San Bernardino Express

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San Bernardino Express (sbX)
Overview
Operator Omnitrans
Garage 1700 West Fifth Street
San Bernardino, California
Began service April 28, 2014
Predecessors Route 2 (still in operation)
Route
Communities served San Bernardino, California
Loma Linda, California
Landmarks served California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino High School, McDonald's Museum, Carousel Mall, Theater Square, San Bernardino Civic Center, Court Street Square, San Manuel Stadium, National Orange Show Events Center, Inland Center Mall, Loma Linda Academy, Loma Linda University/Medical Center, Loma Linda Children's Hospital, Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House, VA Loma Linda Health Care System
Start Verdemont, San Bernardino
Via Kendall Drive, University Parkway, "E" Street, Hospitality Lane, Anderson Street
End VA Loma Linda Health Care System, Loma Linda
Length 15.7 mi (25 km) with 16 Stations
Service
Frequency every 10–15 minutes
Operates 6 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday (no weekend service scheduled in the first year of operation)
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San Bernardino Express, also known as sbX, is San Bernardino's and the Inland Empire's first and only rapid transit line. sbX is a brand of bus rapid transit service that will traverse major surface streets throughout the Omnitrans service area, which covers most of the 15 cities and unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County between the Riverside and Los Angeles county lines and the foothills of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountain ranges.[1][2][3]

Development[edit]

sbX is the first and only bus rapid transit line in Southern California's Inland Empire, the 12th largest metropolitan area in the United States.[4] With construction of the first line (E Street Corridor, now known as the Green Line) substantially completed, the 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations, designed by Gruen Associates of Los Angeles, at university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers, as well as four park-and-ride facilities. Construction was set to finish in late 2013, but was pushed back due to ongoing construction at San Bernardino's downtown transit center. Service is still planned to begin in April 2014.[5][6]

Omnitrans has begun making upgrades to its East Valley vehicle maintenance facility in San Bernardino, including modifications to its parking lot, service bays bus wash and fueling facility, to accommodate 60-foot buses, all of which have been purchased and acquired, to run on the sbX bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor.[7][8]

Omnitrans has received a grant from the Federal Transit Administration to conduct an alternatives analysis for the Holt Boulevard/4th Street Corridor and the cities of Ontario and Fontana are both conducting studies on the feasibility of bus rapid transit along the corridor in their cities. Additionally, planners in Rancho Cucamonga are exploring recommendations on how to support high-density, transit-oriented development along the Foothill Boulevard corridor (Historic Route 66).[9]

Features[edit]

  • 23 sheltered stations at 16 corridor locations –Reflect the culture & heritage of the communities they serve, including both center-running and side-running stations
  • 4 park-and-ride locations
    • Verdemont Station (Kendall Drive/Palm Avenue)
    • Marshall Station (E Street/Marshall Boulevard, two lots)
    • Civic Center Station (E Street/Court Street at city hall parking structure)
    • Redlands Blvd. Station (Anderson Street south of Redlands Boulevard.)
  • 14 compressed natural gas (CNG), 60-foot articulated buses
  • 10-minute headway during peak hours; 15-minutes off-peak hours
  • Wheelchair-accessible boarding platforms with ticket-vending machines and electronic message boards
  • Interior bike racks
  • Surveillance cameras on station platforms, in vehicles and at park-and-ride lots

Stations[edit]

sbX Green Line
Station Type Location Coordinates Notes Photo
Verdemont Station M
PR
Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue Northern terminus Verdemont station turnaround, located on Caltrans property with 83-space park-and-ride facility.
CSUSB Transit Center M 5500 University Parkway Located on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino, at the southern entrance near the John M. Pfau Library. Only Station serving the University District. CSUSB Station (sbX).png
Little Mountain C Kendall Drive at Little Mountain Drive At the base of the Shandin Hills Mountain Range.
Shandin Hills C Kendall Drive at Shandin Hills Drive. Southernmost stop on Kendall Drive, at the Shandin Hills Shopping Center. Shandin Hills Station.png
Marshall C
PR
"E" Street at Marshall Blvd. Marshall Station has two park-and-ride lots, one on each side of "E" Street.
Highland Ave C "E" Street at Highland Avenue Highland/Uptown Business District
Baseline C "E" Street at Baseline Street San Bernardino Adult School/Baseline Business District.
Civic Center M
PR
"E" Street at Court Street Located in Downtown San Bernardino at Court Street Square, a block from the Entertainment District; anchored by the California Theatre and Regal Cinemas Downtown-Civic Center Station.png
SB Transit Center M "E" Street at Rialto Avenue Southernmost downtown station services the future San Bernardino Transit Center (scheduled for completion in late 2015) which is near San Manuel Stadium, U.S. Center of Citizenship and Immigration office. Loma Linda University Health Care[10] has plans to build a major 5-story medical center a block away from the transit center, to provide health care to the needy, train medical residents and teach health-related job skills to high school graduates not planning to attend college. The project is a partnership of the university, the City of San Bernardino and the San Bernardino City Unified School District[11]
Inland Center Mall M "E" Street at North Mall Way Near National Orange Show Events Center and Inland Center Mall.
Hunts Lane M Hospitality Lane at Hunts Lane Westernmost stop in the Hospitality Lane Business District. Hospitality West Station.png
Carnegie-West M Hospitality Lane between Carnegie Drive West and Carnegie Drive East Central Station of the Hospitality Lane Business District
Tippecanoe M Hospitality Lane at Tippecanoe Avenue Easternmost station of the Hospitality Lane Business District.
Redlands C
PR
Anderson Street at Redlands Blvd. Station has park-and-ride lot, expected to serve as a free parking service to visitors, volunteers, students, employees and faculty of Loma Linda University and Medical Center due to minimal parking at the university.
Loma Linda University C Anderson Street at Prospect Street Loma Linda University/Medical Center, Children's Hospital, Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House
VA Hospital C Barton Road at Benton Street Southern Terminus, Northbound only station at VA Loma Linda Health Care System (Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center).
Type Code: C = Curbside station or M = Median station | PR = Station has Park and Ride

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