Our Inland Empire transit blog took a detailed look at how the sbX bus rapid transit system would benefit San Bernardino. Government officials hope choice riders will be enticed to leave their cars at home and take the bus. Long story short: Bus riders utilizing the existing local Omnitrans Route 2 for longer-haul trips to/from the high activity destinations certainly will patronize sbX as a speedy alternative to slower all-local bus trips. That has long been demonstrated when Metro Rapid was first rolled out.
As officials seek choice riders to use the new BRT line, a future transit project already in the works certainly will entice more commuters to leave their cars at a park & ride and take transit. That project is the extension of Metrolink into downtown San Bernardino where out-of-area train riders can seamlessly transfer to sbX at the E Street & Rialto Station to get to destinations like CSU San Bernardino and the Loma Linda University Medical Center area quickly. The same formula would work for outbound commuters too. It’s therefore safe to predict that sbX will be a successful bus route.