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Construction Ends, sbX Service Launches April 28

Whether you have been following sbX construction since the groundbreaking or are new to learning about the service, we’ve got great news to report! The Omnitrans sbX Green Line Bus Rapid Transit Service launches this month, connecting riders to key destinations between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. To prepare for start of service on April 28, 2014, construction crews and project management have been busy finalizing items such as fine-tuning electrical components at station locations and at intersections with Traffic Signal Prioritization, keeping up with landscape maintenance, installing various safety features such as railings to prevent jaywalking, and restriping select roadway along the corridor.

For the most part, minimal construction activities are limited to daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Traffic control has been lifted along the corridor and you may notice some 60-foot sbX buses driving alongside you at times. As a reminder, buses are being tested and are on the road daily. Important to note, even though construction is winding down, public outreach representatives are still available via the project helpline at (855) SBX-NEWS (729-6397). We’re on board to answer your construction and service related questions until May 2014.

– Kelly Koehler

sbX tips for traffic safety

As testing for the new sbX rapid transit service begins, it’s important for motorists to become familiar with the new street configuration which includes new lane striping, double yellow lines and yellow safety barriers. Below are some of the new traffic signs to also be on the lookout for when traveling along the corridor.

sbX Bus Only
Bus Only signs and roadway markings warn motorists and pedestrians to stay out of the dedicated Bus Only zones. These dedicated bus lanes occur in the 5.4-mile stretch just north of the 10th and E Street intersection in San Bernardino all of the way to the Tippecanoe Avenue and Hospitality Lane intersection.  

Bus Lane Violation – $341
Bus violation signs are posted to warn motorists of the fine for entering a Bus Only lane. The fine is a hefty one. Violators can expect to pay a minimum of $341.

No U-Turn
No U-turn signs are posted to prohibit motorists from making unsafe turns into intersections where there are center-running dedicated bus lanes. To navigate this change, motorists need to proceed to the next protected intersection to make a U-turn.

No Left, No U-turn
 No Left/No U-turn signs are posted to prohibit motorists from making unsafe turns into intersections where there are center-running dedicated bus lanes. To navigate this new change, motorists must proceed to the next protected intersection to make a left turn or a U-turn.

Right Turn Only
These signs are positioned at every T-Intersection where a safety barrier is located and indicate that you must turn right (no left) and travel to the next intersection where there is a protected U-Turn.

No Jaywalking
Pedestrians should always use marked crosswalks to avoid being hit. It is never safe to jaywalk across traffic lanes.


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sbX project enters operational testing phase

Traffic signal priority lights are up and being tested along the corridor.

Major construction of the sbX bus rapid transit line is now complete. Traffic controls have been lifted at most locations as the roadway is now paved and striped. New signs are installed along the corridor and traffic-signal-priority lights are installed at the intersections. Landscaping elements, sbX station pylon signs and unique community-inspired artwork bring the project to life and introduce aesthetic elements in the cities of San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

With the end of major construction, the focus shifts to the operational testing phase. Over the next several weeks, 60-foot-long articulated sbX buses will be seen on the road daily (with no passengers on board). Omnitrans Operations must test every facet of the line for the start of service in April 2014. A big part of this is driver training. In addition, electrical components – such as traffic signal priority lights, ticket vending machines and station emergency phones – will undergo testing. With these new elements introduced along the corridor, our goal is to help educate the public so that motorists, pedestrians and bus drivers will be safe. Please remember to:

  1. Pay attention. Buses will be on the road daily.
  2. Stay out of the dedicated bus-only lane.
  3. Watch for signs and obey them at all times

Still have questions about the project? Although major construction is complete, our website ( is still a go-to source for helpful information. In addition, our toll-free helpline is operational 24/7. Give us a call at (855) SBX-NEWS (729-6397).

– Kelly Koehler 

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Test your sbX safety savvy with this quiz

Dedicated center bus lanes and new traffic signs mean new rules of the road. Are you prepared? Test your safety savvy with this short  sbX safety quiz.

Need a little help? Our new safety video gives a quick look at some of the changes you need to be aware of.

Dedicated traffic signals provide faster ride

BRT signal with a vertical bar on a green traffic light. The system senses an approaching sbX vehicle, allowing cross-traffic signals to remain red until it has cleared the intersection.

One of the newer additions noticeable to motorists and pedestrians on the nearly completed sbX corridor are signal lights with a white horizontal bar on top and a white vertical bar below.

The specialized signals are found at various intersections between  E and 10th streets and Hospitality Lane and Tippecanoe Avenue, allowing the 60-foot-long bus rapid transit (BRT) vehicles to travel the corridor in significantly less time than if they were to operate under normal signalization.

Through this system, known as traffic signal prioritization (TSP), the sbX coach sends out a signal received along the corridor. That information is transferred to the city’s traffic control center. Timing is adjusted to keep traffic and the bus moving, said Joe Meidl , a project manager with Griffith/Comet, the joint venture contractor for the construction phase of the sbX project. “It keeps the bus and the general traffic in its direction moving and prevents idling, causing better traffic flow.”

