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!

Meet the Omnitrans summer interns!

In between pool sessions this summer, these four individuals can be found interning at Omnitrans! We are proud to provide these driven students with an enriching experience that will give them job skills that only can be obtained outside the classroom, setting them up for career success.

Get to know our interns:

Cynthia C., Rail Operations Intern

Cynthia C., Riverside, CA
Rail Operations Intern
Biochemistry major at University of Redlands

So far, what do you enjoy most about working at Omnitrans?
So far, I enjoy how willing to help everyone is. I feel like everyone around me genuinely wants me to succeed, learn, and help me move forward. There is a strong community here at Omnitrans.

What are your career goals?
I plan on staying involved with business administration throughout my career.

How has your internship helped you get closer to achieving those career goals?
This internship is exposing me to the administrative office and the working world on a professional level.

Gabby S., Marketing Communications Intern

Gabby S., Beaumont, CA
Marketing Communications Intern
Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations at California State University, San Bernardino

So far, what do you enjoy most about working at Omnitrans?
I enjoy working alongside the Marketing team: Nicole, Janice, and Jose. Their willingness to teach me new things everyday has made this experience very rewarding. Working at Ominitrans has helped me learn to network and overcome obstacles in the marketing field.

What are your career goals?
My goal is to start as an Event Marketing Specialist and work my way up to a Senior Marketing Manager. I also have plans to attend graduate school and obtain my Master’s Degree in Business Marketing after a few years of work experience.

How has your internship helped you get closer to achieving those career goals?
Interning at Omnitrans has allowed me to get my foot in the door for marketing and has allowed me to network with other organizations/businesses with confidence. This internship has helped me understand communication practices intertwined with marketing and how to properly execute an idea and make it come to life. Daily, I take on new tasks and get the most out of this experience with the quality events and materials being produced here at Omnitrans.

Kathryn L., Transit Planning Intern

Kathryn L., San Bernardino, CA
Transit Planning Intern
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) major at San Bernardino Valley College

So far, what do you enjoy most about working at Omnitrans?
I appreciate working alongside the dedicated professionals in the Planning department. Each of them have taught me something unique to their position and I enjoy learning from them.

What are your career goals?
My goal is to work in planning, specifically transit or city planning.

How has your internship helped you get closer to achieving those career goals?
This internship is allowing me to learn and grow in more ways than I expected. I’m finding new and creative ways to fine-tune my GIS skills with the transit planning tasks given to me which I know will prove beneficial in the future. Thank you, Omnitrans!

Kevin B., Rail Operations Intern

Kevin B., Claremont, CA
Rail Operations Intern
Master’s in Transportation Science at UC Irvine

How has your internship helped you get closer to achieving those career goals?
I enjoy being able to work in the field in which I hope to have a career someday. It’s great to be surrounded by people who share my passion and to absorb the knowledge they share. I’m glad to be able to work on a start-up railroad to see first-hand what goes into such a large project.

What are your career goals?
This fall I’ll be attending UC Irvine for their Transportation Science Master’s program and following that I plan to complete San Jose State’s Transportation Management Master’s program. I hope to have a career within a public transportation agency where I can work to enhance and expand public transit.

How has your internship helped you get closer to achieving those career goals?
My internship is a fantastic way to get my foot in the door in the transportation industry. It’s especially exciting to be working on the Arrow project and being able to see what it takes to start a railroad from scratch. This experience is invaluable to me.

To apply for open internship positions or full/part-time jobs, visit our Careers page.

Stay cool while riding Omnitrans this summer

If you’ve spent some time in the Inland Empire, you know that the heat can be pretty unforgiving this time of year. This July is no exception, with the first heat wave of the summer about to hit, pushing temperatures into the triple digits.

It’s important to take precautionary measures in this type of weather, especially while riding public transit. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you ride Omnitrans this summer:

  • Stay hydrated – Walking to the bus stop, or even waiting at the bus stop, when it is blistering hot can dehydrate you. Be sure to drink plenty of water before you travel, and carry a water bottle with you. If connecting at the San Bernardino Transit Center, the lobby provides water refilling stations. Contrary to popular belief, iced teas or iced coffee beverages dehydrate you. Water is your best best!
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure – Shade is your friend! Direct contact with the sun will not only overheat you, it can also cause painful sunburns or heat-related illnesses. Wait for the bus under the shelter if possible, and if not, create your own shade by wearing a hat, visor, or carrying an umbrella to shield you from the rays. Applying a protective coat of sunscreen to your skin will also help you avoid sun damage.
  • Dress lightly – In more than one sense of the word, dress lightly. Light colors help block the sun’s radiation, whereas darker clothing absorbs the heat. Lightweight fabrics are also the best option when it’s scorching hot over non-breathable synthetic fabrics, so opt for comfort over style.

Additionally, take advantage of NexTrip for real-time bus arrival information or plan your trip ahead of time with our Trip Planner to reduce your wait time at the bus stop. Below are local cooling centers in the inland region that welcome you to cool down.

Bloomington
Bloomington Branch Library
Served by Route 29

Chino
Chino Senior Center
Served by Routes 81, 85, 88

Chino Hills
James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch Library
Served by Routes 88, 365

Colton
Hutton Community Center
Served by Route 1

Luque Center
Served by Route 19

Fontana
Don Day Neighborhood Center
Served by Route 82

Heritage Neighborhood Center
Served by Route 67

Jessie Turner Health and Fitness Center
Served by Route 82

Fontana Lewis Library and Technology Center
Served by Route 14, 67, 82

Grand Terrace
Grand Terrace Branch Library
Served by Route 325

Highland
Highland Sam J. Racadio Library
Served by Route 15

Highland Senior Center
Served by Routes 3, 5

Loma Linda
Loma Linda Senior Center
Served by Route 19

Mentone
Mentone Senior Center and Library
Served by Route 8

Montclair
Montclair Senior Center
Served by Route 85

Ontario
Ontario Senior Center
Served by Route 61, 86

Westwind Community Center
Served by Route 81

Ovitt Family Community Library
Served by Route 61, 86

Redlands
Joslyn Senior Center
Served by Route 19

Redlands Community Center
Served by Route 8, 15

Rialto
Carter Branch Library
Served by Route 22

San Bernardino
Ruben Campos Community Center
Served by Route 14

Rudy C. Hernandez Community Center
Served by Routes 1, 7, 15

Norman F. Feldheym Central Library
Served by Route 2

Howard M Rowe Branch Library
Served by Route 7

Paul Villasenor Branch Library
Served by Routes 3, 14

Fifth Street Senior Center
Served by Route 14

Upland
Upland Public Library
Served by Route 83, 85

Yucaipa
Yucaipa Community Center
Served by Route 310