Transportation

Metrolink offers $7 special train service to Riverside’s Festival of Lights at the Historic Mission Inn starting Nov. 29

Metrolink helps make attending one of the Southland’s most festive traditions at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside easy and stress-free by taking special trains on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 29 through Dec. 21 from Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. Starting this weekend, you can take Metrolink to the Festival of Lights, a perfect family trip, for only $7 for a roundtrip with children 18 and under riding free. The roundtrip Metrolink fare allows a maximum of three children to ride for free per paying adult. A complimentary shuttle provided by the Riverside Transit Agency takes Metrolink passengers from the Riverside-Downtown Station to the Mission Inn where entry to the Festival of Lights is free. You can see train schedules and more information here. The 27th Annual Festival of Lights brightens the sky around the historic Mission Inn and features approximately 4.5 million lights and a dazzling fireworks display. There will be more than 400 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, food vendors and a visit by Santa Claus. Live music and dance will be…

First hydrogen-powered train in U.S. to be introduced as part of Redlands Passenger Rail Project in 2024

A contract signing Wednesday, Nov. 13 between Stadler U.S. and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) clears the way for the first hydrogen-powered passenger train to operate in the United States. The agreement marks a major milestone in bringing zero-emission passenger rail technology to the U.S. The hydrogen-powered FLIRT H2 vehicle will be introduced in 2024 as part of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, a nine-mile connector between Redlands and San Bernardino’s Metrolink station.  Under the agreement, Stadler will develop the first hydrogen-powered train. The ordered vehicle consists of two cars with a power pack in between that holds the fuel cells and hydrogen tanks. The train is expected to seat 108 passengers in addition to generous standing room. The FLIRT H2 is projected to transport passengers at a maximum speed of up to 79 mph (130 km/h). The predicted delivery will be in 2023; the train is scheduled to enter passenger service in 2024. “Implementing innovative solutions like this first-of-its-kind passenger train is an excellent example of how we are demonstrating our commitment to the next generation in San Bernardino County,” SBCTA President…

Omnitrans rate hike, route changes set for Sept. 3

Omnitrans will raise fares for the first time in five years on September 3, 2019. The same day, the transit agency will add new Route 12, eliminate freeway express Route 208 due to low ridership, and implement additional route changes to enhance connectivity and efficiency. A single bus trip will increase from $1.75 to $2.00 while the 1-day pass rate will rise from $5 to $6.  A 31-day pass goes from $55 to $60 and a 7-day pass will be $20, up from $18. Single ride and one-day passes are also sold in discounted 10-packs. Persons with disabilities, seniors age 62 and up, military veterans, and youth age 18 and under are eligible for reduced fares.  Single rides and 1-day passes can be purchased with cash on board buses.  Bus passes are also available for advance purchased through the Token Transit mobile payment app, the Omnitrans online store,  and at various retail pass outlet locations. Fares also increase on Omnitrans’ Access service which transports persons with disabilities who qualify under Americans with Disability Act (ADA) guidelines. The new Access base fare will be $3.75, up…

Redlands Passenger Rail Project breaks ground, future of faster, cleaner transportation

Residents of San Bernardino County were introduced to the future of accessible and cleaner transportation during the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) groundbreaking event of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project on Friday, July 19 on the corner of Third St. and Stuart Ave. The rail connection will run nine miles between the University of Redlands and the San Bernardino Transit Center, a multi-modal transit hub that provides passengers access to all cities heading west. Courtesy photo: Rep. Pete Aguilar and Redlands Mayor Pro Tem Denise Davis. Once completed the Redlands Passenger Rail Project will house the Arrow Commuter Line featuring low-emission trains that will be converted to zero-emission vehicles, the first of its kind in North America. Darcy McNaboe, President of SBCTA led the panel for the Railway project event, and explained the process and challenges overcome to get the project afloat. The many contributors who helped make this dream come to fruition were acknowledged, including Rep. Pete Aguilar who secured major funding. With over $8 million invested in the Railway project, the idea of more efficient and clean transportation was able to gain…

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