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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.
HomeExtending Metrolink to Downtown Means New Safety Campaign for Community
As part of the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project, an extension of Metrolink to downtown San Bernardino, SANBAG is launching a comprehensive Rail Safety Campaign (RSC). The project corridor extends one mile from the Santa Fe Depot to the recently completed San Bernardino Transit Center, and is located near several businesses, schools, and residents. Historically, this corridor has been fairly inactive. Following the completion of the extension project, however, approximately 40 Metrolink trains will travel through the area daily.
The safety of the community is of the utmost importance to SANBAG, and the RSC's primary focus is on highlighting the new rail service and educating the public on the importance of staying alert and practicing safe habits around train tracks at all times. The campaign will provide safety tactics through a variety of engaging methods such as partnering up with Operation Lifesaver and delivering tailored presentations to local schools, including bus drivers, that are very near to the train tracks in the project corridor. The campaign also includes a comprehensive business outreach program where safety information will be provided to local business owners so they can share it with their patrons.
SANBAG is also taking steps to reach out to more than 20 homeless shelters and non-profits within a one-mile radius of the project to help communicate this safety message to the many people who rely on their services daily.
Partnering up with Operation Lifesaver, initiating several unique outreach tactics and having a consistent presence in the community, SANBAG is looking forward to an informed community that will make constructive efforts to change their travel patterns and practice safe habits around these transportation facilities.
VVTA and Superior Courts Partner to Improve Services for Needles
(From VVTA News)
Beginning August 8, 2016, the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, Barstow District, will begin hearing Small Claims, Traffic, and Landlord Tenant matters from the Needles jurisdiction. The court is scheduling hearing dates for Needles residents to coincide with Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) Route 200 Needles Link, which provides Friday bus service between Needles, Barstow, and Victorville.

The collaborative effort between San Bernardino Superior Court, VVTA, and San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood (SANBAG President) is part of an ongoing effort to restore services that were reduced due to the state budgetary constraints of recent years.

"It's great to begin rebuilding the region and connecting residents to essential services," said Lovingood. "Through launching this service last month, we learned the value of these connections. The route opens up new options for medical, dental, social, and retail services. For veterans, elderly, and children on Medi-Cal, there are no dental services available in Needles. School teachers have shared with us how this bus service bridges that gap between Needles and these readily available services in Barstow."

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Otis Greer Selected as New Director of Legislative and Public Affairs
SANBAG is excited to announce the hiring of Mr. Otis Greer as the new Director of Legislative and Public Affairs.

Otis currently serves as member of the Governmental and Legislative Affairs team for the County of San Bernardino, where he coordinates and facilitates legislative activities to foster stronger interagency relationships with local, state, and federal representatives, associations, and joint powers authorities.  He works closely with the Board of Supervisors, the executive office, and county departments to articulate the legislative priorities of the County at meetings, conferences, and legislative committees. 
Prior to joining the County, Otis served as the Director of Community Affairs for Auto Club Speedway where he led the state advocacy effort for Auto Club Speedway. There he developed and implemented legislative and community affairs programs for the state of California's largest sporting event venue and one of the nation's more highly visible sports brands.  In addition to managing the Speedway's advocacy effort, he served as the primary community liaison, developing sustainable relationships with elected officials, external stakeholders, key community leaders, governmental entities, and community-based organizations.
Otis remains committed to community service which in the past have included being as a Board Member for the Fontana Chamber of Commerce, Inland Empire United Way, Chaffey College Foundation, and as a founding Board Member for the Discover I.E. Tourism Council.  He currently serves as a member of the UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors and as a Commissioner for the City of Rancho Cucamonga Parks and Recreation Commission.  
He is an avid sports fan who enjoys outdoor activities, national parks, and time with his wife and two sons.   Otis graduated from UCR with a Bachelor's in Sociology and from CSU San Bernardino with a Master's in Social Sciences.

RPRP Gets Boost from USDOT TIGER Grant
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded $8.7 million from the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program to the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP). This is a significant contribution to the project cost and represents recognition at the national level that providing choices for transportation remains a priority for the residents of San Bernardino County.
RPRP is a nine-mile rail extension between the Cities of San Bernardino and Redlands that offers a new commuting option while introducing an environmentally sustainable mode of transportation that creates reliable access to employment, education, and health care centers. The new service will broaden and modernize California's rail connectivity in the Inland Empire by linking to the existing San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC), a modern multi-modal hub currently serving five regional bus operators that provide transit access throughout the Inland Empire of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.  In addition, Metrolink is being extended from west connecting commuter rail service to the SBTC by 2017.
"We are thrilled that the USDOT sees the value in supporting key transportation improvements that enhance the quality of life for our residents," SANBAG President Robert Lovingood said. "This new passenger rail service represents one of the solutions to the transportation challenges we face in a fast-growing region."
Existing and future traffic congestion on both the freeways and local arterials will see levels of relief through a cost-effective alternative travel option while also improving transit service, travel times, and corridor safety. Additionally, the project will help the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region meet statewide air pollution and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets by reducing freeway demand and implementing Diesel Multiple Units that are cleaner, quieter, more efficient and cheaper to operate that the traditional locomotive hauled coaches.
Economically, the region will realize more near-term and long-term jobs through connectivity to employment centers and additional transit options that go on to Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Access to the University of Redlands, California State University, San Bernardino, and Loma Linda University will be improved providing more residents a connection to higher education. The world-renowned Loma Linda Medical Center and veteran support services in both Loma Linda and San Bernardino increase in availability through this transportation enhancement as well.
The vehicle procurement process is underway. Construction is slated to begin in 2017 and continue for approximately two years. The new service is expected in 2020.

Fontana Opens its Streets to Active Transportation
On Saturday, July 30th, SANBAG joined the City of Fontana for the 'open streets' event, Sunset on Sierra.  This public gathering showcased many active transportation accomplishments to the community and developed public awareness of active transportation programs. It is aimed at encouraging more use of the active transportation modes while emphasizing the safety of the cyclists and pedestrians in our County.
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) received Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds from the State to start a bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign called Go Human, initiated in partnership with the County Transportation Commissions. The main goal of the Go Human campaign is to encourage Southern Californians to use human-powered transportation and help drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to be more aware of others using the road.  SANBAG participated with Go Human for the Fontana event through the use of a Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) grant.
It is anticipated that other similar events will take place throughout the summer and fall.  Visit to track future events.

24,404 approved projects
14,195 completed projects
$267,014,113 value of completed projects
102.2 million KWh saved annually
27,973 tons of GHGs reduced annually
45.8 million gallons of water saved annually

HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in San Bernardino County.