Ride Omnitrans to Celebrate #NationalTacoDay!

Celebrate National Taco Day with Omnitrans

There’s something very important that we must taco ’bout this October 4th:  #NationalTacoDay! Sure, these social media food holidays seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but who doesn’t love an excuse to celebrate the wonder of tacos? Breakfast, fish, or good ol’ street-style carne asada…there is a taco for every occasion, mood, and personality.

To get the fiesta started, we’ve compiled some of our favorite taco spots in the Inland Empire that are easy to get to riding Omnitrans. So, let’s get the shellebration started! Alright, we’ll stop with the cheesy (queso?) puns…now.

King Taco, Fontana
Served by Routes 19, 20, 61, 82

Tacos Don Ramon, San Bernardino
Served by Route 3, 4

Mr. Taco, Redlands
Served by Route 8

The Taco Man, Montclair
Served by Route 85

Tacos La Central, Colton
Served by Route 1

To plan your trip to these destinations, utilize our step-by-step Trip Planner on Omnitrans.org!

Omnitrans Offers 1-Day Bus Pass During Rideshare Week 2018, Participate for a Chance to Win Prizes!

Redeem free 1-day pass on Token Transit during Rideshare Week 2018!Take another step toward living your best life. Try ridesharing this Rideshare Week!

Rideshare Week, October 1-5, 2018, is an annual invitation for you to explore alternative ways to get where you’re going by pledging to try something new. Ridesharing reduces your carbon footprint, saves you money and time, reduces stress, and by participating, you could win a prize!

FrRedeem free 1-day pass on Token Transit during Rideshare Week 2018!ee 1-Day Pass for Rideshare Week
Omnitrans makes it easy to participate by offering you a FREE 1-Day bus pass via Token Transit, our mobile fare outlet. Your 1-Day pass is redeemable any single day of Rideshare Week, and can be used on Omnitrans local buses, OmniGo community shuttles, or sbX rapid transit.

Enter your phone number to receive your complimentary 1-day pass via the Token Transit app on your smartphone. You will receive a text with a download link to redeem your pass. One 1-Day pass per phone number. Learn more about mobile fares on Omnitrans.org.

Spot GoGoDon & Buster for a Chance to Win $100!
GoGoDon is this year’s rideshare ambassador, encouraging you to make the most of life by trying an alternative commute mode! He and Buster, our beloved mascot, have bonded over the positive impact that riding the bus has on your wallet, your time, and the environment.

GoGoDon and Buster will be in select Omnitrans buses during Rideshare Week! If you spot them, snap a selfie with them and tag @omnitrans on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Winner will be randomly selected. An example of a valid entry is below:

Rideshare Week Prize Drawings
When you share the ride during Rideshare Week, you may enter to win prizes, including a one night stay at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, lift passes to Big Bear Mountain Resort, gift cards, and more! Simply visit IEcommuter.org, pledge to rideshare (using your Omnitrans bus pass!), and you will automatically be entered into the prize drawings.

Ridesharing has proven to positively impact an individual’s finances and quality of life, as well as promote environmental sustainability. Take the pledge today and enjoy your free ride on Omnitrans this Rideshare Week 2018!

3rd Annual SBTC Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest Is Back with Free Kids Painting Class!

Help us celebrate the third anniversary of the San Bernardino Transit Center at the annual SBTC Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest! The contest, themed “A Trip Around the World,” will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 on the concrete floors of the San Bernardino Transit Center.

This community celebration will feature live music broadcast by Hot 103.9, refreshments, and – new this year – a FREE painting class for children ages 7-13! Prize raffles and promotional giveaways will round out the day.

We hope to see new and familiar faces at this year’s event! The new kids painting class will be strictly for children ages 7-13, starts at 9:30 a.m. and lasts one hour. This class will be taught by one and only, Susan from Cherry Valley’s The Art Barn.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
With only 30 spaces available for the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, creativity and connecting to the theme will get you one step closer to the grand prize!

This year’s theme opens up a world of opportunities for art. Where would you ride the bus to if you could ride anywhere in the world? The Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower? The colors and sights in Thailand or Mexico? The world is your oyster!

Be sure to start grab your passport and start brainstorming your interpretation of “A Trip Around the World”. Let your creativity shine for a chance to win the grand prize – a $300 Visa gift card, $150 Visa gift card for second place, or $100 Visa gift card for third place. All gift card prizes will be awarded in the Adult division for participants 14 and older. However, all participants 13 and under will receive a movie ticket just for participating!

Be sure to check out our Official Rules to familiarize yourself with guidelines and regulations.

