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Buses not in service on Memorial Day 2019

To remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country, Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

Omnitrans offices and the customer service call center will also be closed on this day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28th and buses will return to normal operating weekday schedules.

Omnitrans Celebrates Bike Month with Free Rides on Saturdays and a Bike Pit Stop!

This May, it’s all about the bikes! That’s correct – it’s National Bike Month, and Omnitrans is offering FREE rides to passengers on bicycles every Saturday in May. To take advantage of this offer, simply board with your bicycle.

Not only does a multi-modal commute integrating bicycling contribute to a more active lifestyle, it also benefits the environment and the air we breathe. Per the EPA, commuting by car produces nearly a pound of pollution for every mile, whereas riding a bike produces none. You do the math.

Omnitrans 40-foot buses hold two or three bicycles in the securement racks attached to the front exterior of the bus. The 60-foot sbX rapid transit vehicles will hold up to four bikes inside the rear section of the coach. Every year, Omnitrans transports approximately 250,000 bicycles, connecting cyclists from Omnitrans to Metrolink trains and neighboring transit agencies.

The free ride offer is subject to bike rack space availability and is applicable to all 35 Omnitrans bus routes including Freeway Express, sbX rapid transit, and OmniGo community shuttles. It is not applicable to Access paratransit service riders. To learn more about riding with your bike, visit Omnitrans.org.

Bicycle Pit Stop Event

Within Bike Month, there is Bike to Work! This year it is celebrated May 13-19, 2019. We invite bike commuters to pedal past traffic and swing by the Omnitrans “pit stop” on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 between 7-9 a.m. at the San Bernardino Transit Center!

The Inland Empire Biking Alliance (IEBA) and IECommuter will join Omnitrans in offering bike resources, refreshments, and swag to celebrate Bike to Work Week. The SBTC Bike Hubitat will also open up shop during the event to provide low-cost bike repairs and tune-ups. We look forward to seeing you (and your bikes) there!

 

 

sbX Bus Rapid Transit Marks 5 Years!

Five years ago, Omnitrans launched the sbX Green Line serving Loma Linda and San Bernardino on April 28, 2014, as one of the first bus rapid transit (BRT) lines in the nation. It was the first of its kind in the Inland Empire.

Ridership on sbX has grown from an average of just under 42,000 passengers per month in 2014 to nearly 70,000 per month so far in 2019. In all, over 3.4 million trips have been taken aboard the silver sbX 60-foot articulated coaches.

“We’re proud of the success of sbX,” said Omnitrans CEO P. Scott Graham.  “It demonstrates that investing in speedier transit options and enhanced station amenities will attract customers.”

To take a ride on sbX, visit Omnitrans.org for Green Line map and schedule of operations.

National #GetOnBoard Day 2019

Representing California’s 35th District, Congresswoman Norma Torres (third from right) supports National Get on Board Day.

Today we celebrate National Get on Board Day, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Get on Board Day is a national awareness and advocacy day highlighting the many ways public transit provides economic, social, cultural, environmental, and safety benefits for all Americans.

Get on board for public transit and sign the online petition to pledge your support for investments in public transportation in the United States!

A message from Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, representing California’s 47th Assembly District:

Why you should #GetOnBoard for public transportation (click to enlarge):

Ride Omnitrans and Save $2 on National Orange Show 2019 Fair Admission!

The National Orange Show Fair is back for its 104th year in May! Join us to talk transit and all good things San Bernardino in between carnival rides, after enjoying a pig race, even over funnel cake or a refreshing lemonade. To add to the fun, Omnitrans has partnered with the fair once again to offer $2 off admission coupons for Omnitrans riders.

The fair kicks off Wednesday, May 1st and ends Sunday, May 5th. To save on admission, simply ride any of our East Valley routes (1-29, 208, 290, and sbX) and grab a $2 off coupon onboard behind the driver’s seat. This coupon guarantees a $2 discount on admission and is valid only on Saturday, May 4th. Click here for fair opening and closing times, plus regular cost of admission.

While at the fair, come hang out with the Omnitrans squad at our booth on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday next to the Citrus Building! Buster the Bus, our friendly mascot, will be there meeting and greeting kids – and grown-ups – of all ages, and our attractive 1958 GMC vintage bus Old Blue will also be on site for you to step into for a transit ride back in time. Snap a selfie and make sure to tag @omnitrans!

