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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.
Proposed Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Budget Reviewed by Board of Directors
   

On May 6th, the SANBAG Board of Directors held a Budget Workshop for the Proposed Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Budget. SANBAG's budget process includes a review of the Board's direction as it relates to short term goals and how it integrates with the agency's long term goals and objectives. As part of this review, staff analyzes the resources available to help meet the short term targets as set in the Fiscal Year Budget.

 

Transit and Passenger Rail, Major Projects Delivery, and Fund Administration together comprise 94% of expenditures, representing substantial investments in commuter rail projects, highway construction, and pass-through funds for local transit and street improvements.  Proposed expenditures are down $75.9 million this year, attributed to completion of various interchange and grade separation projects  and other reimbursements.

 

At the Workshop staff received input from Board Members on the proposed expenditures as we work toward the public hearing and adoption of the final Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Budget at the June 3, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting.

 

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Interstate 215 Bi-County Project Nears Completion  

 

SANBAG, Caltrans, and the Riverside County Transportation Commission are nearing the much-anticipated completion of the Interstate 215 Bi-County HOV Gap Closure project. This approximately $170 million transportation improvement that spans between two counties will connect the recently completed High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV - also known as carpool) lane from the north to the soon-to-be-completed HOV lane on SR 91 in Riverside. Ultimately, commuters will be able to enjoy the benefit of a carpool lane from SR 210 in San Bernardino all the way to I-710 in Los Angeles County.

 

One of the key features of the project was the construction and installation of three new bridges for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad over I-215. Each iron truss bridge stands nearly 30 feet high, 23 feet wide, and weighs approximately 1.1 million pounds. The same equipment that was used to move the Space Shuttle was used to move each of these magnificent structures in to place over the course of multiple weekends. The strategy to construct the trusses off-site and transport them in to place ultimately saved commuters hours, days, and even weeks of possible delay compared to constructing them in place.

 

On May 27th, elected officials from both counties will be joined by project personnel and members of the nearby communities to celebrate the completion of another significant addition to the area's transportation infrastructure. A photo opportunity will be available near concrete wall pieces similar to those lining the corridor.

  

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National Bike Month - #SANBAGPhotoChallenge

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, and celebrated in communities from coast to coast since 1956.

 

In celebration of Bike Month, the San Bernardino Associated Governments is hosting a photo challenge each week during the month. The week of May 11th we will be collecting photos of YOU biking to work! Share your photos with SANBAGnews via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter by using the hashtag #SANBAGphotochallenge or email your photos to info@sanbag.ca.gov. Your photo could become our Photo of the Week!

 

Monday, May 11th kicks off Bike to Work Week and Friday, May 15th is Bike to Work Day. The San Bernardino Associated Governments urges everyone to bike to work/school or try cycling for fun, fitness or transportation. The week of May 18th is another great opportunity for you to share your 'bike with your family' photos with SANBAGnews.

 

Oh the Places You'll Go...the week of Monday, May 25th show us the places you go on your bike!  Share photos of all the places you bike to with family, friends, and coworkers.  Is it the mountains?  Is it the farmer's market? Is it the park? (#SANBAGphotochallenge)

 

With more than half of the U.S. population living within five miles of their workplace, bicycling is a feasible and fun way to get to the office. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it's not surprising that, from 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 47%.

 

According to a study by the San Diego Association of Governments, one out of five people who participated in their Bike to Work Day promotion as first-time commuters became regular bike commuters.

 

Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, said, "Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need, without having to find extra time to work out. And this year, with gasoline prices as high as they are, biking to work makes more sense than ever."

 

Here are some tips that will help you enjoy biking to work more:

  • Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop.

  • Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash.

  • Ride in the right-most lane that goes in the direction that you are traveling.

  • Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings.

  • Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act.

  • Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns.

 

And, remember, if you're not biking...

 SHARE THE ROAD  ...it moves us all.

 

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State Route 60 / Archibald Avenue Interchange Starts Road to Improvement    

 

SANBAG has awarded a $1.97 million contract for professional services to initiate, study, and design improvements to the State Route 60 Archibald Avenue Interchange.

