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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.
McEachron, Lovingood Named as SANBAG President, VP for 2015/2016 


On June 3rd, the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board of Directors selected its 2015/2016 Board President and Vice President.  Effective June 18th, Mr. Ryan McEachron, Councilmember for the City of Victorville, will be President and County of San Bernardino First District Supervisor, Mr. Robert Lovingood, will be Vice President.  


Mr. McEachron has served on the SANBAG Board since 2008.  In addition to serving on SANBAG, he has been involved in several community organizations including the Victorville Rotary where he served as their president in 2004/2005. His leadership has earned him appointments to various positions such as the Victorville Planning Commission serving from December 2000 until his election to the Victorville City Council in November 2008. He was also the City's delegate to the Victor Valley Economic Development Authority (VVEDA) from 2010 to 2012. He served on the Victorville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for six years, including a year as the Chairman of the Board in 2000/2001.  Mr. McEachron currently represents the City of Victorville as a Delegate and Chairman of the Mountain/Desert Measure I Committee and District 65 Regional Council Representative to the Southern California Association of Governments.


In November 2012, Mr. Lovingood was elected as the First District Supervisor for the County of San Bernardino. He has been a businessman and entrepreneur in the High Desert since 1989. After spending four years in the Air Force and studying business and economics, Robert moved to Victorville to establish and grow employment staffing companies. He has served on the SANBAG Board for more than two years and has worked to bring greater accountability and a more business-friendly approach to County government. Robert is known for reaching out to the local business community to hear and address some of their more pressing issues. He is passionate about donating his energy, time and financial resources to support a number of non-profit/service organizations and community programs. He served as vice-chair on the Board of Directors for the Lewis Center for Education and chair of the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. He also chaired the Victorville Chamber of Commerce. While Supervisor Lovingood values being a advocate for his High Desert constituents, he also appreciates the need to work with his fellow Board Members for the good of the entire County.




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HOV Lane Opens on Interstate 215


SANBAG, the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the California Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration were joined by Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-31) and other local dignitaries on May 28th to cut the ribbon on the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Project on Interstate 215 (I-215) between San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.


The approximately $170 million project extends the recently completed carpool lane between Orange Show Road in San Bernardino and the 60/91/215 Interchange in Riverside, traversing through the cities of Colton and Grand Terrace. One of the unique features of this two-year operation was the construction and placement of six 1.1 million pound steel trusses to serve as railroad bridges for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad that cross over the Interstate.


Approximately 160,000 vehicles travel this section of I-215 daily, reaching as many as 10,000 per hour during peak commute times. By 2040, that number is expected to jump to an estimated 335,000 vehicles per day and 21,000 per hour during peak commute hours. Forecasts also show a demand for carpool lane use of 97,000 vehicles per day by 2040. The new carpool lanes will encourage ridesharing through carpools and vanpools and improve the efficiency, safety and operations of traffic moving between San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.


Project funding was provided by Measure I (the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in San Bernardino County), Measure A (the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Riverside County), as well as State and Federal funds.




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2015/2016 Annual Budget Adopted   



The SANBAG Board of Directors adopted the Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Budget at the meeting on June 3, 2015. The unanimous approval of the $504.3 million budget follows several months of development designed to solicit extensive review and input into the budget.   The adopted budget includes significant investments in commuter rail projects, highway construction, and funds for local transit and street improvements.


Both program and task level reviews and presentations were given at the General Policy Committee, Metro Valley Study Session, Commuter Rail and Transit Committee, and the Mountain/Desert Committee meetings in February and March.   A complete budget workshop with the full Board of Directors was held on May 6th.




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SANBAG Seeks Public Outreach and Branding Services for Redlands Passenger Rail Project


The Board of Directors authorized the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Public Outreach and Branding Services for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project. SANBAG is looking to award the contract for these services in the fall of this year.


The public outreach work will focus on providing ongoing education about the characteristics of passenger rail service and address impacts associated with the construction of that service through the use of conventional techniques including public briefings, educational forums, workshops, as well as mailers and flyer distribution. This outreach will be augmented by a robust social media/digital engagement element which will include web-based platforms that use a variety of two-way communication and feedback tools. In addition, a comprehensive safety program to educate system users and neighbors of the system on the importance of rail-related safety concerns will be an emphasized feature of the campaign.


Another unique feature of this outreach contract will be the development of a service branding package. Internal and external focus groups will serve as the foundation for the development of an overall brand that will carry forward a name and style guide for materials related to the future service. The goal of the branding effort will be to capture a name and feel for the service that is consistent with the region.


If you're interested in bidding on this or any other SANBAG contracting opportunity, visit us on the web and register with our vendor system to receive all the information you need to participate in the process.



