Inland Empire is becoming a transport hub with the recent efforts by local corporations such as Omnitrans, San Bernardino International Airport, and Ontario International Airport.
The San Bernardino Transit Center opened its doors on September 8, 2015. Serving the communities of San Bernardino, Redlands, and Victor Valley. Operated by Omnitrans the center is a first step for establishing in the Inland Empire as a hub for transportation.
According to the 2017 community indicators report published by the county of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. Victor Valley Transit boardings per capita increased to 5.9 in 2015 compared to 5.2 in 2014. Which reflects how transportation in the region is improving steadily with the addition of the center.
“ As a society, we need to rethink the model of the local transportation and how we can use these transportation services available,” said Dr. Kimberly Collins Director of the Leonard Transportation Center at CSUSB.
Various local transportation companies in the Inland Empire such as Omnitrans, Mountain Transit, Pass Transit, Riverside Transit Agency, and Victor Valley Transit Authority. Have come together to help support the Transit Center and offer routes to many diverse points of interest in the region.
“We have the San Bernardino Transit Center which eventually will incorporate the Redlands Railroad into it, we need the infrastructure to make these important connections.” Said Dr. Collins, who also agreed that The Transit Center is an investment that in the long run will provide the community with economic growth.
“I travel to my job interviews, work, and the mall comfortably with SBX, I prefer the commodity these buses offer compared to the expensive costs of having a car,” said Aron James local resident in San Bernardino who takes advantage of Omnitrans (SBX) fast lane daily.
Meanwhile air transportation corporations in the region like The San Bernardino International Airport and Ontario International Airport. Have also impacted the Inland Empire significantly by giving local authorities the administrative power needed to improve the services these airports offer according to the 2017 community indicators report.
Dr. Stanislav Kraft Associate Chair of the Department of Geography the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic, gave some insight about the requirements for a region to become a transport hub. His research based on data gathered from various important airports worldwide. Provided some insight for how the Inland Empire can diversify its spatial organization and become a true transport hub.
“These interactions between airports in Europe are very strong however it does not mean they are automatically hubs” Dr. Kraft stated
Dr. Kraft also concluded that interactions between cultures or people respectively shape the spatial organization of a region. Recently the Ontario International Airport has undergone an administrative change which puts the City of Ontario in charge of its spatial organization. This change has the potential to diversify the routes offer by the airport and promote interactions between people in the Inland Empire according to Dr. Collins
“The Ontario Airport was never meant to be a hub, it was always seen as a way to offload traffic from the Los Angeles International Airport, with this change it brings a lot of possibilities for the region” Dr. Collins stated.
Meanwhile, efforts by the San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) have attracted corporations like FedEx and UPS to the region. Dr. Michael Burrows Director of the San Bernardino International Airport has adopted an aggressive strategy based on subsidies and flexibility.
“Everybody has their niche, Ontario International Airport has been in the commercial flight market for much longer, so we need to focus on other markets and how we can attract these investors here,” said Dr. Burrows.
SBD continues to further expand its reach, on February 27, 2018, it signed a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi Airports. Which opens the relationships between the Inland Empire and foreign regions.The Redlands railroad route will be incorporated into the transportation center in the future, giving people more destination choices while also improving the flow of traffic locally and between counties.[/su_quote]
With plans to incorporate the Arrow rail service which is sponsored by the City of Redlands and Omnitrans. The Inland Empire continues to provide more routes for people to interact with. The Ontario International Airport Authority and San Bernardino International Airport Authority administrations are both devising ways to attract their respective markets and coexist in harmony.
This change in the organization gives the Inland Empire powerful tools to establish itself as a transport hub in California. However, the perception people have of public transport still poses a challenge for Omnitrans and other corporations.
By analyzing interactions and trends in the population. These administrations can continue to find ways to improve the flow of people and goods throughout the region.