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Mobile fares enhance the Omnitrans experience for commuter

Isaiah of San Bernardino, California has been riding Omnitrans less than a year, but in his short time doing so, has already discovered the plentiful benefits that public transportation provides to riders.

It was a chance encounter, when Isaiah was experiencing car trouble one day. Needing a ride to get to work in Ontario, Isaiah knew that the bus was available as an option, so he visited Omnitrans.org for the latest schedule and has since been making his weekly commute on Omnitrans!

“I’ve only been riding for a few months, but riding the bus is cool! It’s affordable and provides reliable transportation to work during the week. The drivers are very nice and patient with everybody. It’s been really good to me,” he shares with us while waiting for the bus at Ontario Mills one afternoon.

Monday through Friday, Isaiah hops on Freeway Express Route 290 at the San Bernardino Transit Center and gets off at Ontario Mills where he transfers to Route 61 for a short connection to his job site. “Traffic can be pretty stressful at this time of the day, but Freeway Express 290 is great because it can go in the carpool lane and it has limited stops which makes commuting less troublesome.”

Isaiah loads his activated bus pass on his smartphone to show the driver upon boarding Omnitrans.

The Omnitrans passenger service that Isaiah has enjoyed most recently has been our introduction of mobile fares via the Token Transit app. “I get a 7-day pass every week on Token Transit. It’s neat to be able pay with your phone and not have to worry about always having exact cash. I always had to have $18 cash to pay the driver for a pass, but having the mobile fare option has made riding so much easier because I can easily buy the pass with my debit card. And, you don’t need to worry about losing your bus pass, either, because it’s always in your phone.”

Isaiah would like to get a new car soon, but that doesn’t mean his journey with Omnitrans will have to come to an end. “Honestly, when I get a new car, I will continue to take the bus and leave my car at home during the week and only drive on the weekends. It’s more convenient because you don’t have to sit through traffic or spend more money on gas,” he reveals of his future transportation plans.

He also plans to enroll in classes at Valley College in San Bernardino, where he will be entitled to unlimited rides with our GoSmart program for students!

“I’d never ridden the bus before; I just looked up the bus schedules online one day when I needed a ride because my car broke down. I’d never had a reason to ride, but now I would recommend it to others, honestly. It’s affordable, reliable, and saves money,” says Isaiah as he boards Freeway Express 290 to head back home at the end of his work day. See you on the bus tomorrow, Isaiah!

Purchase Omnitrans paperless bus passes on your smartphone!

Omnitrans bus passes are moving into the digital age! To bring you a new, innovative way to ride the bus, starting today, you may purchase your Omnitrans bus passes on your smartphone. We have partnered with Token Transit, a free mobile app, to provide you with a simple, secure, and convenient way to experience Omnitrans.

Download free Token Transit app.

It’s easy to do! Simply download the free Token Transit app from your respective app store – Google Play for Android or the App Store for iOS devices such as iPhone or iPad. How to get started:

  • Use the download link available in the Omnitrans app
  • Text “TOKEN” to 41411 for a download link
  • Download the app directly from Google Play or the App Store from your device

Create your account.

Once you’ve installed the app, a short series of prompts will help you set up your new account. Please note that purchasing mobile passes requires you to use your credit or debit card. Cash still can be used to purchase physical bus passes at our retail outlets.

Select your rider type, desired fare, confirm, and purchase your bus pass.

Purchasing a bus pass on Token Transit is simple. Select the fare that you want (single-ride, 1-day, 7-day, or 31-day pass) and your rider category (full fare, senior/disability, youth or veteran).

Purchased passes are stored in the Pass Wallet.

After you’ve made your transaction, your purchased passes are stored in the app’s Pass Wallet.

Activate your bus pass when ready to ride.

Activate your pass only once you’re ready to ride. The single-ride option will be active only for 30 minutes from point of activation. The period of use for all other passes (1-day, 7-day, and 31-day) begins at the time of activation.

Activated bus pass color, image, and keyword will change daily along with live time stamp.

Once ready to ride, all you need to do is show your phone to the driver when boarding the bus so they can see your activated pass on the screen. Easy!


FOR A LIMITED TIME: Omnitrans is offering 50% off of your FIRST 7-Day or 31-Day purchase on Token Transit, valid now through December 31. You don’t want to miss out on this special savings deal!

