Contract awarded for California commuter line

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San Bernardino, Calif. – The San Bernardino Association of Governments has awarded HDR, Inc. a contract to provide preliminary engineering and environmental services for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project. The award is an amendment of a previous contract with HDR that adds an 18-month schedule and other services to prepare preliminary engineering and environmental clearances for the project.

The Redlands Passenger Rail Project will extend commuter service over a former Santa Fe line owned by the San Bernardino Association of Governments from San Bernardino to the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif. BNSF freight service would continue on the route. Phase One of the project would extend from Rialto Ave. & E St. at the San Bernardino Intermodal Transit Center and Transit Village to the University of Redlands. There would be five stations on the single-track line with trains running on 30-minute headways during peak periods, and one-hour headways at off-peak periods. The estimated capital cost is $130 million to $150 million with an annual operating cost of $8 million. Construction could start in 2014, with service beginning in 2015.

Phase Two would replace conventional diesel-hauled commuter trains with light rail transit or Diesel Multiple Unit operation and add five stations and additional passing tracks. Service would run on 15-minute peak headways, and off-peak headways of 15 to 30 minutes. The cost of building this phase would be $80 million to $100 million for LRT, or $120 million to $150 million for DMU; annual operating costs would be $11 million to $14 million for LRT; or $12 million to $16 million for DMU.
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