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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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On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the City and County of San Bernardino was faced with a horrific incident.  We here at SANBAG express our deepest sympathies to the victims and the families and friends of those affected by this tragedy.  We also express our sincere gratitude to all of the first responders and law enforcement.
Many have requested information on efforts endorsed by the County to support the victims of Wednesday's incident.  The County Board of Supervisors and Arrowhead United Way have jointly established the San Bernardino United Relief Fund for County employees and victims of the tragedy.
We encourage you to visit www.ArrowheadUnitedWay.org to find out how you can support those affected by the recent events. We thank you for your prayers and support.
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Council of Governments Activity Enhanced

At the SANBAG Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 2nd, the Board of Directors approved an additional assessment to SANBAG's member agencies to support two new staffing positions and increased Council of Governments (COG) activities.
In September, the Board expressed a desire and commitment to expand SANBAG's role as a COG at their Strategic Planning workshop. Ideas discussed included coordinating regional efforts to assist in the success of ONT, forming a regional nonprofit to apply for funding opportunities, finding new ways to collaborate on emergency preparedness, increasing broadband access for underserved communities through grants and collaboration, and much more.
In the coming months, SANBAG will begin recruiting for the positions of COG Manager and Management Analyst I to oversee the expanded COG activities which currently include but are not limited to the HERO program and the recently formed San Bernardino Energy Leader Partnership.  With the additional staff resources, SANBAG will be able to address a greater variety of tasks in response to Board direction.


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SANBAG Honors Transportation Champions

The SANBAG Board of Directors recognized Assembly Member Cheryl Brown and Senator Connie Leyva for their hard work and advocacy on behalf of our county.  Assembly Member Brown, as the author of AB 914 (Chapter 702, Statutes of 2015), and Senator Leyva as our Senate champion, are at the forefront of helping us bring innovative transportation solutions to the residents of San Bernardino County.  AB 914 provides SANBAG with the necessary legislative authority to implement Express Lane options, as determined by the Board of Directors, on Interstates 10 and 15.  
The SANBAG Board expressed appreciation for their steadfast support for the region and for helping provide input as we further develop these projects to ensure that the projects best match the needs of the community, provide benefits to non-users, and deliver congestion relief to those who travel these corridors.

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RFP for Double Tracking Project on Metrolink San Bernardino Line - Lilac to Rancho
SANBAG staff is moving forward with the initial stage of Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Clearance for the Lilac to Rancho Double Track Project. A request for proposals was approved by the Board of Directors to secure a contractor for this effort.
The project derives from a study that was conducted in partnership between SANBAG and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to identify cost effective infrastructure improvements that would lead to increased average train speeds, reduced travel times and enhanced overall capacity along the Metrolink San Bernardino Line.  Ultimately, the project encompasses eight at-grade crossings which will be analyzed for Quiet Zone compatibility.  In addition, a second platform at the Metrolink Rialto Station and railroad signaling and communication improvements, including Positive Train Control, will be studied.
Details about this opportunity are available on the SANBAG Planet Bids site. 
Click here to learn more.

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Board Member Appointments    
The SANBAG Board of Directors reappointed two members to external agencies on Wednesday and noted the appointments of Members to Board Committees by the SANBAG Board President, Ryan McEachron.
Supervisor Janice Rutherford was re-appointed to the Sam and Alfreda L. Maloof Foundation for the Arts and Crafts for a two-year term, ending on December 31, 2017.  The Foundation was created following the relocation of the Maloof House and Workshop as part of the 210 Freeway project.  The non-profit board participates in the preparation of the Conservation Plan for the house and oversees the activities and assets of the Foundation.
Montclair Mayor Paul Eaton was re-appointed to the Metro Gold Line Phase II Joint Powers Authority, which serves as the forum for the review, development, and recommendation of policies and plans for the extension of the Gold Line from Pasadena to Montclair.  His two-year term expires on December 31, 2017.
Lastly, SANBAG Board President McEachron re-appointed Upland Mayor Ray Musser and Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael to the SANBAG Commuter Rail and Transit Committee.  He also appointed Barstow Mayor Julie McIntyre as Alternate Ex-Officio Member for the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority, which oversees a construction program to mitigate the adverse impacts at at-grade rail crossings along the heavily traveled freight rail corridor between Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.  These two-year terms also expire on December 31, 2017.

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Draft 2016-2040 RTP/SCS and Draft PEIR  Released for Review    
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council approved the release of the Draft 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS) for public review and comment. The Plan's Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) was also approved for release. The decisions came after nearly a year of discussions on critical issues and various components of the Plan at meetings of the board and SCAG's three policy committees.

Both the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS and PEIR will now enter into a 60-day public review and comment period, beginning Dec. 4, 2015, and ending Feb. 1, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. The Draft 2016 RTP/SCS and its appendices are now available for download as PDFs online. The Draft PEIR and its appendices are also available for download.

Click here to go the full SANBAGnewsroom article and access to document links.

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13,246 approved projects
10,987 completed projects
$203,371,210 value of completed projects
 79.6 million KWh saved annually
 21,860 tons of GHGs reduced annually
 24.6 million gallons of water saved annually

HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in San Bernardino County.

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