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2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan

Omnitrans is in the process of updating its 2011 Hazard Mitigation Plan (Plan). Mitigation plans are regulated by the federal government through the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. They are required to identify the natural hazards; however Omnitrans has opted to also include human-caused and technological hazards within our service area in order to be more aware and better prepared for a broader range of hazards. The Plan provides a list of mitigation action items that will be used to reduce the impacts from the identified hazards.

Part of the mandated approval process for the Plan requires the authoring jurisdiction to share the draft plan with key stakeholders and solicit comments during the “plan writing phase”. Click here to view the 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Should you be interested, feel free to review the Draft Plan and share any comments with us by August 31, 2017. After that date, we will move forward with the Draft Plan as it is written if there are no comments.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance with this project. We look forward to reading any comments that may come our way. If you would like more information on the 2017 HMP, please contact Security & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Mark Crosby at (909) 379-7117 or e-mail him at safety@omnitrans.org.

Buster’s Destinations: Your Ticket to the Beach!

What’s summer in SoCal without the beach?! There are two weekends left to take advantage of our Summer Youth Fare and Buster highly recommends making a day trip of this one and escaping from the IE to San Clemente for a day of the stunning California beach life.

The high temps plus road rage on the freeways make an unpleasant combo. And then having to hunt for parking? No way, man – Buster prefers to chill out! Just like he did this past weekend, leave all the traffic behind and take off for paradise via Omnitrans and Metrolink. Omnitrans youth rides are only $1 this month, and for only $10, a Metrolink day pass good for unlimited rides on Saturday or Sunday on the beach trains will take you there. What a bargain!

On Saturday, Buster grabbed his sunscreen and boogie board, and hopped on Omnitrans Route 1. He rode to the Metrolink San Bernardino Station where he caught the 9 a.m. Inland Empire-Orange County Line train. It was a relaxing train ride, consisting of Yelp-ing for food spots, listening to music, and even a quick nap! At 11:13 a.m., the train arrived at San Clemente, just in time to soak up the peak hours of the sun.

Buster walked only a few short steps from the Metrolink station to the beach. He staked out the perfect spot on the sand, laid down his beach towel and headed straight for the water for some boogie boarding! He worked up an appetite and headed to the Pier for a quick snack, watching people go by on their beach cruisers.

After a couple more hours of riding the waves, it was time to head back home. Buster escaped the sun to cool down with a treat at Ice Cream & Coffee Bistro, across from the Metrolink station on Avenida Victoria. It was the perfect ending to a day of catching rays!

Buster boarded the 4:47 p.m. train back to San Bernardino. On the ride back, he relaxed and sighed happily as the train passed up cars sitting in traffic. He was back in San Bernardino by 7:15 p.m., where he boarded Omnitrans back home, feeling happy and satisfied with another item checked off his summer bucket list. Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes!

Tell us – where are you riding Omni to this summer?

The special Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare discount is valid through the months of June and July. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip. The promotion is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including freeway express routes, OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

Buster’s Destinations: Dance the Night Away!

After last week’s successful day of shopping, movies, and food at the mall, Buster was ready to check off another item off his summer bucket list: dancing under the summer sky with a few of his favorite peeps!

One day while scrolling through his Twitter, Buster found a cool list of free things to do this summer from PE.com. He noticed that Chino’s summer concerts in the park series happened on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. and admission was free! So last Thursday evening he paid his discounted $1 fare onboard Route 85 (Routes 81, 83, 84, 88 and OmniGo 265 can also take you there) and headed for Chino City Hall to check out some live music!

It only took about 20 minutes from Rancho Cucamonga to the Chino Transit Center, only a shuffle away from the concert. Buster danced his little tires off with friends to the tunes of a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, only taking a break from movin’ and groovin’ to grab a bite from one of the food vendors at the event.

After refreshments, it was back to the lawn where Buster reprised his favorite dance moves: The Mashed Potato, the Electric Slide and the Helicopter. Buster had a whale of a time that night dancing, listening to some cool tunes, and petting all the cute dogs. He can’t wait to return for the Queen tribute concert tonight. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions” make some iconic group sing-along moments!

