February 2024 Edition

2024 is moving at full steam ahead for Cucamonga Station Partners as the new year delivers new opportunities, attractions and investments. The transformation of the Inland Empire as a transportation, tourism, business and entertainment destination is coming into clearer focus.


From the Epicenter Master Plan in Rancho Cucamonga that plans to evolve 56-acres in the HART District, to Brightline West securing $2.5 billion in Private Activity Bonds for the high-speed passenger rail service between Las Vegas and Rancho Cucamonga, to the grand opening of Brewery X at the Ontario International Airport, there is no shortage of growth taking place in the region.


There is much to be excited about with the boundless opportunities that Cucamonga Station and its partners are bringing to the Inland Empire. Follow our transformation as 2024 is already shaping up to be a huge year!


To schedule a presentation for your organization on the latest exciting milestones and business opportunities tied to transportation development, please email cucamongastation@cityofrc.us.

Epicenter Master Plan Approved



Epicenter Master Plan area and artist renderings of potential future uses.


Approved by the Rancho Cucamonga City Council in December 2023, the Epicenter Master Plan is an exciting opportunity to revitalize the area surrounding the Epicenter Sports Complex by creating a fun, active district which will serve as a destination for recreation, entertainment, and gathering.


Through strategic urban design and development, the Epicenter Master Plan seeks to transform the area into a thriving destination that promotes economic growth, enhances quality of life, and fosters a strong sense of community. By creating a walkable framework, leveraging unique existing anchors and assets, and attracting new lively uses, the plan aims to create a dynamic urban environment that benefits residents, businesses, and visitors alike.


To learn more about the Epicenter Master Plan, click here.

ONT Reaches New Heights with 6.4M Passengers in 2023, Opens New Global Entry Enrollment Center, and Welcomes Brewery X to Terminal 2

2023 was a record year for ONT as passenger volumes eclipsed 6.4 million.


For Ontario International Airport (ONT), 2023 was a banner year as it welcomed more than 6.4 million passengers. This was a 12% increase over 2022 and nearly 850,000 more than pre-pandemic 2019. ONT also saw the highest number of international travelers at 417,000, which shattered the previous record of 304,000 in 2019. This all points to ONT being a top connection point for domestic and international travelers, which bolsters the

regional economy and makes the Inland Empire a hub for commerce.


ONT also is making it easier for international travelers as it became the sixth airport in California to have a Global Entry Enrollment Center. This popular program by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection allows for expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Global Entry uses specialized processing technology and dedicated lanes to expedite clearance for arriving international travelers who have passed a rigorous background check and in-person interview. The new center

comes as ONT has seen international travel volumes double over the past year, with popular direct flights to Taiwan, Mexico and Latin America.


And in January this year, ONT announced that Brewery X, one of Southern California’s most popular craft breweries, is now open in Terminal 2. The opening of Brewery X is the latest in ONT’s commitment to enhancing the customer experience through creative partnerships, new product offerings and amenities, and in-demand restaurants and retailers. For the latest on ONT, visit www.flyontario.com.

ONT becomes the sixth airport in California with a Global Entry Enrollment Center, which makes flying easier for international travelers.

West Valley Connector Project Construction Activities Underway

Crews begin construction activities on Holt Avenue in Ontario for the new 19-mile West Valley Connector Bus Rapid Transit Line that will connect to Cucamonga Station.

The highly-anticipated West Valley Connector Project is now under construction. The San Bernardino County Transportation Agency (SBCTA) began work activities on the 19-mile, 100% zero-emission Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that will connect major destinations that include ONT, Victoria Gardens, Ontario Mills Mall, Toyota Arena and Cucamonga Station, and will be operated by Omnitrans.


Current work such as vegetation clearing and potholing activities to confirm utility lines is taking place along westbound Holt Boulevard between Benson Avenue and Corona Avenue in the City of Ontario. This work will take several weeks and occur weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. At least one lane will remain open to traffic at all times.


For the latest project information and live closures and detours, visit

www.gosbcta.com/westvalleyconnector.

In Other News

Brightline West: In January the U.S. Department of Transportation approved $2.5 billion in private activity bonds for the 218-mile high-speed passenger rail service between Las Vegas and Rancho Cucamonga. This was an important financing milestone for the Brightline West project.

Also in January, Brightline West began investigative field work in Southern California in preparation for the groundbreaking of construction. The work taking place along Interstate 15 (I-15) consists of geotechnical borings and samplings, utility potholing and land surveying. So if you see crews in the right of way of I-15 between Rancho Cucamonga and Las Vegas, chances are you are seeing some of the early field investigative work on the transformative rail project!

San Bernardino County: 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the San Bernardino County Regional Parks. San Bernardino County is world-renowned as a recreation destination for the incredibly diverse outdoor beauty it has to offer. From the mountains to the deserts to lakes and stargazing, there's something for everyone to enjoy as you take a journey throughout the largest county in the contiguous United States.


To commemorate 60 years, the county has put together a "Passport to Fun" for the year-long celebrations taking place each month. Any combination of five visits will make you eligible to receive a free 60th Anniversary gift.


To learn more about exploring San Bernardino County through the Regional Parks, visit www.parks.sbcounty.gov.

GOCAL: Greater Ontario California (GOCAL) held its quarterly report update in January recapping the extensive work taking place to continue to drive tourism and entertainment in

the region.


Among the many destination marketing efforts GOCAL conducts on behalf of the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga that includes events, convention center meetings, and tours, to name some, GOCAL is also heavily active in securing meetings with organizations to attract hotel night stays. In October and December 2023 alone, GOCAL attended eight trade shows to promote everything the Greater Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga area has to offer. In the first three months of 2024, GOCAL will be attending another six trade shows to promote the region and attract tourism, hotel stays, and entertainment opportunities.


To learn more about how GOCAL is working to make the region a global destination, visit

www.GOCAL.org.

About our Cucamonga Station Regional Outreach Partners - The City of Rancho Cucamonga, Greater Ontario California (GOCAL), Omnitrans, Ontario International Airport, and San Bernardino County have established a collaborative regional outreach and engagement effort. To learn more, visit www.CucamongaStation.com.