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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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Interchange Project at I-10 and Pepper Avenue Includes Local, Veteran Hiring Pilot Program

The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board of Directors approved the award of a construction contract to MCM Construction, Inc. to build bridge and interchange improvements at the Interstate 10/Pepper Avenue Interchange.  Construction activities are expected to begin by Spring 2016.
 
One of the more notable features of this project is the introduction of a pilot program from the Federal Highway Administration that allows for a geographic labor hiring preference and veterans hiring preference.  SANBAG requested the opportunity and it represents one of the first-of-its-kind to be granted.  Local and veteran hiring preferences have long been desired by area elected officials and community leaders.  The outcomes of this program may contribute to a change in direction on future federally funded projects in San Bernardino County.
 
The improvements at I-10/Pepper Avenue are scheduled to be complete by early 2018.
 
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Low Carbon Transit Operations Program Funding Allocations Identified for San Bernardino County

The SANBAG Board acting in its capacity as the San Bernardino Country Transportation Commission allocated more than two million dollars to transit programs in the San Bernardino Valley and Mountain/Desert subareas as part of the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP).

LCTOP was established by the California Legislature in 2014 and is part of the Transit, Affordable Housing, and Sustainable Communities Program.  It was created to provide transit operating and capital assistance to eligible project sponsors in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility, with an emphasis on serving disadvantaged communities.

The $2,038,266 of LCTOP funding was allocated as follows: 
  • Transit Marketing and Fare Subsidies for Mountain/Desert Operators $461,683
  • Victor Valley Transit Authority Bus Stop and Transfer Center Improvements $282,148
  • Omnitrans Route 290 Pilot Program Expansion $440,000
  • Omnitrans Freeway Express Pilot Program $300,000
  • Omnitrans Ontario Airport Shuttle Service Pilot Program $554,435
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Construction Management Team Selected for Monte Vista Grade Separation Project in Montclair  

As part of the ongoing effort to reduce congestion, improve local circulation, reduce residential and business impacts, and enhance public safety, the SANBAG Board approved a contract between the agency and Kleinfelder/Simon Wong Engineering for construction management services for the upcoming Monte Vista Grade Separation Project.

This critical enhancement to transportation located near the intersection of Monte Vista Avenue and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in the City of Montclair looks to construct a new bridge, retaining walls, traffic signals, drainage and erosion control improvements.  Bringing on the construction management team ensures construction standards are applied, while providing an opportunity to communicate the construction progress to local residents, commuters, and business owners.

Construction of the Monte Vista Grade Separation project is expected to start in early 2017 and continue for approximately 18 months.
    
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Safe Routes to Schools
 
As part of an effort to expand the Countywide Non-motorized Transportation Plan to be more inclusive than the historically bicycle-focused plan, SANBAG is soliciting consulting services to develop a second phase of a regional Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) plan. Funding for this activity comes from the California Active Transportation Program.
 
Phase one was focused on developing implementable strategies within a framework of select areas within the county, focusing on the following criteria:
  • Benefits to safety in areas with poor bicycle or pedestrian facilities, a history of collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians, or other barriers to active transportation,
  • Benefits to mode share in areas where investments in SRTS have the potential to shift trips to walking and cycling, based on population and existing facilities. 
  • Project readiness identifies the most ready projects, based on previous planning efforts, grants received, and demonstrated interest in SRTS activities.
  • Equity considerations to identify areas that have a high need for services, including areas with poor environmental quality or areas with low household incomes.
Phase two will look at two key areas. First, a Student Travel Data Collection Strategy will be developed. This collection strategy will inventory existing school data sources and identify ways to capture trends for prioritizing investments. Second will be using phase one analysis to develop an inventory of needed infrastructure improvements.
 
For more information on this opportunity, click here for the full January 2016 SANBAG Board Agenda and see Item 13.

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Financial Advisors Secured for I-10/I-15 Projects

Acting as the San Bernardino Country Transportation Authority, the SANBAG Board of Directors voted to award Ernst & Young Infrastructures Advisors, LLC a contract for Financial Advisor Services for the Interstate 10 and Interstate 15 Corridor Projects.  The nearly $2 million contract marks one more step toward securing adequate funding for Express Lanes on I-10, the Board-identified locally preferred alternative for that route.

Previous Board actions directed staff to identify opportunities to accelerate the schedule for the Transportation Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan process.  Securing the financial advisors of Ernst & Young allows for the project team to prepare for a Fall 2016 application of this important funding source for the estimated $1.8 billion dollar freeway improvement project.

Staff is finalizing the Draft Environmental Document for I-10, scheduled for circulation in Febuary/March of this year.  Public meetings will be held in different locations along the 33-mile corridor to give the public convenient opportunity to comment on the project studies.  Visit 1015projects.com to learn more about the projects and how you can get involved. 
 
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A Look Back at 2015 State Legislative Issues 
  
The SANBAG Board of Directors received an update on State items of interest.  In 2015, the agency's state advocacy efforts focused on a number of key topics including Innovative Project Delivery, Transportation Funding, Climate Change Initiatives, the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA), Local Control, Council of Governments, Post-Redevelopment, Public Works, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and Transit and Rail. The Board also received an update on carry-over issues that can be expected in 2016.

Understanding the activities coming out of the California Legislature affords the Board of Directors the opportunity to evaluate issues that relate to the county, enhancing their ability to effectively manage the resources used for Council of Governments and transportation activities delivered by SANBAG.
  
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Public Invited to Forum on Transportation - Jan 14
 
The California Transportation Commission, Southern California Association of Governments, Riverside County Transportation Commission and San Bernardino Associated Governments invite you to a public forum to learn more about the local, regional and state role in funding road projects and maintenance, the impacts and reasons for California's deteriorating transportation system, proposed short-term and long-term funding solutions, and the potential implementation of a road charge based on miles driven to stabilize road repair and maintenance funding.  The event will be held at the Riverside County Administration Center from 4:00pm - 6:30pm, Thursday, January 14th. 
  
Representatives from Inland Empire local business organizations, San Bernardino Associated Governments, Riverside County Transportation Commission, California Department of Transportation, Southern California Association of Governments and the California Transportation Commission will discuss and generate feedback on topics such as: 
  • How does the current condition of the Inland Empire's transportation system affect economic growth and regional competitiveness?
  • What are the near-term and long-term transportation needs in the Inland Empire and in California?
  • How can we stabilize and increase funding needed for repair and maintenance of highways, roads and local streets?
  • How do we pay for ongoing operation and maintenance costs for our transportation network?
  • What are some of the key transportation projects that are being planned in the Inland Empire? 
Your voice is needed to help identify and implement policies to ensure that all Californians benefit from a well-maintained and efficiently-functioning transportation system. Please plan to attend. 
 
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13,588 approved projects
11,345 completed projects
$210,504,852 value of completed projects
 
 82.1 million KWh saved annually
 
 22,549 tons of GHGs reduced annually
 
 26.9 million gallons of water saved annually

HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in
San Bernardino County.

 
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