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Omnitrans buses not operating on Christmas Day 2018 or New Year’s Day 2019

The holidays are just around the corner! As you plan your travel this month, keep in mind that Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25. Bus service will resume on Wednesday, December 26. Our administrative offices and customer service center will also be closed on Tuesday, December 25 in observance of the holiday.

The following week, buses will not be in service on Tuesday, January 1, 2018, New Year’s Day. Our administrative offices and customer service center will also be closed on this day. Bus service and office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2.

Thank you for another wonderful ride this year. Omnitrans wishes you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

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Wayfinding signage makes navigating the SBTC easier

Notice anything new around the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC) this week?

With all of the new services and regional connections offered, it can be a little confusing getting around the SBTC. Well, that stress will be reduced now because Omnitrans has a solution to better suit your needs and make connecting at the SBTC easier.

New, vibrantly color-coded wayfinding signage has come to the SBTC and is visible on posts throughout the center to help you make your way around. The directional signs indicate areas like the parking lot, the Metrolink train platforms, bus stops and customer service lobby.

We hope this helps make your travel simple next time you connect at the San Bernardino Transit Center. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Detours scheduled in Colton, Fontana, Rialto, Redlands, San Bernardino and Yucaipa December 8th

‘Tis the season, officially! Due to Christmas parades and celebrations this Saturday, December 8, 2018 in the cities of Colton, Fontana, Rialto, Redlands, San Bernardino and Yucaipa, a few of our local routes will be detouring temporarily. Detours, routes affected, and times of street closures are listed below. Don’t forget to plan ahead if traveling this Saturday in these cities!


COLTON CHRISTMAS PARADE

Route 1

December 8, 2018

5pm through 11:00pm

Streets closed: La Cadena Dr. between O St. and E St.

Northbound from Valley:

  • Left on Pennsylvania
  • Right on C Street
  • Right on 9th Street
  • Left on Valley, resume route

Southbound from Valley:

  • Right on 9th Street
  • Left on C Street
  • Left on Pennsylvania
  • Right on Valley, resume route

Route 19

December 7-8, 2018

5pm through 11:00pm

Streets closed: La Cadena Dr. between O St. and E St.

Eastbound from C Street:

  • Right on 9th Street
  • Left on Valley
  • Right on Mt. Vernon, resume route

Westbound from Mt. Vernon:

  • Left on Valley
  • Right on 9th Street
  • Left on C Street, resume route

FONTANA CHRISTMAS PARADE

Route 10

December 8, 2018

9:30am through 11:00am

Streets closed: Sierra between Upland and Randall; Merrill between Olive and Mango; Arrow between Juniper & Mango

Eastbound from Orange:

  • Right into Metrolink
  • Left on Orange
  • Right on Juniper
  • Left on Arrow, resume route

Westbound from Juniper:

  • Left on Orange, layover on Orange

Route 14

December 8, 2018

9:30am through 11:00am

Streets closed: Sierra between Upland and Randall; Merrill between Olive and Mango; Arrow between Juniper & Mango

Eastbound from Orange:

  • Right into Metrolink
  • Left on Orange
  • Right on Juniper
  • Right on Foothill, resume route

Westbound from Foothill:

  • Cross Sierra
  • Left on Juniper
  • Left on Orange, layover on Orange

Route 15

December 8, 2018

9:30am through 11:00am

Streets closed: Sierra between Upland and Randall; Merrill between Olive and Mango; Arrow between Juniper & Mango

Eastbound from Orange:

  • Right into Metrolink
  • Left on Orange
  • Right on Juniper
  • Right on Foothill
  • Right on Alder, resume route

Westbound from Alder:

  • Left on Foothill
  • Left on Juniper
  • Left on Orange, layover on Orange

Route 19

December 8, 2018

9:30am through 11:00am

Streets closed: Sierra between Upland and Randall; Merrill between Olive and Mango; Arrow between Juniper & Mango

Eastbound from Metrolink Station:

  • Left on Orange
  • Left on Juniper
  • Left on Randall
  • Right on Sierra, resume route

