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Redlands Passenger Rail Project Newsletter
Summer 2018

Thank you for your continued interest in the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP), a progressive, nine-mile rail project that will connect residents, businesses, and visitors to a variety of leisure, education, healthcare and other destinations along the San Bernardino to Redlands corridor.


Utility Relocation

Utility relocation work is underway. The process began with potholing which is a small targeted excavation to identify the location of existing utilities that might be impacted during construction.

Following potholing, crews will be moving and/or installing new sewer and water pipelines. Other utility lines such as gas, electric, telephone or cable lines may need to be moved by the respective utility providers in order to make room for the upcoming mainline railway construction.

Construction Activity July 5 – July 23, 2018

Central Ave. will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Lugo Ave. and Allen Street beginning Thursday, July 5 continuing through Monday July 23.

Central Ave. will remain open, but traffic delays should be expected.
Please follow all posted signs and obey flagger commands at all times.

The Redlands Passenger Rail Project’s construction management team will closely monitor construction activities in an effort to minimize impacts to businesses and residents as much as possible. As construction activities continue, you will be notified of impacts in your neighborhood.

Please visit redlandsrailproject.org for the latest construction related activity news and information


Omnitrans Board Selects Arrow Color Scheme

On June 6, 2018, the Omnitrans Board of Directors approved the interior and exterior design for the Arrow Service hybrid-rail Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) vehicles.

The exterior design option was developed using a color palette that was selected during the development of the system and incorporated the colors of the Arrow Service logo.

No automatic alt text available.The interior design option has gray for the floor covering and sidewalls on the vehicles and darker patterned fabric to reduce the visibility of stains and wear.

The trains will operate at speeds of 45 mph and below and will be outfitted with Positive Train Control, enhancing the overall safety of the new service. Running on specially designed air suspension, the vehicles ride exceptionally smooth. With 116 seats and standing room for 118 additional passengers in each carriage, the three carriages combined will provide room for up to 234 passengers per train.

The trains are being manufactured in Stadler’s new state-of-the-art US facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, thereby meeting Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) “Buy America” requirements.

The vehicle’s dimensions will allow for shared platforms with Metrolink equipment at the San Bernardino Transit Center and Downtown Redlands Station.

Delivery of the first DMU is expected by the end of 2019.

In the News

Zero-emission train from San Bernardino to Redlands would be first in North America

By Steve Scauzillo | San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Once the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority completes a long-awaited passenger train between San Bernardino and Redlands, the agency will test an innovative technology that could transform train travel throughout Southern California.

The agency recently started utility work for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, a nine-mile passenger train using three cab car trains running on clean diesel technology.

The agency also received a $30 million grant from the state to convert a fourth diesel train into a zero-emission unit that can move passengers without polluting the air or releasing greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.

This would be accomplished by swapping out the diesel engines with a lithium-ion battery pack and possibly adding an overhead catenary fixture at the halfway point to re-charge the train’s batteries, said Carrie Schindler, director of transit and rail programs for the SBCTA.

Though still experimental, if the technology is successful, it would be the first battery-operated passenger train in North America, she said.

Read the complete article on the Press Enterprise website


Omnitrans $1 Summer Youth Fare

Getting around town will be a little cheaper for San Bernardino Valley youth this summer, thanks to a discounted fare on Omnitrans buses! Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip now through July 31, compared to the regular single-ride cash rate of $1.75.
Riders have a choice of paying cash on board or paying by phone using the Token Transit mobile app. To download the free app, customers can text TOKEN to 41411.

“Using the mobile app eliminates the need to carry cash or have exact change,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams.  “Riders can purchase by phone in advance, then save their passes in the app wallet until they are ready to board.”

The summer discount is good on all Omnitrans bus routes including 26 local routes, three freeway express routes, five OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.
Personalized routing assistance is available by phone at 1-800-9-OMNIBUS (800-966-6428) or online using the Omnitrans Trip Planner.

