The Redlands Passenger Rail Project is a transportation project from the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority that has been in the works since 2015
A complete renovation of the town’s early 1900s trolley system, it connects Redlands and San Bernardino through 5 stations stretching 9 miles, and it also connects a Metrolink train to Los Angeles
Federal funding amounts to a sum of $86 million, state sum of $164.6 million, local sum of $109.1 million, for a total of $359.7 million
How often will the train run?
During morning and afternoon peak commute hours, trains will operate every 30 minutes
During non-commute or off-peak hours, trains will operate every 60 minutes
Weekday and weekend service is planned to start at 5 a.m. and run until 10 p.m.
In addition to standard passenger rail service, the Metrolink Express train will be extended to serve the Redlands – Downtown Station with limited stop service to and from Los Angeles during the peak commute hours
Where the stations are:
San Bernardino – Downtown Station located at 599 W. Rialto Avenue in Downtown San Bernardino
San Bernardino – Tippecanoe Station, between Victoria Avenue and Hardt Street
Redlands – Esri Station, north of the intersection of Redlands Boulevard and New York Street across from the Esri campus in Redlands
Redlands – Downtown Station, north of the historic Redlands Santa Fe Depot, between Eureka and Orange Streets
Redlands – University Station at the University of Redlands at the south end of campus near North University Street
Why do we need it?
The population of Redlands continue to grow; this project allows for keeping everyone connected and easily able to get to areas of work, leisure, education, and healthcare in an eco-friendly way
What do the trains look like?
Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) will be utilized as a primary vehicle for this project
They are smaller, quieter, cheaper, and more efficient than standard locomotive haul engines
The next step is hydrogen powered Zero-Emission Multiple Units (ZEMUs) that will be a trailblazer in North America
Latest Estimate for Arrival: October 2022
March: Arrow Diesel Multiple Units arrive for testing
February: Initial testing begins
A ceremony gave way into mainline construction – replacing all the tracks on the 9 mile line, rebuilding 5 bridges, and installing 24 grade crossings
Beginnings of construction – utility relocation, moving sewer and pipelines
Three Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) were ordered with an estimated delivery of 2021
SBCTA envisioned reconnection of San Bernardino and Redlands with an outreach to Los Angeles, and this idea received Environmental Clearance early in the year
The trolley system was abandoned
Pacific Electric “Red Car” trolley system served a line from Redlands to Los Angeles
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