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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.
HomeSouth Coast AQMD Shares Update on Draft 2016 Air Quality Management Plan
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) released the draft 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) for review on June 30, 2016.

The Plan is required under the Federal Clean Air Act, which requires attainment of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for criteria air pollutants, i.e. pollutants causing human health impacts due to their release from numerous sources.

The AQMP is the plan for the South Coast Air Basin, which includes the San Bernardino Valley and the mountain subarea. The Basin also covers all of Orange County and most of Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, collectively representing a population of almost 17 million.

The remainder of San Bernardino County falls under the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

Construction Manager Selected for Redlands Passenger Rail Project
As part of delivering the complex Redlands Passenger Rail Project, the Board of Directors approved an award of a contract for Construction Management Services to AECOM.
This five-year contract valued at more than $17 million will support staff in the execution of a quality, effective construction effort that will provide passenger rail service in the east valley of San Bernardino County.
The Redlands Passenger Rail Project is currently in final design with construction scheduled to begin in 2017.  The public can expect passenger rail service to begin in 2020.

Unmet Transit Needs Hearings Scheduled for September
Each year the San Bernardino County Transportation Commission is required by Public Utilities Code Sections 99238.5 and 99401.5 to hold public hearings for obtaining testimony regarding unmet transit needs that can be reasonably met and must adopt findings prior to making an allocation of Local Transportation Funds (LTF) for street purposes. The information obtained at these hearings will be used in the planning and budget development of the affected transit operators for the subsequent fiscal year, as recommended in the transit operators' performance audit. Written comments will also be accepted until November 30, 2016.
Two public hearings are proposed with the locations being the Morongo Basin and Victor Valley. The Boards of Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA) and the Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) will serve as the hearing boards at their respective locations. In accordance with the SANBAG Board action in June 1993, a public hearing will not be held in the Valley as all LTF revenues are committed to transit. The schedules for the proposed hearings are as follows:

Upper Desert Region
Monday, September 19, 2016, at 9:30am
Victor Valley Transit Authority
17150 Smoketree Street
Hesperia, California 92345

Lower Desert Region
Thursday, September 22, 2016, at 5:00 pm
Helen Gray Center
6601 White Feather Road
Joshua Tree, California 92252

Needles Connector Project Moves Forward

The SANBAG Board of Directors approved an allocation of $218,000 in Colorado River Subarea Major Local Highway Program funds to the City of Needles for the Needles Connector Project.

The project will provide street improvements along an approximately one-mile corridor in the City. The Project limits include J Street, West Broadway Street, Needles Highway, and North K Street.

The proposed project includes intersection improvements at J Street and West Broadway Street, West Broadway Street and Needles Highway, and Needles Highway and North K Street. Improvements will include traffic signals, turn lanes, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pedestrian access, removing and replacing existing roadbed and asphalt pavement, striping, improved signage, reconstruction or adding sidewalks and ADA access ramps, replacing existing retaining walls, and addressing localized flooding.
Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee Selection Process
The Board of Directors approved the process for the selection of two members of the Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC) to fill vacancies that will be created on December 31, 2016, due to term limits.

When Measure I was renewed by the voters, it included a requirement that an ITOC be formed. The ITOC provides citizen review to ensure that all Measure I funds are spent by SANBAG in accordance with provisions of the Measure I Expenditure Plan.

Measure I states that there will be an open process to select the committee members. Measure I also states: "In no case shall any voting committee member serve more than eight years on the ITOC." Mr. Rod Johnson and Mr. Richard Haller both have terms expiring on December 31, 2016, and both will be concluding six years of service on the ITOC. This makes them ineligible to serve another full term of four years. For this reason, a process must be started to select new ITOC members to serve beginning January 1, 2017.

For more information on the ITOC, click here to see the Measure I Ordinance 04-01.

Business to Business Expo Scheduled for September 28 in Chino Hills
The San Bernardino Associated Governments has announced September 28 as the date for the 4th Annual Business to Business Expo.

Members, both big and small, from the contracting community are invited to come out and network with other representatives from both the public and private sectors. 

This 3-hour event designed to create opportunities for small business contractors to connect with larger firms features breakout sessions on subjects suited for all attendees.  This year's program will highlight the resources available to small business contractors, as well as a preview for Contract 1 of the future I-10 Express Lane Project.  In addition, Caltrans and the Riverside County Transportation Commission will join SANBAG to have staff on site for answering questions about current and future contracting opportunities.

Don't miss out on this once-a-year opportunity.  Attendance is free, but space is limited.  Register today.  Click here for more information.

24,747 approved projects
14,721 completed projects
$277,228,447 value of completed projects
106.4 million KWh saved annually
29,064 tons of GHGs reduced annually
48.8 million gallons of water saved annually

HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in San Bernardino County.