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Pep Rally Celebrates sbX Completion

New Omnitrans Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Service Launches April 28

sbX vehicle delivers riders to a pep rally celebrating the completion of the Omnitrans new bus rapid transit line.

sbX vehicle delivers riders to a pep rally celebrating the completion of the Omnitrans new bus rapid transit line.

With band playing, cheerleaders chanting, banners waving and over 200 people cheering, Omnitrans celebrated the completion of the sbX bus rapid transit line pep-rally style on April 22 in a ceremony adjacent to the line’s civic center station.   The new 16-mile BRT line begins passenger service on Monday, April 28, offering free rides through May 2nd.

sbX vehicle delivers riders to a pep rally celebrating the completion of the Omnitrans new bus rapid transit line.The sbX Green Line includes over five miles of dedicated lanes, 16 station locations, and four park-and-ride lots. It serves major activity centers in Loma Linda and San Bernardino including two hospitals, two universities, numerous trade schools, city and county government centers, and employment centers, along with major shopping, hospitality and entertainment venues.

FTA Region IX Administrator Leslie Rogers prepares to cut into a custom cake celebrating the completion of the sbX rapid transit line as local dignitaries look on. (From left, Loma Linda Councilmember Ronald Dailey, San Bernardino Councilmember Benito Barrios, event Emcee Lacey Kendall, Rogers, San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis, Omnitrans CEO Scott Graham.)

FTA Region IX Administrator Leslie Rogers prepares to cut into a custom cake celebrating the completion of the sbX rapid transit line as local dignitaries look on. (From left, Loma Linda Councilmember Ronald Dailey, San Bernardino Councilmember Benito Barrios, event Emcee Lacey Kendall, Rogers, San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis, Omnitrans CEO Scott Graham.)

“Transit is about more than just getting around: it maps a community’s priorities,” said Leslie Rogers, Regional Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration, at the event. “It’s also a ladder of opportunity that connects people to jobs. In fact, just building this project put hundreds of local residents to work in the throes of the recession, and we’re especially proud of that fact.” Approximately 220 jobs were generated during construction.

The crowd joined the San Bernardino Cardinals Cheerleaders in the cheer "sbX 2014!"

The crowd joined the San Bernardino Cardinals Cheerleaders cheering “sbX 2014!”

The 14 articulated vehicles manufactured by New Flyer for the sbX line, are the first five-door, compressed natural gas (CNG) powered, 60-footers ever built.  Omnitrans CEO/General Manager Scott Graham noted, “the sbX coaches feature our first rear-facing, self-securement wheelchair positions, our first interior bike racks, and our first on board Wi-Fi and power outlets.”

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Graham also commended the corridor contractor, Griffith/Comet, for completing the project on time, within budget, and with a perfect safety record of no lost-time accidents in over 400,000 hours worked.

#sbx2014 Omnitrans CEO Scott Graham and San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis

Omnitrans CEO Scott Graham and San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis

The BRT line utilizes TSP (traffic signal prioritization), so sbX vehicles can advance through busy intersections. Dedicated station platforms offer real-time arrival displays, ticket vending machines, emergency telephones, customer call boxes and public art.  To enhance security, the multiple video cameras at each station are monitored 24/7.

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The Omnitrans sbX launch is the culmination of over 10 years of planning, design, construction and system testing.  Parsons Transportation Group helped initiate the project in 2004, taking it from alternatives analysis through final design.  Jacobs Engineering handled construction management and related activities.

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Project partners included Omnitrans, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA), San Bernardino Associated Governments, the City of San Bernardino and the City of Loma Linda. Of the total $191.7 million project budget, 96 percent came from federal, state and county funds designated for transit projects, including $75 million from the FTA Small Starts Program. The project includes three elements: vehicle purchase, corridor construction and vehicle maintenance facility upgrades.

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A look at sbx station security

Omnitrans security tests an emergency phone at an sbX station platform

Security Supervisor Mark Crosby tests an emergency phone at an sbX station platform

With the launch of sbX rapid transit service fast approaching, our security team has been working diligently behind the scenes to ensure they are well prepared.

It’s a challenge Omnitrans security supervisor Mark Crosby takes seriously.

“The stations, the park-and-rides were all designed with crime prevention in mind,” he explains.

sbX station platform at Cal State San Bernardino

sbX station platform at Cal State San Bernardino

“Extensive planning went into the stations using CPTED, Crime Prevention Though Environmental Design. It was important to have good visibility from the street for our security patrols and law enforcement. Artwork was strategically placed so that it could be easily monitored and transparent glass was used.”

Transparent art panel at the sbX VA Hospital station

A transparent art panel at the sbX VA Hospital station platform

Omnitrans also collaborated with other local groups to form a Safety and Security Council that focused on safety and security planning of the sbX stations. The Council was comprised of representatives from the following groups:

  • San Bernardino Police Department
  • San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Terrorism Liaison Officer
  • San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Loma Linda Station
  • San Bernardino County Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center Security
  • CalTrans
  • SanBAG
  • Loma Linda Fire Department
  • California State University at San Bernardino Police Department
  • VA Hospital Police in Loma Linda
Crews test the security cameras that monitor each sbX station

Crews test the security cameras that monitor each sbX station

The Council worked together to establish appropriate security procedures and responses. For example, they wanted to ensure that customer service phones were available as well as emergency call boxes, so that law enforcement wasn’t getting call about bus arrivals.

Unlike bus stops and transit centers which are maintained by the cities, the sbX station platforms are owned and maintained by Omnitrans.

The new Omnitrans sbX Transit Security patrol car

The new Omnitrans sbX Transit Security patrol car

“This is the first time we’ve owned outside property, and we are taking pro-active measures to prevent potential problems before they happen,” says Crosby. “We monitor station activity 24/7 with patrols and cameras. We have also enhanced our team with several new officers who will be patrolling the corridor looking for things like suspicious activity, trespassing after hours, vandalism loitering, medical issues and mechanical problems.”

Transit security patrols are equipped to handle any emergency

Transit security patrols are equipped to handle any emergency

Crosby says the officers, contractors from General Security Services, are highly skilled professionals whose training includes crisis management, conflict resolution, emergency response procedures, traffic control, first aid, diversity and crowd control. They are also licensed ham radio operators equipped to handle emergency communications.General Security Services also supplies the specially equipped patrol truck the officers will use on their rounds. Designed by a former cop, the vehicle is developed with the officer in mind.

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It features a light bar with a high beam LED spotlight bar beneath, a front push bar, a power inverter, a PA system, a toolkit, a trauma bag, yellow security tape, a laptop, emergency barriers with flashers, and orange pylons.

At the Omnitrans San Bernardino office, sbX security officers observe station activity 24/7 from a central security hub. Not only do they watch for suspicious activity, they also monitor station conditions for potential hazards from illegally parked cars to overflowing trash cans.

“Security has been a key component throughout this process,” explains Mark. “From station development to implementing new monitoring technologies, our primary goal has been to ensure safety along the sbX corridor.”

– Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

sbX Security Officers monitor station activity 24/7 from a central security hub

sbX security officers monitor station activity 24/7 from a central security hub