San Bernardino Transit Center

The San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC,[1][2][3][4] Metrolink designation San Bernardino–Downtown)[5] is an intermodal transit center in downtown San Bernardino, California, United States.[6] It is owned and operated by Omnitrans, the area's public transportation agency.[6][7]

San Bernardino Transit Center
Metrolink (California) Bus rapid transit Bus interchange
Intermodal transit center
SBTC sign.jpg
Other namesSan Bernardino-Downtown
Location599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, California
United States
Coordinates34°06′00″N 117°17′43″W / 34.10000°N 117.29528°W / 34.10000; -117.29528Coordinates: 34°06′00″N 117°17′43″W / 34.10000°N 117.29528°W / 34.10000; -117.29528
Owned byOmnitrans
Operated byOmnitrans
Platforms2 side platforms,
1 island platform
Train operatorsMetrolink
Bus stands22
Bus operators
Structure typeAt-grade
Bicycle facilitiesyes
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectHDR, Inc.
OpenedSeptember 8, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-09-08) (partial[disputed ] opening)
Preceding station Omnitrans Following station
Inland Center
toward Palm
sbX Civic Center
Preceding station Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink Following station
San Bernardino Depot San Bernardino Line Terminus
San Bernardino Depot
toward Oceanside
Inland Empire–Orange County Line
Planned services
Preceding station Omnitrans Following station
Terminus Arrow Tippecanoe Avenue

The station is served by Metrolink trains and various bus services, including the sbX bus rapid transit line.[8][9][10] it is a proposed stop on the Arrow commuter rail line.[11][12]

History and future developmentEdit

Pacific Electric (PE) and its local predecessors used the SBTC site as a tram shed in the early 1900s.[7][13] 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.[10][6][13] HDR, Inc.'s bid to design the center was chosen by San Bernardino Associated Governments, the area regional planning organization, in 2010.[14] By 2011, the expected completion date of the associated sbX system was in 2014.[15]

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;[14] by early 2014, the completion date[16][11] had been moved to mid-2016.[17] Construction of the center began in 2014,[1] with a groundbreaking of the location on February 25.[16] 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;[11][3][6][7][13][18][19] at that point, the rail project was scheduled to be completed by 2017.[18][7] Construction on the extension continued through 2017.[20][12][21][22][23] Passenger service began on December 16, 2017;[1][24][25][26][21][23][27] news reports described the initial service as "test runs" with an official opening date of December 18.[28][22]

Arrow (formerly known as the Redlands Passenger Rail Project) service will terminate at the transit center upon the commencement of operations in 2021.[28] That project's contracting process was incorporated into the work done on bringing Metrolink service to the station.[29] 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.[3][30]

Services and facilitiesEdit

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.[1][8][19][2][31]

The center contains a LEED Gold station building with public facilities, waiting areas, and solar panels on its roof.[7][32] 19 bus bays are located within the center, with two additional stops and sbX platforms at the northeast corner.[4][7][13] Metrolink double track[33] and platforms parallel the south edge.[4] A mural titled Explorations is on the exterior of the station building, and a large sundial is at the center of the bus area.[7][13]


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  2. ^ a b "Metrolink service extends to the San Bernardino Transit Center on December 18". OmniNews. Omnitrans. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  3. ^ a b c "San Bernardino Transit Center Celebrates One Year of Service". iNLand fIEts. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  4. ^ a b c "Omnitrans January 2018 Service Changes". SBCTA Newsroom. San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. 2017-12-21. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  5. ^ "All Lines Timetable" (PDF). Metrolink. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d Carter, Ryan (2015-08-23). "San Bernardino's new downtown transit center: What's in it for you". The San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Transit center opens in San Bernardino" (Press release). WSP USA. 2015-11-03.
  8. ^ a b "Transportation Moves Forward in Downtown: New Transit Center to Serve as Hub to sbX, Metrolink and more." Downtown Core Vision & Action Plan Newsletter. City of San Bernardino Economic Redevelopment Agency. January–February 2010. p. 1. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  9. ^ "San Bernardino Transit Center: a closer look". OmniNews. Omnitrans. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  10. ^ a b Edwards, Andrew (2009-01-04). "Omnitrans buys downtown SB land for transit center". Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Archived from the original on 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-03-16 – via HighBeam Research.
  11. ^ a b c Hagen, Ryan (2015-08-24). "San Bernardino Transit Center celebrates opening". The San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  12. ^ a b Valenzuela, Beatriz (2017-03-01). "Construction to interrupt Metrolink service in Inland Empire". San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  13. ^ a b c d e "San Bernardino Transit Center: A Symbol of Transformation". OmniNews. Omnitrans. 2015-08-25. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  14. ^ a b "HDR wins Calif. rail contract". Metro. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  15. ^ Begley, Dug (2011-09-28). "SB COUNTY: Rapid-transit bus project to start soon". The Press-Enterprise. Archived from the original on 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  16. ^ a b MacDuff, Cassie (2014-02-26). "SAN BERNARDINO: Agencies pool money for transit center, Metrolink extension". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  17. ^ "Destination: San Bernardino" (PDF). SANBAG. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-08. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
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  19. ^ a b "The San Bernardino Transit Center". OmniNews. Omnitrans. 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  20. ^ "3rd Street Closure at Railroad Tracks" (PDF). SANBAG. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-08. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  21. ^ a b "Metrolink wraps up extension to downtown San Bernardino". Progressive Railroading. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  22. ^ a b Whitehead, Brian (5 December 2017). "San Bernardino leaders celebrate debut of new passenger rail from Santa Fe Depot to city transit center". The San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  23. ^ a b "SBCTA and Transportation Partners Celebrate Completion of the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project". SBCTA Newsroom. San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. 2017-12-05. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  24. ^ "Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project Completion Celebration". SBCTA Newsroom. San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  25. ^ "San Bernardino - Downtown Station". Southern California Regional Rail Authority. Retrieved 2017-12-16. Opening December 16
  26. ^ "New San Bernardino-Downtown Station Opening December 16th". SBCTA Newsroom. San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. 2017-12-12. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  27. ^ Whitehead, Brian (2017-12-15). "Here are the changes Metrolink has made to San Bernardino and Inland Empire-Orange County lines". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  28. ^ a b Emerson, Sandra (2017-11-06). "Passenger rail project remains priority for Rail to Redlands Working Group". Redlands Daily Facts. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  29. ^ "Redlands Passenger Rail Project contract awarded". Railway Gazette International. Sutton, Surrey: DVV Media UK Ltd. 2011-11-02. Archived from the original on 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  30. ^ "Los Angeles to San Diego Project Section". California High-Speed Rail Authority. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  31. ^ "CommuterLink Express Route 200". Riverside Transit Agency. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  32. ^ "San Bernardino Transit Center". U.S. Green Building Council. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  33. ^ "HDR-designed Metrolink extension opens in San Bernardino" (Press release). HDR, Inc. 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2018-01-03.

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