Downtown San Bernardino
The City of San Bernardino is the county seat of San Bernardino County and part of the Inland Empire, one of the largest, fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. While San Bernardino and Riverside Counties are known for their rapid, low-density, suburban growth patterns, many Inland Empire communities are now reexamining this growth model in the face of concerns about air quality and climate change and the growing demand for walkable, transit-accessible neighborhoods. San Bernardino is one City at the forefront of this trend, taking advantage of the growing interest in downtown living to draw new public and private investment into its historic core. The City’s downtown revitalization efforts are the subject of this case study.
In its efforts to revitalize the downtown, San Bernardino is capitalizing on a strong public sector employment base and high transit ridership rates. San Bernardino was once the economic and cultural heart of…
Construction of the Inland area's first rapid transit bus route -- meant to ferry hundreds of workers and students along a key corridor in San Bernardino and Loma Linda -- will begin in the fall, officials said... Read On
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requires that projects receiving funds from either Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 (Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities), FTA Section 5316 (Job Access and Reverse Commute), or FTA Section 5317 (New Freedom)1 be derived from a public transit-human service transportation coordination plan (hereinafter referred to as the coordination plan) beginning in FY 2007.
FTA Section 5310 provides capital assistance for the purchase of vehicles and associated equipment by non-profit agencies for the provision of transportation to elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities for whom mass transportation services are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate. Under certain circumstances public agencies may receive these funds where it is demonstrated that there are no non-profit organizations readily available to provide the specialized…
There was a time when urban planners wanted a train depot on the other side of a freeway, separating it from a city's downtown or people's homes by several lanes and speeding traffic. That's no longer the goal for those seeking "transit-oriented design" in a city's layout.... Read On
U.S. municipal and state governments, despite facing their own cash shortfall, are finding ways to help local property developers navigate the current downturn, in some cases rescuing projects that would otherwise fall victim to the credit crunch.... Read On
Local governments in the Bay Area have begun a coordinated regional effort to shift toward more sustainable urban planning mandated by the state's landmark anti-sprawl bill, SB 375, which set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and called for better integration of land use and transportation planning...
This topic has arisen quite often given our Federal budget brinkmanship: would transit in the US be better off with devolution? Let's define some terms. Devolution is the political science speak for movement of fiscal and governance responsibility from higher to lower levels of governments-usually federal to state governments... Read On
This study examines the travel patterns of residents of multi-family housing and transit-oriented development in California's Inland Empire. These residents rely primarily on driving alone in private vehicles for their commuting and non-work trips ... Read On