November 2021
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman has served on the SBCTA Board for six years and was named President in June of this year. He guides policy and programs for the many agencies and organizations he works with. Check out the latest SBCTA Today segment to learn how his dual leadership roles help shape the county’s future.
Putting your transportation dollars to work in the most efficient, effective way possible is something SBCTA prides itself on, and one of the better ongoing examples are the improvements being made along State Route 60 (SR 60) at the Archibald Avenue and Central Avenue interchanges.
More than a decade in the making, SBCTA in collaboration with Metrolink, will begin testing trains on the new 9-mile Arrow corridor between the San Bernardino Transit Center and the University of Redlands. To ensure the safety and operations of the tracks and equipment, the new system needs to be tested prior to Arrow Service starting in 2022. Metrolink trains will start testing on the Arrow corridor and once the safety of the system is approved, testing of the Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) will begin.
On October 28, SBCTA hosted its 3rd Annual State of Transportation event. This annual event provided an overview of our capital programs on both the roadway and transit fronts, shared information about upcoming projects, announced the release of the 2021 iteration of the agency’s 10-Year Delivery Plan, and provided a six-month look-ahead for future construction/design bid opportunities. The panel highlighted that a big part of the agency’s success is because of Measure I and the funding it provides to deliver on the promises SBCTA has made to the voters of San Bernardino County.
The City of Twentynine Palms is actively involved in an effort to build a community center and affordable housing, along with needed public infrastructure and parking improvements, in its downtown area. As part of the redevelopment, the City supported a contest open to residents on renaming a portion of Yucca Avenue. After entries were reviewed and judges deliberated, this downtown portion of the street between SR 62 and Cactus Avenue will now proudly be known as Freedom Way.
For the next two weekends, connectors, ramps, and the three right lanes of eastbound (EB) I-10 will be closed for 55-hours from Haven Avenue to the I-15 Connector. Motorists should plan ahead, use alternate routes, leave early, and allow extra time to reach their destination.
2021 State of the Airport at Ontario Convention Center
On Monday, November 1st, the 2021 State of Transportation was held at the Ontario Convention Center. This marked the 5-year anniversary of independence of Ontario International Airport (ONT) from Los Angeles. Since ONT’s independence, the airport grew passenger and cargo traffic, developed new sources of revenue and plowed federal grant monies into infrastructure improvements to runways and taxiways.

To read a full report on the 2021 State of the Airport, read The Daily Bulletin’s, “Ontario airport celebrates 5 years of independence from Los Angeles” article attached.
The extended effects of the pandemic resulted in an unprecedented decline in Metrolink ridership and drastic impacts on the local economy. In response to the lower demand, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) initially reduced service by 30% and later optimized train schedules to better reflect new travel patterns. This included the temporary suspension of several lower ridership trains, while some trains that had been suspended in March were added back to better serve those transit riders still looking for the travel alternative.
SBCTA and SBCOG efforts were recognized this past week by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Public Relations Society of America – Inland Empire Chapter. The work performed by staff is a product of the trust taxpayers have put into the agency’s ability to deliver on its promises. Both the Council of Governments and the Transportation Authority take pride in their ability to elevate the offering to the public in all they do. The award recognition for outstanding achievement in government practices and communications is both humbling and a great reminder for the agency to continue to seek ways to improve the way we do business for the people of San Bernardino County.
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