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I-10 Corridor Project Public Hearings:
  San Bernardino, CA
  DoubleTree Hotel
  Tue., May 17, 2016
  4:30p - 7:30p
  Bloomington, CA
  Bloomington Sr. Center
  Wed., May 18, 2016
  4:30p - 7:30p
  Ontario, CA
  Ontario Airport Hotel
  Thu., May 19, 2016
  4:30p - 7:30p

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The San Bernardino Associated Governments (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.
State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Update
The Board received an update on the decrease of STIP funding and deprogramming of SANBAG priority projects. On April 13, 2016, SANBAG staff submitted the second revised proposed 2016 STIP programming. Staff proposed to reprogram the State Route 210 Widening and I-10 Express Lane Phase 2 projects because these project schedules matched the assumed fiscal year capacity most closely.
On April 22, 2016, CTC staff issued their recommendations for 2016 STIP programming that will be presented to the CTC at their meeting on May 18-19, 2016; recommending funding in the amount of $25m for State Route 210 Widening and a decrease in funding for I-10 Express Lane Phase 2 from $65m to $40m.
Staff has expressed concern that the San Bernardino County programming has been cut by almost 50% while other counties have seen far less of a hit. CTC staff explained that because of the criteria developed by CTC staff and how they relate to the specifics of programming in all of the counties, San Bernardino County is one of the counties, including San Francisco, Solano, and Contra Costa, that is hit hard under the current rules. It is unknown if funding for deletion will truly receive priority in future programming, as CTC staff has noted that the current funding crisis that caused this deprogramming exercise must be addressed to make this a possibility.

Redlands Passenger Rail Maintenance Facility
The Board, acting as the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, approved a contract with STV, Inc. for Maintenance Facility Design Services on the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP).
STV, Inc. will assist SANBAG staff with performing project concept definition, design services, securing necessary permits, design services during construction, and support services during outreach and coordination with third parties as required for the construction of the RPRP Maintenance Facility. The Maintenance Facility will provide overnight storage and maintenance services of the rail vehicles for RPRP.
After consideration of their technical proposal and interview, the Committee ranked STV, Inc. first due to demonstrated familiarity with the project, identification of project concerns, and providing rational solutions. STV, Inc. provided innovative ideas and creative suggestions that will help provide a functional facility while maintaining budget goals.

Green Tree Extension in Victorville
The Green Tree Boulevard Extension project is the final segment needed to complete the Yucca Loma Corridor Project, which constructs a new east/west major roadway through the Victor Valley on the east side of Interstate 15. This critical project will help alleviate traffic delays on the other heavily congested arterials connecting to Interstate 15. The Yucca Loma Corridor lies within three jurisdictions, beginning in the east at Apple Valley Road in the Town of Apple Valley, extending west across the northern boundary of Spring Valley Lake in the County of San Bernardino unincorporated area, and ending in the City of Victorville at Hesperia Road and the new I-15/La Mesa-Nisqualli Interchange.
The Project consists of four segments:
  • The first segment within Apple Valley constructs a new bridge over the Mojave River on Yucca Loma Road.
  • The second segment, widening of Yates Road in the County area from two to four lanes, was constructed concurrently with the new bridge, and work on both of these segments is nearing completion.
  • The third segment, widening of Yucca Loma Road from the new bridge east to Apple Valley Road, is currently under construction.
  • The extension of Green Tree Blvd. from Hesperia Road east to Yates Road is the fourth and final segment and lies primarily within Victorville. This project includes constructing a new roadway and a bridge over the BNSF tracks.  
With a total estimated cost of $42 million, funding construction of the final segment in Victorville has been a tough challenge to completing the corridor. In compliance with the SANBAG Nexus Study and the Measure I Strategic Plan, all four segments have required a Local Development Contribution Share from the cities and County to match the Public Share provided by SANBAG. For the Green Tree Extension Project, Victorville is required to contribute a local share of $18.8 million. To facilitate and expedite construction, Victorville has requested a loan under Measure I Strategic Plan Policy VVMLH-32 which allows SANBAG to loan up to two thirds of the Local Share to be repaid by Victorville with future development impact fees as they are collected.
As part of the 2016 Update to the Ten Year Delivery Plan, SANBAG staff has performed a preliminary analysis that indicates that bonding will be necessary to fund this loan. As such, Victorville will be responsible for any bonding costs incurred by SANBAG, including interest expense and a $2,750 loan administration fee. With its approval of the Loan Agreement, the SANBAG Board has unanimously provided a solution to the funding challenge that would otherwise threaten the completion of this very important project that will benefit residents throughout the Victor Valley.

Ontario International Airport Authority Taking Off in a New Direction
The SANBAG Board of Directors received an energetic presentation from Mr. Kelly Fredericks, the new CEO of the Ontario International Airport Authority. Mr. Fredericks updated the Board on the status of the Ontario Airport and summarized what is to be expected in the upcoming months. Through continued partnership, ONT should obtain local control around July 1, 2016.
Like any new organization, it will take time to fully implement the full potential of the airport, but in the short-term there are four noticeable changes coming soon:
  1. Reduce airport cost
  2. Enhance airport business
  3. Expand air service
  4. Customer service 
Mr. Fredericks commended the airport Board of Directors, Alan Wapner, Jim Bowman, Curt Hagman, Ron Loveridge, and Lucy Dunn for their tireless work and partnership in getting to where they are today.

Understanding Education Challenges in San Bernardino County
County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ted Alejandre and Director for the County Alliance for Education Dr. Lynne Kennedy presented the SANBAG Board of Directors with an enlightening update on the status of education in San Bernardino County. As part of the Countywide Vision, K-12 education remains a critical priority to elevating the region socially and economically.
Advancements in academic achievement have risen slowly within the county, but remain far from desired levels.  Dr. Alejandre offered that the use of technology will be a vital piece to ensuring that students in the region remain competitive.
"In today's society, the use of technology to engage students and encourage student learning is one of the better ways to realize results," Dr. Alejandre said during Wednesday's meeting of the Board of Directors.

The Board has requested regular updates on the status of education to remain an active participant in realizing this part of the vision for the county.   
15,392 approved projects
13,017 completed projects
$244,270,946 value of completed projects
93.8 million KWh saved annually
25,781 tons of GHGs reduced annually
37.2 million gallons of water saved annually

HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in San Bernardino County.

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