Please visit Omnitrans for additional information.


Metrolink 25% Discount on San Bernardino Line

The Metrolink Board of Directors approved a 25 percent discount starting July 1 on all existing fares on the San Bernardino Line.

“Improving Metrolink ridership and service is critical to our goals of reducing congestion, improving our air quality, and enhancing mobility in the basin,” said Metro Director and LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “This fare discount program is designed to encourage new people to use Metrolink while rewarding those who are loyal to cross-county transit. I am excited for this new money-saving program and the benefit it will have on our communities.”

This discount will result in major savings for current and future Metrolink riders. A regular monthly pass from Covina to Los Angeles costs $217. With the 25% discount, the same monthly pass would cost $161.00, while students and senior citizens will pay only $120.75 under the fare discount program.

The San Bernardino Line, one of Metrolink’s busiest lines, is a vital corridor serving the San Gabriel Valley with stops at Los Angeles Union Station, Cal State LA, El Monte, Baldwin Park, Covina, Pomona, Claremont, Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Rialto, San Bernardino Depot and Downtown San Bernardino.
This discount is being implemented for an initial period of six months and does not apply to the $10 weekend day pass.

For additional details on Metrolink, please visit www.metrolinktrains.com.


In the Community

Community outreach and education is an important part of the RPRP project. Many within the community have been very supportive and appreciative of SBCTA’s efforts to keep residents, businesses, schools and various groups informed about the project. Here is the latest event we’ve had the honor of participating in and a few that we are looking forward to:

SB Depot 100th Anniversary


Happy Independence Day

History of 4th of July Celebrations in San Bernardino
The earliest recorded celebration of the American patriotic holiday in the San Bernardino area actually took place during the Mexican regime, in 1842, at the time the San Bernardino Rancho was granted to the Lugos. They had received the land in June, but in August they were still slowly winding up the red tape in their purchase of the mission buildings.

Daniel Sexton had arrived in Old San Bernardino in December 1841 and went to work in the mountains above Cherry Valley cutting timber. Sexton made friends with local Cahuilla Indians and gained much influence with them, eventually marrying the niece of Chief Solano. In 1842 they asked him if the Americans did not celebrate feast days. In response, on July 4th, Sexton erected a flag pole and raised an American flag over the camp and celebrated along with the Indians in true patriotic fashion.

For additional information from the San Bernardino Historical & Pioneer Society, please click here.


Fireworks Safety Tips

If your community permits fireworks, and you choose to purchase fireworks, please keep in mind that even “Safe and Sane” fireworks can be extremely dangerous:

  • Only purchase and use “Safe and Sane” fireworks approved for use in your community.
  • Always use fireworks outside and keep a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
  • Kids should never play with fireworks.
  • Even sparklers can be dangerous. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit or 982° Celsius. Make sure to use them outside and away from the face, clothing and hair.
  • Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or light them close to your body.
  • Light one firework at a time and never relight a dud.
  • Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before discarding them.

Professional Firework Shows

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

REDLANDS

University of Redlands Stadium @ 7 pm

(Tickets needed for inside stadium)

SAN BERNARDINO

66ers, 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza!

San Manuel Stadium after 7 pm game

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Redlands Passenger Rail Project Newsletter
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Thank you for your continued interest in the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP), a progressive, nine-mile rail project that will connect residents, businesses, and visitors to a variety of leisure, education, healthcare and other destinations along the San Bernardino to Redlands corridor.


Redlands Passenger Rail Project Awards Vehicle Acquisition Contract

As part of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) has awarded Stadler US approximately $31.4 million for the acquisition of passenger rail vehicles and associated tools, spare parts, and training. The contract will result in a fleet of three (3) low floor, Tier 4 compliant Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) vehicles. The vehicles are compliant with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Passenger Equipment Safety Standards and meet the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Buy America requirements. Akin to a hybrid car in that the DMUs convert a cleaner diesel form of power to electricity to efficiently drive the vehicles to their destination. The vehicle’s dimensions will allow for shared platforms with Metrolink equipment at the San Bernardino Transit Center and Downtown Redlands Station and will have the ability to be converted to low or zero emission power as those technologies are developed.

