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  • ConnecTransit Plan

    Learn about the ConnecTransit Plan to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment in disadvantaged communities.

    ConnecTransit Plan

    ConnecTransit is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

    ConnecTransit Plan Vision

    To create a community‐driven sustainable transportation equity plan that clearly defines community‐identified transit‐related needs within the San Bernardino Valley region (including in disadvantaged communities) and prioritizes transit and related community projects for implementation that are equitable and that increase the sustainability of the transportation system.

    Special consideration for outreach and engagement activities are focused on reaching and listening to communities and individuals with the greatest mobility needs. The ConnecTransit Plan team analyzed data on population and environmental indicators, such as racial/ethnic composition, vehicle access, household income, and pollution exposure, and identified Areas of Transit Need (shown in map below) where to concentrate face-to-face outreach and engagement efforts.

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    ConnecTransit Plan Area map

    Proposed Outcomes

    Within the planning process, Omnitrans will identify proposed projects, such as services and capital improvements, that Omnitrans and its partner agencies can implement with California Air Resources Board (CARB) Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP) implementation funds or other grant funding programs, which will improve transit equity, increase access to key destinations, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    The plan will:

    • Identify transit and clean transportation investments
    • Rank future implementation projects and programs
    • Lay out potential phases and funding for projects proposed

    Timeline for the ConnecTransit Plan

    Step 1. Project Setup
August - September 2021
Data collection, Community Engagement Outreach and Education Plan (CEOEP)
Step 2. Launching Community Engagement
October – December 2021
Document existing mobility conditions. Community Advisory Council recruitment and formation. Community Workshop and Survey #1 – local mobility needs and gaps.
3. Defining Options and Measures of Success
January – March 2022
Identify potential projects, solutions, and criteria to compare mobility benefits / tradeoffs. Community Workshop and Survey #2 – potential solutions and priority values.
March – June 2022
Refine potential projects. Community Workshop to develop prioritization and decision-making framework.
July – November 2022
Estimate project benefits, impacts, and costs. Implementation planning. Popup Demonstration and Community Survey #3 – preferred solutions
4. Building the Plan
December 2022 - March 2023
Identify funding and workforce development opportunities. Final Plan. Community Workshop and Survey #4 – Implementation and prioritized decision making

    Community Partners

    To offer inclusive ways for community members to provide input, meaningfully influence the ConnecTransit Plan and reach diverse communities and individuals, Omnitrans has partnered with the following local organizations:

    Ways to Get Involved

    OmniTrans wants the diverse experiences and views of individuals from the plan areas of need to drive the ConnecTransit Plan. Community feedback will help shape the plan in the following ways:

    • Community Advisory Council (CAC) made up of representatives from plan focus areas to guide community engagement and confirm study findings
    • Public surveys, interviews, and focus groups to ask about mobility and environmental justice needs as well as priorities
    • Demonstration of mobility solutions will invite people to see, experience, and share ideas on potential future implementation projects

    To ensure that all users have an opportunity to participate Omnitrans is working with El Sol and Arrowhead United Way to conduct in person outreach in key locations. Surveys, focus groups, and participation on the CAC is encouraged for anyone within the Omnitrans service area.

    We Want to Hear from You

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    Are you interested in becoming a member of the Community Advisory Council?

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