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Passenger rail project remains priority for Rail to Redlands Working Group

By in Press Enterprise on November 7, 2017

By Sandra Emerson

Local government officials continue to have their eye on bringing passenger rail service to Redlands by 2021.

The Rail to Redlands Working Group met Monday, Nov. 6 at the University of Redlands to discuss the progress being made on the Redlands Passenger Rail Project and reflect on the work done since the group’s formation in 2013.

“We’ve done great work as a community to getting where we are today,” said Supervisor James Ramos, who formed the group, which is comprised of officials from the cities of Redlands and San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, the University of Redlands, Esri and San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

Since the group’s previous meeting in August 2016, work has begun to build the diesel multiple units that will deliver the passenger rail service and details emerged about the University of Redlands’ transit-oriented development planned south of the campus.

Pat Morris, leader of the South Campus/University Village Working Group, updated the group on the project, which would include a station designed after the Santa Fe Depot in downtown Redlands, residences, an upscale hotel, restaurants, a grocer and shops.

“The University has long had the idea there was an opportunity here as transit developed, to develop that south campus in a different way,” said Morris, who is the former Mayor of San Bernardino and member of the university’s board of trustees.

“Not for academics,” Morris continued, “but for a transit oriented village that would benefit the community and the university with a diverse set of uses.”

Once complete, the Redlands Passenger Rail project will extend rail service nine miles from downtown San Bernardino to the University of Redlands. Stations are also planned for Tippecanoe Avenue, New York Street near Esri — at the company’s expense — and downtown Redlands.

The main service, to be called Arrow and operated by OmniTrans, will run […]    

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