BRT signal with a horizontal bar on a red traffic light. The sbX coach does not have to wait long to enter the intersection once it pulls away from the station.

Locally, The TSP method used by sbX is comparable to the one used in the City of Santa Monica, Meidl said. TSP, along with dedicated lanes that separate the vehicle from the general traffic and fewer stations than fixed-route service (one per mile, on average) contributes to fewer stops and a faster ride.

– David Rutherford 

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Public Art Gives sbX Corridor New Look

Glass panel on sbX station platform at Hospitality Lane and Carnegie Drive West, with art paver at the base of the canopy.

Glass panels, platform paver and structural monuments have quickly brought eye-opening appeal to the sbX corridor.

Installations are nearly complete of the artwork, as the start of testing begins in the areas of dedicated lanes. Glass panels have yet to be installed in Loma Linda and on windscreens at the station platforms on North E Street and Baseline Street, Highland Avenue and Marshall Boulevard in San Bernardino.

The public art process for the bus rapid transit project dates back to 2009, when a call to artists went out for proposals, which attracted individuals and teams from across the country.

A Station Art Review Committee, comprised of representatives from the art community, historians, city officials and members of the public at large, was organized in both cities. They met to review resumes and ideas for artwork in the artists’ choices of neighborhoods on the corridor, and narrowed the field to 18 canditates for the entire corridor, who presented their proposals for any of a combination of the three art types for different neighborhoods along the corridor.  Each was given a budget from which to work Nine finalists were selected by the committees to work on those projects.

Blue tree images are less visible when viewed through blue skies.

Designs were submitted to the committees for review. Once approved, the artists worked with their own fabricators and submitted their finished artwork to the contractor.

In northern San Bernardino, glass panels with natural landscapes have been installed at the Northern Terminus station at Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue. The Blue Tree Project is a glass-panel display at the California State University, San Bernardino station. When viewed through blue skies, the trees appear more transparent than when viewed through overcast or polluted skies.

Natural Histories is the theme of glass-panel art on four station platforms on Kendall Drive at Little Mountain Drive and Shandin Hills Drive. Photographic images are shown of flora, fauna and northern San Bernardino’s cultural past.

Sample of glazed ceramic tile with photo images of Downtown San Bernardino’s past on platform at E Street and Court Street.

Terrazzo-inset pavers can be seen on the platforms of six E Street stations, at Marshall Boulevard, Highland Avenue and Baseline Street, under the theme Pneuma (“Spirited Wind”), illustrating native basketry, area plants, fruit labels and other abstract art images.

Downtown paver tiles at the Court Street station platform capture images of work life at various stages of Downtown San Bernardino’s history.

Rialto Station Flower is the theme of the etched-glass panels of the E Street station at Rialto Avenue, next to the future San Bernardino Transit Center. The linear images of the California golden poppy (state flower) are encased in altered glass, so they cannot be touched.

A tribute to early citrus faming is depicted by a 15-foot-tall metal sculpture of an orange tree at the E Street station at North Mall Way, next to the National Orange Show Events Center.

Structure at the entrance of the Loma Linda station at Anderson Street and Redlands Boulevard features photographic images of the city’s past.

Setting the Tables is the theme of the glass-panel and paver artwork at the Hospitality Lane stations at Hunts Lane, Carnegie Drive West and Tippecanoe Avenue. The visual collection of plates conveys two meanings: tectonic plates and dinner plates, amplifying the identity of the area as an earthquake zone; and a dining and entertainment area.

Nuestro Pasado (Our Past) is the theme of the five sbX stations in Loma Linda. The park-and-ride facility at Anderson Street south of Redlands Boulevard has a structure monument at the entrance, with keys of painted carbon steel and porcelain enamel imagery on metal; The station at the entrance to Loma Linda University Medical Center has a monument referencing proton therapy and orange blossoms; and the Southern Terminus station at VA Loma Linda Healthcare System has a stars-and-stripes monument.

Orange blossom monument mounted at the entrance to Loma Linda University Medical Center. The dichoric-glass circles are emblematic of the groundbreaking proton therapy research that has given the campus worldwide notoriety.


