October 2023 Edition

September and October highlighted how the Inland Empire region continues to increase its draw as a destination for entertainment, business and travel.

From GOCAL celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Route 66 Cruisin' Reunion to San Bernardino County holding its State of the County to the groundbreaking for the much-anticipated West Valley Connector project - its an exciting time to live, work and play in the Inland Empire.

As the region gears up for more major milestone news in the coming months on transit connectivity, travel, and economic development, you will see an increase in communication efforts to highlight activity. If you are interested in having the project team provide an update to your professional or community group, be sure to reach out and let us know. Please email us at cucamongastation@cityofrc.us. 

West Valley Connector Project Breaks Ground on Phase 1 of 19-Mile Bus Rapid Transit Service

Construction officially breaks ground on West Valley Connector sbX Purple Line. 

On October 12, regional stakeholders and community members gathered for the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) and Omnitrans groundbreaking event at the Ontario Convention Center for the West Valley Connector project, a new 19-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) line that will connect major destinations including Ontario International Airport (ONT), Victoria Gardens, Ontario Mills Mall, Toyota Arena and Cucamonga Station.

This is the first of three new transit services that will be offered at Cucamonga Station. The other two transit services will include the Brightline West high-speed passenger rail service, which is nearing the start of construction, and plans are underway for an underground, transit service tunnel from Cucamonga Station to ONT where passengers will be transported in just a few minutes to airport terminals.

The $310 million West Valley Connector project, also known as the sbX Purple Line, will be a 100% zero-emission BRT system with 21 stops running between San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. It will feature dedicated bus lanes and boarding stations with electronic ticketing. The sbX Purple Line is expected to be in service in 2026. 

West Valley Connector BRT System Map. 

Community Partners Continue to Support $3.75B Federal Grant Application for Brightline West Project

Brightline West System Map. 

Support continues for Brightline West’s $3.75 billion Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant application submitted in partnership with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) in April.

Following the Clark County Board of Commissioners’ unanimous passage of a resolution of support for the grant application on August 1 and a letter from Senator Jacky Rosen urging full funding of the grant application on August 17, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, Rancho Cucamonga City Council and Eastvale City Council in September approved similar resolutions of support for the project’s grant application.

Additionally, roughly two dozen letters of support from the City of Rancho Cucamonga, Congressional and state Legislators, partner cities, and stakeholders were submitted to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) in September. To date, the project has received over 200 signatures in support of the grant application. 

San Bernardino County's Work, Live, Play Opportunities Highlighted at ONT

San Bernardino County's "Opportunity Here" display at ONT piques travelers interest on endless opportunities in the county.

More than half a million travelers pass through Ontario International Airport (ONT) each month, countless thousands of individuals looking for ways to spend their time in the Inland Empire. In a huge, new way, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors now shares endless opportunities with in a size befitting America’s largest county.

Visiting jetsetters can’t miss the county’s giant, colorful, seasonal floor-to-ceiling display strategically located on the path from the arrival gates to the baggage claim and ground transportation areas. During the warm-weather months, travelers are tantalized by inviting images of the county’s regional parks, alpine lakes, museums, and off-roading opportunities. In the winter, they are reminded that San Bernardino County offers Southern California’s best skiing and other snow-centric activities. A QR code takes them to a website with details on all of the county’s recreational offerings.

ONT recently reported that 556,213 domestic and international passengers came through the airport in September alone, a 7.6% increase over September 2022. Year-to-date passenger traffic is up 11.6% - almost 4.7 million travelers so far this year. Directing those growing numbers of visitors to local attractions not only supports the places and programs made possible by the Board of Supervisors but creates economic activity for businesses large and small throughout San Bernardino County. 

In the News

Cucamonga Station: Rancho Cucamonga’s City Manager John Gillison joined other industry experts on October 17 to discuss Moving People within the Inland Empire as part of the CSUSB Leonard Transportation Center Dialogue Series.

He shared expertise on "Transformation through Transportation" and exciting new transit services such as high-speed rail and bus rapid transit coming to Cucamonga Station – a partnership with SBCTA, Metrolink, Omnitrans, Ontario International Airport, GOCAL, and San Bernardino County.

He also provided insight on economic development driven by transit-oriented development districts, such as the City’s newly branded HART District.

San Bernardino County: The Board of Supervisors put the spotlight on opportunity, growth and innovation at the 2023 State of the County event at the Ontario Convention Center on September 27. More than 1,000 local and state elected officials, business owners, tribal government leaders, educators and community leaders attended the event.

Among the highlights were the new Brightline West high-speed rail system that will provide service from Southern California to Las Vegas, with stops in Apple Valley, Hesperia and the terminus at Cucamonga Station, which will allow travels to then connect directly to Metrolink into Los Angeles and Ontario International Airport through a shuttle service.

Also featured was the economic impact and growth of the region's two international airports Ontario International Airport (ONT) and San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA). ONT creates $3.8 billion a year in economic activity, supporting 27,800 jobs and serves as the hub for a global logistics network that generated $17.8 billion in economic output. SBIA has new passenger services to San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Click here for the complete recap of the 2023 State of the County.

Upcoming Events

November 2, 2023: Greater Ontario California (GOCAL) will hold its quarterly stakeholders report and luncheon at the Ontario Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Claudia Garcia, cgarcia@ontariocc.org or 909-937-3003.

November 3, 2023: City of Rancho Cucamonga's Deputy City Manager Matt Burris will present at Greater Ontario Business Council's Pancakes & Politics, Connecting the Dots: "The Future of Transportation in the I.E. Trains; Planes; and Buses." The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Ontario from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. For more information click HERE.

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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.