The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA, formerly known as SANBAG) and surrounding cities formed a partnership to develop the Pacific Electric Trail, a multi-purpose trail that links the cities of Claremont, Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana and Rialto to walk, jog or ride a bicycle from the Los Angeles County Line at Claremont to Rialto along a 21 mile path. The Pacific Electric Trail provides recreational opportunities for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and equestrians to use the recreation trail, with expansive views and connections to Montclair’s Transcenter. The trail follows the old Pacific Electric Railway, which was an electrified railway system famous for their "Red Cars" that spanned from the Pacific coast through Los Angeles and as far east as San Bernardino. The development of the railway through the Inland Empire was crucial to the development of the area, particularly to support the agricultural industry that fueled the local economy. The San Bernardino County portion of the railway was used extensively in transporting products from the citrus and wine making areas from inland to Los Angeles and the rest of the United States. In later years, the railway was used for moving war time materials and troops to the ports of Los Angeles. Once the world’s largest interurban and street railway system, the Pacific Electric Railway ended operation during the 1950’s with the expansion of the Southern California freeway system.
The Pacific Electric Trail multi-purpose path has easy access for Montclair residents by bike or walking.
- Ongoing use of The Pacific Electric Trail is part of a 21-mile network trail system that Montclair is part of.
- The Pacific Electric Trail has easy access to the City’s Transcenter mass transit multimodal systems - Metrolink, bus.
- Provides an outdoor recreational opportunities for trail users that is supported by the development of urban housing is along the trail corridor.
- The City's Healthy Montclair program supports outdoor activities that improves overall health.
- Improves the environment by preserving open space and reducing air pollution.