Author: Tim Watkins

ZEMU Arrives in San Bernardino County 

In the very early hours of June 21, 2024, before sunrise, the revolutionary next generation of clean passenger rail vehicles arrived in San Bernardino County.  Slated to begin service this fall between the cities of San Bernardino and Redlands, the arrival of North America’s first self-powered, zero-emission passenger train that will meet Federal Railroad Administration […]

Updates on Brightline West Leasing Agreement approved at SBCTA Board Meeting 

The SBCTA Board of Directors discussed recent developments in their agreement with Brightline West on Wednesday, July 3—examining the conditions, restrictions and goals of the Local Rail Service Agreement (LRSA) between San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) and the privately operated rail service, Brightline West. During the meeting, board members of SBCTA received a status […]

Taxpayer Oversight Ensures Success of Measure I

The Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC) was authorized as part of the Measure I Ordinance approved by the voters and has been monitoring the successful implementation of this critical transportation funding source since the inception of the Measure. The ITOC is a five-member body with particular experience and expertise that would aid them in reviewing […]

SBCTA Hosts Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes on Tour of Mt. Vernon Avenue Bridge in the city of San Bernardino

In mid-June, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) hosted California State Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes on a tour of the Mt. Vernon Avenue Bridge for an up-close view of recent construction activity.Assemblymember Reyes has long advocated for addressing the aging structure. She helped secure $13 million in funding, recognizing the need for a safe […]

In Memoriam – Dr. Ed Paget

Longtime SBCTA Board Member, and former Needles Mayor, Dr. Ed Paget passed away on May 21, 2024, leaving a legacy behind him. Dr. Paget served as the Mayor of Needles from 2010 to 2018 and then as a Councilman and Vice Mayor from 2018 to 2022.  Ed served as the city’s representative on the SBCTA […]

Rural State Highway Safety Issues Discussed at SBCTA Board Meeting

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) staff has received comments from the SBCTA Board of Directors regarding the number of serious crashes on the desert highways and the need to improve safety.  Specifically, there have been news articles about multiple recent fatal accidents on State Route (SR) 247, which runs between Barstow and Yucca […]

Board of Directors Passes Fiscal Year 2024/2025 Budget

As the Fiscal Year 2023/2024 winds down, the SBCTA Board of Directors approved a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2024/2025, set to begin July 1, 2024. SBCTA’s budget process includes a review of the Board’s direction as it relates to short-term goals and how it integrates with the agency’s long-term goals and objectives. As part […]

SBCTA / SBCOG Elect New Leadership

At their June meeting, the SBCTA Board of Directors elected Chino Hills Councilman Ray Marquez to serve as Board President for the 2024-2025 year and Yucca Valley Town Councilman Rick Denison to serve as Vice President. President-elect Marquez is the current Vice President of the SBCTA Board, Chair of the General Policy Committee and Vice […]

Energy Code Updates and Title 24 Training Courses Available Throughout 2024

The Inland Regional Energy Network (I-REN) Program is pleased to provide upcoming energy building codes training sessions which include approved Continuing Education Units (CEU) through the International Code Council (ICC). The virtual trainings are provided courtesy of I-REN. I-REN is a strategic partnership between the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, San Bernardino Council of Governments […]

Take our Energy Workforce Needs Survey

Having trouble recruiting job seekers highly skilled in the energy sector? Take our employer survey to share your experience and feedback! The Inland Regional Energy Network (I-REN) and The Energy Coalition (TEC) requests your support in reaching employers within the energy sector in the Inland Empire. To expand workforce opportunities in the energy industry, we’ve […]
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