It was also approved to increase the overall Redlands Passenger Rail Project budget of $4,850,000 to be funded with Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds, for a new total of $290 million, which includes private contributions from other stakeholders totaling $5 million for Project betterments.


Omnitrans Selects Baysden as Director of Rail

Rail operations veteran Trischelle Baysden will lead Omnitrans’ new rail department as the transit agency prepares to launch Arrow passenger rail service in 2020, connecting Redlands and San Bernardino.  Construction of the 9-mile Arrow
‘line is being led by the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA).

Baysden brings 25 years of experience in rail operations, including the past nine years at Metrolink commuter rail service, governed by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority. Her background includes a broad spectrum of knowledge including conducting, engineering, dispatching, scheduling, and federal compliance work.

“The startup of a new service will be new to me, so I am really looking forward to that challenge,” said Baysden. “That’s a milestone that some of us in the railroad industry aspire to. Launching a new service is a bucket list item and is the pie in the sky of achievements.”

Director of Rail Baysden and Rail Safety & Compliance Officer Loretta Rains currently comprise the entire rail team at Omnitrans.  Their focus over the next year is to partner with SBCTA during construction and vehicle acquisition while developing the scope of work to select a firm to operate Arrow service for Omnitrans.

E Street Demolition Project

SBCTA recently awarded a contract for demolition services for a parcel of land across “E” Street from the Downtown San Bernardino Transportation Center. The contract is for the demolition of all structures, removal and disposal of all lead based paint and asbestos containing materials, landscaping, shrubs, tree(s) removal, and grading of the parcel(s) for drainage, including import and export of fill materials as needed, and the removal of utilities and utility lines servicing structures scheduled for demolition.

SBCTA’s construction management team will closely monitor construction activities in an effort to minimize impacts to residents and businesses as much as possible. In order to ensure the safety of residents and construction contractors, it is likely that lane and street closures will occur. Signage will be used to announce closures, as well as detours. Flagmen will be implemented as necessary to ensure access for residents, bus service, and emergency vehicles. The public should expect Increased truck and construction traffic as well as increased noise, dust and vibrations during the demolition process.

Construction activities are expected to begin late August and continue through mid-September.
If you have addition questions, please visit www.redlandsrailproject.org or call our project hotline at 909.991.2312.


Soon the days of swimming and playing in the sun will be a memory, but don’t worry. The new school year will bring a chance to meet new friends and make new, lasting memories.

We are excited to think that the high school freshman of today will be able to take the Arrow to class at the University of Redlands in just a few more years.

We wish you a wonderful new school year!

2017-18 First Day of School
San Bernardino City Unified School District: Monday, August 7

Redlands Unified School District:
Wednesday, August 9


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Redlands Passenger Rail Project Newsletter
Monday, April 3, 2017

Thank you for your continued interest in the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP), a progressive, nine-mile rail project that will connect residents, businesses, and visitors to a variety of leisure, education, healthcare and other destinations along the San Bernardino to Redlands corridor.

In this issue you’ll learn about service branding, project station changes and what is in store for 2017.


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.

SBCTA gets funds for Accessibility Plan

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the Southern California Association of Governments for the Redlands Rail Accessibility Plan. The Accessibility plan will look at pedestrian and bicycle accessibility around the stations planned for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project and the future Arrow service.

The funds are meant to fund or help fund projects that promote active transportation and smart land use in an effort to improve mobility, sustainability and economic vitality of community through SCAG’s six-county region, according to a news release from SCAG.

The Redlands Rail Accessibility Plan will look at everything from sidewalks, Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility and bike lanes. It will also consider connecting to existing trails, such as the Orange Blossom Trail.

