan is the official guide and reference for the allocation and administration of the combination of local transportation sales tax, state and federal transportation revenues, and private fair-share contributions to regional transportation facilities from new development needed to fund delivery of the Measure I 2010-2040 transportation program. The Strategic Plan is intended to be updated periodically to reflect changes in project costs, revenues, economic conditions, and project priorities that occur over the 30-year life of the Measure.
Senate Bill 1, a major transportation funding bill, was passed by the California legislature in April 2017 and signed by the Governor. Prior to SB 1, California had not raised its fuel tax since 1990. The increases in fuel taxes and other fees in SB 1 will increase state transportation revenue by approximately $5 billion per year over the next 10 years, with the majority of the revenue devoted to state and local road maintenance and rehabilitation. The Strategic Plan is being updated to reference these developments and updates the Measure I funding picture as well. The current version may be accessed on the Measure I Funding page, here.

Metrolink Football Train 

Metrolink will provide increased service on Sundays that coincide with Rams home games again this football season. The special Football Train service will supplement the normal Sunday schedule on days when the Los Angeles Rams play at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. For only $10 round trip, football fans can skip the traffic and parking by taking public transportation to the game.

The Football Train service was offered during the 2016 season and ridership saw a 150% increase on Sundays when the Rams played at home.  At their September 6th meeting, the SBCTA Board of Directors approved a $20,000 increase in the 2017/2018 Operating Assistance allocation for Metrolink service to help offset the costs of the increased service for the 7 Rams home games.  There are two trains along the San Bernardino line that will get fans there before 1pm game times and an additional train in the evening to get fans home.

Additional information on Metrolink's Football Train can be found here.

Long Range Transit Plan Update

The purpose of the Long Range Transit Plan (LRTP) is to provide a framework for investment in transit and related mobility services for San Bernardino County through 2040. The purpose of this update is to determine what transit investments should be contemplated in San Bernardino County subsequent to what is contained in the Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) and the SBCTA 10-Year Delivery Plan (10-YDP), and how these fit into a longer-term transit vision for the County. The goal is to complete the LRTP update by the end of Fiscal Year 2017-2018.  

The focus will be to build on the short term planning efforts already in place and examine the delivery of transit and related mobility services over the long term and from a more strategic perspective. The 10-Year Delivery Plan is an important backdrop to the LRTP, as it projects investments in major capital projects (both highway and transit) out to 2027 and identifies the trajectory of financial resources that will likely be available through 2040.

The LRTP will also have a strong focus on the customers that SBCTA and other transportation agencies in San Bernardino County are aspiring to serve - the customers being the residents, workers, students, visitors, and others needing to travel within San Bernardino County. The emphasis on transportation will focus primarily on alternative modes to the single occupant auto which includes local bus, express bus and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), passenger rail, vanpooling, carpooling, social service transportation, cycling, walking, and other types of first/last mile connectivity.

We will also look at two financial scenarios: a baseline scenario that assumes trends in revenue that have been historically seen in San Bernardino County; and an aggressive scenario that is generally consistent with the more optimistic revenue projections in the 2016- 2040 RTP/SCS for San Bernardino County. The intent is to prepare a draft of the LRTP by Spring 2018.