Train Testing to Begin as Part of Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project

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Contact: Tim Watkins
Chief, Legislative and Public Affairs
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909.723.7720 | Mobile
twatkins@gosbcta.com

 

As part of the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project, crews will begin testing trains along the railroad tracks between the Santa Fe Depot and San Bernardino Transit Center. This first phase of testing is to familiarize train engineers with the layout of the extended track territory. BNSF freight trains will continue to operate as currently scheduled.

To prepare for the extension of Metrolink passenger rail service tentatively scheduled for later this year, testing will start Wednesday, April 12 and continue through Friday, April 14, 2017.

Testing will take place between the hours of 7am to 6pm, and occur at varying speeds of up to 25 miles per hour throughout the day along the 1-mile railroad alignment between the Santa Fe Depot and E Street.

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During the train testing period and once service begins later this year, residents and motorists will see an increase in train activity. As testing continues and regular passenger service begins, residents and businesses in the community are reminded of the importance of following rail safety rules. The only safe place to cross tracks is at designated public crossings. Trains don’t travel at fixed times, so always expect
a train on the tracks.

To increase awareness of the importance of practicing solid rail safety habits, SBCTA is continuing its public outreach efforts to San Bernardino schools, neighborhoods and community groups. Leveraging Operation Lifesaver’s “See Tracks? Think Train” campaign, SBCTA has partnered with Metrolink and Operation Lifesaver to highlight the new rail service and educate the public on the importance of staying alert around train tracks at all times.

For more safety tips, please visit http://www.oli.org.

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Freeway Service Patrol Now Serving a Beat along SR 210

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Contact: Tim Watkins
Chief, Legislative and Public Affairs
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Freeway Service Patrol Now Serving a Beat along SR 210

In January 2017, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) was awarded a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), in the amount of $800,625 to help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality on one of the most congested areas that currently exists in the County. On March 1 of this year, the Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Program began patrolling and providing services to stranded motorists along SR 210 from the Los Angeles County line to Citrus Avenue. SBCTA is providing funding, along with the MSRC grant, with a required 25% match, making SBCTA’s contribution a total of $266,875.

SBCTA has provided FSP services since January 2006. The FSP is a team of roving tow trucks that patrol selected San Bernardino County freeways during peak commute hours to assist motorists with various issues such as; minor mechanical repairs, changing a flat tire, or providing a driver safety check. This ultimately helps keep freeways moving by reducing the incidence of secondary accidents, decreasing congestion, improving air quality and increasing motorist safety. FSP is a key contributor to SBCTA’s overall plan to improve transportation throughout San Bernardino County.

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