Thursday, October 17, 2013

Check out The Transit Coalition's Future Vision of Inland Empire Mass Transit

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The Transit Coalition's A Better Inland Empire has updated its long term Future Vision of Inland Empire Mass Transit based on data from numerous feasibility studies, agency proposals, the media, growth patterns, and public feedback. Be sure to check it out and post your ideas and comments. If you think something is lacking in transportation in your neighborhood, bring it up.

The Transit Coalition is a broad based group of concerned citizens mobilized to passionately demonstrate community support for the economic development and continuing operation of improved transportation. We work to develop a safe, integrated, cost effective and environmentally sound public transportation system for the greater Los Angeles region with the A Better Inland Empire project focusing specifically on matters here in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The Transit Coalition realizes that government must not only look at the tangible cost of running and building a public transportation network, but also the intangible benefits that such a system provides, such as better health, less pollution, reasonable travel time, ease of use, coordinated schedules with a minimum amount of transferring between routes. Our efforts at education and outreach highlight congestion relief opportunities and mobility alternatives that will allow the area to move forward to reach full potential as a dynamic, culturally advanced and livable world-class region.

Here's a rundown of our long term vision for the Inland Empire
  • New urban rapid transit lines throughout the Inland Empire for dense corridors including Magnolia Avenue and University Avenues in Riverside, Perris and Alessandro Boulevards in Moreno Valley and Perris, and numerous corridors in San Bernardino County.   
  • Transit gaps closed in between regions from early morning to late night, 7 days per week.
  • Increased, frequent, and corridor-based Metrolink service combined with the possible return of Class One high speed intercity rail service, including at late nights and weekends, for potential combined 30 minute frequency between trains with additional peak-hour runs.
  • High Speed Rail done right: Separated rail grade crossings with electrified passenger rail service to get regional and intercity passenger trains up to high speed standards.
  • Local infrastructure and tax incentives for private intercity bus lines to stop their buses at public transit stations and better competition to strengthen service and lower fares.
  • 5-10 minute timed transfers between major routes at transfer hubs and stations. Enhanced bus and rail scheduling at transfer hubs to minimize waiting time.
  • High occupancy carpool and express toll lanes that support free non-transponder 2+ or 3+ carpooling with rapid express bus transit infrastructure and stations placed within a few blocks of the freeway with park & ride amenities. Local usage policies that designate corridors for high occupancy vehicle travel and fast travel speeds even during peak periods.
  • Noise and weather protection for bus and rail transit stations along or near freeways.
  • Additional park-and-ride locations and expansion of overflowing parking lots.
  • Policies that will entice airlines to better use the Ontario Airport.
  • Bike paths and walking trails next to transit rights-of-way and other Inland Empire scenic locations.
  • Additional bike rack capacity on buses and trains and adequate bike storage lockers at transit stations and other popular spots.
  • Installation of benches and functional transit shelters along bus and rail routes.
  • Intelligent, accurate signage and current transit schedules at transit stations.
  • Intelligence-driven law enforcement to better combat crime, vandalism, fare and toll evasions, carpool lane cheating, and other transportation related violations without obstructing mobility with trivial rules.
  • Continued interest on major transit projects to prevent delays, cancellations and construction cost increases caused by wasteful government spending and trivial bureaucracy.
  • Improved rider safety, security, and teams of volunteer transit ambassadors at major hubs and onboard transit vehicles.
  • Landscaping, art and comfort installations as appropriate at key transit stations, as well as appropriate mitigation along transit corridors.
  • Transit-oriented development for a more pedestrian-friendly environment and decreased reliance on the automobile.


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