During construction of the new Mt. Vernon Avenue Bridge that spans the BNSF rail yard and connects the residents of the west side of San Bernardino to schools, churches, and retail, SBCTA is working with local businesses and the community to encourage shopping local. Throughout the year, the outreach team will be hosting information booths at local shopping centers, to provide project updates, encourage sign-ups to the project database and draw community support around local retail centers, restaurants, shops, and services.
To launch the “shop local” message, SBCTA created a bilingual (English and Spanish) brochure highlighting local businesses north and south of the former bridge. The brochure was recently distributed door-to-door to 7,000 residents and businesses in the local community and included a directory of more than 50 local businesses, as well as important updates on the status of project construction. The companion piece to the brochure is the interactive project Google Map. In addition to featuring the local businesses, the interactive map also allows businesses the opportunity to promote upcoming deals and specials, highlight services they offer, and more. If you are a business owner and wish to add your business or a special promotion to the interactive map, please contact us at 877-55-SBCTA.
Until the new bridge opens in late 2024, we encourage the community to shop local and support the businesses that support your community. When you shop local, your tax dollars stay local as well, helping to support the local economy and boost tax revenue within the community. And, don’t forget, SBCTA and Omnitrans have partnered to offer complimentary bus service to connect the community via transit. If you’re boarding at stops near the bridge construction, ask your driver for details or call SBCTA at the number above for more information.
For more information about the Mt. Vernon Avenue Bridge Project, visit goSBCTA.com/mtvernonbridge.