SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL RAIL AUTHORITY (SCRRA)
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF CASH TICKETS AT CERTAIN METROLINK STATION PLATFORMS
Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) will convene a public hearing at its Board of Directors (Board) Meeting on September 9, 2016 to evaluate potential operational fare collection changes with the goals of improving system performance, modernizing customer experience and reducing operating costs. The hearing is regarding a proposal to reduce or remove cash usage at Metrolink station platforms.
The Board reviewed the June 24, 2016 Board agenda item #13 (available at the SCRRA website, www.metrolinktrains.com/meetings) related to the public review process for this matter.
The public hearing will be listed on the agenda of the SCRRA Board of Directors Meeting on:
September 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Metro Board Conference Room
One Gateway Plaza, Floor 3
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The hearing will also consider any California Environmental Quality Act-related requirements (including California Public Resources Code Sections 21080(b)(8), 21065, 21080.32 and related regulations), and the determination of whether the establishment, modification, structuring or restructuring of fares and/or one or more of such service changes would constitute a “project”, a schedule for a response as necessary to public suggestions on service changes, and fiscal emergency findings within the meaning of Public Resources Code Section 21080.32, to realize the necessary budget reductions. The proposed removal or reduction in cash usage at Metrolink station platforms, not including Union Station, seeks to accomplish the aforementioned goals while minimizing adverse impacts to passengers and to the physical environment.
Information regarding the this action is available on the Metrolink website at http://www.metrolinktrains.com or in the SCRRA headquarters office, located at One Gateway Plaza, Floor 12, Los Angeles, CA 90012 during regular office hours Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Comments and suggestions may be submitted orally or in writing at the Public Hearing. Citizens all have the option of reviewing the information and submitting feedback in advance of the Public Hearing by clicking on the “eComment” option to submit an instant electronic comment at www.metrolinktrains.com/ecomments, or by mail if received in advance of the public hearing to the attention of Metrolink Ticketing at the SCRRA headquarters office, or faxed to the attention of Metrolink Ticketing before the hearing at (213) 452-0421. All public comments prior to the Public Hearing, regardless of the form of communication, must be submitted and received no later than Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at noon. Some or all of these matters may be continued by the Board to a later time or date at its sole discretion.
San Bernardino – As part of the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project, an extension of Metrolink to downtown San Bernardino, SANBAG is launching a comprehensive Rail Safety Campaign (RSC). The project corridor extends one mile from the Santa Fe Depot to the recently completed San Bernardino Transit Center, and is located near several businesses, schools, and residents. Historically, this corridor has been fairly inactive. Following the completion of the extension project, however, approximately 40 Metrolink trains will travel through the area daily.
The safety of the community is of the utmost importance to SANBAG, and the RSC’s primary focus is on highlighting the new rail service and educating the public on the importance of staying alert and practicing safe habits around train tracks at all times. The campaign will provide safety tactics through a variety of engaging methods such as partnering up with Operation Lifesaver and delivering tailored presentations to local schools, including bus drivers that are very near to the train tracks in the project corridor. The campaign also includes a comprehensive business outreach program where safety information will be provided to local business owners so they can share it with their patrons. SANBAG is also taking steps to reach out to more than 20 homeless shelters and non-profits within a one-mile radius of the project to help communicate this safety message to the many people who rely on their services daily.
In observance of Rail Safety Month, San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is partnering with Operation Lifesaver, Metrolink, and other railroad agencies across the state to encourage everyone to “Be Track Smart,” with a series of events to emphasize the importance of safe behavior near railroad tracks and trains. In recent years, there have been multiple incidents where individuals from across the world have been struck and killed by trains and vehicles while distracted. SANBAG’s message to the community is to “See Tracks, Think Train!”
The “See Tracks, Think Train!” message is part of a national safety education campaign by Operation Lifesaver, Inc., a non-profit organization providing public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings.
For more safety tips, please visit www.oli.org.
The efficiency of government has a significant bearing on a region’s competitiveness and economic growth. California is simply not investing adequately today in its transportation infrastructure, which if not corrected will damage future economic activity. Mobility is essential to sustainability and growth in all sectors of the economy. The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), the County’s Transportation Agency, strongly supports our State legislative representatives who continue to seek opportunities towards additional transparency, streamlining and funding for transportation.
Our proactive Board of Directors comprised of the five County Supervisors and elected representatives from each of our 24 cities and towns seeks innovative ways to serve the largest geographical county in the continental U.S., with a population of 2.1 million that is expected to grow 62 percent by 2060.
Several members of the California legislature have presented bills for consideration in the ongoing legislative special session on transportation funding. It is in the best interest of San Bernardino County and the State for legislators to work together on ways to solve our complex transportation issues to ensure our future economic viability. Let’s build on this momentum to achieve sustainable transportation funding.
We know there is much interest from everyone in the legislature to fix our crumbling infrastructure and we trust they will craft a solution. Structural changes are needed sooner rather than later. Several proposals include some form of change to the state’s environmental review process and revisions to how transportation contracts are awarded. To date, every dollar we’re not spending on improving our infrastructure costs us $9 in the future.
We support all collaborative efforts that aim to improve the existing $57 billion backlog in repairs to California’s crumbling state highway system. The problem is only getting worse. In May, the California Transportation Commission cut $754 million to planned road projects over the next five years, as revenues from the state’s gas tax have fallen along with gas prices. Those cuts translated to a loss of over $63 million for San Bernardino County. That money would have advanced critical projects across the county.
I am proud of Assembly Transportation Chair Jim Frazier for championing infrastructure improvements, freight funding and local control. The partnership SANBAG has developed with the Chairman over the past few years has benefited our region tremendously. We agree with the Chairman, we need to keep these transportation projects funded – they make a huge impact on our quality of life and our ability to create and sustain jobs.
We applaud all of our members for their support of innovative transportation funding and strongly encourage them to continue the work of identifying solutions to solve one of our state’s most pressing issues – investment in transportation equates to jobs and prosperity.