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E Street Medians Create Corridor Changes

Recently, crews built sections of median curbs along E Street at non-signalized three-way intersections. These barricades were installed for the safety of the motoring public to keep vehicles from driving across dedicated center-running lanes where the sbX Bus Rapid Transit line will operate.

E Street median curbs have been placed at MacKay Drive, Century Avenue, Orange Show Lane, Oak Street, Athol Street (near San Manuel Stadium), and a small area just north of Rialto Avenue. These are similar to the median curbs built earlier this year on Hospitality Lane at Sunwest Lane, Diners Court and Business Center Drive.

Safety barriers can be a bit tricky to get used to at first. They will require route adjustments for some people to reach their destination. To help motorists get to their destinations, a special map has been created indicating where u turns along the sbX corridor eventually will be allowed. Please click here  to view the u-turn map.

Signalized u turns will be located throughout a 5.4-mile stretch of buses running in exclusive lanes on E Street between 10th Street and Hospitality Lane; and on Hospitality Lane between E Street and Tippecanoe Avenue.

-Kelly Koehler

 

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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.

Roadway Features Change Hospitality Look

In July, crews made substantial progress on the south side of Hospitality Lane and center-running lane area from Carnegie Drive to Tippecanoe Avenue. On the south side of the street, new ADA ramps and sidewalks were completed near Harriman Place and Hospitality Lane. Irrigation and landscaping work also has taken place throughout this stretch.

In the center-running-lane areas, asphalt has been removed so that crews can work on the various layers needed to reinforce the roadway where the sbX coaches will operate. This roadway improvement work is expected to be completed in mid-August. In addition, a concrete center-running median has been built in much of the area between the Carnegie Drive and Tippecanoe Avenue sbX stations. This feature will help to separate westbound and eastbound travel of vehicles. Work also continues at the Hunts Lane sbX station, with electrical features to be installed in the coming months.

LLU Employee loves public transit

Carmen Fernandez at the May 2 Loma Linda University Employee Benefits Fair

Carmen Fernandez can’t wait for the start of passenger service of the first sbX corridor, so she can have lunch more with her sister.

The Colton resident, a nine-year photographer for Educational Support Services at Loma Linda University’s School of Dentistry, currently uses Omnitrans Route 2 once a week to meet her sibling, who works at Sam’s Club in San Bernardino near the popular rows of restaurants on Harriman Place and Hospitality Lane.

She also takes routes 8 and 9 to visit her parents and get to her acupuncture therapy sessions in Redlands; and routes 19 and 325 to get between home and work. She has a car but chooses to use public transit because she shares the car with her daughter, a boxer who trains at a gym in Reche Canyon.

“I choose to do it,” Fernandez said of bus riding. “Three miles is a little too far to walk, and I could park free in two of the lots. It’s convenient, so why not?”

She also takes advantage of her employer’s rideshare incentive, which allows her to purchase a $47 monthly pass for $22.

Carmen, a native of Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, sees bus service with Omnitrans as less frequent but more reliable. “I consider bus riding a game, which makes it fun for me,” she said, “especially with NexTrip. It’s more precise than relying on the Bus Book. That makes it fun. I think most people who don’t use the bus think it’s boring. The drivers who know me stop if they see me and I’m running a little behind. It’s exciting.”

–David Rutherford
david.rutherford@omnitrans.org

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Paving, Concrete Work Begin in Loma Linda

LLMC: Low concrete walls are being built along the back part of the sbX station locations in Loma Linda such as this one at Anderson Street and Prospect Avenue.

During April, construction crews in Loma Linda are focusing on forming and pouring low concrete walls at the Anderson Street and Prospect Avenue West and East sbX stations as well as the VA station at Benton Street and Barton Road.

Additionally, crews are working on pouring new concrete bus pads at station locations in the city. Other work scheduled in April includes asphalt paving of slots nearest the curb at sbX station locations and electrical work.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

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Interest Grows in Future sbX Projects

Omnitrans Director of Planning and Development Services Rohan Kuruppu (far right) fields questions from residents of northern San Bernardino at a monthly meeting of Community Builders San Bernardino

As construction continues along the E Street Corridor, public interest has grown in the sbX system-wide plan and how the first line between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda will provide connectivity with other modes of public transit and future bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors.

“Our goal is not only to enhance public transit,” said Rohan Kuruppu, Omnitrans’ Director of Planning and Development Services, at a Jan. 2 meeting of CommunityBuilders San Bernardino. “We want to promote enhanced communities that are sustainable, walkable and attractive to private developers, businesses and residents.”

Kuruppu, who spearheaded talks with stakeholders in 2004 when sbX was first conceived, is working with officials from Southern California Associated Governments (SCAG), San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) and cities throughout the Omnitrans service area to determine the vision for BRT in those communities. He has been instrumental in generating more than $1 billion in grants for the study, planning, design and implementation of new transit projects.

Last year, the Federal Transit Administration awarded $800,000 to Omnitrans for an alternatives analysis for the future Holt Boulevard/4th Street corridor, which would provide BRT in Montclair, Ontario and Fontana.  An 18-month station-area design study also has begun on the Foothill Boulevard corridors, which include the communities of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Etiwanda, and Fontana (Foothill West); and Rialto, San Bernardino and Highland (Foothill East).

— David Rutherford
david.rutherford@omnitrans.org

The E Street Corridor is the first of 10 under construction in the system-wide plan. Click image for larger view.

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sbX Bus Rapid Transit Project Funding Facts

Omnitrans has launched a new information campaign for the sbX construction project. Look for these messages online and in local newspapers over the next few months. Local contributions, while needed and appreciated, make up only 4 percent of the project’s funding.

sbX Construction Update for August 6th-10th

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 restroom continues, Sidewalk grading
  • LANE CLOSURE: NA

Cal State University San Bernardino

  • Parameters: New bus station location on campus
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Specifics: Roadway work continues, work on bus passenger platform continues
  • 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 and gutter work continues, storm drain activities, electrical activities, street light activities
  • 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 including sidewalk removals, landscaping activities, irrigation 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 pouring slab, forming walls and erecting structure steel, irrigation activities
  • 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 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 Update for July 23-27

 

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.

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 restroom 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: Roadway work such as paving, pouring and concrete curing activities continue, work on bus passenger platform continues
  • 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 and gutter work continues, tree relocation, storm drain activities, electrical activities, street light activities
  • 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, landscaping activities, irrigation 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: Irrigation activities, storm drain activities, and platform structure activities such as pouring slab, forming walls and erecting structure steel
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect at select bus stop


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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