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“flyOntario” – Under Local Control and Looking to Grow

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By Daniel Adamus, MBA Chief Marketing Officer

Ontario, CA – On November 1, 2016, ownership of the Ontario International Airport (ONT) was transferred to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) from Los Angeles World Air­ports (LAWA, which is also the parent company of LAX). When the transfer of airport was officially commemorated in a formal ceremony the following day, FAA Administrator (and Riverside, CA, native) Michael Huerta challenged the new owners to seize this unique oppor­tunity.

“He compared us to the dog that actu­ally caught the car,” said OIAA CEO Kelly Fredericks. “Lots of dogs chase cars, but I don’t think any actually catch them. What Administrator Huerta was telling us was that the region wanted the airport under local control and now you have it.… Read the full article

General Transportation

Caltrans Continues Work in the High Desert

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By Joy M. Schneider – Public Information Officer, Caltrans

Caltrans contin­ues work in the High Desert to improve and up­grade the trans­portation system to accommodate the rapid growth in the region. The area continues to see heavy goods movement, as well as conges­tion from commuters and recreational adventurers traveling to Las Vegas, the Colorado River and points north.

Projects at the Devore Interchange, in the Cajon Pass and throughout the High Desert will allow for a more enjoyable ride for commuters and travelers.

Devore Interchange Project

Work on the $324 million Interstate 15 (I-15)/Interstate 215 (I-215) Devore Interchange Project is complete. The project added a truck by-pass lane and an additional lane in each direction, brought the interchange up to operation­al standards, as well as addressed the ar­terial highways network deficiencies—specifically, the reconnection of Route 66 (Cajon Boulevard).… Read the full article

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The New San Bernardino County Transportation Authority Continues Its Decades-Long Commitment to Serving the High Desert

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By Tim Watkins, SBCTA, Chief of Legislative and Public Affairs

The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) has been a steady influence on the develop­ment of transportation improvements for decades. However, the commut­ers, residents and business owners of the High Desert may not realize that projects like the I-15/I-215 Devore Interchange, the La Mesa/Nisqualli and Ranchero Road interchanges, the Yucca Loma Corridor, and the Len­wood Road Grade Separation would not be possible without the efforts of this county-wide agency that serves as the Transportation Commission, the Transportation Authority, the Conges­tion Management Agency, the Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies, and a Council of Governments.

On January 1, 2017, this agency, re­sponsible for the delivery of so many quality-of-life aspects for its residents, began operating under a new name: The San Bernardino County Transpor­tation Authority or SBCTA.… Read the full article

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Victor Valley Transit Authority

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By Fidel Gonzales, Marketing & Civil Rights

Victor Valley Transit Author­ity (VVTA) con­tinues serving the growing High Desert transpor­tation needs. The agency has made great strides in its partnerships that support educa­tion, employment, veterans, and other life services opportunities.

Established as a Joint Powers Author­ity in 1991, VVTA offered Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratran­sit service and fixed-route bus service for Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hespe­ria, Victorville and county areas of Helendale, Lucerne Valley, Piñon Hills and Wrightwood. Since then, following its merger with Barstow Area Transit in 2015, VVTA service area grew from 425 square miles to nearly 1,000 square miles. VVTA’s operational area currently spans from the Los Angeles County, Kern Coun­ty, and Inyo County lines on the west and north to the Colorado River on the east.… Read the full article

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It’s Time for Action on Failing Roadways

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By Senator Scott Wilk

Responding to a call on Cajon Pass last month, a San Bernardino County Fire crew watched as their beloved Engine plummeted about 20 feet to its demise as Interstate 15 collapsed underneath it.

Thankfully, the firefighters remained on what solid ground was left on the dilapi­dated thoroughfare. But this incident highlighted, in dramatic fashion, the ramshackle shape of our region’s net­work of roads.

We once led the world in transportation ingenuity in this state. During the mid­dle part of the last century, California — under the direction of Jerry Brown’s father, Governor Pat Brown — built a system of highways unrivaled by any other in the nation.

They built long roads over tough terrain and huge bridges up and down our rug­ged coastline.… Read the full article

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Caltrans Achieves Major Milestones in the High Desert

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By Joy M. Schneider – Public Information Officer, Caltrans

For approximately four years, Caltrans has been actively working in the High Desert to improve and upgrade the transportation system. Rap­id growth in the region and the resulting congestion have made improvements a priority. As one of three routes in and out of Southern California, the Inter­state 15 (I-15) and Interstate 215 (I-215) interchange is a heavy goods movement corridor and recreational gateway to places like Las Vegas and the Colorado River, in addition to being a commuting route.

Two of the major projects that will ad­dress congestion and wear-and-tear on the facility are nearing the finish line, while several others continue to work to bring relief to the High Desert.

Devore Interchange Project

The $325 million I-15/I-215 Devore In­terchange Project, which began in No­vember 2012, will add a truck by-pass lane, add an additional lane in each di­rection and bring the interchange up to operational standards, as well as address the arterial highways network deficien­cies—specifically the reconnection of Route 66 (Cajon Boulevard).… Read the full article

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High Desert Corridor Final EIS/R To Be Released Late April

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By Laurie Hunter

The High Desert Corridor, in the High Desert of both San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties, an east-west highway between Palmdale and north Victorville and private sector-supported rail line connecting Anaheim to Vegas, is close to being environmentally cleared for land ac­quisition and development. The final Caltrans-produced EIS (environ­mental impact statement), followed by a month-long review period, was due to be released in late April, 2016. After the Federal Government issues a Record of Decision, usually within a few months of EIS release, land acquisition of the right of way can legally begin.

