That’s it, friends, get ready.
The first train to use the new tracks between San Bernardino and Redlands will pass through the city on Wednesday, Feb. 16, but it won’t be one of the new fuel-efficient diesel multiple units for the upcoming Arrow service.
UPDATE: Metrolink train tests San Bernardino-Redlands line for the first time on February 16
The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority announced Friday afternoon that the maiden trip will be made by a Metrolink train that will visit each railroad station for clearance measurements.
Official train trials along the new 9-mile line between the San Bernardino Transit Center and the University of Redlands are scheduled to begin Feb. 22 and continue until service begins in the second half of this year. . Other Arrow platforms are located on Tippecanoe Avenue in San Bernardino and at New York and Orange streets in Redlands.
Motorists and pedestrians will now have to “see lanes, think train,” officials said this fall ahead of the start of testing.
The first of three DMU trains arrived at Arrow’s maintenance facility in San Bernardino on December 2.
After years of hard work, SBCTA today received the first of three Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains. Once assembled, the DMUs will be tested on the new #Arrow online and ready for service in 2022. pic.twitter.com/YkxWgG9RF4
— SBCTA (@goSBCTA) December 2, 2021
“Testing will take place on weekdays during daylight hours,” the agency said in an emailed newsletter Friday, “but to allow for slower speed testing and avoid longer delays for motorists, it There will be two days of night testing from 7:30-6:30 pm with Metrolink trains (scheduled for February) and DMUs (scheduled for March).
Metrolink trains will be tested with up to six cars at a time.
The tests will be loud, officials said, with horns and bells. Safety flaggers will assist pedestrians and motorists at tested crossings.
These crossings include (at San Bernardino):
- E Street
- South Point Avenue
- Way of the Sierra
- Mill Street
- central avenue
- Orange West show route
- Waterman Avenue
- Tippecanoe Avenue
- Richardson Street
- Mountain View Avenue
Additional sailings at Redlands include:
- California Street
- nevada street
- Alabama Street
- Tennessee Street
- NYC street
- Texas Street
- Eureka Street
- Orange Street
- sixth street
- seventh street
- ninth street
- Church Street
- University Street
- Colton Avenue
Until March, road and pedestrian gates will also be tested from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.
Intermittent daytime lane closures are also possible at crossings, although direct travel is available at all times.
When it starts, Metrolink service will run from Union Station in Los Angeles to the Downtown Redlands stop, while Arrow service will run from San Bernardino to the University of Redlands.
Construction on the $360 million project began in July 2019.
For more information on what to expect, visit gosbcta.com.