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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.
2015 General Assembly Celebrates Vision  


On June 18th, SANBAG held its 5th Annual General Assembly.  The purpose of the event is to highlight the Board's accomplishments under President L. Dennis Michael, recognize leaders in the County for their community involvement, and celebrate SANBAG's incoming Board president.  Five Vision Awards were given to individuals that exemplified public service in communities across the County.  The Keynote speaker, General Wesley K. Clark (ret.), inspired approximately 300 guests to come up with a strategy to improve the quality of life  in San Bernardino County.  The assembly concluded with the passing of the gavel from outgoing President L. Dennis Michael to newly elected SANBAG President Ryan McEachron.  


Mr. McEachron, Councilmember for the City of Victorville, was chosen by his peers to serve as SANBAG's 2015/2016 Board President and First District County Supervisor, Mr. Robert Lovingood, has been selected to serve as Vice President. 




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SANBAG Working with US Forest Service on Forest Management Plan 


SANBAG, acting in its Council of Government capacity, is working with the US Forest Service to complete a Forest Management Plan for the San Bernardino County portion of the San Gabriel Mountains. This natural resource provides wonderful recreation and wilderness experiences as well as important habitat. The San Gabriel Mountains also interface with urban areas and rural communities.


A coordinated effort is necessary to complete a plan that could be used by all residents of the county.  In 2014, President Obama created the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.  Leaders within our county asked for the portions of the San Gabriel Mountains that are in the county to be excluded in the Monument. The request was honored and stakeholders now have the opportunity to talk about the San Gabriel Mountains and weigh-in with their desires and concerns.




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Much-anticipated US 395 Widening Project Moves Closer to Construction 


The SANBAG Board of Directors recently approved a contract with Epic Land Solutions, Inc. for Right-of-Way (ROW) services related to Phase I of the US-395 Widening Project between State Route (SR) 18 and Chamberlain Way in the City of Adelanto. 


The improvements for US-395 have been divided into nine segments to make project funding and delivery more manageable.  Phase I includes Segments 5, 6, 7 and 8 and proposes widening US-395 to four lanes and adding turn lanes and signals at various intersections within the limits.  SANBAG will be the lead for all ROW tasks associated with acquisition and utility relocation, Caltrans will provide the ROW engineering and will be responsible for issuing the ROW Certification.


The scope of work includes the services for title and escrow, appraisal, acquisition, condemnation support, relocation assistance, utility coordination, property management, demolition and clearance, disposal/sale of excess property or land, right-of way certification support, and other specialty ROW related services to obtain the ROW certification for the project and any post-ROW Certification work that is required.  A public meeting will be held later this summer to educate the public on the remaining aspects of the project, including construction that is expected to begin in mid to late 2017. 


Details will be available at www.sanbag.ca.gov as they become available.




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Efficiencies in Project Delivery Discussed for I-10 and I-15 Corridor Projects


As studies conclude toward the development of a draft environmental document for the I-10 and I-15 Corridor Projects, and a decision about a preferred alternative is being evaluated by the SANBAG Board of Directors, staff is looking for ways to find efficiencies in the delivery process and potential cost savings for the project.


For example, should Express Lanes be selected as the Preferred Alternative for the I-10 Corridor Project, a significant amount of project funding would be derived from toll revenue-backed funding sources. One of the major sources of toll revenue-backed funding identified in the I-10 and I-15 Financial Plan is a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) secured loan. The TIFIA program provides Federal credit assistance to nationally or regionally significant surface transportation projects, including highway, transit, and rail. Benefits of TIFIA secured loans include low interest rates and flexible, long-term repayment terms. For the I-10 and I-15 Corridor Projects, funding is equivalent to 33 percent of the eligible project costs.


The TIFIA schedule originally built into the I-10 project delivery calendar assumed a traditional TIFIA process.  However, recent discussions with senior U.S. Department of Transportation staff have indicated that there may be an opportunity to accelerate the TIFIA process, which would enable the preliminary TIFIA agreements to be achieved and potentially securing lower interest rates. 

It should be noted that beginning the TIFIA loan process early does not commit the Board to a decision about their ultimate recommendation of an alternative.  The release of the Draft Environmental Document is expected this fall. 


To learn more about the I-10 and I-15 Corridor Projects, visit the web at www.1015projects.com.



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Draft Countywide Transportation Plan seeks Input from the Public

SANBAG has released the draft Countywide Transportation Plan for public and agency review and comment. The purpose of the Countywide Transportation Plan is to lay out a strategy for long term investment in and management of San Bernardino County's transportation assets. It is serving as input to the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy being prepared by the Southern California Association of Governments. We look forward to receiving public comments that assist in defining the best course of action.


