The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) has begun mainline construction on the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, which is bringing the next generation of passenger rail service to the East Valley.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, SBCTA has planned a Groundbreaking Event for at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 19, near the corner of Third Street and Stuart Avenue in Redlands. The event is open to the public.

The Redlands Passenger Rail Project will add a 9-mile rail connection between the University of Redlands and the San Bernardino Transit Center, a multi-modal transit hub that can provide access to all points west. When completed, the project will house the Arrow commuter line, featuring specially designed low-emission passenger trains that ultimately can be converted to zero-emission vehicles. The zero-emission units would be the first of their kind in North America.

The Arrow system is expected to be operational in 2021.

“We’re thrilled to move the Redlands Passenger Rail Project one step closer to reality with the start of construction,” said Darcy McNaboe, president of SBCTA. “This project will be a game changer for public transit in San Bernardino County and throughout our region. When finished, this system will represent an important clean-air transit solution in one of the most challenged air-quality basins in the country.”

The construction contractor for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, Flatiron West Inc., has built rail lines across the world including recent work in San Diego along the North Coast Corridor and San Diego Blue Line, as well as the Oakland Airport Connector and Los Angeles Exposition Metro Line.

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It's amazing now fast Redlands can start construction on a project. This and their packing house project already started despite archaeologist working on site. And Highland? Well, we have to wait months/years to start development on the Greenspot Village and Marketplace over environmental concerns because of a rat.

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