November 2020
The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) recognized SBCTA’s Zero-Emission Multiple Unit (ZEMU) project with the Innovative Use of Technology Award at their 8th Annual Red Tape to Red Carpet Awards. The IEEP awards recognize outstanding public agencies and officials that are helping residents and businesses throughout the Inland Empire grow and succeed.

In 2018, SBCTA received a $30 million Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grant from the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA). The grant was to fund research on the potential conversion of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) rail vehicles, which will be operated on SBCTA’s Redland’s Rail Project (RPRP), to a Zero Emission Multiple Unit (ZEMU).
At their November meeting, the SBCTA Board of Directors committed to signing on to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Safety Pledge. The pledge is a commitment to the general principle of promoting safety, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians and advancing connected communities.

In 2015, SCAG launched their Go Human campaign to heighten awareness of the region’s transportation safety challenges and opportunities, and to reduce collisions resulting in serious injuries or fatalities. The program was brought about in response to rising traffic-related fatalities and injuries in the region between 2012 and 2016. SCAG found that bicyclists and pedestrians were disproportionately impacted. Although bicyclists and pedestrians represent only 12 percent of daily trips, they represented 27 percent of those involved in traffic-related fatalities.
Traffic could flow a little easier in the City of Big Bear Lake. SBCTA approved a cooperative agreement with the City of Big Bear Lake and the County of San Bernardino for the funding, design, right-of-way and construction of the Stanfield Cutoff Roundabout.

In 2017, the SBCTA Board of Directors adopted the Mountain Area Transportation Study (MATS). The MATS identified mobility issues, solutions, and an implementation plan to resolve some of the unique transportation related challenges mountain communities face. The intersection of North Shore Drive and Stanfield Cutoff was identified as low performing with a high potential for poor performance as resident and visitor populations increase. The intersection is very heavily traveled and straddles North Shore Drive, State Route 38 and the Stanfield Cutoff.

Per the cooperative agreement, SBCTA will work with the City and County to secure funding, in addition to funds already transferred to the project by SBCTA. The County will lead the project, handling environmental clearance, design, permitting and construction. The City will work closely with the other partners to help deliver the project and provide ongoing maintenance of landscaping, signs and aesthetic features. The Stanfield Cutoff project is anticipated to complete before the end of 2025.
The Board has approved the implementation plan of the Emergency Communication Nurse System (ECNS) in the Emergency Medical Dispatch Plan. Implementing ECNS will help address non-emergency 911 calls in a more effective and efficient manner by determining the right care, at the right time, and in the right place. For more information on the new Emergency Communication Nurse System, please watch the above video.
The SBCTA Public Outreach Team is tasked with keeping the public informed about the agency. The information we share is designed for people to better understand the work we do, help commuters navigate through or around our various construction projects, and update the population of the progress of their investment as taxpayers.
Metrolink, Southern California’s regional train service, launched SoCal Explorer, a new loyalty program that rewards riders with points as well as exclusive offers and perks from local businesses and attractions throughout the Southern California region. The program makes it more affordable for people to make taking the train a part of their everyday lifestyle.
SBCTA Today: RPRP and City of San Bernardino Projects
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