SMART is a voter-approved passenger rail and bicycle-pedestrian pathway project located in Marin and Sonoma counties. Similar to the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, SMART will utilize DMU trains for passenger rail service. It will serve a 70-mile corridor from Larkspur to Cloverdale, with a first phase from San Rafael to Santa Rosa. SMART will connect residents and visitors with jobs, education, recreation and services.

Take Us Out to the Ball Game!

The Baseball season will start soon and everyone’s favorite hometown heroes the Inland Empire 66ers are ready to take the field and vie for the California League Championship.

The 66ers home games are played at San Manuel Stadium which is just a short walk from the San Bernardino Transit Center which will be the Western terminus of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project and Arrow service.


Third Thursdays Food Fest

Want to switch up the lunch routine? Food trucks roll into downtown San Bernardino at City Hall’s Court Street Parking Lot (On Court St. between E & D Streets every Third Thursday. Minutes east off I-215 – 2nd St. exit). So save-the-date and invite your co-workers, friends and family!


In the Community

Community outreach and education is an important part of the RPRP project. Many within the community have been very supportive and appreciative of SANBAG’s efforts to keep residents, businesses, schools and various groups informed about the project. Here is the latest event we’ve had the honor of participating in and a few that we are looking forward to:


Run Through Redlands (March 5):

Redlands Passenger Rail Project representatives speak to attendees and community members at the Run through Redlands event on March 5 to discuss the latest project updates.


Redlands Bicycle Classic – 33nd Annual (May 6-7)

Where does the rubber meet the road? In Redlands, home of longest continuous running invitational, professional stage race in American bike racing. SBCTA will be on site to answer questions about the project including ones about multi-modal transportation, including bikes.


Hangar 24 AirFest (May 20)

Adrenaline will be pumping at Hangar 24’s 9th annual Airfest. Our team looks forward to sharing the fun and updates about the future passenger rail service.

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Redlands Passenger Rail Project Newsletter
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thank you for your continued interest in the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP), a progressive, nine-mile rail project that will connect residents, businesses, and visitors to a variety of leisure, education, healthcare and other destinations along the San Bernardino to Redlands corridor.

IIn this issue you’ll learn about service branding, project station changes and what is in store for 2017.

Omnitrans Approves ‘Arrow’ as New Name for Passenger Rail Service

On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Omnitrans Board of Directors approved the brand identity for the future passenger rail service between San Bernardino and Redlands. Currently known as the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, the future service will operate under the name ‘Arrow’.

The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) and Omnitrans had agreed earlier this year that Omnitrans would be the operator of the new transit service coming to San Bernardino County. However, as part of the public outreach for the project that is building the line, SANBAG was tasked with development of the brand.

After a series of focus groups represented by a cross-section of residents, business owners and community leaders from throughout the San Bernardino Valley, a team of communication professionals from the region, guided by a marketing firm, developed the name Arrow. The name was selected as it denotes swift, direct movement; provides a county-wide connection to the iconic Arrowhead; and, evokes a sense of ‘moving forward’, a distinction in line with the vision for San Bernardino County.

The project is moving toward the completion of design with early construction activities slated for 2017. The ‘Arrow’ is on target to begin service in 2020.

Next Stop: Tippecanoe Avenue in San Bernardino

As development of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project moves toward the 60% design completion mark, the project team was faced with changing conditions that required the San Bernardino Associated Governments’ Board of Directors to advise on a possible change in station location in the city of San Bernardino.

Agency staff had originally identified Waterman Avenue as a preferred station location and included the design of this station in the original scope of work. The Waterman Station location was chosen primarily due to the close proximity of the Inland Regional Center (IRC). The IRC is a nonprofit, private community-based agency that serves individuals with developmental disabilities in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Based on the fact that a large number of the IRC clients are transit dependent, staff evaluated that those potential riders could use RPRP to access the IRC. In addition, at the time of the decision, there was ample land identified for future Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the area that offered opportunity for ridership growth in the future.

