March 29, 2016
The Honorable Secretary Anthony Foxx
United States Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
RE: Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery
Dear Secretary Foxx:
On behalf of Inland Action, I am pleased to submit this letter of support for the Transportation Improvement Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant application submitted by San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP). Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region. This project will provide a new passenger rail service through the communities of Redlands and San Bernardino and promote ladders of opportunity along the project alignment and throughout the region by connecting San Bernardino County residents with access to educational opportunities.
The project is envisioned to address existing and future traffic congestion by providing a cost-effective alternative travel option for communities situated along the corridor in a way that maintains freight service and improves transit mobility, travel times, and corridor safety while minimizing adverse environmental effects.
The project will also provide new mobility options for large employment centers, medical centers, veterans’ services and colleges. Between 2016 and 2060, the population in San Bernardino County is expected to increase by 62 percent, growing from 2.1 million to nearly 3.4 million. Transit options like the service provide along RPRP corridor will give residents and commuters additional travel options. Additionally, the project will assist the Southern California Association of Governments and SANBAG in meeting the statewide air pollution and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
Inland Action fully supports SANBAG as it seeks TIGER resources for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project. This project will support regional connectivity by offering transportation choices. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.