San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA)
Formerly (prior to Jan 1, 2016) known as the San Bernardino Associated Governments (or SANBAG), the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) was formed in the last legislative session. The agency is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide. SBCTA is one of six county commissions that are located within the Southern California Association of Governments.
SBCTA also administers Measure I, the ½ cent transportation sales tax approved by county voters in 1989, and supports freeway construction projects, regional and local road improvements, train and bus transportation, railroad crossings, call boxes, ridesharing, congestion management efforts, and long-term planning studies.
Additionally, SBCTA serves as the
- County Transportation Commission – Allocates and programs State and Federal funds for regional transportation projects throughout the county.
- Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies – Manages the system of call boxes on major highways throughout the county.
- Congestion Management Agency – Implements the plan for addressing congestion and air quality related to transportation facilities throughout the county.
Finally, as part of the new organization, the San Bernardino Council of Governments was also formed as a "sister agency" to provide a forum to discuss broader subjects of interest and import to the region.
- Measure I--San Bernardino is growing as the region is actively creating job and entertainment centers. It is also the hub for goods movement throughout the Inland Empire. The County is designing safe and convenient ways to transport these goods and its residents. Measure I was first approved in 1989 and in 2004, 80% of voters extended the measure through 2040. SANBAG prioritizes and ensures that revenue from Measure I goes towards the most high-priority transportation projects in the region.
- Ontario Airport Rail Access Study--The Ontario Airport is the only commercial airport in the Inland Empire and serves travelers in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Growth in the area surrounding the airport, as well as the Inland Empire, is projected to grow substantially. Access to the airport is exclusively by passenger vehicles and the Ontario Airport Rail Access Study evaluates the need for a convenient, reliable, and cost-effective rail to airport service. This service will offer a safe alternative for travelers and airport employees while easing congestion and improving air quality in the Inland Empire.
The governance structure is defined by Section 130815 of the Public Utilities Code. The board includes five members of the county board of supervisors, one mayor or council member from each incorporated city. Each County of San Bernardino incorporated city may appoint an alternate member to represent it at a meeting, but only if the regular member cannot attend the meeting. The alternate member shall either be a mayor or a city council member. Currently number of potential voting members (counting vacancies) equals 29 because there are 24 incorporated cities within the county. An additional ex-officio member represents Caltrans District 8.