Location: Northern Terminus (Kendall Drive/Palm Avenue)
Artist/Team:  Amy Bauer/Brian Boldon (
Theme:  A Land of Great Wind
Description:  Glass Panels (landscapes)

Location: Cal State San Bernardino Station
Artist/Team:  Freya Bardell/Brian Howe (Greenmeme)
Theme: Blue Tree Project
Description: Glass panels (blue tree images)

Location:  Kendall Drive Stations (Little Mountain Dr., Shandin Hills Dr.
Artist/Team: Leticia Huerta
Theme: Natural Histories
Description: Glass panels (flora, cultural images)

Location: North E Street Stations (Marshall Blvd., Highland Ave., Baseline St.)
Artist/Team: John O’Brien
Theme: Pneuma (Spirited Wind)
Description: Paver tiles (terrazzo insets)

Location: Civic Center Station (E Street/Court Street)
Artist/Team: Robert Delgado
Theme: Civic Center: A History
Description:  Paver tiles (ceramic)

Location: Rialto Station (E Street/Rialto Avenue)
Artist/Team: Cliff Garten Studio
Theme: Rialto Station Flower
Description: Glass panels (frit pattern)

Location: North Mall Way Station
Artist/Team: Kyung-Mi Shin
Theme: Orange Tree
Description: Structural monument

Location: Hospitality Lane Stations (Hunts Lane, Carnegie Drive West, Tippecanoe Ave.)
Artist/Team: Russell Rock/Jeanine Centouri (Urban Rock Design)
Theme: Setting the Tables
Description:  Glass panels, paver (plates)

Location:  Loma Linda Stations (Anderson St./Redlands Blvd, Anderson St./Prospect St., Benton St./Barton Road)
Artist/Team: Juan and Patricia Navarrete
Theme:  Nuestro Pasado (Our Past)
Description:  Glass panels, structural monuments (park and ride, Loma Linda University/Medical Center, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System)

– David Rutherford

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Final sbX Paving & Striping In San Bernardino

The intersection at Marshall Blvd. and E Street was recently paved, providing a smooth drive for motorists and bicyclists.

During the past month, construction crews reached a major milestone by completing most of the paving and striping work that remained in the City of San Bernardino. This included areas along the northern part of the route such as Little Mountain Avenue, Shandin Hills Drive, Marshall Boulevard and between 10th Street and 4th Street. The final layer of pavement provides a smooth road for motorists and bicyclists. In addition, striping has been placed along E Street from Hospitality Lane to 10th Street – clearing defining the center-running lane areas where buses will run.

-Robert Chevez

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sbX Construction Activities Coming to A Close

Major roadway construction is now complete as streets have been paved and striped along the sbX corridor.

The New Year brings great excitement for the Omnitrans sbX team. Just under two years since the start of construction, major roadway construction is complete. Final work on the construction crew’s to-do list includes installation of station artwork, map cases and graphics of the new system, station seating, plus final landscaping and sign installation to make navigating the corridor easy. We’re so close to start of service that next month you will begin to see buses being tested on the road. With this new activity, it is especially important for motorists to pay close attention to the new rules of the road and to stay out of the dedicated bus lanes.

-Robert Chevez

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Civic Center Park & Ride Helps Business Patrons

Businesses like Kore Skate Shop, 199 N. E St. – which has limited parking in the rear accessible from 2nd Street – will benefit from the addition of a park-and-ride lot on the third floor of the Civic Center parking structure to offset the elimination of curbside parking on E Street.

Two hundred public parking spaces have been made available with the dedication of a park-and-ride lot on Level 3 of the Civic Center parking structure to offset the removal of spaces on E Street for the creation of a transit corridor.

Motorists can enter the structure from the east side of E Street between 2nd and Court streets; the north side of 2nd Street between E and D streets; and the west side of D Street between 2nd and 3rd streets.

A newly dedicated park-and-ride on Level 3 of the Civic Center parking structure will benefit patrons of Big 5 Sporting Goods, Minuteman Press and other E Street businesses.

The use of center-running lanes on E Street for the sbX bus rapid transit (BRT) service has eliminated left turns in and out of driveways between intersections.  Southbound vehicles entering the E Street entrance to the parking structure can make a u turn at 2nd Street or a left turn on 2nd and a left at the 2nd Street entrance.

Left turns in and out of driveways between intersections have been eliminated throughout the center portion of the BRT corridor, from E Street and 10th street north of downtown to Hospitality Lane and Waterman Avenue. To compensate for the loss of left turns, a total of 19 u-turn signals will be added to the corridor. Hospitality Lane between Waterman and Tippecanoe followed these traffic-flow patterns prior to the addition of center-running bus lanes.

–  David Rutherford

Major sbX testing to begin in January

In preparation for the start of service in April 2014, early testing has begun and will increase through the New Year. In January and February, the public will see the 60-foot articulated sbX XN60 buses being tested daily on the road – and keeping you safe is a top priority for Omnitrans.

The testing phase is needed so that operations management can simulate operating conditions and test communication systems such as the traffic signal prioritization system. With new rules of the road comes a great responsibility for Omnitrans and we encourage all motorists and pedestrians along the corridor to “Be a Safety Xpert” and “Xpect Changes.” This starts with learning our top three safety tips to follow during testing:

1. Pay attention. sbX buses will be on the road daily.
2. Don’t cross the double-yellow line. That is a dedicated bus-ONLY lane.
3. Watch for new signs and obey at all times.

Safety education does not stop at 1,2,3 – for more information about how to stay safe during the testing phase, please click on the detailed Safety Infographic below.

Check out our latest public education piece – an infographic to keep you safe during the testing phase!

– Kelly Koehler

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