To see the draft plan and learn about how you can participate in the development of this important document, visit us on the web at www.sanbag.ca.gov and follow the links in our breaking news section.




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22-Bay Bus Facility Opens this Summer

The San Bernardino Transit Center is nearing completion.  This new transportation hub for east valley connections between bus and rail transit systems will celebrate its completion on August 24th at the corner of Rialto Avenue and E Street in downtown San Bernardino.


The project is a collaborative effort between SANBAG and Omnitrans and will offer commuters and travelers access to a 22-bay bus facility, connections to Metrolink, and the SBX rapid bus system that connects to California State University, San Bernardino and veteran and medical facilities in Loma Linda.


SANBAG President Ryan McEachron and other area officials will be on hand to cut the ribbon on this multi-modal facility that links San Bernardino County residents with the rest of the region.




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Measure I Serves as Key Funding Piece for Transportation in San Bernardino County


SANBAG, acting as the County Transportation Authority, administers Measure I revenue and is responsible for determining which projects receive Measure I funding, and ensuring that transportation projects are implemented.  Measure I funds are allocated based on a strategic plan that defines the policy framework for delivery of the projects. 


As part of the 2010-2040 Measure I Strategic Plan, the SANBAG Board approved the creation of the Valley Arterial sub-program under the Major Street Program.  On July 1st, the Board of Directors approved the Measure I funding allocation and project list for the Valley Major Street Program/Arterial Sub-Program for fiscal year 2015/16.  Strategic Plan Policy 4006 requires each valley jurisdiction to execute a Jurisdiction Master Agreement with SANBAG to be eligible for reimbursements associated with their particular projects.


In addition, SANBAG annually allocates a variety of funds to the transit operators in San Bernardino County.  SANBAG's role in each of the fund sources varies as well as the parameters by which the operators can use the funds.  These funds include, but are not limited to, the Local Transportation Fund, State Transit Assistance funds, Prop 1B funds, Federal Transit Administration funds, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds, and a new source of State funding from the Low Carbon Transit Operation Program.  SANBAG staff worked with each of the transit operators to determine their funding needs for Fiscal Year 2015/16.  Transit operator funding allocations to the City of Needles, Morongo Basin Transit Authority, Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority, Omnitrans, Victor Valley Transit Authority and Valley Transportation Services were also approved by the Board on July 1st.



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STIP Funds being Evaluated for Transportation Projects in the Region

State law requires the adoption of a Fund Estimate (FE) prepared by Caltrans in the summer of each odd numbered year as a basis for preparation and adoption of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) in April of each even year.  Caltrans will present a draft FE at the June 2015 CTC meeting, and the final FE is scheduled for adoption by the CTC on August 26, 2015.


At this time there is estimated to be no new STIP programming capacity in either of the two years added to the five-year cycle of STIP programming (fiscal years 2019/2020 and 2020/2021).  Because of this, it is assumed that there will be constrained programming capacity and some current programming may be required to be pushed to later years.  In addition to the release of the draft FE, there are other discussions that will be occurring at the June CTC meeting that could affect the final STIP proposal.  


First, Caltrans and CTC staff have warned of a possible need for an allocation plan for Fiscal Year 2015/2016.  Allocation plans have been used in the past to set priorities for allocation in years where the amount of STIP programmed statewide exceeds the forecast allocation capacity.  The other discussion that will impact the final STIP proposal is the annual programming capacity and how that correlates to the project contract award schedules.  Therefore staff will be reviewing current project schedules and the availability of other fund sources to backfill the shortfall in STIP revenue to ensure that these projects are delivered on-time and with the least risk of loss of funding.


SANBAG's proposal for STIP programming is to be submitted to the CTC by December 15, 2015, and final CTC adoption of the 2016 STIP is scheduled for March 2016.  Staff is beginning development of programming and scheduling priorities for the 2016 STIP and will be presenting recommendations to the Committees in August for approval by the Board in September 2015.  A September Board approval is necessary so that Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) can complete the project performance analysis that must accompany the STIP submittal to the CTC.




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New Policy Focuses on SANBAG Appointees

Motivated by stewardship and transparency, the SANBAG Board of Directors adopted a proactive policy at the July meeting regarding appointments to external Boards or Commissions. 


The new policy establishes that any appointment SANBAG is entitled to make to a committee, governing body, or board of directors of any organization that receives Measure I funds must be given to an "Elected Representative". An "Elected Representative" is defined as a mayor or council member from any city or town in San Bernardino County or a member of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.




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HERO by the numbers     



10,511 approved projects

8,609 completed projects


$154,869,045 value of completed projects


61.6 million KWh saved annually

16,927 tons of GHGs reduced annually


12.8 million gallons of water saved annually



HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in San Bernardino County.