Westbound I-10 to Southbound I-215 Connector Closure

SAN BERNARDINO— The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will be performing landscape work on the westbound Interstate 10 (I-10) to the southbound Interstate 215 (I-215) connector this Saturday, September 23. The connector will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to perform this important work. Drivers may experience delays during work hours.

As always, check traffic conditions on the Caltrans QuickMap at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ before your trip. Motorists are advised to plan ahead, add extra time to their commute, and consider alternate routes to avoid the work zone.

Know before you go! Stay informed about roadwork in the Inland Empire and go to www.caltrans8.info to sign up for commuter alerts.



Trolley Success Leads to Extension for Mountain Transit


Mountain Transit is extending their Trolley Demonstration Service through Oct. 29, to accommodate Lake Arrowhead Village Oktoberfest crowds, said Community Outreach Coordinator for Mountain Transit Tiffany Millburn.

Since the beginning of the trolley service, Millburn explained, “Mountain Transit has been inundated with requests from many of our community partners to extend the Rim Weekend Trolley.”

Key community members have shown their support for the trolley. Executive Director of the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce, Robin Bull, commented, “The trolley did amazing things for tourists; it really helped them explore all the mountain communities. It’s been a highlight.”

Crestline/Lake Gregory Chamber of Commerce Director Louis Boehle echoed Bull’s thoughts, and said,“It’s helped people to explore all the mountain communities, from SkyPark to Crestline and in between. It’s really been helping build the sense of community as a whole.” Not only that, but Boehle added, “The trolley has been vital to this year, especially with everything going on with the lake and the parking structure in Lake Arrowhead Village.”

Marketing and Events Manager of the Lake Arrowhead Village, Vickie Goodglick, agreed that the trolley “helped to alleviate some of the parking issues we’ve had because our parking garage has been closed.” She also mentioned that the trolley “adds one more unique element to our mountain, for guests as well as locals, to have a good time together.” The extension is important, Goodglick said, because “there’s still plenty to do and lots to see through October.”

The trolley schedule will stay as is until Sept. 10. On Fridays and Saturdays, the trolley starts in Top Town at 3:15 p.m. and ends at 10:19 p.m. at the same location. On Sundays and holiday Mondays, it also starts in Top Town at 10:40 a.m. and goes to 5:30 p.m., ending in Top Town.

The new schedule, as reported by Millburn, will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 16, and run through Sunday Oct. 29. It will feature extended daytime hours on Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate Oktoberfest activities at Lake Arrowhead Village.

Millburn shared that the trolley route currently includes stops at SkyPark Santa’s Village, Skyforest, Lake Arrowhead Village and Resort, Cedar Glen, the Tudor House, Twin Peaks, Blue Jay, Lake Gregory, Crestline and TopTown.

Mike Johnstone, the store manager at Goodwin and Son’s Market in Crestline, said that the trolley has been a positive element for business. “I think that any time we’re bringing people into the community is a good thing,” and mentioned that the trolley, which runs from lake to lake, is a great way to bring the community together.

The Rim Weekend Trolley was originally run as a demonstration project from May 29 to Sept. 4, Labor Day, to test the waters within the community, Millburn further explained.

Sandy Benson, assistant general manager of Mountain Transit, credited John Connor from the Tudor House with “being the catalyst for making the ‘talk about the trolley’ a reality,” and said that Connor was “determined and helpful at putting Mountain Transit staff together with other key community partners.”

Connor said he knew that this was an important project for the mountain. “Big Bear Lake had two trolleys and we had none. We’re a tourist kind of community, and the trolley has the right look to promote tourism.” He continued, “That’s what we needed, a trolley separate from the regular bus schedule.”

Connor mentioned that his goals for the trolley succeeded this summer, and the proof of that is in the extension itself. “It proved its point.”

Partners of the trolley, according to Benson, include Robin Bull, Louis Boehle, Vickie Goodglick and Lewis Murray from Representative Janice Rutherford’s office.

Benson concluded, “It’s a great example of how a community coming together can make positive things happen!”

The fare for the trolley is $5 for unlimited re-boarding all weekend. Tickets may be purchased from the conductor, Crestline Chamber of Commerce, Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce, Pine Rose Cabins in Twin Peaks or the Lake Arrowhead Village executive offices.

For more information about the trolley, or for a schedule, visit mountaintransit.org or call (909) 878-5200.


Compete in the 2nd Annual SBTC Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest

Sidewalk Chalk

For two years now, not only has the San Bernardino Transit Center averaged 5,000 daily trips, it also has become a point of pride for Omnitrans and a true community space. This year, Omnitrans is celebrating the center’s growth and momentum with the 2nd Annual SBTC Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest!

Join Omnitrans on Saturday, October 14th at the SBTC for a day of fun, art, and community! There will be live music, giveaways, refreshments, and a “Connecting our Community” sidewalk chalk art themed contest. Omnitrans invites you – no matter your artistic skill level – to participate and express your interpretation of “community” with an impressive chalk creation!

$300, $150, and $100 Visa gift cards will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners in our Adult category (14 and older). All kids 13 and under are welcome to participate, and will receive a movie ticket as a prize just for entering!


Please use Omnitrans online Registration Form to reserve your spot in the contest. There is only space for 30 entrants, so the sooner you sign up, the better. More details and contest rules can be found on the Official Rules page.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. for registration. Omnitrans will provide chalk for those 13 and under. Adults (14+) should supply their own chalk. In addition, all event attendees and contestants will receive a FREE Omnitrans item to take home along with other giveaways and information.

Think you have what it takes to snag the top prize? We’ll see you at the SBTC!

The San Bernardino Transit Center is located at 599 W Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92410.

For more information, visit omnitrans.org/blog.


California First Responder Day at Snow Valley Mountain Resort

Senator Mike Morrell, along with The Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council, will be having an inaugural California First Responder Day at Snow Valley Mountain Resort in Running Springs on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Meet and thank those who keep the community safe at this FREE event.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Snow Valley Mountain Resort
35100 State Hwy. 18
Running Springs, CA 92382

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