March 2017
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March 16-17
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Pomona, 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.
San Bernardino, Rialto Metrolink Stations Scheduled for 3-week Interruption
From Metrolink: 

Beginning Monday, March 27, Metrolink trains will not serve the San Bernardino or Rialto stations until Monday, April 17. Buses will be available to and from San Bernardino and Rialto for passengers connecting to regularly scheduled trains.

The planned service change is a result of work related to the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project, which will connect the San Bernardino Downtown Transit Center to Metrolink's San Bernardino and Inland Empire-Orange County (IE-OC) lines. The project will lead to additional connectivity with Amtrak, the sbX Green Line, additional Omnitrans bus lines and the future Redlands Passenger Rail Project (Arrow).

Beginning on March 27, San Bernardino Line riders whose trips begin or end at either San Bernardino or Rialto can purchase tickets with Fontana as the origin or destination, resulting in trip discounts. On the IE-OC Line, tickets and passes can be purchased with an origin or destination of Riverside-Downtown with free travel to or from San Bernardino. This offer on both lines will apply to all tickets and passes purchased between March 27 and April 16, including Monthly and 7-Day passes valid beyond April 16.

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I-10 Corridor Project Gets Listed as a High Priority Project by State of California
On January 24th President Trump issued Executive Order 13766 as a vehicle for states to identify their high priority infrastructure projects. 
On Friday, February 24th, Governor Brown mentioned one of SBCTA's projects - the I-10 Express Lane Project, Contract 1 - at a press conference held to highlight the need for infrastructure projects.  The Governor mentioned this project as one of the those being forwarded in response to the President's Executive Order, a call for high priority projects that will be considered for expedited federal environmental review, which can include both environmental review and regulatory permits
Construction Management Services Sought for US 395 Widening Project - Phase I
The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) Board of Directors approved the staff request to release a call for proposals for Construction Management services for the US 395 Widening Phase I Project.

SBCTA, in partnership with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), is working on the Right-of-Way and Final Design phases for the widening of US 395 near Adelanto. This project will ultimately widen a portion of US 395, including the addition of turning lanes at key intersections in an effort to enhance safety and mobility through this high desert corridor.

Award of the Construction Management contract is expected later this spring.  Construction will follow the completion of Design and Right of Way phases which is expected in late 2018.

Hybrid Rail Being Studied for Future Use along the Metrolink Corridor
Based on the SBCTA's decision to implement the use of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) or Hybrid-rail passenger vehicles on the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, SBCTA staff has identified a potential operation and service benefit of extending the Hybrid-rail service past the currently planned terminus at the San Bernardino Transit Center.

DMU vehicles are essentially a hybrid vehicle between Light Rail Transit (LRT) similar to the Gold Line service, and larger Locomotive Hauled Coaches (LHCs), which is what Metrolink operates. These Hybrid-rail vehicles can operate on commuter and freight rail corridors, unlike LRT, but are also much more efficient than LHCs and do not have as many impacts to communities such as noise and vibration due to their smaller size.

Measure I 2010-2040 10-year Delivery Plan Updated

The first Measure I 2010-2040 10-Year Delivery Plan was adopted in January 2012 and updated in 2014. The Delivery Plan is developed within the policy framework established by the voter-approved Measure I Expenditure Plan and the Measure I 2010-2040 Strategic Plan and provides a transparent list of projects that will be developed during the 10-year period, defining the current assumptions related to scope, schedule, and budget.

Additionally, it enables SBCTA to meet the requirements of bond rating agencies for the future sale of bonds and provides the basis for the preparation of SBCTA's annual budget for capital projects. The Delivery Plan is a living document that is updated every two years in order to capture revisions to the projects and assumptions in the plan, actual Measure I revenue figures, and relevant Board actions. The planned 2016 update was delayed to 2017 to account for numerous grant applications for priority projects that were pending in 2016.

The 2017 Delivery Plan analysis determined that many critical projects that will bring congestion relief and improved mobility and safety can be delivered over the next ten years of the Measure under current delivery assumptions and without changes to current SBCTA policy.

Two Vacancies Filled on Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee

When Measure I was approved by the voters, it included a provision for an Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC). The role of the ITOC is to review Measure I expenditures to make sure that they are in compliance with the expenditure plan.

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. The provisions also specified that there would be term limits for ITOC members and that no member would serve for longer than eight years. Because of the term limits, two vacancies became available on the ITOC.

One vacancy is for a professional in the field of municipal audit, finance and/or budgeting with a minimum of five years in a relevant senior decision-making position in the public or private sector. It was recommended and approved that Donald Driftmier be appointed to fill this vacancy. Mr. Driftmier is a CPA from Ontario with more than 40 years of experience, including public school and bond audits.

The second vacancy is for a licensed civil engineer or trained transportation planner with at least five years of demonstrated experience in the fields of transportation and/or urban design in government and/or the private sector. It was recommended and approved that Thomas Gaffery be appointed to fill this vacancy. Mr. Gaffery is a resident of Redlands and is the Director of Parking and Transportation for Cal State San Bernardino. He has training in transportation demand management and has participated in many transit and transportation-related committees and task forces in the communities where he has lived and worked.

27,902 approved projects
16,836 completed projects
$320,089,187 value of completed projects
34.1 million KWh saved annually
32,923 tons of GHGs reduced annually
68.3 million gallons of water saved annually

HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in San Bernardino County.