This morning, local residents, organizations and dignitaries joined Omnitrans and the City of Ontario to celebrate the grand opening of the Ontario Civic Center Transfer Station. Attendees included representatives from V-Trans, the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board, SANBAG and the Ontario Fire Department.
“The City of Ontario has been Omnitrans’ partner since the agency’s beginning, and it’s exciting to see our 36-year-old friendship continuing to flourish through innovations like this project,” said Omnitrans CEO, Milo Victoria. “And this is just the beginning. We’re also pleased to be collaborating with the City in creating a model civic center which will feature a multimodal transportation hub. The hub will foster regional train and bus connections , and includes a proposed Omnitrans sbX rapid bus transit line along Holt Boulevard and Euclid Avenue. Great things are ahead!”
The Transfer Station provides vital transportation to more than 500 customers daily. Five Omnitrans bus routes help residents connect with their community, serving great landmarks such as Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario Mills Mall, the Ontario Convention Center and Ontario International Airport. All seven station stops have been newly refurbished with shelters, lights, new benches, making trips more convenient and enjoyable for passengers.
“The City Council and I pride ourselves in providing the highest level of service to our community,” stated Mayor Paul S. Leon. “We see this investment in infrastructure as vital to the continued growth of our City, while providing the citizens of Ontario with much needed transportation options.”
Ontario resident, Marty Binney, is a long-time community advocate who believes that a strong transportation system serves a critical need in Ontario. “In this day and age, transportation like Omnitrans is a necessity. We use it, and we need it. It helps provide a better quality of life to people who either can’t drive or can’t afford to. It is especially important to our students, seniors and disabled residents. I’m grateful for this collaboration between Omnitrans and the City to continue to meet our transportation needs.”
After the brief ceremony, attendees were invited to climb aboard the newly rebranded Omnitrans Xcelsior model bus for a tour of the station stops. Spirits were high as the informal group laughed and chatted, admiring the station design and enjoying the look and feel of the new bus. For some, it was their first bus experience. For others it was a step into the next generation of public transit.
As one passenger was overheard saying, “This is the best bus ride I’ve ever been on!”
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