High Desert Corridor Interactive Map

You can get the latest information, see where the on and off ramps are likely to be located, and see land use and public comments relating to spe­cific points by doing a web search for the HIGH DESERT CORRI­DOR INTERACTIVE MAP.… Read the full article

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Transportation Improvements Continue in the High Desert

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By Joy Sepulveda
Public Information Officer
Caltrans

Since 2012, Caltrans has been actively working to improve the transportation infrastructure in the High Desert. The growth of the region, as well as the result­ing congestion has made improvements a priority for the department. Commut­ers and tourists are using the routes and arterials more and more in their travels. In fact, more than one million vehicles travel through the Devore Interchange each week, which makes it the most significant chokepoint on Interstate 15 (I-15) in San Bernardino County with traffic queues extending south for five miles during the late afternoon/evening rush hour.

While no major projects were complet­ed in 2014, two projects continued full steam to deliver significant changes to the transportation system.… Read the full article

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Keeping the High Desert Moving in the Right Direction

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By Tim Watkins
Chief of Legislative and Public Affairs
San Bernardino Associated Governments

The San Bernardino Associated Govern­ments’ (SANBAG) commitment to the High Desert re­mains strong, as evident by four major transportation improvements that are currently underway. Navigated by the SANBAG Mountain/Desert Commit­tee, a sub-group of the SANBAG Board of Directors, made up of representatives from the municipalities in the Mountain and Desert areas, as well as two County Supervisors, these four projects repre­sent improved mobility, increased ac­cess to the region, better goods move­ment for the economy, and enhanced connectivity of the High Desert.

I-15/Ranchero Road Interchange, Hesperia

After two years of construction, and recovery from a construction-related fire in May of 2014, the Interstate 15 Ranchero Road Interchange, located in Hesperia, has opened to traffic.… Read the full article

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Bear Valley Road Bike Path to the Victor Valley College

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By Kathie Martin
Marketing & Public Affairs Officer
Town of Apple Valley

At their February 11, 2014 Board meeting, the Victor Valley College (VVC) Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding between VVC and the Town of Apple Valley for the construction of a new Class 1 Bike Path that will connect the Town to the upper campus.

The Town of Apple Valley will be the lead agency for the bike path project, which starts in Apple Valley and continues east to VVC along the north side of Bear Valley Road. The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board allocated to the Town of Apple Valley $386,370 from Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds for the construction. The Town is providing matching funds of 20%.… Read the full article

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Caltrans Transforms the High Desert Transportation Infrastructure

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By Joy Sepulveda
Public Information Officer
Caltrans

Most of Interstate 15 is currently undergoing major improvements from Devore to the Nevada state line. As the High Desert areas surrounding I-15 continue to boom with growth and more and more motorists use the corridor to travel to vacation destinations to both the north and south, it has become necessary to improve the transportation system.

There are several major projects that have broken ground in the last year that aim to transform the infrastructure and operational efficiency of Interstate 15 through the High Desert.

Devore Interchange Project

The I-15/I-215 Interchange in Devore is a heavily traveled interchange due to goods movement, recreational vehicles and commuters. Travel through the Cajon Pass is one of only three routes into and out of Southern California.… Read the full article

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Update-SANBAG High Desert Transportation Projects

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By Jane Dreher
Public Information Officer
San Bernardino Associated Governments

San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is the Council of Governments and transportation agency for San Bernardino County. The SANBAG Mountain Desert Committee is composed of representatives from all Mountain and Desert cities. They evaluate projects in the High Desert, Mountains, Morongo Basin, and Colorado River regions. This edition of SANBAG’s update will focus on these High Desert projects:

  • I-15/LaMesa-Nisqualli Road Interchange Project, Victorville
  • I-15/Ranchero Road Interchange Project, Hesperia
  • I-15/I-215 Devore Junction Interchange Project, Devore
  • Yucca Loma Bridge, Apple Valley and Victorville
  • Lenwood Road Grade Separation, Barstow

I-15/LaMesa-Nisqualli Road Interchange, Victorville

The Interstate 15 LaMesa-Nisqualli Interchange Project located in Victorville between Bear Valley Road and Palmdale Road was completed in August 2013.… Read the full article

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High Desert Corridor-Spring 2013

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By Robert Lovingood
First District Supervisor
County of San Bernardino

Of the duties of the 1st District Supervisor in San Bernardino County, one of the most important responsibilities for the economic future of the High Desert is to co-lead the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority (JPA) —a two county special authority (LA and San Bernardino) created in 2007 to jump start the planning and construction of the High Desert Corridor, by creating the state’s first Public Private Partnership (P3).

When the JPA began, environmental planning of a highway east of the US Hwy. 395 in Adelanto it was already underway, ending at SR 14 in the Lucerne Valley. A separate Caltrans highway widening project existed within Palmdale City Limits. Both were called the “High Desert Corridor Project.” There was no middle connector of the projects.… Read the full article

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