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Transit-Oriented Development Coming near Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink Station  



As San Bernardino County grows over time, a variety of approaches to urban and suburban living are being considered in cities across our region. The SANBAG Board of Directors has authorized an agreement with the City of Rancho Cucamonga to evaluate potential uses of land jointly owned by the City and SANBAG around the Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink Station. Transit-Oriented Development can help increase passenger rail ridership, enhance transit connectivity, and revitalize the areas around transit stations.


The first phase of this agreement is for the City, in cooperation with SANBAG, to distribute a request for qualifications (RFQ) inviting interested and qualified parties to submit their qualifications to the City regarding development and/or entitlement of the property. Those that meet the qualifications will be invited to submit a request for proposals (RFP) to explore transit-oriented, mixed residential and commercial development for this property. The City and SANBAG will collectively make a selection and enter into a Development Agreement with the selected party.




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Local, Veteran Hiring Preferences Pilot Program

The United States Department of Transportation has initiated a pilot program that allows local agencies to include a local and veteran hiring preference on federally funded contracts, subject to federal approval. To participate in the pilot program the contract needs to be advertised by March 6, 2016.


The SANBAG Board of Directors has nominated the Interstate 10 Pepper Avenue Interchange construction project for the pilot program because it will be awarded before the deadline.  SANBAG will work with the California Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration for review and approval.  If this project is selected for the program, it will be eligible for hiring preference incentives in an amount not-to-exceed $50,000.00.




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Rutherford Takes Top Prize in SANBAG Annual Hawaiian Shirt Contest



At the June 3rd Board of Directors Meeting, SANBAG held the 4th Annual "Jim Harris" Hawaiian Shirt Contest.  This annual tradition was started by and named in honor of former SANBAG Board Member Jim Harris (Twentynine Palms) who is well-known for his wide array of colorful, tropical shirts.  


Winner of this year's contest is Supervisor Janice Rutherford, County of San Bernardino, 2nd District, pictured here with Mr. Harris. 



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Below are the Titanium and Platinum sponsors for the 5th Annual SANBAG General Assembly to be held on June 18th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA.  Please take a moment to read up on these generous donors who help make this event a success.  Click here for event and registration details.  

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Titanium Sponsor:  Gerdau


Gerdau is the largest recycler in California. 


Gerdau is a mini-mill steel producer, utilizing millions of tons of recycled steel each year to create new steel products that are used to build bridges, roads, skyscrapers, professional sports arenas and high speed rail. The company's steelmaking process conserves energy, reduces emissions and has a lower carbon footprint than traditional steelmaking.


In San Bernardino County, Gerdau helps build the community by manufacturing, fabricating and placing rebar in major projects. They also distribute rebar to five reinforcing steel facilities throughout California, contributing to projects with LEED certifications due to recycled content and being a regional product.


Platinum Sponsor:  Renovate America


As the provider of the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program, the fastest growing energy efficiency financing program in the nation, Renovate America is leading the way in making communities more efficient. HERO is made possible through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) legislation and partnerships with cities and counties. Our affordable financing creates a path between homeowners looking to save energy and water and over one million eligible products, including: solar, artificial turf, windows, and HVAC systems. HERO delivers wide-ranging benefits from reduced emissions and lowered utility bills, to new jobs and local economic stimulus allowing communities to realize their energy efficient future, today.


Platinum Sponsor:  Kleinfelder


Today's engineering problems are a complex mix of challenges and considerations. Kleinfelder brings well-rounded, holistic thinking and wide-ranging technical experience to help clients move forward. Kleinfelder clients get the benefit of more than 50 years of experience. Half a century of quality engineering doesn't mean stuffy or stuck-in fact, it's the agility to adapt to their clients', and the world's, changing needs that keeps them at the leading edge. 


Platinum Sponsor:  Parsons


Parsons is proud to sponsor the 2015 SANBAG General Assembly. With corporate offices in Southern California, Parsons recognizes the significance of this event and enthusiastically supports SANBAG's theme of working together to envision tomorrow.


Celebrating 70 years of growth in the transportation engineering and construction industry, Parsons provides transportation services on projects of all sizes and complexities. Parsons is known for contributing to the success of projects around the world, including many of SANBAG's ongoing projects, such as I-10 and I-15 Corridor Improvements, the I-215 Bi-County HOV Gap Closure Project, the I-10 Cherry Interchange, and the I-15/I-215 Devore Interchange.




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HERO by the numbers     




9,975 approved projects

8,227 completed projects


$147,538,163 value of completed projects


58.3 million KWh saved

16,046 tons of GHGs reduced


10,614,345 million gallons of water saved


HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in San Bernardino County.