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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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Quiet Zones Coming to San Bernardino Crossings

At Wednesday's Board Meeting, staff was given approval to move forward with completing design, environmental clearance, and construction improvements related to the implementation of Quiet Zones at two at-grade crossings along the Shortway Subdivision in the City of San Bernardino.
As the construction of the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project progresses toward completion, Metrolink layover and maintenance functions that were occurring at the Santa Fe Depot and the Inland Empire Maintenance Facility have been relocated to the Eastern Maintenance Facility, located on the Shortway Subdivision in the City of Colton. Due to this relocation, train movements along the Shortway and through the at-grade crossings of West Rialto Avenue and West Walnut Street in San Bernardino will increase from the current eight per day to 24 per day causing the local residents to experience potential increases in the level of train-related noise. Implementing Quiet Zones at these two at-grade crossings will help to lessen the impact on those residents by eliminating the routine sounding of train horns when traveling through the area.

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Public Outreach Bench Established for Capital Projects in San Bernardino County
In an effort to enhance the public's experience during project delivery, the Board of Directors approved three consulting contracts for public outreach to Caltrop Engineering, Michael Baker International, and Simon Wong Engineering.  These three public relations teams will serve as a bench for on-call services as it relates to the robust capital project program.
The outreach program will be managed directly by the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.  The goal of this effort is to enhance responsiveness to the public and to changing conditions in the field by offering a multi-tiered approach to generate more public involvement, educational opportunities, safety awareness programs, and project impact mitigation measures.
Managing the work among the members of the bench will also streamline delivery of the outreach effort and optimize expenditures to be able reach a greater number of interested parties.  The teams will be tasked with providing public outreach using a variety of strategies, including but not limited to:
  • Community briefings
  • Public hearings/meetings
  • Media relations
  • Digital engagement
  • Website development and management
  • Event coordination and management

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Public Open House for US 395 Widening Project

The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) invite the public to attend an Open House for the first phase of the U.S. Highway 395 Widening Project. The Open House will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the High Desert Mavericks Conference Center located at 12000 Stadium Way, Adelanto, CA 92301.
This meeting will provide information about the project process and the proposed improvements along US 395 between SR-18 and Chamberlaine Way, in the cities of Victorville and Adelanto.

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CTSA Responsibilities Transferred to Omnitrans 
The Board of Directors, acting in its capacity as the San Bernardino County Transportation Commission and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, approved terminating SANBAG's obligations to provide future Measure I Valley area consolidated transportation services agency (CTSA) funding to Valley Transportation Services (VTrans). 
Subsequently, the Board approved allocating Measure I CTSA funds to Omnitrans to provide for the coordination of transit services for seniors and persons with disabilities for the valley portion of San Bernardino County. These actions support previous Board positions to provide taxpayers with the best services available.  This consolidation with Omnitrans will allow for direct coordination of services and accrual of operations savings for reinvestment into future services.
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CARB Grant for Zero Emission Truck Project
In 2015, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) solicited grant applications that would implement and administer a Multi-Source Facility Demonstration Project under the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and Low Carbon Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Investments.  This project is part of a $50 million allocation for advanced technology freight demonstrations. SANBAG submitted a proposal to CARB to test battery electric technologies at freight support facilities. The proposal is called the Multi-Class Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Truck Development Project for Intermodal and Warehouse Facilities.  SANBAG was selected to be a grant recipient for $9,100,800 with required match funds in the amount of $10,212,172 for a project total of $19,312,972. The match funds for this grant will be provided entirely by our project partners: BYD, BNSF, Eagle Intermodal, and Daylight Transport. This project is sponsored by SANBAG who will provide administrative oversight. The project demonstration will begin upon contract execution and will continue through approximately April 15, 2019. Trucks will be delivered in two phases, with lessons learned from phase one incorporated in the phase two deployments.
The purpose of this project is to demonstrate zero-emission battery electric technologies to replace the two most common trucks at freight support facilities across the United States: Class 8 Yard Trucks and Class 5 Service Trucks. The battery technologies for both of these truck types are in the pre-commercialized stage. However, the technology partner for the proposed project, BYD, is currently developing prototypes and manufacturing capabilities to support the expected rapid growth of these product lines. Both truck types will be powered entirely by BYD's electric propulsion systems, including iron phosphate batteries, inverters, and traction motors. BNSF Railway, the largest intermodal rail operator in the world, is the principal technology demonstrator and will be demonstrating ten yard trucks each at their facilities in San Bernardino and Commerce for a total of twenty yard trucks.
Daylight Transport, a leading national LTL (Less than truckload shipping) provider, will be demonstrating an additional three yard trucks at a new facility in Fontana that will be supported with battery storage and solar. All three of these locations will also be demonstrating a total of four medium duty service trucks, which are used to provide maintenance and service support for yard tractors, rubber tire gantry cranes, and forklifts.  They also have the ability to serve in other capacities and environments, which enhances future commercialization prospects.


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Board Recognizes Leonard for 8 Years of Service
SANBAG President Ryan McEachron presented Mr. Mike Leonard, Council Member with the City of Hesperia, with the coveted SANBAGger Award for his eight years of service to the Board of Directors.   Mr. Leonard had been a member of the Commuter Rail and Transit Committee, the Metro Valley Study Session, and Mountain/Desert Committee, as well as holding the role of Vice President in 2014/2015 during his tenure with the agency.

Mr. Leonard represented Hesperia at SANBAG from 2007 to 2015. 

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14,005 approved projects
11,742 completed projects
$219,035,712 value of completed projects
 85 million KWh saved annually
 23,379 tons of GHGs reduced annually
 28.1 million gallons of water saved annually

HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in
San Bernardino County.

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