However, after some changes in the land use around the proposed Waterman location, the horrific events of December 2nd that modified the IRC’s operations, and the development of a new ridership study, it was determined that a station at Tippecanoe Avenue would serve more passengers and provide access to business and residential communities in a more productive way.

The Board of Directors approved the recommendation to change station locations contingent upon concurrence from the Federal Transit Administration as it relates to grant funding awarded to the project. That determination is expected by the end of the year.

Early 2017 Project Preview: Utility Relocation

Beginning in early 2017 SANBAG will be taking to the streets for an early phase of construction called Utility Relocation. Utility Relocation will consist of the following events:

  • Utility Identification Utility Relocation begins with street marking which allows local service providers to identify the location of existing cables, pipes and wires before construction crews begin to break ground.
  • Utility Verification After the services have been marked, crews will begin to verify these locations through a process called “potholing”. Potholing is the practice of digging a test hole to expose underground utilities to ascertain the horizontal and vertical location of these services.
  • Service Relocation Once the utilities have been verified, final relocation plans are created and construction begins. Construction crews will then roll out begin to re-align the services to accommodate for the construction of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project.
  • Re-Paving After construction crews finish relocating the utilities, they will patch the streets as they finish each section. The final step in the utility relocation process is to re-pave the areas in which the relocation has occurred to minimize the appearance that any construction has taken place in the area.

The RPRP team will be posting regular construction notifications including traffic impacts on our website www.redlandsrailproject.org and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/redlandsrailproject so be sure to check or follow us on Facebook. Of course, you can always reach out to us on our project hotline 909.991.2312 or via email info@redlandsrailproject.org with any questions or comments.

Look for more exciting construction information in our next newsletter when we will discuss Mainline Construction.

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Redlands Passenger Rail Project Newsletter
Friday, Spetember 20, 2016

Thank you for your continued interest in the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, a progressive, nine-mile rail project that will connect residents, businesses, and visitors to a variety of leisure, education, healthcare and other destinations along the San Bernardino to Redlands corridor.

In this issue you’ll learn that the SANBAG (San Bernardino Associated Governments) Board of Directors approved public-private partnerships in which private institutions will fund Passenger Rail Station upgrades, and how that benefits the community. SANBAG’s Redlands Passenger Rail Project representatives have been at local events talking with residents, business owners and community groups about the rail project.


Public – Private Partnerships Bring Style to Redlands Passenger Rail Stations

Esri and University of Redlands, two of San Bernardino County’s most prominent private organizations have joined the City of Redlands in supporting the development of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project by providing the funds to upgrade the design and construction of their respective stations from base-level designs to ones that are more architecturally cohesive with their surrounding areas. These partnerships between SANBAG, Esri and University of Redlands will make the rail project an integral part of the community. In additional SANBAG is working with City of Redlands on a similar

With the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP) service scheduled to begin in 2020, trains will follow an existing nine-mile right-of-way between the San Bernardino Transit Center to the west and University of Redlands to the east with stops along the way, including Downtown Redlands and one adjacent to the Esri business campus in Redlands.

San Bernardino Associated Governments is managing the project using Measure I half-cent sales tax funds and is budgeted to build standard stations with platforms and canopies. The SANBAG Board approved cooperative agreements with Esri and the University of Redlands, authorizing those institutions to fund and build enhanced passenger stations. These partnerships provide opportunities for public agencies and private institutions to collaborate on projects to deliver enhanced results.  SANBAG is also working with the City of Redlands on features at stations throughout the City.

Reflecting the style of surrounding architecture, the upgraded stations will feature shade trees, customized pedestrian access and other upgrades. The enhancements will not slow the project schedule, and the three entities will fund these enhancements for SANBAG.

An illustration of the ESRI train station at New York Street. ESRI will provide upgrades to stations at no additional cost to SANBAG.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos said he’s excited to see how the Redlands Passenger Rail Project is coming together as a community project. “Public transit will help the City of Redlands and organizations like Esri and the University to continue to attract top employees and students,” he said. “These private partnerships create beauty and a sense of pride, which will drive economic growth in our county.” Supervisor Ramos also chairs the Rail to Redlands Working Group.