Event Schedule
Artist Check-In: 8:30 a.m.
Chalk Art Contest: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kids Painting Class: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Chalk Art Contest Judging Period: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Winners announced: 11:30 a.m.

In addition, all event participants and spectators will receive a free Omnitrans refillable water bottle to take home along with other goodies! Please note: Refillable water bottles and promotional item giveaways are available while supplies last.

Start packing your brain with ideas for your “Trip Around the World”. Omnitrans is rooting for you!

Be sure to check out the newly landscaped grounds at the transit center, which has become a well-recognized resource and community space for San Bernardino since opening in 2015. The San Bernardino Transit Center is located at 599 Rialto Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92410.

New buses in East Valley equipped with USB charging ports, enhancements made to sbX fleet

Every now and then, you’ve got to freshen things up a bit. At Omnitrans, we are doing so by welcoming new coaches to the East Valley fleet, and doing a couple of touch ups to the sbX fleet.

A few weeks ago, 24 New Flyer Xcelsior buses, numbers #1341 to #1364, were made service-ready by our maintenance team and are now out on the road. On the rapid transit front, sbX sports a new interior look and new bike racks. You may have already noticed these enhancements while riding in recent weeks.

The new buses come equipped with USB charging ports between/below seats, which riders may use to charge their mobile devices (cords not included). This is convenient for all, but especially for riders who travel long distances and are looking for ways to keep busy during their commute to and from work or school. Feel free to binge watch your Netflix shows or stream your favorite new album (don’t forget your earbuds, please) without fear of your mobile device battery dying!

New buses equipped with USB ports are identified by a USB decal on the rear.

Not only do our passengers benefit from these enhancements – so does the environment! The near-zero engine on the new vehicles is a game-changer for cleaner air quality. Though our entire fleet has been fueled with natural gas for many years, this further underscores our commitment to improving the quality of the air we breathe.

“This is our first build that has come with the ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine,” says Maintenance Manager Omar Bryant. “It is the latest and greatest engine with the least amount of emissions, exhausting 90% less than the standard.”

Not to be outdone, the sbX rapid transit fleet has recently undergone an interior facelift. Riders will notice new seat upholstery with a brand new color and design. “After regular wear and tear since the sbX launch in 2013, it was time to re-do the seats,” says Omar.

Upgraded upholstery in sbX buses has transitioned from the original red seat covers to a bright blue pattern fabric.

Bike riders are also enjoying more reliable onboard bike securement racks, conceptualized and created in-house by our very own employees last spring. All sbX buses have now been retro-fitted and feature the new bike racks, making commuting by bike and bus simpler and safer for all onboard passengers.

The bike’s rear tires are positioned between the slots on the rack, and a lever bar is pulled up, then tightly secured on the rear tire. The original Velcro straps remain for added support in the center of the bike.

Omnitrans is proud to usher in these enhancement to our local-route and sbX fleet to better serve transit passengers in the east side of the San Bernardino Valley. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Go Paperless, Save on 10-Packs of 1-Day Passes & Single Rides

This week, we celebrate one year of mobile fares with Token Transit. Since launching our partnership with the digital fare app, over 8,500 Omnitrans riders have switched from paper to digital passes available in the palm of their hand, literally.

And now, beginning September 4, 2018, we will introduce two new ways to save you money by choosing a mobile bus pass!

10 Full Fare Single Ride tickets for the price of 9

  • Full Fare: $16 ($17.50 value)
  • Senior/Disability/Medicare: $7 ($7.50 value)
  • Veterans: $7 ($7.50 value)

10 Full Fare 1-Day Passes for the price of 9

  • Full Fare: $45 ($50 value)
  • Senior/Disability/Medicare: $20 ($22.50 value)
  • Veterans: $20 ($22.50 value)

The 10 pack of 1-Day passes has been available for paper passes, but is new to our mobile fares. The 10 Single Ride deal is perfect for regular riders who don’t ride every day. With Token Transit, your single-ride tickets and 1-Day passes are stored in the app’s Pass Wallet and are not activated until you are ready to board.

Digital bus passes can be purchased on the Token Transit app (click here to learn how it works, and for free download), and require a credit or debit card to complete your transaction. Help Omnitrans help the environment by using less paper while saving you some cash!

Guide to September 2018 Service Changes

Don’t miss out on the newest Bus Book, effective Tuesday, September 4, 2018, one day after Labor Day (which, just as a reminder, is a no-service holiday). Several changes will go into effect, targeted to improve your experience riding Omnitrans to work, school, or entertainment.

