The WVC Project is a phased project. SCCP funding is requested for Phase 1 of the project, which would construct the “Milliken Alignment,” from the Pomona Downtown Metrolink station to Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. A second phase would extend this project into Fontana. Phase 1 would construct 19 miles of BRT and operate a high-frequency service from Pomona to Victoria Gardens, connecting to Ontario International Airport and two Metrolink stations serving two different Metrolink lines and multiple disadvantaged communities. The graphic below shows the WVC Phase 1 alignment, together with the San Bernardino and Riverside Metrolink lines, with Metrolink stations designated with “M.” Connections to Metrolink are at Rancho Cucamonga and Pomona Downtown.
The WVC is proposed as a 100% zero-emission system, as the first stage of the San Bernardino County Zero-emission Bus Inititative. Headways will be 10 minutes in the peak commute period and 15 minutes off-peak, providing a high level of service to the community. The system will include 21 stations, off-board fare options, level boarding, transit signal priority (TSP), optimized operating plans, and stations with a branded shelter/canopy, security cameras, benches, lighting, and variable message signs. Approximately 3.5 miles of the 19-mile project will be constructed as dedicated bus-only lanes. SBCTA has been notified by Federal Transit Adminstration (FTA) of entry into the Project Development phase of the Small Starts Program; however, Small Starts Program funding cannot be assumed at this time. Underlying “shadow” local bus service will be reduced to 60 minute headways from the current 15 minutes. Phase I of the WVC will upgrade a portion of existing Route 61 which runs along Holt Boulevard serving the Ontario International Airport and providing valuable connections at Ontario Mills, Downtown Pomona Metrolink Station, as well as the Fontana Kaiser Hospital. Route 61 currently accounts for 1.2 million riders per year, or about 12% of Omnitrans annual ridership despite being only 1 of 34 system wide routes. It is Omnitrans’ highest ridership route.