San Bernardino Transit Center
|Intermodal transit center|
|Other names||San Bernardino-Downtown|
|Location||599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, California
|Opened||September 8, 2015disputed ] opening)(partial[|
The San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC, Metrolink designation San Bernardino-Downtown) is an intermodal transit center in downtown San Bernardino, California, United States. It is owned and operated by Omnitrans, the area's public transportation agency.
History and future development
Pacific Electric (PE) and its local predecessors used the SBTC site as a tram shed in the early 1900s. Omnitrans selected the site to build the center in the 2000s, and purchased the land for the station from Union Pacific Railroad, the successor corporation to Pacific Electric, in 2008. HDR, Inc.'s bid to design the center was chosen by San Bernardino Associated Governments, the area regional planning organization, in 2010. By 2011, the expected completion date of the associated sbX system was in 2014.
By March 2010, an extension of Metrolink rail from San Bernardino's Santa Fe Depot to the center was planned to be completed by 2013; by early 2014, the completion date had been moved to mid-2016. Construction of the center began in 2014, with a groundbreaking of the location on February 25. The sbX line opened on April 28, 2014, however, the rest of[disputed ] the transit center was under construction.
The center opened on September 8, 2015; at that point, the rail project was scheduled to be completed by 2017. Construction on the extension continued through 2017. Passenger service began on December 16, 2017; news reports described the initial service as "test runs" with an official opening date of December 18.
Arrow (formerly known as the Redlands Passenger Rail Project) service will terminate at the transit center upon the commencement of operations in 2021. That project's contracting process was incorporated into the work done on bringing Metrolink service to the station. The California High-Speed Rail Authority is considering the station as a possible stop on the second phase of the California High-Speed Rail project.
Services and facilities
San Bernardino Line trains, IEOC Line trains, and sbX bus rapid transit stop at the center. Additionally, Omnitrans, Mountain Transit, Pass Transit, the Riverside Transit Agency, and VVTA use the center as a bus depot.
The center contains a LEED Gold station building with public facilities, waiting areas, and solar panels on its roof. 19 bus bays are located within the center, with two additional stops and sbX platforms at the northeast corner. Metrolink double track and platforms parallel the south edge. A mural titled Explorations is on the exterior of the station building, and a large sundial is at the center of the bus area.
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Opening December 16
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