San Bernardino and Rialto Metrolink Stations to have 3-week Interruption

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

San Bernardino and Rialto stations to have three-week rail service interruption

Train service will be affected between March 27 and April 16.

LOS ANGELES – Beginning Monday, March 27, Metrolink trains will not serve the San Bernardino or Rialto stations until Monday, April 17. Buses will be available to and from San Bernardino and Rialto for passengers connecting to regularly scheduled trains.

The planned service change is a result of work related to the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project, which will connect the San Bernardino Downtown Transit Center to Metrolink’s San Bernardino and Inland Empire-Orange County (IE-OC) lines. The project will lead to additional connectivity with Amtrak, the sbX Green Line, additional Omnitrans bus lines and the future Redlands Passenger Rail Project (Arrow).

Beginning on March 27, San Bernardino Line riders whose trips begin or end at either San Bernardino or Rialto can purchase tickets with Fontana as the origin or destination, resulting in trip discounts. On the IE-OC Line, tickets and passes can be purchased with an origin or destination of Riverside-Downtown with free travel to or from San Bernardino. This offer on both lines will apply to all tickets and passes purchased between March 27 and April 16, including Monthly and 7-Day passes valid beyond April 16.

The alternate bus schedule will be released in advance of the service interruption. Buses will depart earlier from the Rialto and San Bernardino stations to connect to awaiting Metrolink train service at Fontana and Riverside-Downtown.

The project dates are tentatively scheduled and may change due to weather constraints or construction needs.

For additional details on Metrolink, please visit http://www.metrolinktrains.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Scott Johnson at johnsons@scrra.net or (213) 452-0205.

ABOUT METROLINK (www.metrolinktrains.com)

Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 24th year of operation. Metrolink is governed by The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Metrolink operates seven routes through a six-county, 538 route-mile network. Metrolink’s passengers travel approximately 441 million miles each year, making Metrolink the second busiest public transportation provider in Southern California. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership.

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SANBAG’s Rail Safety Campaign Kicks Off

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San Bernardino – As part of the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project, an extension of Metrolink to downtown San Bernardino, SANBAG is launching a comprehensive Rail Safety Campaign (RSC). The project corridor extends one mile from the Santa Fe Depot to the recently completed San Bernardino Transit Center, and is located near several businesses, schools, and residents. Historically, this corridor has been fairly inactive. Following the completion of the extension project, however, approximately 40 Metrolink trains will travel through the area daily.

The safety of the community is of the utmost importance to SANBAG, and the RSC’s primary focus is on highlighting the new rail service and educating the public on the importance of staying alert and practicing safe habits around train tracks at all times. The campaign will provide safety tactics through a variety of engaging methods such as partnering up with Operation Lifesaver and delivering tailored presentations to local schools, including bus drivers that are very near to the train tracks in the project corridor. The campaign also includes a comprehensive business outreach program where safety information will be provided to local business owners so they can share it with their patrons. SANBAG is also taking steps to reach out to more than 20 homeless shelters and non-profits within a one-mile radius of the project to help communicate this safety message to the many people who rely on their services daily.

In observance of Rail Safety Month, San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is partnering with Operation Lifesaver, Metrolink, and other railroad agencies across the state to encourage everyone to “Be Track Smart,” with a series of events to emphasize the importance of safe behavior near railroad tracks and trains. In recent years, there have been multiple incidents where individuals from across the world have been struck and killed by trains and vehicles while distracted. SANBAG’s message to the community is to “See Tracks, Think Train!”

The “See Tracks, Think Train!” message is part of a national safety education campaign by Operation Lifesaver, Inc., a non-profit organization providing public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings.

For more safety tips, please visit www.oli.org.

Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project Construction Notice: 3rd Street to Close Permanently on February 4, 2016

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – As part of the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project, 3rd Street will be closed permanently at the railroad tracks just east of J Street beginning Thursday, February 4, 2016. Traffic will not be permitted to cross the railroad tracks from either direction.

Motorists traveling to the Santa Fe Depot should use 2nd Street to K Street or Metrolink Way. Truck traffic will not be allowed to travel through residential streets.

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While we transition to this permanent closure, we are encouraging all commuters and visitors traveling to the Santa Fe Depot to plan accordingly and allow additional time to reach your destination.

Media Contact:
Michelle Adams, Public Affairs
madams@sanbag.ca.gov
909.884.8276 | Office