Westbound from Sierra:

  • Left on Randall
  • Right on Juniper
  • Right on Orange
  • Right into Metrolink Station

Route 61

December 8, 2018

9:30am through 11:00am

Streets closed: Sierra between Upland and Randall; Merrill between Olive and Mango; Arrow between Juniper & Mango

Eastbound from San Bernardino:

  • Right on Juniper
  • Left on Marygold
  • Left on Sierra
  • Left on Randall
  • Right on Juniper
  • Right on Orange, resume route

Westbound from Metrolink:

  • Left on Orange
  • Left on Juniper
  • Left on San Bernardino
  • Right on Sierra, resume route

Route 66

December 8, 2018

9:30am through 11:00am

Streets closed: Sierra between Upland and Randall; Merrill between Olive and Mango; Arrow between Juniper & Mango

Eastbound from Foothill:

  • Right on Juniper
  • Left on Orange, layover on Orange

Westbound from Metrolink:

  • Left on Orange
  • Right on Juniper
  • Left on Foothill, resume route

Route 82

December 8, 2018

9:30am through 11:00am

Streets closed: Sierra between Upland and Randall; Merrill between Olive and Mango; Arrow between Juniper & Mango

Eastbound from Sierra:

  • Left on Randall
  • Right on Juniper
  • Right on Orange, into Metrolink
  • Left on Orange
  • Right on Juniper
  • Right on Foothill
  • Left on Sierra, resume route

Westbound from Sierra:

  • Right on Foothill
  • Left on Juniper
  • Left on Orange, into Metrolink
  • Left on Orange
  • Left on Juniper
  • Left on Randall
  • Right on Sierra, resume route

RIALTO CHRISTMAS PARADE

Route 14

December 8, 2018

6pm through 9pm

Streets closed: Riverside between Foothill & Merrill

Eastbound from Foothill:

  • Right on Willow
  • Left on Merrill
  • Left on Sycamore
  • Right on Foothill, resume route

Westbound from Foothill:

  • Left on Sycamore
  • Right on Merrill
  • Right on Willow
  • Left on Foothill, resume route

Route 22

December 8, 2018

6pm through 9pm

Streets closed: Riverside between Foothill & Merrill

Northbound from Riverside:

  • Right on Merrill
  • Left on Sycamore
  • Left on Foothill
  • Right on Riverside, resume route

Southbound from Riverside:

  • Left on Foothill
  • Right on Sycamore
  • Right on Merrill
  • Left on Riverside, resume route

YMCA/SAN BERNARDINO CHRISTMAS PARADE

Route 1

December 8, 2018

7:30am through 1pm

Streets closed: Highland between Valencia and Golden

Northbound from Waterman:

  • Right on Highland
  • Left on Valencia
  • Right on 30th/Lynnwood, resume route

Southbound from Highland:

  • Right on Del Rosa
  • Left on Lynnwood/30th
  • Left on Valencia
  • Right on Highland
  • Left on Waterman, resume route

Route 3

December 8, 2018

7:30am through 1pm

Streets closed: Highland between Valencia and Golden

Westbound from Highland:

  • Right on Del Rosa
  • Left on Lynnwood/30th
  • Left on Valencia
  • Right on Highland, resume route

Route 4

December 8, 2018

7:30am through 1pm

Streets closed: Highland between Valencia and Golden

Eastbound from Highland:

  • Left on Valencia
  • Right on Lynnwood
  • Right on Del Rosa
  • Left on Highland, resume route

YUCAIPA CHRISTMAS PARADE

Route 19

December 8, 2018

10am through 3pm

Streets closed: Yucaipa Blvd.

Eastbound from Yucaipa Blvd.:

  • Left on Oak Glen
  • Right on 5th
  • Right into Yucaipa Transit Center

Westbound from Yucaipa Transit Center:

  • Left on 5th
  • Left on Oak Glen
  • Right on Yucaipa Blvd., resume route

Steps to loading bikes on new bike racks

Hey Omnitrans bike riders, look what’s new on your favorite buses! That’s right, upgraded bike racks that securely hold not two, but THREE bikes all at once. With four easy steps to follow, you’ll be on your way to your next destination in no time!

