Omnitrans Selects Baysden as Director of Rail

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Rail operations veteran Trischelle Baysden will lead Omnitrans’ new rail department as the transit agency prepares to launch Arrow passenger rail service in 2020, connecting Redlands and San Bernardino.

Baysden brings 25 years of experience in rail operations, including the past nine years at Metrolink commuter rail service, governed by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority. Her background includes a broad spectrum of knowledge including conducting, engineering, dispatching, scheduling, and federal compliance work.

Construction of the 9-mile Arrow line is being led by the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA). The Arrow will serve stations at the University of Redlands, downtown Redlands, New York St. near esri, at Tippecanoe Ave., and the multimodal San Bernardino Transit Center where passengers can make connections to take them throughout Southern California.

“The startup of a new service will be new to me, so I am really looking forward to that challenge,” said Baysden. “That’s a milestone that some of us in the railroad industry aspire to. Launching a new service is a bucket list item and is the pie in the sky of achievements.”

Arrow trains will operate daily, arriving every 30 minutes at peak times, and 60 minutes off peak. The service will use Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs). These hybrid rail type vehicles that use self-contained, clean diesel motors that convert power to electricity to run are cleaner, quieter, and cheaper to operate than the traditional locomotive-hauled coaches. In addition, they have the flexibility to evolve to the next generation of all electric-powered vehicles, offering the first of its kind in California.

Director of Rail Baysden and Rail Safety & Compliance Officer Loretta Rains currently comprise the entire rail team at Omnitrans. Their focus over the next year is to partner with SBCTA during construction and vehicle acquisition while developing the scope of work to select a firm to operate Arrow service for Omnitrans.

Baysden began her railroad career with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), working her way up from Brakeman/Footboard Yardmaster to Chief Dispatcher over the span of 16 years. Baysden earned a Bachelor of Science in Business/Project Management from the University of Phoenix and in 2018 expects to complete a Master of Science in Transportation Management from the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.

For more information, visit omnitrans.org.

Construction Begins on Route 210 Pepper Avenue Interchange in Rialto

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Contact: Tim Watkins
Chief, Legislative and Public Affairs
909.884.8276 | Office
909.723.7720 | Mobile
twatkins@gosbcta.com

Construction Begins on Route 210 Pepper Avenue Interchange in Rialto

Construction is under way on the new State Route 210 interchange with Pepper Avenue in Rialto. The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, City of Rialto and California Department of Transportation are working as partners to build the new interchange, with SBCTA serving as the lead agency.

The interchange will connect the recently extended Pepper Avenue and Route 210, offering a new option for commuting and moving goods through the region. Work will last about one year. The new interchange is expected to open in mid-2018.

Ramps will be built in a tight diamond shape with two lanes per ramp. The eastbound and westbound on-ramps will include carpool lanes and ramp meters. Work will be completed in two phases:

Phase 1:

  • Widening Pepper Avenue to Highland Ave
  • Building on-ramps and off-ramps
  • Constructing retaining walls beneath the bridge
  • Installing traffic signals
  • Placing irrigation systems and landscaping

Phase 2: 

  • Connecting new ramps to the Route 210 lanes
  • Restriping roadway

During the coming weeks, intermittent full closures of Pepper Avenue from north of Terrace Road to Highland Avenue will occur on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm. Access to homes on the west side of Pepper Avenue, north of Terrace Road, will be maintained. Two detours will be available. Vehicles may use Baseline Road, Riverside Avenue, Highland Avenue and California Street. Big rigs may use Ayala Drive and Baseline Road.

Motorists and residents are reminded to: slow down near the construction area, allow extra time to get to work and school, not walk or ride in the construction site, watch for workers and equipment, look for changing conditions, note road closures and follow detours. Funding for the $24.5 million project is provided by a combination of federal and local funds, including Measure I, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation projects in San Bernardino County.

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Metrolink to Increase Testing on Extension of San Bernardino and IE-OC Lines

In preparation for Metrolink passenger service on the one-mile extension of track from the Santa Fe Depot to the San Bernardino Transit Center, test trains will operate intermittently starting Wednesday, June 28, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

During this time, you will routinely hear trains blow their horns and whistles when approaching all railroad crossings. Crews will be testing warning systems at grade crossings on 2nd Street, Rialto Avenue, G Street, and E Street. We would like to remind residents and businesses within the community to follow all rail safety rules. The only safe place to cross tracks is at designated public crossings. Trains do not travel at fixed times, so always expect a train on the tracks.

The Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project is anticipated to be complete later this summer. Testing is scheduled to continue after the completion of construction with service slated to begin later this year.Metrolink Train

*Information contained in this construction alert is subject to change without notice, based on inclement weather, field conditions or other operational factors.

SBCTA Hosts ‘Subcontractors Connections’ Highlighting Contracting Opportunities Coming to Inland Empire

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Contact: Tim Watkins
Chief, Legislative and Public Affairs
909.884.8276 | Office
909.723.7720 | Mobile
twatkins@gosbcta.com

SBCTA Hosts ‘Subcontractors Connections’ Highlighting Contracting Opportunities Coming to Inland Empire

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. – The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) hosted an outreach event on Wednesday, June 21st for area small businesses and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms to learn more about work opportunities on the Interstate 10-Contract 1 Project and to meet the prime contractor teams they have already shortlisted in the design-build and toll services procurements.

SBCTA staff worked with Caltrans District 8 and GCAP Services to organize the event. Invitations were sent to a broad group of area chambers of commerce, small businesses and DBE firms. More than 140 local firms joined the organizers at the Gonzales Community Center in Colton.

The agenda included an opening half-hour presentation by SBCTA Director of Project Delivery Paula Beauchamp and the I-10 Corridor Project team. The presentation described the SBCTA organization, project coordination with Caltrans, project scope and challenges, the DBE program and opportunities, status of the DB and TSP procurements and the tolling system. Staff described the approved DBE goals – which are 10% (over $40 million) for the design-build contract and 4% (over $500,000) for the toll services contract excluding operations and maintenance. Information shared is available on the SBCTA website at goSBCTA.com.

The shortlisted design-build and toll services teams were also invited to attend, and they set up information tables for their representatives to meet and discuss work opportunities with attendees.

This event serves as a prelude to the agency’s larger annual Business to Business Expo held every fall in San Bernardino County. Details for this year’s event are scheduled to be released in July.

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Serving more than 2.1 million residents of San Bernardino County, SBCTA is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide. SBCTA administers Measure I, the half-cent transportation sales tax approved by county voters in 1989, and supports freeway construction projects, regional and local road improvements, train and bus transportation, railroad crossings, call boxes, ridesharing, congestion management efforts, and long-term planning studies.