Omnitrans provides direct service to the NOS fairgrounds via Route 2 and the sbX Green Line.

  • sbX operates every 10 to 15 minutes on weekdays, and every 20 minutes on Saturdays.
  • Route 2 runs hourly on weekdays, every 55 minutes on Saturdays, and every 30 minutes on Sundays.

You can easily connect to these routes at the San Bernardino Transit Center, located just a mile north of the events center. For a personalized trip, check out our Trip Planner online or call 1 (800) 966-6428 for assistance.

The National Orange Show is located at 689 S E St., San Bernardino, CA 92408.

Guide to May 2019 Service Changes

Time to “spring” into spring – and while you enjoy the warm weather and fun, why not let Omnitrans get you where you need to go? We’re making a few service changes effective Monday, May 6, 2019 that are designed to streamline your ride:

  • Route 2:  Minor time adjustments have been made on Saturdays.
  • Route 3:  Minor time adjustments have been made on weekdays.
  • Route 14:  Run times have been adjusted every day.
  • Route 19:  Eastbound 6:58 am trip has been eliminated on Sundays.
  • Route 22:  An end-of-the-line time point has been added at Alder Ave. and Casa Grande Dr. A time point has been added at Riverside and Cactus Aves. A time point at Riverside and Easton Aves. has been removed. Run times have been adjusted every day.
  • Route 61:  Run times have been adjusted every day.
  • Route 66:  A time point has been added at Foothill Blvd. and Cherry Ave. Run times have been adjusted every day.
  • Route 82:  Tripper service to Oleander and Santa Ana Aves. has been eliminated. Minor time adjustments have been made on weekdays.

Please keep in mind that minor adjustments also may have been made to other routes, so definitely check your Bus Book before making a trip. See you on board!

Omnitrans offers free mobile day pass for Earth Week 2019

Don’t normally ride transit? Be kind (and overall awesome) to the Earth and ride Omnitrans free any day the week of Earth Day – April 22-26, 2019!

Our transportation use is responsible for 26% of greenhouse gases emitted in the United States. Riding Omnitrans for just one day, instead of driving your car, cuts carbon emissions by 20 pounds. Over a year, that translates to nearly 5,000 pounds of emissions! Our fleet of 178 transit buses is powered by natural gas, resulting in less pollution, which means cleaner air for us all to breathe.

If we’ve convinced you to go green for Earth Week, here’s how to redeem your mobile 1-day pass:

  • Download the free Token Transit app by texting TOKEN to 41411 or click here from your smartphone.
  • Once your account is created, visit www.tokentransit.com/omniearthweek2019 to access the free pass beginning on April 22. One per person.
  • That’s it. That’s the trick. You’re ready to save on gas and leave your car at home. Simply flash your paperless pass to the driver when boarding Omnitrans.

But wait – there’s more! We want you to let the world know what you’re doing to honor it and help preserve it. Omnitrans will be giving away three pairs of Regal Cinemas movie tickets to randomly drawn winners. To participate:

  • Post a photo of your act of kindness to the planet on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, tagging @Omnitrans. This can be a selfie of you riding the bus or picking up trash at a bus stop or transit center, for example.
  • The picture must be shared during Earth Week, April 22-26, 2019. The three winners will be chosen and contacted on Monday, April 29, 2019.

For personalized trip planning assistance, use the online Trip Planner at Omnitrans.org, or give us a call at 1-800-966-6428. The free day pass is good on any of the Omnitrans bus routes, including sbX rapid transit and OmniGo community shuttles, but not on Access paratransit service.

If your transit commute requires train and bus, Metrolink is offering free rides on Monday, April 22, 2019. For those details, visit Metrolink.com.

How sbX Saturday Service Benefits Local College Student

For college students living on a tight budget, the cost of having a car can get a little steep. Luckily for Dominique E., Omnitrans and sbX rapid transit are at his service!

“I started riding Omnitrans in 2018, mostly to get to and from friends’ houses,” says Dominique. “These days, I use it mostly to get to school, work, and home. As a student at Valley College, I prefer the free ride. The bus gets you to and from your house and I can’t complain about that!”

With a nominal semester fee, Valley College students receive unlimited rides on Omnitrans through the GoSmart program, which Dominique says is a great benefit. Every day, he skates to the CSUSB platform where he rides sbX downtown to connect to Route 1 and get to campus.

