Construction of the Omnitrans sbX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in San Bernardino will begin in multiple locations in mid-January. Community meetings are set for Jan. 11 and 12 to share information on upcoming construction activities with residents and businesses.
The 15.7-mile sbX BRT line, which spans between San Bernardino and Loma Linda, is designed to reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective and time efficient.
Community meetings in three areas of San Bernardino will provide the public an opportunity to learn about construction activities in their respective neighborhoods and what measures will be in place to maintain access to business and residential properties. Members of the project management team will be on hand to address questions from the community. The meetings will occur at the following locations:
- San Bernardino Economic Development Agency Office of Business Development, 201 N. E St., 2nd Floor – Wed. Jan. 11, 2012, 10 a.m. – noon.
- Verdemont Community Center, 3650 Little League Drive – Wed. Jan. 11, 2012, 6-8 p.m.
- Hilton San Bernardino, 285 E. Hospitality Lane – Thurs. Jan. 12, 2012, 6-8 p.m.
In Downtown San Bernardino, street widening improvements will begin on the west side of E Street between 10th Street and 5th Street. At the north end of the BRT line, work will begin on the 80-space park-and-ride facility on Kendall Drive south of Palm Avenue. On Hospitality Lane, street widening work is expected to take place in sections between Waterman Avenue and E Street. Traffic-control measures will be implemented to assist the public with traveling through the various construction areas and accessing business and residential properties. No detours are necessary as two-way street travel will be maintained.
Throughout the construction phase of the project, which is expected to be completed in late 2013, the public can obtain project information through a variety of means, including the project website at www.omnitrans-sbx.com; a toll-free bilingual (English/Spanish) helpline – (855)-sbXNEWS (729-6397); the sbXpress project newsletter; and monthly business stakeholder meetings to be held from 10 to 11 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the San Bernardino Economic Development Agency's Office of Business Development, 201 N. E St., Suite 201. Omnitrans also maintains a Speakers Bureau, providing outreach to communitybased organizations. Speaking requests can be directed to the helpline number or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.