Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority (“MT”) (“Project Applicant”) is a public transit agency that primarily serves the rural communities in the San Bernardino Mountains, including the Big Bear Valley, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs; and the City of Big Bear Lake. The current facilities located at 41939 Fox Farm Road in the City of Big Bear Lake, and 621 Forest Shade Road, Crestline, are both under-sized and have a variety of challenges that make service provisions difficult. In addition, MT is experiencing a growth in service and ridership, with expansions in fixed-route and Dial-A-Ride service in Big Bear Valley (BBV) and a ridership increase (not including service expansion) of 1.32% annually. MT proposed the following service expansions in their 2016 Short Range Transit Plan: RIM trolley/summer weekend service expansion, RIM Dial-A-Ride expansion, BBV fixed route expansion, BBV resort expansion, BBV Off-the-Mountain (OTM) expansion, leasing buses for the Big Bear Mountain Resort (BBMR) service during winter months, and BBV Dial-A-Ride expansion.
To accommodate the projected service increase, MT proposes to relocate operations from the current locations to 170 Business Center Drive in the City of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County. The relocation would require approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to develop a comprehensive administrative, bus storage, and bus maintenance facility at the proposed Project Site. The 3.55-acre Project Site is located on the northwest corner of Business Center Drive and Sandalwood Drive and consists of Assessor’s Parcel Numbers (APN) 2328-021-12 and -13.