July 2019
By now, it is well known that SBCTA is expanding the public transit network in the San Bernardino Valley with implementation of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, a project that will introduce the Arrow service that will use diesel multiple unit (DMU) rail vehicles. In conjunction with public transit expansion and providing options for the traveling public, SBCTA seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and improve air quality. The DMUs purchased for the Arrow service are powered via a diesel engine “generator” providing power to electric motors at the wheels.

SBCTA, however, recognized an opportunity to convert the power generator to an alternative propulsion technology in an effort to produce a zero or low emission multiple unit (ZEMU) that could run on existing rail infrastructure, thus reducing air quality impacts while furthering the use of our existing rail system.

At the July Board of Directors meeting, a cooperative agreement was approved between the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and SBCTA to study High Desert transportation solutions.

In response to high costs associated with a new east/west high desert corridor, Metro and SBCTA recently voted to look into financially feasible short-term transportation options to connect Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties consistent with the goals of a more comprehensive project. Included in this planning process was a study of SR-138 and SR-18 between Palmdale and Victorville as potential east-west highway improvements.
Senate Bill (SB) 277 seeks to provide clarification and increased transparency relative to the process for distribution of transportation funds through the Local Partnership Program (LPP). LPP was designed to provide additional assistance to regions that have passed local sales tax measures or additional fees with those funds dedicated to transportation and transit projects. SB 277 will place in statute that LPP funds be awarded through a formula basis to self-help jurisdictions similar to the State and Local Partnership Program (SLPP) in Proposition 1B.
Last week, the Board of Directors approved the annual agreement between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and SBCTA to continue the Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) program. Additionally, the Board approved the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the procurement of tow operator services for additional Beats.

FSP consists of a fleet of tow trucks that patrol selected San Bernardino County freeways during peak commuter periods to assist motorists with their disabled vehicles. The $1.5 million agreement between Caltrans and SBCTA for the operation and management of FSP services will be matched by the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) with an additional $371,042 for a contract total of $1.8 million.

In December of last year, SBCTA released a Call for Projects using the Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 funds for Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities projects and Transit Stop Access Improvement Projects. The amount of Article 3 funds anticipated available for award was approximately $2.1 million for Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities projects and $538,965 for Transit Stop Access Improvement projects.
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July Committee Meetings 

Redlands Passenger Rail Project Groundbreaking
July 19, 2019
Third & Stuart, Redlands, CA
I-215 University Parkway Public Hearing
July 25, 2019
San Bernardino Inn and Suites

August Board of Directors Meeting
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