Bus racks on our entire fleet will be upgraded over time, but you can check them out on 24 new buses so far. Follow these four easy steps to properly place your bike onto the rack:

EASY LOADING STEPS

Step 1: Squeeze to unlock into position

Step 2: Load front wheel

Step 3: Secure front wheel

Step 4: Reverse steps to unload bike. Raise the bike rack to stowed position after use.

Omnitrans Hires New Director of Operations Shawn Brophy

Shawn Brophy has joined Omnitrans as Director of Operations, bringing over 25 years of experience in the transit industry.  He fills a vacancy left by his predecessor, Diane Caldera, who retired in September.

Brophy’s career includes time in both the private and public sectors. He was employed by MV Transportation for the last six years, most recently filling the role of Quality Assurance Director at North County Transit District in San Diego County, California.

“We believe Shawn’s strong background, experience and work ethic will bring the leadership skills needed to address the changing demands of our transit system,” said Omnitrans CEO/General Manager P. Scott Graham.

At Omnitrans, Brophy will oversee a department of more than 480 employees including over 400 coach operators.  The agency directly operates 30 bus routes which transport over 36,000 passengers on a typical weekday.

“I was attracted to the agency and the direction it is heading in, integrating a multi-modal platform with the forthcoming Arrow rail system,” said Brophy. “Omnitrans is very technologically advanced and is investing in its future. It is a great organization and I am excited about this opportunity.”

Interested in starting a career with Omnitrans? View current job openings online at Omnitrans.org and apply.

Ride Omnitrans to the 26th Annual Festival of Lights in Riverside

Every year, thousands of people throughout Southern California visit the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Downtown Riverside for the annual Festival of Lights. The holiday extravaganza switches its lights on this Friday, November 23, 2018 for a free, six-week-long run featuring one of the largest light spectacles in the country.

Residents from the San Bernardino Valley may experience the beloved tradition and avoid traffic and parking fees by riding Omnitrans Freeway Express Route 215 to Downtown Riverside’s Metrolink Station. There, a free shuttle awaits courtesy of Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), which will give you a lift to the festival every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Refer to the map below for shuttle details and location. For Omnitrans Route 215 schedules & info, click here.

Map courtesy of RTA.

Donate to the Spark of Love Toy Drive 2018

Help brighten the holidays for underserved youth throughout our local community by donating a toy to the 2018 Spark of Love Toy Drive on Friday, November 30, 2018!

Join Omnitrans, ABC7, and Southern California Firefighters for Stuff-A-Bus at Mathis Brothers Furniture, located at 4105 Inland Empire Blvd, Ontario, CA 91764, from 5 a.m.-6 p.m. Each year, community members and organizations stuff buses with new, unwrapped toy donations, each gift sure to put a smile on the face of a child in need in the Inland Empire.

Omnitrans staff and San Bernardino County firefighters load buses with toy donations. When the event ends, the buses transport all toys to a local warehouse, where they are distributed to kids and youth within our community. This will be Omnitrans’ 12th year  participating in the Stuff-A-Bus toy drive!

In 2017, over 10 buses were filled with toys as Spark of Love supporters donated generously and enjoyed music and food. Attendees also had the opportunity to meet their favorite ABC news reporters, take a close-up look at the ABC7 news-copter, City of Ontario firetrucks and SWAT vehicles, and even greet Santa Claus!

Click here for photos of Stuff-A-Bus 2017.

If you would like to donate to the toy drive, but are unable to attend Stuff-A-Bus, you still have the opportunity to give. Donations may be dropped off at Omnitrans headquarters in San Bernardino through Thursday, November 29th.

Because there tend to be fewer donations for teens, suggested donation items include watches, jewelry, cameras, sunglasses, earphones, cellphone cases, skateboards, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, purses/bags, blow dryers, and flat irons.

