Guy Burling was born and raised in San Bernardino and has seen the city go through a lot of changes. In fact, when he first started riding Omnitrans years ago, fares were only a dime!
When our sbX BRT launched on April 28th, Guy saw it as a great opportunity to make history. He grabbed his bike and headed out early in the morning to be one of the first passengers to climb aboard the 6 a.m. sbX bus. The experience made him an instant fan.
“It’s much easier for bikes,” he explains. “You just roll it on board and have it right there with you. It’s definitely convenient and I like it lots.”
Guy works in air conditioning and refrigeration and normally rides Routes 2 and 5 on his daily commute. Being able to use his regular Omnitrans pass on sbX is a big plus. He generally purchases a 7-day pass each week to cover his frequent trips.
“I can’t seem to keep passes in good shape past 7-days,” he shakes his head laughing. “I wear them out!”
Guy enjoys riding sbX and is still amazed at the amount of time it shaves off his work commute. “It saves me about 30 minutes easy,” he explains. “With sbX it takes around 15 minutes to travel between Little Mountain and Inland Center Mall. It just whizzes by. On Route 2 it would take about 35 minutes because the bus has to pull over at every stop. This is so much faster. Now I even have time to stop for breakfast if I want in the morning!”
Although he hasn’t tried it out yet, Guy is also looking forward to using the sbX free Wi-Fi to listen to his Pandora stations. A blues lover, he enjoys relaxing with a little Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B King and Eric Clapton.
So far, he says his experience with sbX and Omnitrans has been great. His only challenge? “Getting myself to the stop in time!” he laughs.
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– Juno Kughler Carlson
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