Friday, December 6, 2013

Transportation Tips: Check out the transit options between San Bernardino and Los Angeles

Yesterday morning, The Transit Coalition conducted a field study of the I-15 Freeway corridor, specifically looking at the route segment between Corona and Ontario. As many transit riders have attested before, transit connections between these two cities is very sparse, slow and circuitous. Area growth has contributed toward peak hour slowing along the freeway through Eastvale, southern Ontario, and through the Cajon Pass. We aim to have this transit gap closed with direct bus connections, both at the local and express level.

There's a number of transit opportunities at hand for this region, both through the public agencies and the private sector. We'll have a future vision of the area drawn up soon. Omnitrans has already explored expanding its sbX bus rapid transit network into Corona. RCTC proposes high occupancy toll lanes for the freeway which, if designed right, can provide the infrastructure for future express buses. More on this at a later time.

During our study, we stopped by the Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink Station. It's large parking lot was nearly filled to capacity; all of those commuters who would otherwise be driving those hundreds of parked cars are benefiting with the regional rail option. It's no question with the presence of the Metrolink San Bernardino Line which also offers several midday, evening and weekend runs, freeway traffic congestion along the I-10 and SR-60 has been reduced.

This week's tip: If you regularly commute solo along the I-10 or SR-60 corridor, check out what transit options are already out there. The transit corridor between Los Angeles and San Bernardino has grown tremendously with early morning to late evening service, especially at the Montclair TransCenter and points west with the presence of the Silver Streak BRT. Folks headed into Los Angeles have several options to get around and LA's Metro Gold Line will also one day serve the corridor. Take advantage of the expanded options.

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