Toy donations may also be dropped off at any local fire station in San Bernardino County, and money gifts toward the cause also may be made online. All money raised will go toward toy or sports equipment purchases for underserved children. Click here to donate online!

Omnitrans is located at 1700 W. Fifth Street San Bernardino, CA 92411. For office hours of operation to the public please click here.

Win two free tickets to the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario 2018-19 season!

As Thanksgiving approaches, along with a big thank you for riding, we offer you the special chance to win tickets to any home game for the local NBA G League team, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario!

Omnitrans is a proud sponsor of the Agua Caliente Clippers, and we want to celebrate this new partnership by giving away six pairs of free ticket vouchers good for any game of the 2018-19 season.

Yes, you read that correctly – any home game of the 2018-19 season held at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

To enter this giveaway for a chance to win:

  • Leave a comment below telling us what you guess the final Clippers score will be for the game on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 as the AC Clippers take on the South Bay Lakers.

Example: I predict the Clippers score will be 89!

HINT: The past couple of games have been in the high triple digits, ranging anywhere from 97-129 points. View past scores this season here.

If there are no correct guesses, we will choose the six closest to the final Clippers score scored without going over. If there are more than six tied, we will randomly select the winners. We limit one entry per person, so be sure to tell family and friends to also comment below with their guesses to increase your odds of winning!

To qualify, your entry must include an e-mail address that we can use to contact you if you win. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, November 21st at 12:00 p.m. Winner must be able to pick up ticket vouchers from Omnitrans. Arrangements can be made when we contact the winners.

Good luck, and go AC Clippers!

Buses not in service on Thanksgiving Day 2018

In observance of Thanksgiving Day, Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Thursday, November 22, 2018. The 1-800-9-OMNIBUS customer service line and administrative offices will also be closed on this day.

Regular bus service will resume the following day, Friday, November 23. The customer service center will also re-open, but administrative offices will be remain closed until the following Monday.

From the Omnitrans family to you, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Bus detours scheduled in San Bernardino on Veterans Day 2018

Several Omnitrans routes will be detouring temporarily in San Bernardino on Sunday, November 11, 2018 as we honor our veterans during the City of San Bernardino 18th Annual Veterans Day Salute & Parade.

Streets closed during the parade include D Street, 2nd Street, Sierra Way, 7th Street, and 8th Street. Detours will be in effect from 7 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. for the routes listed below.

Remember to plan ahead if your route is affected by this route detour.

Route 1
Northbound from San Bernardino Transit Center:

  • Right on Rialto
  • Left on Sierra Way
  • Right on 2nd
  • Left on Allen
  • Left on 3rd

Southbound from Sierra Way:

  • Left on 3rd
  • Right on Allen
  • Right on Rialto
  • Left into San Bernardino Transit Center

Route 3
Eastbound from San Bernardino Transit Center:

  • Right on Rialto
  • Left on Allen
  • Left on 3rd
  • Right on Sierra Way
  • Left on 5th

Route 4
Westbound from Arrowhead:

  • Left on 5th
  • Right on Sierra Way
  • Left on 3rd
  • Right on Allen
  • Right on Rialto

Route 7
Northbound from San Bernardino Transit Center:

  • Right on Rialto
  • Left on Allen
  • Left on 3rd
  • Right on Sierra Way

Southbound from Sierra Way:

  • Left on 3rd
  • Right on Allen
  • Right on Rialto
  • Left into San Bernardino Transit Center

Route 11
Northbound from San Bernardino Transit Center:

  • Right on Rialto
  • Left on E St.
  • Right 9th St.
  • Left on D St.

Southbound from D St.:

  • Right on 9th
  • Left on E St.
  • Right on Rialto
  • Left into San Bernardino Transit Center

Route 15
Eastbound from San Bernardino Transit Center:

  • Right on Rialto
  • Left on Allen
  • Right on 3rd

Westbound from 3rd:

  • Right on 9th
  • Left on Allen
  • Right on Rialto
  • Left on San Bernardino Transit Center