Major changes include enhancement of transfer points, increased coverage in certain areas, and realignment of routes to better serve you. Additionally, beginning September 4th, pennies will no longer be accepted as a form of payment onboard, and there will be a new way to save while riding Omnitrans!

Over in East Valley, Route 14 will be realigned in Downtown San Bernardino to travel along E Street instead of D Street, allowing for easier transfers to and from sbX and Route 2. On Route 15, a new connection to Pass Transit Route 125 has been added at Alabama & Lugonia Ave.

It also will now be easier to get around Upland in West Valley. A loop extension has been added to the northern end of Route 83 to better serve the Colonies Crossroads shopping center, as seen in the map below.

Route 83 will now loop around the Colonies Crossroads shopping center.

In Ontario, a realignment of Route 86 along Bon View Avenue provides direct service to Baldy View Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Career Training Center, as well as to the Dorothy A. Quesada Community Center.

Route 86 now travels along Bon View Avenue.

To improve efficiencies and avoid delays at boarding time, Omnitrans buses will no longer accept pennies as fare payment onboard. This will help reduce farebox jams and delays, speeding up the boarding process for our riders. Pennies will continue to be accepted as a form of payment for cash purchases of Omnitrans bus passes at the San Bernardino Transit Center and administrative headquarters.

Furthermore, Omnitrans is encouraging riders to use a paperless bus pass and save money! Digital bus passes available on the Token Transit app will now have the option to save in two ways: a 10-pack of single ride tickets for the price of 9, and a 10-pack of 1-Day passes for the price of 9. Help Omnitrans help the environment while saving you some cash! To download the Token Transit app and go digital, click here.

All service changes, including minor tweaks, are listed below. Please plan accordingly if your route scheduled has changed.

Route 1: New timepoint has been added at 21st & Kenwood. Runtime changes, all days.
Route 3/4: Minor runtime adjustments, all days.
Route 14: Downtown San Bernardino routing changed to E Street, between 5th and Rialto Ave. Minor runtime adjustments, all days.
Route 15: New timepoints added at Del Rosa & 6th, and at San Bernardino & Orchard Way. Runtimes adjusted all days. Connection added for Pass Transit Route 125 at Alabama and Lugonia Ave.
Route 61: New timepoints at Holt & Plum and Holt & Lemon, replacing Holt & Vineyard timepoint. Runtimes adjusted, all days.
Route 83: Service has been extended in Upland to include a loop to the Colonies Crossroads.
Route 84: Minor runtimes adjusted, all days.
Route 86: Route realigned to Bon View Ave. to serve the Dorothy A. Quesada Community Center and Baldy View Regional Occupational Program. Times adjusted.

Inland Empire newcomer connects from Omnitrans to Metrolink with ease

Moving to a new town can be overwhelming. You seek to get quickly acclimated to new surroundings, find the best nearby food and shops, and Yelp away to find the perfect stylist who can be trusted with your hair.

For Omnitrans rider Maria, not only was moving to the Inland Empire from Los Angeles a major adjustment in and of itself, she also needed to learn an entire new transit system that would get her where she needed to go.

“It’s a different atmosphere compared to Los Angeles,” says Maria, reflecting on the past year living in San Bernardino. “Transit is very different. Here, when you board, the drivers wait for you to sit down before taking off. Back in L.A., they don’t have time to do that for every rider! Life is a lot more tranquil out here.”

Being a transplant to the IE who chooses to leave her car at home, familiarizing herself with Omnitrans was at the top of Maria’s checklist. She was pleased to learn from her daughter that the official Omnitrans mobile app was a resource that would help her embark on this new journey.

“The Trip Planner on the app provided me with step-by-step routing information to reach my favorite destinations, such as the Inland Center mall and San Manuel Casino. A fellow rider also tipped me off about the Bus Book and taught me how to view the maps and read the schedules,” says Maria.

She goes here, she goes there, she goes everywhere. Maria even rides on dates with her boyfriend, who takes advantage of the veteran discount rate offered by Omnitrans.

Although I can drive a car, I prefer not to. Omnitrans moves me and gets me wherever I would like to be. Truth be told, the timing is nearly always accurate to what the schedules state. I enjoy the day pass, because I can ride the local routes as well as the sbX Green Line. It’s very comfortable and the drivers are very nice.”

As a busy freelance worker who does embroidery on wedding gowns, Maria  commutes five to six days as far as Pasadena for work.

The extension of Metrolink to the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC) from the Santa Fe Depot has been a valuable service enhancement to people like Maria who commute west into Los Angeles.