“I’ve never been late to any of my classes,” he reveals. “I always plan ahead, so I typically have extra time to get to where I need to be. The biggest benefit I’ve received from riding is that transportation is not a strain on my wallet. It’s a big ease, especially as a student.”

Recently, sbX service expanded when Saturday service launched in January 2019. Having fast and frequent transportation on Saturdays has been a major advantage for Dominique, who lives near CSUSB and works at the Inland Center mall – both popular destinations along the sbX Green Line.

“sbX Saturday service has probably been the biggest leg up,” he says. “There is only a slight schedule change on weekends, but other than that, it’s a straight shot to work. It’s been huge, especially when it comes down to last-minute shift pick-ups. Before, I had to decline shifts on Saturdays, but now I can cover them and get to work quickly on sbX.”

While in school, Dominique has discovered his interest in talking with people and building relationships. He looks forward to transferring to Cal State University San Bernardino to get a bachelor’s degree in public relations and doing what he loves to do for a living – connecting with others.

In the meantime, he will continue to pursue his newfound hobby – photography – and riding the bus to class every day. “If I didn’t have the bus right now, I probably wouldn’t be able to go school,” he says. “I really appreciate Omnitrans. Without the reliable transportation, school would definitely be a bigger challenge.”

Ride the bus and get two free IE66ers baseball game tickets on Winning Wednesdays!

Root for the home team for free! We are partnering with the Inland Empire 66ers again this season to give Omnitrans riders two free tickets to any Winning Wednesday home game this season.

All you need to do is present your Omnitrans bus pass, ticket, or receipt* at the box office on Wednesdays to receive your admission to that day’s game. Token Transit mobile bus pass users are also eligible – just present your activated bus pass on your phone at the box office.

Winning Wednesdays Game Schedule:

  • April 10th vs. Modesto at 10:30 a.m.
  • April 24th vs. Rancho Cucamonga at 3:30 p.m.
  • May 1st vs. San Jose at 7:05 p.m.
  • May 22nd vs. Lancaster at 7:05 p.m.
  • June 5th vs. Lake Elsinore at 10:30 a.m.
  • June 26th vs. Lancaster at 7:05 p.m.
  • July 17th vs. Visalia at 7:05 p.m.
  • July 31st vs. Visalia at 7:05 p.m.
  • August 21st vs. Lancaster at 7:05 p.m.

Which of this season’s Winning Wednesdays will you be going to? Click here to plan your ride to San Manuel Stadium.

*Receipts are only provided for bus fare purchases made at ticket vending machines, not on board.

2019 Million Mile Club Coach Operators Recognized for Safe Driving Record

Omnitrans’ 2019 Million Mile Club drivers (from left to right): Mike Tarifi, Arturo Suarez, Peter Kerr, Albert Meraz, John Harrison (above), Karen Ramnarain, Samehesha Love, and Enrique Lipp. Not pictured: Sherron Filer.

Driving from here to the moon and back seems like an insurmountable distance. Now imagine doing that not once, but more than two times, without being in an accident! That is the equivalent of what it takes to join the prestigious Million Mile Club.

This month, the Omnitrans Board of Directors recognized our new members of the Club for their driving safety achievements. These dedicated coach operators have reached the prestigious million-mile mark by logging 25,000 driving hours over 12 years without a preventable accident. Our Two Million Mile Club drivers have completed 50,000 driving hours over the span of 25 years without a preventable accident.

“This is a tremendous milestone for these drivers,” says Director of Operations Shawn Brophy. “The criteria to hit the Million Mile Club is multi-faceted, and not an easy achievement. Safety is very important to the organization and to the public that we serve, and these drivers represent the best of the best when it comes to delivering on our mission to provide safe and reliable transportation.”

Each 2019 inductee received a special plaque, jacket, hat, belt buckle, certificate, a silver name plate, a day off with pay, and $500 in recognition of their great feat. The 2 Million Mile drivers received this, plus a bonus five-day cruise to Mexico including paid time off.

Congratulations to these drivers for setting the standard of excellence! We appreciate their commitment to safety as they connect our community.

Million Mile Club

  • Sherron Filer
  • John Harrison
  • Peter Kerr
  • Enrique Lipp
  • Samehesha Love
  • Albert Meraz
  • Karen Ramnarain

Two Million Mile Club

  • Arturo Suarez
  • Mike Tarifi