 

The Archibald Avenue Interchange is located on SR 60 between the Vineyard Avenue Interchange and the Haven Avenue Interchange. The goal of the project is to reduce congestion during peak hours by widening the existing northbound and southbound road to add two left turn pockets, modifying the existing Archibald Avenue Bridge Undercrossing to accommodate the additional lanes, widening the on- and off-ramps, and adding a bike lane.

 

Caltrans is the lead agency for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance. Preliminary Engineering Services are anticipated to include preliminary engineering, Project Initiation Documents (PID), Draft Project Study Report - Project Development Support (PSR-PDS), and Final Project Study Report - Project Development Support. After the Final Environmental Document is approved, the Design phase will begin and include Right-of-Way engineering and support as well as engineering services during construction.

 

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Alabama Street Crossing Starts Soon in Anticipation of Redlands Passenger Rail Project

     

The SANBAG Board approved the Plans, Specifications, and Engineer's Estimate for the Alabama Street and Colton Avenue Grade Crossing Improvements in the City of Redlands, supporting the future implementation of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP) and an on-going City of Redlands street improvement project. The Board also authorized advertisement of the Invitation for Bids for the construction of these improvements.

 

Previously, at the November 6, 2013 Board meeting, SANBAG approved a cooperative agreement with the City of Redlands to complete mutually beneficial grade crossing and roadway improvements at Alabama Street and Colton Avenue. As part of this cooperative agreement, the City is currently constructing improvements at the intersections of Alabama Street-Redlands Boulevard and Colton Avenue-Redlands Boulevard to enhance vehicular traffic level of service at these intersections and improve traffic flow through the surrounding area. Since the City's project necessitates modifications to the railroad at-grade crossings at Alabama Street and Colton Avenue, SANBAG is taking the opportunity to complete grade crossing improvements that support the future Redlands Passenger Rail Project. 

 

Advancing this work will reduce the overall impact of the construction activity needed to build the improvements.


 

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Council of Governments Role Remains Active in Regional Issues; Seeks Funding to Expand


  
 

SANBAG was originally formed as a Council of Governments (COG) in 1973 and is the only forum in the county where representatives from each of the 24 cities in San Bernardino County, as well as the five County Board of Supervisors, can meet together to discuss issues of mutual interest. At the May 6th meeting of the SANBAG Board of Directors, discussion continued on how to grow and enhance SANBAG's COG role on regional issues.

 

SANBAG has historically enjoyed broad participation and leadership in such diverse issues as developing and implementing action items to achieving the Countywide Vision, including the Business Friendly Best Practices Inventory; providing various forums to coordinate activities including the City/County Manager's Technical Advisory Committee, Planning and Development Technical Forum, and Regional Forums around the county; and serving as a resource to our member agencies to guide future planning and development efforts through the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, County Indicators Report, Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Reduction Plan, Data and GIS Mapping Services, and Environmental Planning. SANBAG has also helped homeowners and local governments conserve critical water and energy resources through the Property Assessed Clean Energy program and the Joint Solar Power Procurement.

 

In 2015-2016, SANBAG plans to serve as a coordinating entity to improve recreational opportunities at Cucamonga Canyon and Lytle Creek; continue countywide Visioning efforts, represent our region as the South Coast Air Quality Management District prepares their 2016 Air Quality Management Plan and as the Southern California Association of Governments prepares the 2016 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy; and provide expanded access to energy conservation opportunities in our region.

 

One of the historic constraints for expanding COG activities has been low levels of funding available for these pursuits. As grant opportunities grow and other revenue sources come online, there may be some opportunities to provide additional services in our region. The SANBAG Board of Directors plans to explore these opportunities at a strategic planning workshop in the fall.


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HERO by the numbers     

 

  

 

 

9,577  approved projects

7,942 completed projects

 

$142,357,918 value of completed projects

 

56.3  million KWh saved

15,489 tons of GHGs reduced


 

10 million gallons water saved annually

 


 

HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in San Bernardino County.


 

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