HDR-Designed Metrolink Extension Opens in San Bernardino

HDR-Designed Metrolink Extension Opens in San Bernardino

On Dec. 5, HDR joined San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, Omnitrans and Metrolink to celebrate completion of the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project. Completed in three years, the project effectively expands Metrolink service one mile, from the historic Santa Fe Depot and train yard to the region’s premier multimodal transportation hub, the San Bernardino Transit Center.

Led by HDR, the project’s design realigned one mile of existing track, and added a parallel second track for Metrolink’s San Bernardino and Inland Empire/Orange County lines. Crossing under Interstate 215, the extension allows passengers to reach more destinations using public transportation by transferring to other modes available at the transit center. They include light rail, bus and bus rapid transit, and the transit center also offers access the region’s bike and pedestrian path network.

The firm’s track realignment and new-track design improved grade crossings and enhanced safety for pedestrians and cyclists. New features include a pedestrian overpass between platforms at Santa Fe Depot, parking lots to facilitate passenger increases, new platforms, and a facility for public transportation employees. The extension opens for regular service Dec. 16.

“We enjoyed participating in this milestone and we’re excited about our continued partnership with San Bernardino,” HDR Transit Director Tom Waldron said. “The region’s ongoing commitment to transit is making mobility across Southern California stronger and more connected.”

About HDR’s Transit Experience

Because transit is not one size fits all, we help clients with everything from navigating the FAST Act and other funding alternatives, to managing program development and design, to providing construction management for new and established systems. Our wide-ranging portfolio includes managing the San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project, the Government Center Station renovation design in Boston, the Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study in Toronto and consulting on every phase of the new Kansas City modern Streetcar. In addition to planning and engineering, our experts help clients with strategic funding, economic analysis, public engagement, real estate services, program/project controls, risk management and operations and maintenance.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.