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Construction of final sbX station underway

Construction crews have laid the foundation for a concrete pedestrian ramp at the intersection of E Street and Court Street, which will lead to a station platform in the area of center-running lanes in Downtown San Bernardino; on the right are samples of artistic platform and crosswalk pavers.

Each month it becomes easier to visualize what the final sbX corridor will look like – and the Downtown San Bernardino area is no exception. In October, you’ll see an increase in construction as work is now underway at the final sbX station at Court and E streets. Located in the heart of Downtown, this station will serve as a key stop for those visiting City Hall, grabbing a bite to eat at local favorite Molly’s Cafe or catching a movie at Regal San Bernardino Stadium 14 & RPX.

In the coming weeks and month, construction crews will focus on building the station platform. You’ll see a steel and concrete framework built to support the steel canopy of the station. Paving crews will then work on a pedestrian walkway from the station to the intersection and installing concrete tile on the platform. Other milestones in the Downtown area will include the completion of center-lane paving, the patterned-pedestrian crosswalks and new landscaping. It’s all coming together for the start of service in April 2014!

-Kelly Koehler

 

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Crews Target Loma Linda P&R Station

Now that roadway work is complete in front of the other four sbX stations in Loma Linda, construction crews can now focus efforts on the park-and-ride station.

The majority of sbX construction work was completed last month at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda VA Medical Center and Anderson Street east stations. Crews are now focused on completing the work on the west side of Anderson Street south of Redlands Boulevard.

In August, major work already had taken place on the final sbX station at the future park-and-ride facility. Crews finished building the low wall of the station and installed a handrail along the back wall of the boarding platform. In addition, station lighting and electrical work has taken place as well as drainage in the parking area.

Final touches such as art work installation will come as the project nears completion later this year.

-Kelly Koehler

 

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Students to Save Money, Time with sbX

Jaasiel Marron

Jaasiel Marron drives to California State University, San Bernardino from his home in Beaumont – but only half way.

Instead, the junior mathematics major finds an all-day parking spot near the VA Loma Linda Health Care System and boards Omnitrans Route 2, which takes him to the entrance to campus in a little more than an hour.

“It’s worth it,” Marron said. “With the cost of a student parking permit at $102 a quarter, I save money not having to park on campus. I also save on the cost of gas driving all the way from home.”

In about a year from now, Marron will be able to save time, as well. That’s when passenger service begins for the first corridor of Omnitrans’ express service called sbX. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, followed by two to three months of start-up, testing and training.

Route 2 service, which stops on average every third of a mile, will remain on the corridor at reduced service intervals (20 to 30 minutes). Because the bus rapid transit (BRT) service will have fewer stops (once a mile, on average); exclusive lanes along Hospitality Lane and much of E Street; and the ability to get through intersections with traffic-signal priority, Marron will find his commute time cut by nearly half. The BRT line also will run every 10 minutes during peak traffic hours, so he won’t have to worry about missing a departure.

“I can’t wait for this new service,” he said.

– David Rutherford
  david.rutherford@omnitrans.org

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First sbX bus arrives at Omnitrans

Omnitrans Planning Director, Rohan Kuruppu, and the new sbX bus

The first of the new sbX articulated buses arrived at Omnitrans the end of last month. It’s so new, in fact, that it still has shrink wrap on the front and paper covers on the carpet. We thought we’d take you on a tour of what you can expect to see the first time you board when the sbX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) begins in early 2014.

When viewing the sbX bus from the outside, you’re immediately struck by how long the vehicle actually is. At 60-feet, it’s a full 20-feet longer than our regular, fixed-route buses.  It also has five doors, two on the driver’s side and three on the opposite side. Five doors are necessary for the express vehicles in order to accommodate both center platform stations and curbside service.

Bus passes and fares will be the same for both the Omnitrans fixed-routes and the Sbx express service, and bus pass vending machines will be available at selected stations. There is a fare box at the driver entrance and two scanners at rear entrances.  Simply swipe your pass and you’re good to go.

The inside of the bus feels bright, spacious and comfortable. There are 41 passenger seats and a standing capacity of 65.

Interior view of the sbX bus from the rear seat

On either side of the aisle in rear entrance of the sbX bus are two interior bicycle racks that can hold up to 4 bikes apiece.

The ramps on the sbX bus provide almost level docking for greater ease in the boarding of bicycles and wheelchairs.

The front of the sbX bus has fold-up seats to accommodate up to four wheelchairs, two of them forward-facing and two rear-facing, depending  upon the rider’s preference.

sbX uses  Q’Straint Wheelchair securement, one of the the world’s most effective wheelchair passenger safety solutions for public transportation

When you are riding sbX BRT, you never have to worry about your cell phone, tablet or computer running out of juice. Just plug your device into one of the electrical outlets available overhead. Each sbX bus also has wifi capabilities.

And finally, if you really want to have fun, grab one of the four seats available within the articulated section of the bus. There’s lots of leg room and you get a bit more sway in your ride!

Twelve more of the sbX vehicles are due to arrive over the next 12 months, and service  is scheduled to begin in early 2014.

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About sbX
The sbX Bus Rapid Transit (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 Construction Alert: September 17-21

The sbX weekly construction update lists the places, dates, times and details of construction activity currently taking place in San Bernardino in preparation for the sbX bus rapid transit project.

Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue Park-and-Ride-Facility

  • Parameters: South of Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue intersection
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Specifics: Work on park-and-ride facility continues.
  • LANE CLOSURE: NA

CSUSB

  • Parameters: New bus station location on campus
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Specifics: Electrical activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect.

Marshall Blvd. Park-and-Ride Facility

  • Parameters: Northeast & northwest corners of E Street and Marshall Blvd.
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Specifics: Work at park-and-ride facility continues including prep work to construct facility walls, grading for parking area, traffic signal activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect

E Street

  • Parameters: Select locations between 10th Street and Hospitality Lane
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
  • Specifics: Driveway, curb, gutter and sidewalk work continues, traffic signal activities, electrical activities, water meter relocation activities. Please note: businesses impacted by water meter relocation activities will be notified 24 hours in advance.
  • LANE CLOSURE: Parking and lane nearest the curb along the east side of E Street between 10th Street and 6th Street has been eliminated. Traffic control in effect on east and west side of E Street throughout the corridor.

 Hospitality Lane

  • Parameters: Select locations between E Street and Tippecanoe Avenue
  • Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Intermittent Day Work
  • Specifics: Driveway, curb and gutter work continues, storm drain activities, electrical activities, street light activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: North side of Hospitality Lane nearest the curb is closed.

 Various Bus Station Locations

  • Parameters: Little Mountain Drive, Shandin Hills Drive, Marshall Boulevard, Highland Avenue, Baseline Street
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
  • Specifics: Platform structure activities such as steel work and electrical
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect at some locations.
To establish a safe work environment for crews and the public, the construction crew has implemented traffic control measures that allow for at least one lane in each direction to be open during construction. Maintaining access to businesses is a high priority as part of this project. As such, signage is placed throughout the corridor to inform the public that they are open for business.


About sbX

The sbX Bus Rapid Transit (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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