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.
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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: