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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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Transportation Development Act - Article 3
Call for Projects  

 

Earlier this year, the SANBAG Board of Directors authorized the release of the Phase 1 Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 Call for Projects to select projects that would qualify for local match assistance as they apply for funding under the California Department of Transportation's (Caltrans) Active Transportation Program (ATP). The Call for Projects was released on February 12, 2015, and the closing date was set for March 16, 2015. Project information included a project description, estimated cost, delivery schedule, and current status. The applications were evaluated based on how well the project is anticipated to be compete in the State's upcoming ATP grant process. 
  
The projects selected for $1,894,742 in local match assistance for the Cycle 2 ATP grants include:
 

*   Highland/Redlands Regional Connector Project in Highland

*   G Street and San Antonio Bike Corridors in Ontario

*   Willow Street Shared Use Paseo Phase 1 in Hesperia

*   6th Street Cycle Track in Rancho Cucamonga

*   Trona Bikeway Connection and Rehabilitation in San Bernardino County

*   Etiwanda Corridor Improvements in Rialto

*   Big Bear Blvd. Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Project in Big Bear Lake

*   Mojave Riverwalk Multi-Use Bicycle Facility in Victorville

 

 

  
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Top Freeway Service Patrol Drivers Honored 

  

SANBAG began its Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Program in 2006. FSP tow truck drivers travel on selected San Bernardino County freeways during peak periods of congestion to assist motorists with their disabled vehicles. Over the years, the FSP program has demonstrated many benefits to the motoring public by reducing the amount of time a motorist is in an unsafe condition, reducing traffic congestion, as well as decreasing fuel consumption, vehicular emissions, and secondary incidents. Since the program's inception, the FSP Program has assisted more than 300,000 motorists on San Bernardino County highways. Highly trained FSP Tow Truck Drivers provide a wide range of services to motorists and work closely with the California Highway Patrol while doing so. The assists range from changing flat tires to a battery jump start, and even providing a gallon of gas to assist drivers with moving out of the way of traffic.  They also check on drivers and vehicles parked alongside the freeway to see if assistance is needed.  In 2014, FSP drivers assisted more than 40,000 stranded motorists. The FSP program has received more than 9,000 comments from motorists in San Bernardino County, with 99.8% rating their experience as excellent or good.

 

The following drivers were recognized at the April 1st Board Meeting for their outstanding efforts, high-level of professionalism, and the excellent customer service they provided to stranded motorists along San Bernardino County freeways:

  Top Driver - Alex Estudillo, of Pepe's Towing in Colton

  Driver of Excellence - Jose Suarez, of Pepe's Towing in Colton

  Public Choice - Carlos Castillo, of Steve's Towing in Rancho Cucamonga

  Rookie of the Year- Gilbert Augustine, of Steve's Towing in Rancho Cucamonga

 

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Transportation Solutions for I-10 and I-15 Continue to be Studied      

 

The SANBAG Board of Directors approved the consideration of preliminary tolling and revenue policies to provide more advanced studies of the projects being considered for the Interstate 10 and Interstate 15 Corridors.  The action enables staff to give more detailed analyses of key considerations regarding the Express Lane alternatives to assist the Board in making a decision about appropriate transportation solutions for San Bernardino County.  The county expects to see continued population growth over the next few decades, as well as limited funding opportunities from both the State and Federal levels.

 

At the July 2014 Board Meeting, the SANBAG Board approved the Express Lanes Alternative as the Locally Preferred Alternative for the I-10 Corridor Project, subject to the completion of the California Environmental Quality Act/National Environmental Policy Act (CEQA/NEPA) review scheduled for completion in mid to late 2017. This alternative is evaluating the addition of two lanes from the Los Angeles County line to State Route 210 in Redlands, and one additional lane from SR 210 east to Ford Street in Redlands.  SANBAG is also evaluating an Express Lanes Alternative as the sole build alternative for the I-15 corridor.

 

Public involvement throughout the exploration of these alternatives provides the study team with a greater understanding of the needs of San Bernardino County commuters.  Some have expressed concern that the Express Lane option will replace existing general purpose lanes along the corridor.  On the contrary, the two additional lanes being considered will be new capacity, not a replacement of existing.  If the Board elects to implement Express Lanes on I-10 and I-15, the four general purpose lanes currently available to motorists will remain.

 

It should be further noted, that while Express Lanes would be present on I-10 in the previously mentioned scenario, drivers will have a choice as to use them or not.  Fees associated with the Express Lanes will only be assessed to users of the new system; and, who do not meet any of the established High Occupancy Vehicle requirements for no fee use.

 

To learn more of the facts about this study, visit i10corridorproject.org for more info.

 

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EXTENDED DEADLINE:  Nominate Key Community Members for a Visioning Award
        

In 2015, SANBAG would like to bring recognition to leaders in our community by honoring local accomplishments and achievements through the presentation of Visioning Awards.

 

Visioning Awards will be given to individuals who positively impacted a community in 2014 by:

 

* Displaying leadership, integrity and a strong commitment

* Enhancing civic, environmental and social stewardship

* Working collaboratively

* Promoting ethical conduct and reliability

 

One award will be presented to an individual in each of the five County Supervisorial districts within the County of San Bernardino. These five award winners will then be considered for the top honor and all will receive special recognition during the 2015 SANBAG General Assembly on June 18, 2015.

 

The deadline for nominations has been extended to April 17, 2015.  Winners will be announced on May 29, 2015.

 

The nomination form and information about the awards can be found at: http://www.sanbag.ca.gov/about/general-assembly.html

 

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Two Requests for Proposals Released by Board of Directors

     

At the April 1, 2015 meeting of the Board of Directors, two Requests for Proposals (RFP) were approved for release.  The first is for Program Project Management and Technical Services for the Major Projects Program.  Under this $27 million, 5 year contract, the consultant will function both in-house as an extension of SANBAG staff and supplement SANBAG staff on an on-call basis.  Specifically, the consultant will provide project oversight, management, and completion of all work associated with the development and approval of the assigned projects through construction.

 

The second RFP is for right-of-way (ROW) tasks associated with the U.S. 395 Phase 1 project.  Phase 1 proposes to widen U.S. 395 to four lanes, adding turn lanes and signals at various intersections between State Route 18 to Chamberlain Way in the City of Adelanto.  For this RFP, the consultant will fulfill requirements leading to ROW certification and project closeout including: title and escrow, appraisal, acquisition, condemnation support, relocation assistance, utility coordination, property management, demolition and clearance, disposal/sale of excess property or land, ROW certification support, and other services.

 

For more information on these procurements, please visit SANBAG's vendor portal at: http://www.planetbids.com/sanbag/bidsonline.cfm

 

 

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Special Metrolink Service to Auto Club 400 Eases Commute for Hundreds

     

 

From Metrolink:
 
More than 1,400 NASCAR race fans took three Metrolink special service trains Sunday to the Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Like last year, Metrolink operated three trains originating from Oxnard, Lancaster, and Oceanside with limited station stops for faster service.

 

The round-trip trains ferried approximately 500 and 400 people, respectively, to and from Oxnard and Lancaster, while more than 500 took advantage of the service to and from Oceanside.

 

Metrolink's trains to the speedway stop at a specially constructed station just off the back straight-away at the race track. From there, passengers boarded a free tram that takes them to the entrance gates.

 

The Metrolink train service to the Auto Club Speedway is a joint demonstration project made possible in part by Clean Transportation Funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). The MSRC's mission is to fund projects that reduce air pollution to meet the region's clean air goals. Over its 22-year history, the MSRC has assisted organizations throughout the Southland in removing as much as 8,000 tons of harmful pollutants from the air through innovative programs designed to reduce air pollution from mobile sources.

 

The primary focus of the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) is to reduce air pollution from mobile sources. The partnership between the MSRC, Metrolink, and the Auto Club 400 does exactly that. This effort helps advance the MSRC's mission to reduce harmful emissions from mobile sources and provides a stress-free option for race fans to get to the speedway by avoiding traffic delays.

 

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

 

 

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City-County Conference Offers Agencies the Opportunity to Discuss Countywide Topics

        

Elected Officials, City and County staff, Water Management Agencies, and School Superintendents gathered in Lake Arrowhead last week to learn, discuss, and debate the issues and best practices associated with some of the more challenging issues facing our county. 

 

More than 200 attendees were on hand to hear presentations from panels on 'Water Resource Concerns', 'Collaborative Education Partnerships', and 'Veteran Services'. The purpose of the presentations were to start the conversation on how various jurisdictions can increase their awareness of the issue, work on ways to work together to address the issue, and further enhance the county's opportunities for more resources to improving the quality of life in the region.

 

Additional discussions focused on major issues pending before the State Legislature and Congress by State Assembly Members Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) and Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley), as well as United States Congressman Pete Aguilar (D, CA-31), and an introduction to the concept of the Road User Charge Assessment, a transportation funding alternative being studied in multiple states throughout the country.

 

More information about the conference agenda and copies of the presentations shared can be found on the SANBAG website at http://www.sanbag.ca.gov/about/city-county.html.

 

 

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Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), with support from national and local partners from transportation organizations, business and community oriented interests, Stand Up for Transportation Day will unite the voices of 216 participating organizations in more than 140 communities across the country to focus on the urgency of the passage of a long-term, federal transportation bill. 

 

To find out more, please visit http://www.standup4transportation.org/

 

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SANBAGnewsROOM is Your One-Stop-Shop for Agency News  

 

 

In an effort to increase our opportunities to share information about the agency and give you more access to projects, programs, and activities happening throughout the county, we are pleased to introduce the SANBAGnewsRoom

 

This news blog will centralize our communication effort and help distribute our social sharing opportunities for all of you who are interested in what's happening here at SANBAG.  Look for new content on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as follow our new blog at www.sanbagnewsroom.wordpress.com for all the latest news. 

 

We look forward to seeing you there. 

 
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HERO by the numbers     

 

  

 

 

9,021 approved projects

7,417 completed projects

 

$132,816,296 value of completed projects

 

44.3 million KWh saved

12,270 tons of GHGs reduced

 

HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in San Bernardino County.

 

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