The July Board of Directors meeting annually brings new leadership to SBCTA/SBCOG. This month’s meeting saw County Board of Supervisors Chair Dawn Rowe assume the position of Board President and Chino Hills Councilman Ray Marquez take the position of Vice President.
The meeting was also an occasion to honor the outgoing Board President, Apple Valley Councilman Art Bishop. President Bishop led an agency with a budget of more than $1.1 billion and advanced several projects that will be critical to the future of transportation in the county. Construction commenced on the I-10/Cedar Avenue Interchange Project in Bloomington, as well as the replacement of the North First Avenue Bridge in Barstow.
The 2022-2023 fiscal year also saw the completion of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project and start of Metrolink’s Arrow Service on the eastern most portion of the San Bernardino line. Proudly, Mr. Bishop also represented SBCTA in Berlin, Germany at the international InnoTrans Conference where the Zero Emission Multiple-Unit (ZEMU) was unveiled to the world. The ZEMU will be a first-of-its-kind in North America self-powered zero emission passenger rail vehicle that can run on existing infrastructure. These vehicles use hydrogen fuel-cell technology as its primary source of power. The ZEMU will begin testing in the United States later this year.
Councilman Bishop will continue to serve on the SBCTA/SBCOG Board of Directors, as a representative of Apple Valley and as Immediate Past President on several SBCTA Committees. We congratulate Councilman Bishop on his successful term as SBCTA/SBCOG Board President and thank him for his dedicated service.