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 the map below) where to concentrate face-to-face outreach and engagement efforts.
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
- Outline potential phases and funding for projects proposed
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:
- El Sol Neighborhood Education Center (El Sol)
- Arrowhead United Way
- Community Advisory Council (CAC) is made up of representatives from plan focus areas to guide community engagement and confirm study findings. The members of the CAC are as follows:
- Angie Balderas
- Edward Brantley
- Janet Martin Del Campo
- Jordan Dibell
- Wanda Williams
The ConnecTransit Plan is being developed by consulting team Nelson\Nygaard. The Othering & Belonging Institute is providing technical assistance for the project on behalf of CARB.