This summer, Buster also plans to go back to the Redlands Bowl for their summer festival series, accessible via Route 19, plus a swift three minute walk. Check out the shows at your local summer concert lineups and ride Omnitrans for only $1 through the rest of July!

Tell us – where are you riding Omni to this summer?

The special Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare discount is valid through the months of June and July. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip. The promotion is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including freeway express routes, OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

Omnitrans still a great solution for life-long rider

Every day, we cross paths with hundreds of people as we transport them around the San Bernardino Valley. We have the opportunity to connect with our riders in a unique and rewarding way, making us part of each other’s daily lives. Sometimes, we even get to watch our riders grow up right before our eyes!

Such is the case with Brandy, a college student who has been riding Omnitrans since she was just a youngster.

“I’ve been riding Omnitrans pretty much my entire life,” she tells us while waiting for her bus at the San Bernardino Transit Center. “When I was in the sixth grade, my mom started taking me on the bus with my twin sister. We ran errands, went out on weekends and rode to church on Sundays. From there on, I started taking the bus. It’s been part of my life since then.”

Though she’s now an adult, Brandy continues to navigate through life with the help of her old friends at Omnitrans. “I moved to Redlands, went to high school, and had a daughter. [Omnitrans] has been my method of transportation through all these stages in my life.”

Brandy is currently a college student working toward her career goal of becoming a medical assistant. She will complete her program in about three months. Even though Brandy and her fiancé share a car, she prefers to avoid car trouble by riding the Freeway Express Route 215 to Riverside every day that she has to attend class.

While Brandy plans to drive a car in the future, she will always be thankful to Omnitrans. “It provides me transportation for now while I am in school. It makes everyday tasks easier, such as going to the grocery store. Not only that, but on the weekends I am able to ride with my daughter to my fiancé’s house to swim in the pool or barbeque,” she tells us.

“I’m so used to riding the bus by now. It gets me where I need to be safely, and the drivers are very courteous. They’ve known me since middle school, so they’ve seen me grow up and become a mom,” she smiles.

Passengers like Brandy rely on Omnitrans to get to work, school, and other key destinations. We hope you enjoy her story – we’re interested in yours too! E-mail onlinemktg@omnitrans.org to share your story and we may feature you in a future rider profile.

Omnitrans buses not in service July 4th

In honor of Independence Day, Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Administrative offices and customer service call center will also be closed on this day.

Omnitrans wishes you, your family, and friends a safe and happy holiday! Below is a listing of fun Fourth of July events you can attend in our service area:

CHINO FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/2, Fireworks and Festival – Chino Fireworks Spectacular at Ruben S. Ayala Park from 3-9:30 p.m. Live entertainment, vendors, family activities and more. Free admission, carnival rides at additional cost.

CHINO HILLS FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
6/29, Celebration – Independence Celebration at Veterans Park from 5-9 p.m. With live music, free family activities and more.

FONTANA FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Fireworks – Fourth of July Celebration at Fontana High School from 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $4.

HIGHLAND FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Car Show and Festival – Highland Community 4th of July Celebration at Immanuel Baptist Church with parking and vendors starting at 5 p.m., entertainent at 6 p.m. Car show, kids activities and more, fireworks at 9 p.m.

POMONA FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Spectacular – Kaboom! fireworks spectacular at Fairplex with monster trucks, human cannonball, fireworks and more. Admission with buffet $28-58, general admission starts at $17.50, parking is $10 at Gate 10.

ONTARIO FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Parade – Parade down Euclid Avenue at 9 p.m. to the ‘Blast at the Bandstand’ event and BYO picnic at 10:30 a.m.
7/4, Festival – Family-friendly festival at Westwind Park from 5-9 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Fireworks – 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at The Epicenter from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $9 presale, table of four for $60, day of single tickets $10.

REDLANDS FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/1, Concert – Navy Band of the Southwest at The Redlands Bowl at 8 p.m. Free concert.
7/4, Park – 4th of July festivities and parade at Sylvan Park beginning at 10 a.m. Vendors, live entertainment and more.
7/4, Fireworks – 4th of July fireworks show at the University of Redlands’ Ted Runner Stadium. Show begins at 7 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, $12 at the gate.

