Omnitrans, the public transit agency serving the San Bernardino Valley in California, has announced that Trischelle Baysden will lead the company’s new Arrow passenger rail service, which will connect Redlands and San Bernardino and is expected to launch in 2020.
The entire rail team at Omnitrans currently consists of Baysden, who will serve as director of rail, and Loretta Rains, who serves as rail safety and compliance officer. Their focus over the next year is to partner with the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) during construction and vehicle acquisition while developing the scope of work to select a firm to operate Arrow service for Omnitrans.
Baysden, who has 25 years of experience in rail operations, began her career with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), where she worked her way up from brakeman/footboard yardmaster to chief dispatcher over the span of 16 years.
Prior to joining Omnitrans, she worked for nine years at Metrolink commuter rail service, which is governed by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority. She has experience in a broad spectrum of knowledge, including conducting, engineering, dispatching, scheduling, and federal compliance work.
Baysden earned a bachelor of science in business/project management from the University of Phoenix and is currently working on a master of science in transportation management from the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.
“The startup of a new service will be new to me, so I am really looking forward to that challenge,” remarked Baysden. “That’s a milestone that some of us in the railroad industry aspire to. Launching a new service is a bucket list item and is the pie in the sky of achievements.”
Construction of the 9-mile Arrow line is being led by the SBCTA. The Arrow will use Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) that have the flexibility to evolve to the next generation of all electric-powered vehicles.