Artist renderings that illustrate the open design of the University of Redlands train station at University Station.

The Latest News

Construction Manager Selected for Redlands Passenger Rail Project
As part of delivering the complex Redlands Passenger Rail Project, the SANBAG Board of Directors approved the award of a contract for Construction Management Services to AECOM.  This five-year contract valued at more than $17 million will support staff in the execution of a quality, effective construction effort that will provide passenger rail service in the east valley of San Bernardino County.

The Redlands Passenger Rail Project is currently in final design with construction scheduled to begin in 2017.

No automatic alt text available.September is Rail Safety Month!
In observance of Rail Safety Month, San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is partnering with Operation Lifesaver, Metrolink, and other railroad agencies across the state to encourage everyone to “Be Track Smart,” with a series of events to emphasize the importance of safe behavior near railroad tracks and trains. In recent years, there have been multiple incidents where individuals from across the world have been struck and killed by trains and vehicles while distracted. SANBAG’s message to the community is to “See Tracks, Think Train!”. SANBAG would like to remind you that every month is Rail Safety Month!
For more safety tips, please visit www.oli.org.

In the Community

The RPRP Outreach team has visited more than 20 community groups throughout San Bernardino and Redlands and have participated in key events including a 66ers game. Participating in community events allows the residents and business owners an opportunity to learn about the Project and ask questions. Participation for RPRP team members provides them an opportunity to get to know the community.


IE 66ers Game

The RPRP Outreach team was on hand at the Inland Empire 66ers game on Friday, July 29. The crowd was out in droves on a scorcher of a summer night. We talked with dozens of people in attendance about the project and gave away hand-held fans that helped to keep attendees cool.


San Bernardino Third Thursday Food Fest

The outreach team join hundreds of San Bernardino employees for lunch at the San Bernardino Third Thursday Food Fest in Downtown San Bernardino. The team spoke with numerous food truck patrons about the benefits of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project to Downtown San Bernardino once service begins in 2020.


Downtown Redlands Business Outreach

Recently, we visited over 100 businesses in the Downtown area to let them know the latest details about the project and to discuss how the Redlands Passenger Rail will address regional transportation needs by creating a safe, reliable, and cost-effective travel alternative for the community.

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Redlands Passenger Rail Project Newsletter
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thank you for your continued interest in the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, a progressive, nine-mile rail project that will connect residents, businesses, and visitors to a variety of leisure, education, healthcare and other destinations along the San Bernardino to Redlands corridor.

In this issue you’ll learn that SANBAG’s Redlands Passenger Rail Project representatives have been at local events talking with residents, business owners and community groups about the rail project. Plus, you’ll find brief project updates and information.


Vehicle Procurement Process Begins

SANBAG’s Board of Directors approved the release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the purchase of the passenger rail vehicles for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP). The RFP outlines the vision, specifications and requirements for Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs), which have been identified as the vehicle of choice for the service. This is an exciting phase of the project since the procurement of the rail vehicles is a significant step forward to new transit service in San Bernardino County.

Each of the three DMU’s will include two passenger rail cars, separated by a single, clean-burning diesel propulsion unit. Safety is SANBAG’s highest priority and the DMU’s will meet or exceed all Federal, State and Local requirements. The DMU’s meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s strict emissions standards and will be manufactured within the United States.

SANBAG is promoting the RFP broadly to rail vehicle firms with manufacturing operations in the United States. The DMU’s will be built and delivered in time for the start of passenger service, which is estimated to begin in 2020. As the project moves forward, we will continue to update you.

In the Community

Community outreach and education is an important part of the RPRP project. Many within the community have been very supportive and appreciative of SANBAG’s efforts to keep residents, businesses, schools and various groups informed about the project. Here are some of the events we’ve had the honor of participating in:

Run Through Redlands (March 6)

Redlands Passenger Rail Project representatives speak to attendees and community members at the Run through Redlands event on March 6. It was a cold, rainy day, but spirits and enthusiasm for the run and the rail were high.


