In This Issue
Vanpool Program Development
Sections 5310 Call for Project
Hunts Lane Grade Separation Opens
Phase II - Tippecanoe Construction Award
Supervisor Ovitt Service Award
15/16 Legislative Platforms
2nd Qtr Sales Tax Report
HERO by the numbers
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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 2.1 million residents of San Bernardino County.
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SANBAG Vanpool Program Moves a Little Further Down the Road


The SANBAG Board of Directors has approved the development and implementation of a County-Wide Vanpool program. The program is unique in that it has the potential to pay for itself.  In fact, it is projected that by the third year of implementation, funding returned to the program will be more than sufficient to sustain it on an ongoing basis.  


Vanpools are a low-cost alternative for long distance commuters. Given that most vanpool passengers are former single occupant vehicle travelers, vanpools result in significant regional benefits, including congestion reduction, improved air quality, and less stress on the commuter.


Per SB 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, SANBAG is required to take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through coordinated transportation and land use planning. The Vanpool program will be one of several projects that assist SANBAG in reducing emissions and passenger vehicle use. 


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Call for Projects for FTA Section 5310 Program    



The SANBAG Board of Directors has approved a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 program call for projects. SANBAG, acting in its capacity as the San Bernardino County Transportation Commission, releases a call for projects every other year. 


This Federal program provides formula funding for the purpose of assisting the transportation needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable or inadequate to meet these needs. These funds are apportioned based on population and obligated based on the annual program of projects included in a state-wide grant application program. 


SANBAG will be selecting projects located in the urbanized areas within San Bernardino County. The total funding available is as follows:

  • $454,236 Victor Valley - Hesperia Urbanized Area
  • $713,197 Los Angeles - Long Beach - Anaheim Urbanized Area (all areas west of Fontana, not including the City of Fontana)
  • $937,731 Riverside - San Bernardino Urbanized Area (all areas east of Fontana, including the City of Fontana) 

Draft applications are due to SANBAG for optional review on November 19, 2014 with final completed applications due to SANBAG by December 5, 2014. Once the applications are reviewed, a recommendation will be made to the Commuter Rail and Transit Committee and then to the SANBAG Board of Directors to be approved on February 4, 2015.



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Hunts Lane Project Opens to the Public   


SANBAG, Union Pacific Railroad, and the cities of Colton and San Bernardino celebrated the opening of the Hunts Lane Grade Separation Project on November 6th.


The dedication ceremony, held at the foot of the new overpass, celebrates the completion of the approximately $30 million transportation improvement designed to reduce congestion, enhance safety, decrease emergency response time, improve air quality, and reduce noise in the neighboring communities.


Progress started on this complex project eliminating the at-grade crossing of vehicle traffic with rail traffic nearly two years ago. Motorists were allowed to use the new bridge for the first time on Thursday, October 30th.

"Improvements like the Hunts Lane Grade Separation Project represent yet another way that SANBAG is trying to enhance the quality of life for the residents of San Bernardino County," SANBAG President, L. Dennis Michael said. "Without funding efforts like Measure I, projects like this just wouldn't be possible."


The Hunts Lane Grade Separation Project is just one of a series of grade separation efforts throughout the county that are designed to keep local traffic moving in areas where heavy rail corridors exist. Currently, SANBAG, through funding provided in part by Measure I, is participating in six other active grade separation projects totalling more than $250 million in project value.


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Phase II of Tippecanoe Interchange Project Awarded Construction Contract     


After years of project development and completion of Phase I of construction, the SANBAG Board of Directors has awarded a construction contract for Phase II of construction for the Interstae 10/Tippecanoe Avenue Interchange project.


The approximately $11.9 million contract to Sully-Miller Contracting Company will complete the overall interchange improvements, including the westbound loop on-ramp, the new alignment of the westbound off-ramp, and widening of the overpass structure.


Earlier this year, crews completed work on Phase I of the project that widened the eastbound off ramp from Interstate 10 and adjusted turning movements from the ramps to northbound Tippecanoe.


Project outreach for the second phase of construction will begin with a public meeting (not yet scheduled) to give the community and local businesses a chance to see what can be expected during the duration of the project.  Ongoing outreach will occur at local shopping areas and through commuter alerts sharing traffic-related information, including detours if necessary, for active phases of construction.  Motorists can sign up for email alerts about construction from the SANBAG website by going to the Tippecanoe project page and signing up. 




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Supervisor Gary Ovitt Recognized for Years of Service on SANBAG Board of Directors

After more than a decade and a half of serving the people of San Bernardino County on the SANBAG Board of Directors, 4th District Supervisor Gary Ovitt has decided to retire from his office at the end of the term.  In honor of his dedication and commitment to public service, SANBAG President L. Dennis Michael presented Mr. Ovitt with the esteemed SANBAGGER Award.


Ovitt is a former Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, past President of the Southern California Association of Governments and former President and current Board Member here at SANBAG. He also previously served as the County representative on the South Coast Air Quality Management District.


Ovitt currently serves on a number of other Boards and Commissions including the Inland Empire Health Partnership (IEHP), Ontario International Airport Authority, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and the National Association of Counties (NACO) among others.


Curt Hagman, 4th District Supervisor-elect, will assume Ovitt's place on the SANBAG Board when he begins his term in office.



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15/16 State and Federal Legislative Platforms    



The SANBAG Board of Directors adopted the 2015-2016 State and Federal Legislative Platforms at the November 5, 2014 meeting. SANBAG's Legislative Platforms serve as the foundation for understanding the perspective of the Board of Directors on key issues that are anticipated to be considered during the course of each legislative session. The adopted legislative platforms will guide staff's analysis and recommendations on pending legislative and regulatory items in the upcoming session.
Click here to view the platforms on the SANBAG website.  


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2nd Quarter County Sales Tax    



Receipts for San Bernardino County's Measure I Transportation Improvement Tax, April through June sales, were 5.7% higher than the same quarter one year ago.  Actual sales activity was up 4% after reporting deviations were factored out.
Click here to see the full report.  


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