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Advanced Regional Rail Integrated Vision – East (ARRIVE) Study

In 2014, SANBAG, the predecessor agency to SBCTA, was awarded a Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant to create an integrated regional rail/land use vision and implementation strategy for the San Bernardino Metrolink Line Stations and proximate destinations.

Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail system serving over 55 stations running through the Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. The San Bernardino Metrolink line (SB Line) runs east-west through the heavily populated San Bernardino Valley connecting communities to downtown Los Angeles and a number of cities in between.   The SB Line serves six stations located in Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Rialto and San Bernardino.

ARRIVE Study Mission Statement:

Transition the ARRIVE Corridor, over time, to an integrated TOD/regional rail corridor, serving residents and businesses within active, growing, transit-oriented communities at the seven station locations and providing a high degree of transit interconnectivity to Valley destinations.   

The SB Line has been highly successful at improving regional mobility, providing up to 42 trains carrying over 12,000 passengers per day. However, even though it is the busiest line in the system, the majority of passengers are destined to downtown Los Angeles, with connections to the subway and light rail lines.  Almost 90 percent of inbound riders on the line access the system by car for a combination of reasons: free or inexpensive parking at the stations, lack of substantial residential and commercial development within close proximity to most of the stations, and failure to provide or promote easy pedestrian, bicycle, and bus access.

The Advanced Regional Rail Integrated Vision – East (ARRIVE) Corridor Study aims to develop practical strategies for transitioning the San Bernardino line, over time, from a traditional commuter rail corridor to a more integrated transit oriented development (TOD)/regional rail corridor.  The intent is to increase the potential for San Bernardino County stations as significant transit/pedestrian nodes of activity that become destinations in their own right (hence the “ARRIVE” moniker).  This is consistent with the direction embodied in Senate Bill 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act, being implemented through the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) adopted for the Southern California Association of Governments region. 

The study sponsors recognize that transitioning this commuter rail line to a more vibrant set of transit-oriented nodes presents many challenges related to economics, land use, and the environment.  Challenges include land values and availability, market conditions, noise issues, air quality concerns, older infrastructure, development costs, high Metrolink fares for short trips, etc.  But there are also many opportunities for communities to prosper through investment in this corridor. 

Steve Smith
Director of Planning
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