The San Bernardino Transit Center will open in September, and crews are hard at work on all the final details. Here’s a behind-the-scenes photo tour of this new facility so far.
Solar panels installed on the roof of the San Bernardino Transit Center power the building. Omnitrans is applying for LEED Gold status of the facility.
The transit center will include connections between the sbX Green Line and 12 of Omnitrans’ other bus routes (including the new 290 freeway express route), as well as other regional services such as MARTA Over-the-Mountain routes and the VVTA BV-Link.
Lobby entrance. Public hours for the Transit Center building will be 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The customer service window will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Meridian fencing and designated crosswalks are in place at the transit center to prevent bus-pedestrian accidents.
Seating outside the lobby entrance
Lobby with view of the customer service desk. The lobby will have TV screens featuring customer information for all routes as well as Metrolink, MARTA, and VVTA information.
The customer service desk, located in the lobby, will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
View of outside of the security monitoring station from the lobby
Inside the security monitoring station, security guards have a full view of most of the grounds. Cameras placed throughout the transit center property are monitored 24/7.
Patrons can enter the L-shaped lobby from multiple directions. They also have access to public restrooms.
Public water fountains in the lobby offer purified water as well as a dispenser to fill up water bottles.
The public men’s bathroom off the lobby
The public women’s bathroom off the lobby
The drivers’ bathrooms are very similar to the public bathrooms. In addition to sinks and toilets, these bathrooms include lockers and a shower.
The drivers’ break room, still under construction. The area beyond the glass is a small patio with a zen garden
The sink area in the drivers’ break room
A Zen garden on the patio outside the drivers’ room features bubbling, recirculating fountains and drought resistant plants
Back patio outside drivers’ room. The slotted awning and dividers run all along the side of the building.
The serene outdoor areas around the building feature seating as well as drought tolerant plants and trees.
Plaza in front of the building
Large walkways are lined with tall lights that keep the property well lit in the evenings. Omnitrans hopes to partner with a developer for transit-oriented development in the vacant field at the corner of E Street & Rialto
One of the art features of the transit center is a large, working sundial sculpture .
Brilliantly colored drought tolerant plants brighten the landscape
San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) oversaw the design and construction of the project. The constructions manager is Parsons Brinckerhoff and the contractor is Kemp Brothers.
By late 2016, SANBAG is expected to complete the extension of Metrolink service to the Transit Center site. The Metrolink platform will be adjacent to and accessible from the Omnitrans bus waiting areas. Future Redlands Rail will also connect to this transit center around 2021.
For more photos of the San Bernardino Transit Center visit our Flickr page.