June 16, 2016

California’s Redlands Passenger Rail Project moves forward

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Artist's impression of San Bernardino station when the DMU service to Redlands starts in 2020. Artist's impression of San Bernardino station when the DMU service to Redlands starts in 2020.

RAILPROS, which is lead programme manager for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project in California, has awarded a contract to CH2M to assist with development and implementation of the $US 250m commuter rail scheme.


CH2M will be involved with planning, risk management, assist with the acquisition of a fleet of DMUs, and conduct a fare collection study.

San Bernardino Associated Governments (Sanbag) is responsible for the project which is being funded by federal, state and local governments including a half-cent local sales tax.

The project entails upgrading a 14.5km railway to provide a commuter rail service between the existing Metrolink station in San Bernardino, Downtown Redlands and Redlands University, with four new stations. Final design is currently underway with a view to starting construction in 2017. The line is expected to open in 2020.

Trains will operate every 30 minutes during peak hours, and at hourly intervals off-peak. In addition, Metrolink Express trains will be extended to serve Downtown Redlands to provide a limited-stop service to and from Los Angeles during peak hours.

Annual operation and maintenance costs are estimated at between $US 8m and $US 10m.

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