“I feel much safer at the transit center, especially at night time, because there is brighter lighting. I’m surrounded by others who are riding the bus and the train, and there is more security staff patrolling here. I also save time by not having to ride a second bus to the depot to catch my train. Now, I can just walk a few steps to the train platform from my bus stop!”

Maria’s livelihood requires great attention to detail – meticulously placing rhinestones on gowns, sewing bustles that add the right amount of volume to a train, and making alterations to perfect a bride’s special day. It’s a great thing to be able to relax and wind down on the way to work with an easy commute.

“Omnitrans bus service is very reliable and hassle-free. For example, yesterday, I walked to the store with my daughter for a couple of things. When we checked out, of course we’d gotten more things than we’d originally set out to,” says Maria with a laugh.

“Because of all the groceries, and the heat that day, we looked for the next bus arrival on the app and quickly were on our way back home, in the air-conditioned bus, instead of walking.”

Buses not in service on Labor Day

In observation of Labor Day, Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Monday, September 3, 2018. Our administrative buildings and customer service call center will also be closed on this day. Regular office hours and bus service will resume on Tuesday, September 4.

Omnitrans Employees Give Back

Omnitrans Coach Operator, Daniel Hernandez.

The Omnitrans community banded together last month to help a mother in need after her son suddenly passed away after suffering a severe asthma attack.

The 11-year-old boy was the best friend of Omnitrans Coach Operator Daniel Hernandez’s granddaughter. Both children graduated from Curtis Elementary School in Rialto a week prior to the incident, and looked forward to commencing sixth grade at their new middle school together.

Daniel shared the tragic news among his colleagues, and word quickly spread around the Omnitrans team. “Without asking for anything, donations started to pour in,” says Daniel. “Of their own will, they volunteered to donate toward the related expenses. Drivers, trainers, field supervisors, maintenance workers, and even a driver from Mountain Transit, who I’d never met before, all dug into their wallets to help lay the boy to rest.”

The financial assistance during the single mother’s unexpected loss was much appreciated. “When I presented the funds to the family, I was in shock,” shares Daniel, who unknowingly collected over $360 in cash gifts. Omnitrans staff also contributed to the family’s GoFundMe online fundraiser.

The generosity of these selfless individuals echoes Omnitrans’ broader mission to connect our community. “A few of us have children with asthma, so this tragedy hits close to home,” says Daniel. “At Omnitrans, we take care of each other like extended family, and I am grateful and thank everyone for rallying behind this boy’s family in their time of need.”

Hop on Omnitrans and Celebrate National Ice Cream Day!

Omnitrans celebrates National Ice Cream Day

It’s summertime and one of our favorite ways to cool down is by enjoying some ice cream! This month, we celebrate #NationalIceCreamDay on July 15th, but who says you need a special holiday to indulge in a frosty treat? Ice cream is best enjoyed all summer long! And, with the Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare promotion, those under 18 can get to the ice cream parlor for only a buck each way!

Places with special offers to help you celebrate:

Baskin Robbins – For National Ice Cream Day, download the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App to receive exclusive offers, like a BOGO Cone offer, a BOGO 99-cent sundaes offer and $2 off a medium Milkshake offer. Additionally, on July 31st, Baskin Robbins celebrates 31. In a tribute to their original 31 flavors (by the way, have you ever noticed the pink 31 hidden within their logo?!), all scoops are only $1.50 all day long.

Yogurtland – The popular self-serve dessert spot has a buy-one, get-one free offer from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. After introducing ice cream to its lineup last summer, Yogurtland continues to swirl up delicious handcrafted ice cream flavors for its fans. For National Ice Cream Day, Yogurtland will be serving five ice cream flavors as well as “other frozen yogurt and sorbet flavors, giving fans a variety of options to create a celebratory treat as unique as they are.”

Afters Ice Cream – Top your ice cream with ice cream this #NationalIceCreamDay at all Afters Ice Cream locations for free! Get a FREE mini cone with any flavor mini scoop when you make any ice cream purchase this July 15th.

Cold Stone Creamery – Celebrate by joining the Cold Stone Creamery eClub! By signing up, you get a Buy One, Get One FREE Creation coupon loaded to your account for simply joining. Plus, members of the eClub receive 25 bonus points, earn points on purchases, receive a Buy One, Get One FREE Creation coupon on your birthday, other prizes throughout the year, exclusive members-only offers and sneak peeks at new products and upcoming promotions.

To easily plan your trip step-by-step this Sunday, July 15th, visit our online Trip Planner!