Omnitrans and Women’s Transportation Seminar Hosted Classroom for Career Day

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For many, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the Girl Scouts will inevitably be “cookies!” However, Girl Scouts does so much more than that, and is laying the groundwork for young girls to develop the courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place.

Omnitrans had the privilege to contribute to this mission, and partnered with the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, the Women’s Transportation Seminar of the Inland Empire (WTS-IE), San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, and Metrolink to host the Classroom to Career event for over 100 girls from throughout San Bernardino County on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 during National Engineers Week.

“It is more important now than ever to expose younger girls to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math). They are thirsty for knowledge about potential careers in transportation and other STEM fields.” said Lisa Reece, Vice President, HDR and WTS-IE Chapter Advisor.

The day began at the downtown San Bernardino Transit Center where a few of the women of Omnitrans working in various roles ranging from finance and marketing, to route planning and scheduling, to bus maintenance, provided a tour of the facility to the students, which concluded with a Metrolink train ride from the transit center to the nearby Santa Fe Depot.

Once at the depot, the girls learned about the importance of our transportation network and its history by touring the Rail Museum. The group participated in hands-on activities that stimulated their minds to envision what the future of transportation may look like.

Professional women from various facets of the transportation industry shared their job functions and career paths, inspiring the girls to think about a career that they may also choose to pursue in the future.

“Omnitrans is committed to being a positive and impactful part of the community,” said Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos. “It was great to partner with like organizations to meet the professionals of tomorrow and illustrate the opportunities transit careers offer.”

 

New Motion Recommends Special Metrolink Service for Dodgers Games

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Staff directed to study service alternatives on
Metrolink’s San Bernardino and Antelope Valley lines

LOS ANGELES – On February 9th, 2018, the Metrolink Board of Directors approved a motion, authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor and Board Director Hilda L. Solis, to study special Metrolink train service for Los Angeles Dodgers games on the San Bernardino and Antelope Valley Metrolink lines. By offering train service to these games, baseball fans can depend on a safe, affordable and reliable ride to the game, while leaving their car at home, reducing emissions and traffic congestion.

Supervisor Hilda Solis initiated today’s motion, co-signed by Metrolink Board Directors Kathryn Barger, LA County Supervisor; Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Councilmember; and Ara Najarian, Glendale City Councilmember.

“Many San Gabriel Valley residents are passionate about Metrolink and the Los Angeles Dodgers,” said Supervisor Solis. “As Metrolink develops a special ‘Dodgers Express,’ I am excited for Dodgers games on and off the field. No Dodgers fan should balk at this opportunity to save on gas, parking costs, and eliminate traffic headaches. Taking Metrolink to Dodgers games will be a home run!”

In anticipation of yet another Dodgers run for the World Series, Metrolink has a unique opportunity to offer a viable transportation alternative. The aim is to give fans traveling to games on the SR-60, I-10 and I-210 freeways another option for avoiding traffic, which also will help reduce greenhouse emissions.

Before a game, Metrolink express trains would connect with Dodger Stadium Express buses at Los Angeles Union Station. At Union Station, fans with game tickets can ride buses direct to Dodger Stadium for free. After a game, fans would take the Dodger Express bus back to Union Station, where a Metrolink train would await offering a safe, reliable ride to their destination.

“Dodgers Nation extends well beyond Los Angeles County to all corners of Southern California, and we are excited that Metrolink will offer our fans a freeway alternative on the San Bernardino and Antelope Valley lines,” said Naomi Rodriguez, Vice President of External Affairs for the Los Angeles Dodgers. “On behalf of thousands of Dodger fans, we’d like to thank Metrolink for extending this service and continue to thank our partners at LA Metro for providing the Dodger Stadium Express to connect Dodger Stadium to the region’s public transportation system.”

Metrolink staff will explore scheduling and fare options with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Metro, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, and Southern California Association of Governments. Staff will make a recommendation within 60-days, per the motion.

“We are thankful to Supervisor Solis for initiating this possibility of bringing back special Metrolink service to Dodger’s games,” said Metrolink CEO Art Leahy. “The region needs safe, reliable and affordable transportation alternatives that can relieve traffic from congested roadways and reduce emissions, especially for events like Dodger’s games.”

Advisory Alert: Barton Road Bridge Nighttime Demolition and Freeway Closures Scheduled

There will be nighttime full closures of the northbound and southbound I-215 between Iowa Avenue and Mt. Vernon Avenue. Closures are needed to demolish the southern half of the Barton Road Bridge.

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Sidewalk Repair on Cherry Avenue (I-10) Overpass in Fontana

FONTANA – In an effort to repair concrete sidewalk concerns on the Cherry Avenue overpass of Interstate 10, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority will require the closure of the western sidewalk to all pedestrians starting Monday, February 26th at 8:00pm and continuing through Friday, March 2nd at 3:00pm. Pedestrians will be directed to use the eastern sidewalk during this construction period.

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