|Other names||San Bernardino–Downtown|
|Location||599 West Rialto Avenue|
San Bernardino, California
|Line(s)||SCRRA San Gabriel Subdivision/Redlands Branch|
|Platforms||2 side platforms, 1 island platform|
|Parking||130 spaces, 14 accessible spaces|
|Opened||September 8, 2015|
The San Bernardino Transit Center (Metrolink designation San Bernardino–Downtown) is an intermodal transit center in downtown San Bernardino, California, United States. It is owned and operated by Omnitrans, the area's public transportation agency. Opened in September 2015, the center consolidates two Metrolink commuter rail routes, the Arrow rail route, and more than a dozen local bus services, including the sbX bus rapid transit line into one central location.
History and development
Pacific Electric (PE) and its local predecessors used the SBTC site as a tram shed in the early 1900s, and later Upland–San Bernardino Line trains terminated here. Omnitrans selected the site at the corner of West Rialto Avenue and South E Street to build a transit center in the 2000s, and purchased the land for the station from Union Pacific Railroad, the successor corporation to Pacific Electric, in 2008. In 2010, San Bernardino Associated Governments, the area regional planning organization had stepped into to fund and coordinate the project and hired design firm HDR, Inc. to draw up plans for the transit center.
The transit center was complete by August 24, 2015, when a celebration was held at the site, but it didn't open for service until September 8, 2015, coinciding with a major service change for Omnitrans, which saw more than a dozen bus lines rerouted to serve the transit center.
Train service came to the station in late 2017 after the completion of a project that built tracks between the transit center and San Bernardino's Santa Fe Depot, which was the city's primary train depot. Test runs of the train service to downtown with paying passengers began on December 16, 2017, with the service officially being declared open on December 18.
Arrow, a hybrid rail route (light rail with some features similar to commuter rail), opened on October 24, 2022, with its western terminus at the transit center. At the same time, the daily express trip on Metrolink's San Bernardino Line was extended to Redlands–Downtown station. Express trains pass through the transit center without stopping.
Services and facilities
The center contains a LEED Gold station building with public facilities, waiting areas, and solar panels on its roof. A mural titled Explorations is on the exterior of the station building, and a large sundial is at the center of the bus area.
The central bus plaza has 19 bus bays, with two additional bus bays located along West Rialto Avenue which runs along the northern edge of the transit center, and the sbX bus rapid transit platform in the median of South E Street which runs along the eastern edge of the transit center.
San Bernardino Transit Center
A total of four train tracks are located along the southern edge of the transit center, served by two side platforms and one island platform. The Arrow service uses the two tracks closest to the central bus plaza, which continue across South E Street to Redlands. Metrolink trains use all four tracks, including the two southernmost stub-end tracks, where trains can be stored for extended periods of time without blocking the main line.
San Bernardino Transit Center is served by 34 Metrolink San Bernardino Line trains (17 in each direction) each weekday running primarily at peak hours in the peak direction of travel. Weekend service consists of 16 trains (8 in each direction) on both Saturday and Sunday evenly spaced throughout the day.
Additionally, the station is served by 8 Metrolink Inland Empire-Orange County Line trains (4 in each direction) each weekday running primarily at peak hours in the peak direction of travel. Weekend service consists of 4 trains (2 in each direction) on both Saturday and Sunday heading towards Orange County in the morning and towards the Inland Empire in the evening.
Arrow trains run every day between approximately between 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Trains arrive every 30 minutes early morning and evening and every 60 minutes mid-morning to mid-afternoon. On weekends trains between 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. arriving every 60 minutes, except for a few hours without trains in the morning and afternoon.
- Omnitrans: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 14, 15, 215, 290, 300 (SB Connect), 305 (OmniAccess)
- Beaumont Transit: Commuter Link 120
- Mountain Transit: Big Bear OTM, Crestline OTM
- Riverside Transit Agency: Commuter Link 200
- SunLine Transit Agency: 10 Commuter Link
- Victor Valley Transit Authority: 15
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