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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

Dailey New Chair of Omnitrans Board, Gilbreath Vice Chair

New Omnitrans Board Chair Ron Dailey.

(San Bernardino, CA)   Loma Linda Council Member Ron Dailey takes the helm of the Omnitrans Board of Directors on July 1, 2017.  Redlands Council Member Pat Gilbreath was elected Vice Chair at the June 7 Board meeting.  Both will serve a two-year term. 

Dailey succeeds outgoing Board Chair Sam Spagnolo, Mayor Pro Tem of Council Member of Rancho Cucamonga. The 20-member Omnitrans Board consists of the five County Board of Supervisors and elected officials representing each of the 15 cities Omnitrans serves.

“Omnitrans plays an influential role in our community” said Dailey, “Everyday, we safely transport thousands of people to work, school, shopping, medical appointments, recreation and back home again.  By adding express service and improving regional connections, we are working to make public transit a more attractive transportation option for all.”  

Dailey joined the Omnitrans Board in 2010, and served on the Board’s Administrative & Finance Committee in 2010 and 2011 and the Plans & Programs Committee from 2011 to present. He was first elected to the Loma Linda City Council in 2010.  Dailey is Dean of the School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University, where he has worked since 1975.

Gilbreath was on the Board from 2000 to 2007 and again from 2014 to present, and served as Board Chair from 2005 to 2007. Gilbreath also has a seat on the Board’s Administrative & Finance Committee. She was first elected to the Redlands City Council in 1993 and is a businesswoman with over 30-years as a certified public accountant.

Community input wanted for future service planning

To develop service that meets your wants, needs, and priorities, Omnitrans will be holding two rounds of public meetings this month. This is a component of the Omnitrans Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP), which sets policies related to bus routes, hours of service, frequency, types of service, fares and bus stop amenities for 2019-2025.

In this round of meetings, we invite you to our listening sessions to learn what the communities we serve desire in their transit provider. A second round of meetings will be held in spring 2018 to discuss proposed changes based on the comments the public provides in these meetings.

We look forward to seeing you and taking your constructive feedback! The schedule for the listening session meetings is as follows:

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017
San Bernardino

6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401

Redlands
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Redlands Mall Transfer Center
100 Redlands Mall, Redlands 92373

Highland
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Highland
Highland & Boulder Bus Stop, Highland, CA 92346

San Bernardino
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Omnitrans East Valley Office
1700 W. Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017
Montclair
6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Montclair Transit Center
5091 Richton Street, Montclair, CA 91763

Rancho Cucamonga
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Chaffey College Transit Center
5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737

Chino
2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Chino Transit Center
6th st. & Chino Ave, Chino, CA 91710

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
Fontana
6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Fontana Transit Center
Sierra Ave & Orange Way, Fontana, CA 92335

Colton
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Transfer Center
400 N Pepper Ave, Colton, CA 92324

Ontario
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Ontario Senior Center
225 East B St, Ontario, CA 91764

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
Ontario
6 a.m. -9 a.m. at Ontario Civic Center Transfer Center
Euclid  Ave. and Holt Blvd., Ontario, CA 91762

Ontario
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Ontario Mills Transfer Center
1 Mills Cir, Ontario, CA 91764

Montclair
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Montclair Transit Center
5091 Richton Street, Montclair, CA 91763

FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
San Bernardino
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017
Chino
6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Chino Transit Center
6th st. & Chino Ave, Chino, CA 91710

Yucaipa
4 p.m – 7 p.m. at Yucaipa Transit Center
5th St. & Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa, CA 92399

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017
San Bernardino
7 a.m. – 10 a.m. at San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401

Rialto
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Rialto
Foothill & Riverside Bus Stop, Rialto, CA 92376

Fontana
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Fontana Transit Center
Sierra Ave & Orange Way, Fontana, CA 92335

If you are unable to attend any of our public meetings, you may submit your comments via e-mail to tembi.tovar@omnitrans.org or by phone at 909-379-7150.

Dump the pump, ride freeway express free on June 15!

Omnitrans is inviting you to DUMP THE PUMP on Thursday, June 15, 2017! National Dump the Pump Day is a day to highlight the many benefits of using public transportation. Leave your car at home on this day and take advantage of our FREE ride coupon to use on any of our three Freeway Express routes.

It is fact that public transportation:

  • helps people save money on vehicle maintenance and other expenses. Did you know that a two-person household can save, on the average, $9,823 a year by downsizing to one car?
  • has a proven record of reducing congestion and travel time. In 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas.
  • reduces gasoline consumption and carbon footprint. One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.

Great! I look forward to dumping the pump and riding Omnitrans. How do I get a hold of the free ride coupon?

Look no further than the official Omnitrans app! The app can be downloaded from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

INSTRUCTIONS: Simply install the app, select the Free Ride tab on the menu bar, and present to the bus driver upon boarding the bus. 

The coupon is valid only on June 15th on Freeway Express Routes 208, 215, and 290. One per customer. No cash value. No print coupons will be accepted.

Buses not in service Memorial Day

Omnitrans offices and customer service call center will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day, and buses will not be in service. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30th and buses will return to normal operating schedules.

We remember and honor the sacrifices of all who have served, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who are still fighting. We thank you for your service.

Omnitrans Offers New Summer Discount for Youth

Riders 18 and under ride one-way for $1 in June and July!

Local youth can get around town a little cheaper this summer, thanks to a special discounted bus fare on Omnitrans. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip in June and July.

While Omnitrans offers Youth discounts on its 7- day and 31-day bus passes, there was not a youth discount for single trips until this summer. In comparison, the regular one-way cash rate is $1.75; a 1-day pass is $5.

“Summer is a great time to get out and explore,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams. “We hope the discounted summer youth fare will make it more affordable for youth and families to get to the community pool, the library, the mall or the movies.”

The discount is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including 26 local routes, three freeway express routes, five OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

During the traditional school year, Omnitrans averages nearly 40,000 youth trips per month. That drops to about half during the summer months.

Students who appear to be close to age 19 should be prepared to show bus drivers proof of age or a high school ID card to prove they are eligible for the discount.

Personalized routing assistance is available at 800-9-OMNIBUS (800-966-6428) or online at www.omnitrans.org.

Celebrate Bike Month with IE Biking Alliance Community Ride, Plus, Bike Hubitat Service Expands to Weekends!

Omnitrans and the Inland Empire Biking Alliance invite the community to celebrate Bike to Work Day with a “Try Your Bike” ride on Wednesday, May 24. The 9:00 a.m. ride is part of National Bike Month, an annual event designed to encourage people to experience the health, financial and environmental advantages of bicycling.

“It’s well known that using public transit benefits environmental, economic, and physical health,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams. “Biking to transit only enhances those benefits, and we’re pleased to partner with IEBA to introduce the community to the advantages of alternative commuting.”

The “Try Your Bike” ride will begin at the Caltrans office in San Bernardino, located at 464 West 4th St. It will travel a prescribed route around the downtown area, and will stop at the San Bernardino Transit Center at 599 W. Rialto Ave. for information on transit connections, refreshments, and a special FREE gift!

The San Bernardino Transit Center is home to the Bike Hubitat for cyclists, which offers consultation with IEBA volunteers and low-cost repair supplies on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. The Hubitat has been a popular success with riders that it will be extending its hours beginning in May, serving customers on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Also in celebration of National Bike Month, Omnitrans is sponsoring a photo contest. Anytime during the month of May, participants simply can take a selfie of themselves with their bike, including the hashtag #BikeNBus, to be eligible for gift card prizes.