Last month, SBCTA officially launched the construction phase of the $355.4 million dollar Redlands Passenger Rail Project with a ceremonial groundbreaking event held in downtown Redlands, adjacent to the historic Redlands Santa Fe Depot. SBCTA President, Darcy McNaboe along with a number of local elected, State and Federal dignitaries welcomed attendees to celebrate the groundbreaking of this important project and the hard work of the project team to make it a reality. The project has been more than ten years in the making and will feature new tracks, enhance street crossings, quiet zones, and improved stations.
The future Arrow service has garnered a great deal of enthusiasm for its innovation and potential to transform how commuter rail is operated in our region and across the state. The nine-mile corridor will connect riders from the San Bernardino Transit Center with transit options to Los Angeles Union Station, LAX, and Orange County. The improved rail line will also enable the introduction of new technologically advanced trains along the corridor. The study to convert the Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) to a Zero Emission Multiple Unit (ZEMU) was funded by the California State Transportation Agency and will be the first zero-emission commuter trains in North America to run interoperable with Metrolink and heavy freight rail vehicles.
To view more of the RPRP Groundbreaking event, see ABC 7’s news coverage of the event here.