By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 02/23/15, 12:47 PM PST | Updated: 55 secs ago

REDLANDS >> When voters approved an extension of Measure I in 2004, they also voted to fund the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, which was specified in the measure.

The San Bernardino Associated Governments, or SanBAG, administers Measure I revenue. The funds are allocated based on a strategic plan. The SanBAG board of directors in April 2009 approved the strategic plan for the 2010-40 Measure I revenue.

Measure I sets aside 8 percent of revenue for rail projects, including the Redlands Passenger Rail and extension of the L.A. Metro Gold Line light rail.

Measure I funding will make up about 46 percent of the project’s total $242 million estimated cost, said Justin Fornelli, chief of transit and rail programs with SanBAG.

The remaining costs will be provided through state and federal funds, including Proposition 1B, the state’s transportation bond program, the Transportation Development Act, Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Funds, 5307 and 5309 grants and private funds.

About 35 percent of the funding will be federal money and 19 percent will be state money, Fornelli said.

According to the EIR, annual operations and maintenance costs for the project are estimated to be about $8 million, but the estimated cost has been refined to $6 million, said Tim Watkins, SanBAG chief of legislative and public affairs.

Operations and maintenance will be covered by Measure I revenues through 2040.

This does not include revenue generated from ticket sales, Fornelli said.

“Right now we won’t have any estimates on farebox. We haven’t gotten to the point of laying out the fare structure,” Fornelli said.

Although an operator has yet to be selected, the farebox recovery for the Metrolink line in San Bernardino is about 55 percent, Fornelli said, with the remaining funds coming from Measure I.

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