Click here to read a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you experience technical issues, customer service for mobile passes will be handled directly by Token Transit. They can be contacted via the app under “Account Settings,” at 415-91-TOKEN (86536), or at help@tokentransit.com.

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Local Vets encouraged to get military I.D. cards in preparation for new Veterans fare

In appreciation of the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces, Omnitrans is honored to offer veterans a new discounted fare and bus passes beginning January 5, 2015. The new Veterans fare will be accepted on all Omnitrans routes including the sbX rapid line, 215 freeway express, 25 local bus routes, and 5 OmniGo community shuttle routes. It is not valid for Access ADA curb-to-curb service.

VETERAN FARE PRICES

Veterans will be able to purchase veteran passes for 50% less than the full fare. The cost of the new veteran passes will be:

  • Cash $0.75
  • Day Pass $2.25
  • 7-Day Pass $8.00
  • 31-Day Pass $27.50.

DISCOUNT ELIGIBILITY WITH PROPER I.D.

Under the new policy, veterans are required to show a valid Veterans ID card while boarding in order to receive discounted fare. Acceptable ID cards include:

County Veteran ID cards are available at the Hesperia, Rancho Cucamonga, and San Bernardino offices of Veterans Affairs free of charge.

Active duty military

Active duty military personnel may ride Omnitrans buses for free, excluding Access curb-to-curb service. They must wear the appropriate uniform at the time of boarding and present a valid U.S. Unformed Services ID card indicating active service or a Common Access card indicating uniformed services or active duty.

Buying bus passes from ticket vending machines


Did you know that all of our Omnitrans bus passes can be purchased from ticket vending machines at any our sbX stations? All you need is a credit or debit card. This how-to video will walk you through the process so you know exactly what to expect. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Best of all, you can use your Omnitrans bus pass to ride both Omnitrans buses AND our new sbX Green Line. That’s two great rides for the price of one! Try out one of our ticket vending machines and climb aboard today.

KGGI's Kid Jay checks out a ticket vending machine at an sbX station platform

KGGI’s Kid Jay checks out a ticket vending machine at an sbX station platform

 

Stater Bros stops pass sales July 1st

Beginning July 1st, Stater Bros will no longer offer bus passes for sale in their grocery stores. However, Omnitrans passengers will still be able to purchase passes from other great local vendors. Click here for the complete list of pass outlets.

Omnitrans also offers bus passes for sale in our convenient online store. You can choose to have your passes mailed directly to your door or to our San Bernardino office for easy pick-up.

Save more with 31-Day passes
Do you ride the bus five or more days a week? Why pay $4 a day full fare when you can buy a 31-Day Bus Pass for just $47? That’s a savings of up to $77 per month or $924 per year! You can ride as often as you like and never have to worry about having the correct cash fare. Additional discounts are also available for students and seniors. Click here for order details.

Dump the pump, ride FREE!

RIDE FREE!
As an incentive to new riders, Omnitrans is offering a coupon redeemable for a free bus ride on June 20th. The coupon can be found in the Sunday, June 16th edition of The Sun/Daily Bulletin. It is also available as a PDF download on the Omnitrans website.  

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE RIDE COUPON!

Last year Omnitrans saw nearly 53,000 boardings on Dump The Pump Day, the highest on record for that day in the past five years.

WIN A DUMP THE PUMP PRIZE PACK!
Have you dumped the pump for public transit? Tell us why in 50 words or less and you will be entered into a drawing to win one of four Dump the Pump prize packs. Each pack includes a $25 grocery gift card, a 7-Day bus pass, an Omnitrans baseball cap, sports tote, flashlight keychain and NexTrip phone pouch! You might also be selected to be a featured rider in a blog article. Contest begins on June 4th and ends on June 20th. Click here to enter.

WHY DUMP THE PUMP?
Thursday, June 20th is national Dump The Pump Day, a day that encourages people to save money by riding public transportation instead of driving a car.

Riding public transit is an economical way to save money, particularly when gas prices are high. The latest APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two person household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – more than $9,700 a year.

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.

Stater Bros at 4th St. Transit Center to close

Those of you who purchase bus passes at the Stater Bros on 648 W. 4th Street (4th Street Transit Center), please note that the store will be closing permanently on May 5th.

The closest alternative bus pass outlet in that area is Superior Grocers at 1108 W. 2nd Street. You can also click here to order Omnitrans bus passes from our online store.