Transit riders in San Bernardino are in for an exceptional experience when they visit the new San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC). Comfort blends with design in this beautiful state-of-the-art facility, which was built to meet LEED Gold Standard specifications for conserving resources and promoting clean, renewable energy.
Security cameras located throughout the transit center and its grounds are monitored 24/7 by on-site security officers. The officers also actively patrol the area to investigate any suspicious activity, ensure safety and provide customer assistance.
The large lobby has seating to accommodate 48 people, and restrooms are available for public use. Lobby water fountains offer purified water as well as a dispenser to fill up water bottles. Riders can get information or purchase passes at the customer service window, and there is also a ticket vending machine conveniently located on the south side of the site.
The transit center lobby will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The customer service window will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
But the facility is more than an architectural showcase with passenger amenities. It is also the transportation hub for the City of San Bernardino, serving 6,000 riders per day. In addition to 12 Omnitrans routes and sbX, passengers can connect with Mountain Transit , Victor Valley Transit Authority and, in late 2016, Metrolink.
Although several routes will realign to serve the new Transit Center, three will be significantly impacted by the September service changes:
Route 290 Freeway Express – runs peak morning and evening service with 15 one-way trips, connecting downtown San Bernardino, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Ontario Mills and the Montclair Transit Center. Travel time is cut in half, compared to similar local bus service. Service runs during peak weekday hours, and passengers can enjoy free Wi-Fi on board. To introduce commuters to the service, rides on Route 290 will be free September 8th – 11th.
Route 8 – changes course at Tippecanoe and Mill Street into downtown San Bernardino. Route 8 now travels on Mill Street between Tippecanoe and Sierra Way to serve the City of San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and the Department of Aging and Adult Services. The old routing has been picked up Route 15. TEAM House service has switched from Route 15 to Route 8.
Route 15 – has major changes to cover Del Rosa, the San Bernardino International Airport, and 3rd Street (previously served by Route 8). East/west service on 9th Street between Del Rosa and D Streets has been discontinued. This area will be served by higher frequency service on Baseline from Routes 3 & 4. Additionally, north-south service to 9th Street is still provided at Del Rosa Avenue, Waterman Avenue, Sierra Way, Arrowhead and D Streets by Routes 1, 3/4, 5, 7 and 11.
We’ll be having special giveaways throughout opening week (Sept. 8 – 11), so be sure to come and visit!
For a closer look at the routes and schedules affected by the new service changes, check out our September Bus Book preview.