By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– This December, elected officials in San Bernardino County will make critical decisions that will affect traffic congestion in the Inland Empire for decades: Should we build toll lanes, carpool lanes or have no construction on more than 50 miles of interstates 10 and 15. And if expansion is the choice, how will it be funded.
The outcomes, whatever they may be, will affect nearly all aspects of life in the Inland Empire; from commuters heading to work or school, to businesses that depend on delivery and shipment of goods, to motorists who are stuck in gridlock traffic.
Those crucial decisions will be the focus of a Nov. 6 luncheon at Cal State San Bernardino, from noon to 2:30 p.m. on campus in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center. The cost is $35 for general admission and $30 for Business Alliance members.
Pre-registration is required at the Business Alliance’s Ticketleap page at http://businessalliance.ticketleap.com/businessalliance.
“Decision Time Ahead: Tolls, Carpools or Gridlock?” will offer expert presentations on issues related to development of carpool or express lanes on I-10 and I-15 through San Bernardino County.
“The decision before our transportation officials affects not only traffic congestion, but also economic and community development throughout the county,” said Deborah Barmack, president of Inland Action, which is one of the event’s sponsors. “Business and community leaders need to understand these impacts and participate in the dialogue.”
The luncheon is also sponsored by Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Business and Public Administration’s Business Alliance and the William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center at CSUSB.
“We are pleased to sponsor this program to further engage the public and business interests in the issues being considered for San Bernardino freeways,” said Business Alliance chairman Adam Russell. “It is important that the public, community leaders, and business owners become informed about the critical congestion relief decisions that will be made in the coming months.”
One of the luncheon speakers, Jim Wolfe, District Secretary of Florida District 4 of the Department of Transportation, will share his experience on congestion relief impacts of expressway networks in the state of Florida.
Other speakers include: Fran Inman, senior vice president of Majestic Realty and a California Transportation Commissioner; Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments; Garry Cohoe, director of project management for San Bernardino Associated Governments; and Stephanie Wiggins, executive director of the Los Angeles METRO Congestion Reduction Demonstration Initiative.
The panelists will address the equity of toll lanes for low-income commuters, the congestion relief impact of express lanes on the business community and specific proposals under consideration in San Bernardino County.
Visit the Inland Action website at http://www.inlandaction.com for more information.
The Business Alliance at Cal State San Bernardino was formed to create a link with the Inland Empire’s largest business school and executives who are seeking opportunities to networks with students and faculty as well as with each other. Visit the Business Alliance website at http://cbpa.csusb.edu/community/business_alliance.htm for more information.