Rail to Redlands Working Group Second Meeting

What role does Omnitrans play in the Redlands Passenger Rail project? This question was answered during a presentation from Omnitrans Interim CEO/General Manager Scott Graham at the Rail to Redlands Working Group’s meeting. This ad-hoc committee consists of elected officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders who come together to help build momentum for this rail project. The group held its second meeting on October 30th at the County Government Center.

Omnitrans is the public transit provider for the San Bernardino Valley. It offers many different services including the soon to be completed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) which will provide an express bus line that will travel down E Street through San Bernardino. Mr. Graham and his staff informed the group of the efforts by Omnitrans to increase efficiency of the bus routes which will be utilized by those who will ride the future Redlands Passenger Rail. The working group’s discussion centered around how Omnitrans can provide connectivity options for commuters living a greater distance from the potential rail stops.

Mitch Adlerman, SANBAG Director of Transit/Rail Programs, provided the group with an update on the work his agency has made so far. He said he expects the environmental reviews to be completed by the middle of next year. The University of Redlands and ESRI have continued to make progress on the future stops at these campuses. Carole Beswick, CEO of Inland Action, suggested holding site visits for the group once more progress has been made.

The next working group meeting is scheduled for February of next year.

Rail to Redlands Working Group

Members of the Rail to Redlands Working Group from left to right: Olivia Crowley with Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Larry Sharp with Inland Action, Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz of Grand Terrace, John Longville with the San Bernardino Community College Board, Carole Beswick with Inland Action, Supervisor James Ramos, Mayor Pete Aguilar of Redlands, University of Redlands President Ralph Kuncl, and Senior Vice President of Loma Linda University Rachelle Bussell