SAN BERNARDINO FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Baseball and Fireworks – IE66ers at San Manuel Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Fireworks immediately following game. Tickets are $7-17.

UPLAND FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Festival and Fireworks – 2016 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Celebration at Upland High School. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., firework show starts at 9 p.m. There will be a kids zone, snack bar, a live performance by Retro Station at 6 p.m. and more. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

YUCAIPA FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/2-4, Festival – Fourth of July festival at Yucaipa High School beginning at noon each day with carnival games, rides and more.
7/4, Fireworks – Fourth of July fireworks show at Yucaipa High School’s stadium with live music beginning at 6:15 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. See website for details.

 

Buster’s Destinations: A Dip in the Pool

Beat the scorching heat and dive into the cool waters of your local swimming pool! Summer temperatures in the San Bernardino Valley linger in the high 90s and can often exceed 100 degrees. The weather could have you feeling parched and defeated, but with a number of pools available locally, and the Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare, cooling down is a breeze!

Last week, Buster couldn’t wait to escape the 109 heat while out and about. He packed his towel and swim trunks in his Omnitrans 40th Anniversary drawstring backpack, hopped on Route 19, paid his discounted $1 fare, and headed for the 7th Street Pool in Yucaipa. Happy as a clam to be inside the air-conditioned bus, he put his headphones on and listened to his Summer playlist on Spotify while enjoying the ride.

At Yucaipa Blvd. and 7th St., Buster got off the bus and walked down the street to the Yucaipa City Swimming Pool. He paid a small fee for recreational swim, and summer was now fully in session! Buster was excited to make a splash and try out the new rockwall and waterslide at the pool while making new friends and taking poolside photos for his Instagram story! It was all fun in the sun indeed.

Buster also recommends the Jerry Lewis Family Swim Center in San Bernardino, serviced by Route 1! Other community swimming pools can be found here, courtesy of IEShineOn.com. Take advantage of our discounted Summer Youth Fare and plan your trip ahead online with our free Trip Planner online. Happy travels!

The special Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare discount is valid through the months of June and July. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip. The promotion is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including freeway express routes, OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

Omnitrans Selects Baysden as Director of Rail

Rail operations veteran Trischelle Baysden will lead Omnitrans’ new rail department as the transit agency prepares to launch Arrow passenger rail service in 2020, connecting Redlands and San Bernardino.

Baysden brings 25 years of experience in rail operations, including the past nine years at Metrolink commuter rail service, governed by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority. Her background includes a broad spectrum of knowledge including conducting, engineering, dispatching, scheduling, and federal compliance work.

Director of Rail Trischelle Baysden and Rail Safety & Compliance Officer Loretta Rains

Construction of the 9-mile Arrow line is being led by the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA). The Arrow will serve stations at the University of Redlands, downtown Redlands, New York St. near esri, at Tippecanoe Ave., and the multimodal San Bernardino Transit Center where passengers can make connections to take them throughout Southern California.  

“The startup of a new service will be new to me, so I am really looking forward to that challenge,” said Baysden. “That’s a milestone that some of us in the railroad industry aspire to. Launching a new service is a bucket list item and is the pie in the sky of achievements.”

Arrow trains will operate daily, arriving every 30 minutes at peak times, and 60 minutes off peak.  The service will use Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs). These hybrid rail type vehicles that use self-contained, clean diesel motors that convert power to electricity to run are cleaner, quieter, and cheaper to operate than the traditional locomotive-hauled coaches.  In addition, they have the flexibility to evolve to the next generation of all electric-powered vehicles, offering the first of its kind in California.

Director of Rail Baysden and Rail Safety & Compliance Officer Loretta Rains currently comprise the entire rail team at Omnitrans.  Their focus over the next year is to partner with SBCTA during construction and vehicle acquisition while developing the scope of work to select a firm to operate Arrow service for Omnitrans.

Baysden began her railroad career with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), working her way up from Brakeman/Footboard Yardmaster to Chief Dispatcher over the span of 16 years.  Baysden earned a Bachelor of Science in Business/Project Management from the University of Phoenix and in 2018 expects to complete a Master of Science in Transportation Management from the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.

Links:  Arrow/Redlands Passenger Rail Project