The purpose of the LRTP is to address the county’s current and future travel challenges and create a system that can increase the role of transit in the future. By the year 2030, the San Bernardino Valley will experience explosive growth:
- 36 percent more people
- 42 percent more households
- 77 percent more jobs
- 53 percent more travel trips
The Victor valley also will experience considerable growth; with population and employment being doubled by 2035. Given these growth estimates, mass transit must play a larger role in serving travel demands and lessen the burden on freeways and roads. As future travel demand grows on the existing road network and traffic congestion increases, transit services suffer a decrease in reliability and an increase travel times.
Premium transit service, such as rapid buses and rail modes can offer a solution to current and future travel demands by providing competitive travel times and increased reliability, mobility and accessibility. Premium transit will save drive time, reduce dependence on cars and encourage community revitalization. A premium transit system can encourage more balanced “transit-oriented” land use development, as required by SB 375. Mass transit also is a “green solution” for transportation because it attracts car drivers to switch to transit, thereby lessening air pollutants and energy consumption.