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E Street in San Bernardino Getting New Look

E Street has a new look in Downtown San Bernardino as crews continue making roadway improvements for the sbX line. New plants and trees will also be placed in the median area.

Motorists driving through Downtown San Bernardino can now see the new street configuration for sbX service. During a two-week period in July, a small section of northbound E Street between 2nd Street and Court Street was closed so construction crews could work on widening the street and build a new center running median that will be fully landscaped. Crews will soon start construction of the Court Street sbX station. Important to note, is that while there is currently a new layer of pavement in this area, the final layer of asphalt will be placed in the coming months and create a smooth, even surface for vehicular traffic.

Crews work on the new E Street median near 2nd Street in Downtown San Bernardino.

Extensive roadway and crosswalk work also took place between Court Street and 6th Street in Downtown. The final layer of asphalt in this area will also be placed in the coming months as well as new striping. Elsewhere on E Street, electrical and masonry work has been taking place at the Highland Avenue, Baseline Street, Rialto Avenue and North Mall Way sbX stations. Work also continues on the sbX stations on Kendall Drive and the CSUSB sbX station is nearing completion.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

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Roadways Improved Near Loma Linda Stations

Vehicles now have a smooth road to drive on next to the sbX station platform on Benton Street next to Barton Road in Loma Linda.

Loma Linda construction activities increased significantly in July with progress made at each of the sbX stations in the city.

Asphalt removal, grading and paving took place at the station on the east side of Anderson Street south of Redlands Boulevard; both stations on the northeast and southwest corners of Anderson Street and Prospect Avenue; and at the southern terminus on the southeast corner of Benton Street and Barton Road, next to the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System facility. Motorists will feel a smooth drive through the area as the final cap of asphalt is now in place.

At the station in front of the future park-and-ride facility (west side of Anderson Street south of Redlands Boulevard), crews formed and poured a low concrete wall. They also worked on sidewalk, stairs and ramp construction. Other activities in Loma Linda included painting station steel structures, electrical and surveying.

CSUSB Platform Infrastructure Installed

The ticket vending machine, LED arrival/departure sign and security cameras have been installed at the CSUSB sbX station.

The latest work at the CSUSB sbX station is now giving the public a better look at the electrical station components that differentiate the bus rapid transit (BRT) service from regular bus service. During the past month, crews have begun installing the electronic ticket vending machines, LED arrival and departure signs, security cameras and 24/7 emergency call lines at the CSUSB station as well as the Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue park-and-ride facility. In the coming weeks, the electrical components will be energized with testing to take place in the coming months.

LED Arrival/Departure Sign

Further south along the sbX corridor on E Street in San Bernardino, crews continue to work on the new curb, gutter and sidewalk on the east side of the street between 6th Street and 2nd Street. In early July, northbound E Street will be closed between 2nd Street and Court Street for approximately two weeks so construction workers can make improvements that will also include street paving. As a detour, motorists can use D Street to the east. Businesses will be open during this time and parking will continue to be available at the Civic Center parking structure. In addition, northbound E Street between Court Street and 6th Street will close nightly between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. for similar work.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

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Changes to Omnitrans Facility Continue

sbX Fleet

Thirteen of the 14 new five-door, 60-foot-long sbX vehicles have arrived from the manufacturer and are being stored in a section of the Omnitrans East Valley maintenance yard in San Bernardino. The lot has been reconfigured to accommodate the coaches while modifications are made to the fueling facility, bus wash and maintenance bays. Crews have begun setting up a temporary fueling station on the east end of the facility on 5th Street and Medical Center Drive. The plan is to complete the temporary station before demolishing the old fueling facility and bus wash to make way for new ones that can accommodate a 60-foot bus.

Temporary fueling facility

sbX Loma Linda Station Work Continues

A new concrete bus pad and sbX station low wall have cured at the Anderson Street and Prospect Avenue station.

In May, construction activities focused on the Anderson Street and Redlands Boulevard east sbX station across from the Loma Linda Academy and the Benton Street and Barton Road sbX station at the Loma Linda VA Medical Center.

Other activities included the pouring and curing of concrete bus pads and low walls at the Anderson Street and Prospect Avenue sbX stations. Upcoming work will include electrical at Benton Street and Barton Road as well as slot paving at various station locations.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

About sbX
The sbX BRT Project is the first-of-its kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. It is the beginning of an intermodal public transit system in the San Bernardino Valley that will help reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.

The 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities.

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sbX Work Moves Forward at CSUSB, Downtown

Crews put the finishing touches on irrigation system for the new plant life at the CSUSB sbX station.

In May, the CSUSB sbX station received a landscaping makeover, complete with dozens of evergreen and flowering plants as well as decorative rocks large and small. As part of this work, a water-efficient irrigation system was installed. The steel canopy frame was painted and lighting work continues on the station platform.

On Kendall Drive, work continues on the sbX stations at Palm Avenue, Little Mountain Drive and Shandin Hills Drive. Activities include the installation of decorative platform pavers, electrical lighting and structural-steel painting. Similar work also took place on E Street at the Marshall Boulevard, Highland Avenue and Baseline Street stations.

Work has shifted to the east side of E Street in the Downtown San Bernardino area as crews have removed curbs, gutters and part of the sidewalk.

In Downtown San Bernardino, on E Street in the area between 2nd and 6th streets, work is in full swing to widen the east side of the street. Curbs, gutters and sidewalks have been removed and will be replaced. Diagonal parking has been permanently removed in the area. People can easily park in one of the free structures or lots at City Hall and Carousel Mall. Street parking is available on Court and 4th streets between E and D Streets.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

About sbX
The sbX BRT Project is the first-of-its kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. It is the beginning of an intermodal public transit system in the San Bernardino Valley that will help reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.

The 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities.

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Hospitality Lane Asphalt Work Completed

Asphalt paving in the center-running lane area has been completed on Hospitality Lane between E Street and Waterman Avenue.

May has become a major milestone month for the project, as crews were able to complete center-running-lane asphalt work on Hospitality Lane between E Street and Waterman Avenue. This section of roadway was removed and reinforced as the new sbX coaches will travel along the middle portion of the street in dedicated bus lanes.

Other major milestones include the start of construction of the Hunts Lane and Carnegie Drive center-running lane sbX stations. Crews are well on their way with station foundation work and planter walls leading to the pedestrian walkways in the signalized intersection.

The sbX Structure Steel has already been installed and the concrete planter walls poured.

At the sbX station at Hospitality Lane and Tippecanoe Avenue, the steel canopy structure has been installed and planter walls built. Numerous electrical activities also are taking place throughout this stretch of roadway for intersection signalization and wiring of the stations.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

About sbX
The sbX BRT Project is the first-of-its kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. It is the beginning of an intermodal public transit system in the San Bernardino Valley that will help reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.

The 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities.

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