L.A. and San Bernardino Inter-County Transit/Rail Planning Meetings Kick Off

SCAG's L.A.-San Bernardino Counties area of study. Source: http://www.scag.ca.gov/programs/Pages/InterCountyTransitRail.aspx
SCAG’s L.A.-San Bernardino Counties area of study. Image via SCAG study fact sheet [PDF]
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is seeking to develop a comprehensive overview of potential transportation and rail improvement options in the corridor bridging L.A. Counties and San Bernardino counties. Los Angeles and San Bernardino inter-county cooperation could expand transit access to cities near the county border. A number of significant inter-county transportation projects are or have been proposed to increase connectivity in eastern San Gabriel Valley and Western San Bernardino County. Future transportation projects could include:

  • Metrolink San Bernardino Line connection to Ontario Airport
  • Metro Gold Line light rail phase 2-B extension to Montclair
  • Metro Gold Line light rail phase 2-C extension to Ontario Airport
  • Bus Rapid Transit connections
  • 10 Freeway express lanes

SCAG’s study corridor area includes portions of the San Bernardino County cities of Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland and the Los Angeles County cities of Claremont, La Verne, and Pomona.

SCAG hosted a community meeting in Upland last night for the cross-counties study. A second community meeting will take place tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Academy of Health Sciences at 211 N. Orange Grove Avenue in Pomona. SCAG will be disseminating project information and gathering community input. Interested folks who cannot attend the meetings can give input via a five-minute interactive online survey.

Trips-by-car
One of the presentation boards at last night’s meeting. According to a SCAG representative, PDFs of the presentation will be made available on the study website. Source: Doug Lewis/Streetsblog L.A.

Recently, Gold Line authority officials expressed interest in moving forward with an Ontario airport connection, but with San Bernardino Associated Governments (SanBAG – somewhat analogous to L.A. County’s Metro) approval and oversight. Any future facilities in San Bernardino County, including the planned Montclair station and proposed Ontario Airport extension, would need to be funded by San Bernardino County.

A 2014 report from the Pasadena Star details the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority’s past efforts to gain inter-county authority for a possible San Bernardino extension. The proposed state bill A.B. 2574 was met with vehement opposition from SanBAG for overriding jurisdiction.

Can SCAG, which spans six counties, facilitate a more harmonious cooperation between San Bernardino and L.A. Counties? Will the result be transit service that improves the lives of all southern California residents, regardless of what county they live or work in? Time will tell, and SCAG’s current study appears to be one worthwhile step in the right direction. Attend tonight’s meeting or give your input via the online survey.

Tripthing
Future transit projects could serve some of the 180,000 daily trips between the counties. SCAG’s trip-forecasting model detailed here. Source: Doug Lewis/Streetsblog L.A.

SBLA San Gabriel Valley coverage is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

  • Matt Korner

    SanBAG is right. The Gold Line extension is redundant. A B.R.T. is currently being developed between ONT airport and the Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink station.

    Increase the number of express trains, and build a FlyAway-style terminal in North Pomona where Metrolink and L.A. Metro’s Gold Line meet. Also, explore the possibility of creating a service similar to Disney’s Magical Express for the transfer of luggage, and wait for high-speed rail between L.A. Union Station and ONT to provide a one-seat connection.

  • Matt Korner
  • Matt Korner

    Here’s the Facebook page for the advocates of the Pomona FlyAway terminal: http://www.Facebook.com/PomonaFlyAwayTerminal

  • scottmercer

    Would be much easier to build a Metrolink terminal at Ontario Airport. It’s on the south side of the airport property, you just need to build an underground people mover type set up, it’s only a few thousand feet. Then run a bunch more trips on that line during the middle of the day.

  • Except that’s a UP owned and dispatched line (originally the Los Angeles and Salt Lake) and they aren’t interested in accomodating any additional passenger traffic.

  • Why not a dedicated bus to Montclair TransCenter instead? It’s only 10 minutes from there to ONT by Interstate, and the Montclair TransCenter has far easier access to I-10 than the Pomona (North) Station does.

  • My takeaway, which really disappointed me, is that once again the mode split modeling is based on present day assumptions about who makes more trips and by what method of transportation. Basically SCAG believes, if you read how they model, that the current conditions regarding car use are frozen in time from now to 2035. Thats the thinking that got us stuck on building more and more road infrastructure when we really did not need much of it (Think Stroads).

    Pressure needs to be put on SCAG to come up with alternate possible outcomes.

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