Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/18/2012 09:20:56 PM PDT
SAN BERNARDINO – A procedural step in the plan to build a high-speed bus line from Cal State San Bernardino to Loma Linda University attracted passionate debate on both sides of the issue Monday.
Acting City Manager Andrea Travis Miller indicated at a City Council meeting that the overall plan for the SBX bus line would be going forward. That prompted residents, business owners and representatives of other organizations to offer sharply divided opinions.
Developer Randall Lewis, the executive vice president of Upland’s Lewis Group of Companies, was among those who praised the plan as an innovative step to make San Bernardino more friendly to businesses, residents and the environment.
“I’m enthusiastically in support of the plan,” Lewis said. “I think it will help the city a great deal in branding the city. San Bernardino is investing in the future.”
Construction would create jobs, while the project’s infrastructure would help future growth, Lewis said.
But many businesses would be hurt by the plan, said Roger Henderson of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce.
“You’ve torn this city up for a transit system, but the question is do people really want it, or do they want a safe city?” Henderson said, saying the city should focus its resources instead on police, street lights, panhandlers and other priorities.
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