Redlands Bicycle Classic – 32nd Annual (April 9)

Where does the rubber meet the road? In Redlands, home of longest continuous running invitational, professional stage race in American bike racing. SANBAG was on site to answer questions about the project including ones about multi-modal transportation, including bikes.


Hangar 24 AirFest (May 14)

Adrenaline was pumping at Hangar 24’s 8th annual Airfest. Our team enjoyed sharing the fun and updates about the future passenger rail service.

Shaping the Brand

In May, as part of SANBAG’s continuing public engagement efforts, SANBAG conducted a series of focus groups that gave the community the opportunity to provide input, insights and feedback.

Comprised of a cross-section of demographics, sectors of the community and even the projects more vocal critics, the focus groups enrich the creative team’s ability to explore a range of options for creating a look and feel for the future of this service. Ultimately, the branding effort will look at identifying a unique name for this passenger rail experience while allowing for flexibility to be integrated into a countywide network of transit options. In a region that is as diverse as we are in many areas, it is important that we seek the input from all that will have a stake in the future of this transit service. The branding effort is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

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Redlands Passenger Rail Project Newsletter
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Thank you for your interest in the Redlands Passenger Rail Project. This passenger rail project is a nine-mile progressive regional transportation project that will connect residents, businesses, and visitors to a variety of leisure, education, healthcare and other destinations along the San Bernardino to Redlands corridor.

You are receiving this project update because you attended a public meeting or signed up to receive updates on this exciting new project.


Redlands Passenger Rail Project Gains Momentum

The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is pleased to announce that the Redlands Passenger Rail Projects has entered the final design phase. As we near the end of this phase of the project, our engineers are putting the final touches of the rail footprint, as well as the design of the five station locations that include San Bernardino Transit Center, Waterman Avenue, New York Street, Downtown Redlands and the University of Redlands.

The project is expected to drive and support the growth of the local economy while attracting and retaining businesses and employers.

Project WebsiteEarlier this year, SANBAG launched a project website (RedlandsRailProject.org) that features answers to many of the questions that SANBAG receives. Visitors are able to download a project information sheet and see a map of the planned route (see below). The website and project information sheet are available in English and Spanish.

According to Ryan McEachron, SANBAG Board President, “We have enlisted three of the most capable contractors to guide the Redlands Passenger Rail Project through the year 2020 when service is scheduled to begin. HDR, Inc., who SANBAG worked with during the Environmental phase, will complete the design of the rail footprint; RailPros, Inc. will serve as the project management firm, and Thomas Communications Group, LLC is tasked with community outreach and education. Last year we were focused on the environmental phase and now we turn our attention to making the Redlands Passenger Rail Project a reality. It’s been exciting to see the overwhelming support of the community and feel the enthusiasm from those who are excited about the future of our region.” We encourage you to visit the website to find the latest project information or send us any questions that you may have about the project. SANBAG is committed to keeping our communities informed with up-to-date accurate information.

Redlands Passenger Rail Project Gains Momentum

Project Website

The Redlands Passenger Rail Project is being developed to address a regional transportation need. The new passenger rail service will create a safe, reliable, and cost-effective travel alternative for the communities along and beyond the corridor including San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Redlands, and surrounding areas. As our communities experience growth it is important that SANBAG look to provide residents, commuters, and visitors with mobility options that will relieve traffic congestion on the roads and highways.

The passenger rail service will allow people to easily connect with other modes of transportation including the Omnitrans SBX line, Metrolink, Mountain Transit, Pass Transit and Victor Valley Transit. For residents who want to travel to Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, the connection to Metrolink will be a short distance from the San Bernardino Transit Center station.

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redlandsrailproject.org Project Hotline Number: 909.991.2312

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