In This Issue
The ARRIVE Project
Base Line Kick Off
$5M Boost to Palm Ave
Vision in Action
League of CA Cities Conference
13th Annual Mobility 21 Conference
Business 2 Business Expo
HERO by the numbers
Quick Links
About Us
San Bernardino Associated Governments, known as SANBAG, is the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County. SANBAG is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide. SANBAG serves the 1.9 million residents of San Bernardino County.
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Advanced Regional Rail Integrated Vision - East 

The ARRIVE project, or "Advanced Regional Rail Integrated Vision - East," is a study currently underway to examine the feasibility of transitioning the traditional Metrolink commuter rail corridor to a fully integrated, transit oriented development that connects to destinations within and beyond San Bernardino County.


Historically, this corridor has served to facilitate commute traffic to and from Los Angeles County. The new vision is to create a network to support destinations in San Bernardino County and create a sense of destination for passengers arriving in our region. Walkable, mixed use activity centers can help contribute to the vitality and economic growth of the San Bernardino Valley.


Through this effort, SANBAG intends to engage stakeholders and experts to help map out the vision for the corridor so that our communities can work together to reduce barriers to development and encourage investment in these areas. We know that it can take time to change the mix of services and amenities available along this corridor, but this plan can help drive effective planning and visioning for our communities. 
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Base Line Road Interchange Starts Construction  


On August 21, community members, business owners, elected officials, and project personnel gathered in Rancho Cucamonga at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains to celebrate the start of construction of the Interstate 15 / Base Line Road Interchange Project.


This approximately $52 million project designed to alleviate congestion, enhance safety, and improve mobility on both the freeway and local streets will take nearly two years to complete. However, extensive planning and design strategies have been incorporated to minimize the amount of system closures typical of this type of interchange project.


"The cooperative effort shown by all the agencies involved to proactively address the concerns of this community while developing a schedule to deliver a successful project in a timely manner is remarkable," San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) President and Mayor of Rancho Cucamonga L. Dennis Michael said.



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Palm Ave Grade Separation Receives $5M Boost 

On August 14, 2014, SANBAG Board of Directors Metro Valley Study Session voted to approve accepting $5 million in Section 130 (Grade Crossing Hazard Elimination Program) funds from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the Palm Avenue Grade Separation Project. The Palm Avenue Grade Separation Project is currently under construction in the City of San Bernardino and is funded with a mix of federal, state and local funds - including Measure I Major Streets funds. Construction began in December 2013 and is expected to be complete in Spring 2015.


The one-time surplus Section 130 funds were available to projects already receiving Section 190 (Grade Crossing Program) funds and are eligible for the construction phase of a project. Palm Avenue, having met the applicable criteria, was selected to receive the additional funds. The addition of this new funding source allows the previous funding sources to be reprogrammed to other projects in San Bernardino County. 
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Countywide Vision - Habitat Preservation 

Since its adoption in 2011, the Countywide Vision has served to drive innovative policy dialogue and change throughout the region. As part of this effort, the Environment Element of the Vision calls for a more comprehensive approach to the preservation and conservation of habitat and open space in the county. As such, the SANBAG Board of Directors recently received an update on the development of a Countywide Habitat Preservation/Conservation Framework at the September Board Meeting. This study is expected to document existing conservation efforts, collect and evaluate data and species demographics, and identify potential areas for future planning.


For more information on the Countywide Vision, please visit http://www.sbcounty.gov/vision



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2014 League of CA Cities Annual Conference 

Last week the League of California Cities held their Annual Conference in Los Angeles.  Policy Committees met prior to the Board of Directors where the Board voted to support Prop.1, the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Act of 2014.  The League's  water bond priorities comprise six main areas: water conservation, groundwater recharge, storm water capture and reuse/Clean Water Act Compliance, watershed restoration, water storage and conveyance and water recycling and reuse. Proposition 1 contains allocations that match League priorities. 


The League Board also elected Rancho Cucamonga Mayor, and SANBAG President, Dennis Michael, as its incoming 2014-15 Second Vice President.  Mayor Michael will serve as second Vice President for a one-year term before advancing to first Vice President in September 2015.  


The keynote address, given by Dr. Benjamin R. Barber, focused on why cities and governments need to collaborate with one another for the greater good and how cities are already doing this throughout the Country.  The keynote helped set the reoccurring partnership theme throughout the conference.  Several conference sessions focused on the desire for technology and sustainability, and the common challenge of trying to leverage limited resources while providing better service. 


Staff participated in the League Expo event as well.  Attendees received information about how we are a county that is on the rise. Best practices like VetLink, a consolidated EIR document for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, and a countywide Home Energy Renovation Ordinance round out a program that was well received by City Officials from throughout the state.



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13th Annual Mobility 21 Conference 

SANBAG participated in the 13th Annual Mobility 21 Conference, which is the largest one-day transportation conference in the state. Mobility 21 is a coalition that brings together public, business and community stakeholders to pursue regional solutions to the transportation challenges facing Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties. The goal of the Summit was to educate and engage public and private transportation stakeholders on the importance of a unified vision for transportation in Southern California.


SANBAG was represented at the conference in several ways.  Dr. Ray Wolfe, Executive Director, spoke on two panels, discussing both state and federal freight issues and workplace succession planning.  In addition, SANBAG participated in the Expo, showcasing our robust program that features freeway, interchange, grade separation, and commuter rail projects. We also had the chance to highlight our Active Transportation Programs and the potential managed lanes proposals to address the future demands of our infrastructure.   


Lastly, Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, addressed the conference as a morning keynote speaker and noted the need to connect transportation modes across county lines.  He also addressed regional concerns about the Ontario Airport, stating that he has no intention of blocking the return of the Ontario  Airport to the City of Ontario, but that the purchase price must be one that is fair.



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Business 2 Business Expo Scheduled for Oct. 7 

In an effort to highlight how businesses can thrive in San Bernardino by discovering new resources, interacting with public agency representatives, and networking with prime contractors, project managers, and other small businesses, the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Business to Business Expo scheduled for October 7, 2014.


"Open dialogue with the business community increases their chances for understanding how our processes work and our chances for improving the product we provide the citizens of San Bernardino County," SANBAG President L. Dennis Michael said. "We invite all business, big or small, to come out and learn about how they can do business with our agency."


A competitive, diverse group of bidders helps create a healthy business environment and SANBAG wants to be a part of helping every business realize their goals for growth and strength. Outreach events like the upcoming "Business 2 Business Expo" are just one more way that the agency is using to improve the business climate in San Bernardino.   Whether you're a small business, specialty contractor, or large prime contractor, the expo has something for everyone.


For more information on this event or any of SANBAG's upcoming projects, visit them on the web at www.sanbag.ca.gov



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