October 2020
The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority’s Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) responds to tens of thousands of stranded vehicles annually to keep the commuters safe from harm and to help keep traffic moving on the State Highway System. Calls for assistance represent everything from flat tires to running out of gas. No matter what the issue, these trained professionals are there to either get you back on your way, or to assist in moving you and your vehicle off the freeway to a designated safe location.

However, in the era of smart phones and other distractions for driving, these acts of service by the FSP drivers are not without risk. A decade ago, the Governor of California signed the Move Over Law, requiring drivers to “move over a lane or, if they are unable to do that safely, slow down when they see amber flashing lights on Caltrans vehicles, law enforcement and emergency vehicles, and tow trucks.”
Back in April of last year, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) Board of Directors (Board) approved a $225 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to fund the Interstate 10 (I-10) Corridor Contract 1 Project (Project). The loan closed with an interest rate of 2.93%, and an interest cost of $177 million. The significant reduction in the US Treasury Rate over the past few months has provided an opportunity for the USDOT to lower the interest rate to about 1.36%,with an estimated total interest cost of $75 million, reflecting a potential savings of more than $100 million for the 30-year term of the loan. The final rate will be determined at time of closing.
The Board has adopted the Inland Empire Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan (IE CMCP). The IE CMCP has multiple uses that will benefit local, regional, and state agencies as they deal with the balancing of infrastructure, livability, economic, and sustainability needs related to the transportation system.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) was awarded a Caltrans grant in the “Strategic Partnerships/Transit” category to examine the multi-modal corridors of the Inland Empire as part of a Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan. The strategic partners with SCAG included Caltrans District 8, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), and the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG).
At their October 7th meeting, the San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG) Board of Directors approved the establishment of a new Equity Ad Hoc Committee. This comes after the SBCOG Board acted in September to direct County staff to collaborate with the County of San Bernardino on the implementation of the Equity Element Group under the Countywide Vision.

In 2011, SBCOG and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors adopted the Countywide Vision, a roadmap for the future of the county with an emphasis on 10 elements, including public safety, education, jobs and the economy, wellness and housing. In June, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis, the first county in California to do so. In their declaration the Board of Supervisors directed staff to create an Equity Element Group to promote and increase equity in San Bernardino County.
Board Approves Contract for I-10 Cedar Ave Interchange
The SBCTA Board approved a Construction Management Services contract for the Interstate 10 (I-10) Cedar Avenue Interchange Improvement Project. The $10.3 million contract was awarded to WSP USA, Inc.

The I-10 Cedar Avenue Interchange is the highest priority in the Measure I 2010-2040 Freeway Interchange Program. The interchange, located in the community of Bloomington, is critically needed as the location experiences high levels of traffic congestion resulting in low levels of service for commuters. Reconstruction of the interchange includes widening the I-10 overcrossing, replacement of the railroad bridge, roadway improvements along Cedar Avenue from Bloomington Avenue to Slover Avenue and adding capacity to the ramps.

Total project cost is approximately $110 million. The I-10 Cedar Avenue Interchange was environmentally cleared in 2013. Final design is anticipated to be complete in Summer of 2021 with construction beginning in early 2022 and project completion in 2024.

For fact sheets, visit the project website linked below.
SBCTA requires each transit agency to prepare a Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP). The SRTP is a multi-year operating and capital plan that provides information on the transit services provided, their performance, any needs and deficiencies, and a proposed plan for the operations and capital investments. It also provides important funding forecast information to ensure transit operators have the resources to operate over the next five years.
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