Category Archives: Bus Pass

Get A Free Bus Ride for Your Birthday

 

Thanks for your interest in the Omnitrans Free Birthday Pass. This promotion ended on December 28, 2012. For news, promotions, and bus schedule information, please visit our website at http://www.omnitrans.org

Save $77 with an Omnitrans 31-Day Pass

One of big reasons people choose to ride public transit is the money they save in car maintenance and gas.

But did you know that regular riders can save even more money by buying a 31-Day Bus Pass? It’s a discount of 61% over our daily full fare!

And when measured against other local bus agencies, Omnitrans is still the best value around at $47. In comparison, Riverside Transit Agency‘s 30-Day Pass is $50, while LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority‘s is $75.

So take advantage of our 31-Day Pass discount. Think of all the cool things you could do with that $77 you’ll save over daily fares!

Agency
Daily
Monthly Pass
Savings
Omnitrans
$4
$47 (31-Days)
61%
RTA
$4
$50 (30-Days)
58%
LA Metro
$5
$75 (30 Days)
38%

Enter our contest for a chance to win a free bike valued at $900!

You could win a 2012 Charge Zester Fitness Bike!

On Wednesday, August 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Omnitrans will hosting a community celebration to introduce its new brand identity. The event is at Omnitrans’ 4th Street Transfer Center San Bernardino, on the south side of 4th Street, between F & G Streets, in the Carousel Mall parking area. View details here.

The public is invited to view the latest additions to our fleet, the New Flyer Xcelsior buses, sporting updated vehicle graphics with our new colors and logo. A standout feature of the new buses is the much anticipated triple bike rack, which will allow the vehicles to transport three bikes instead of the normal two.

To celebrate, Performance Bicycle in Ontario is partnering with Omnitrans to sponsor a Rack ‘N Roll bike contest at the event, where participants will enter for a chance compete in a timed race to load a bike onto the rack.

Entry/practice time is between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.  Participants not selected to compete will be entered into a second chance drawing. You must be present at the time of the drawing in order to win.

Bike contest prizes include:

  • First Prize: 2012 Charge Zester Fitness Bike or equivalent exchange ($900 value)
  • Second Prize : $150 Performance Bicycle gift card
  • Third Prize : Two Omnitrans 31-Day Bus Passes ($94 value)
  • “Second Chance” Drawing Prize: $50 Performance Bicycle gift card
  • Entry Prize:  All entrants will receive an Omnitrans 1-Day Pass ($4 value)

About performance bicycles

Performance Bicycles is America’s leading multi-channel bicycle dealer, successfully serving cyclists’ needs for 30 years. With an unrivaled inventory of more than 10,000 products available through their catalog and website, and a continuing commitment to providing value, education, expert advice and professional service to the cycling community, they are the premier destination for people who love to ride bikes.

Homeless newlyweds get fresh start with Omnitrans

Homeless newlyweds used Omnitrans to help them overcome homelessnessThree years ago Corey and Maryrose Boggs were homeless and living on the streets in San Bernardino County. Omnitrans played a key role in their journey to self-sufficiency.

Corey was 19 and Maryrose was 18 when they met on the Internet and fell in love. However, there were major complications to overcome. Corey was living in Chicago and had recently lost his job. His plan was to find work and save up money for six months so the two could meet in person and get married. To Maryrose, that felt like an eternity. Unable to wait, she held a garage sale, sold most of her belongings and flew to Chicago to be with Corey.

Four days later, they got married at Corey’s uncle’s house church, Potter’s Field Ministries, in Bridgeview, IL. When they flew back to California, they faced less than ideal circumstances as they bounced from place to place, living briefly with relatives, staying at homeless  shelters, and working for a short time at a Christian-based farm for room and board. “”We even slept in a bush for a short time,”” laughed Corey. ””You can tell a woman really loves you when she’s willing to live with you in a bush!””

With little money and few resources, the two relied heavily on public transit to help them overcome their circumstances. “We used Omnitrans to do everything,” said Maryrose. “We rode the bus to get to the library to do job searches, to the Salvation Army so that we could shower and to the plasma center so we could donate plasma to get money for food and fares. For a while we even rode Omnitrans out to Crafton Hills College and used their library computers to take online college classes.”

At one point the couple posted an ad to Craig’s List, asking for a bus pass donation just so they could keep going. A good Samaritan responded, meeting them at an outlet, and buying both of them a 31-Day pass. It was an amazing and unexpected gift for the grateful pair. “The man told us he’d been through hard times himself,” said Corey. “And that he felt it was important that we all look out for one another.”

This October, Corey and Maryrose celebrate their third wedding anniversary. The two now live happily in a nice apartment in Illinois where Corey works in sales doing door-to-door marketing. He plans on going back to school and finishing his business degree. He offers two pieces of advice to others who find themselves out on the street.

“Don’t be an idiot and decide to do drugs. You need a straight mind to find a job and get out of your situation. There’s so many things you need to think about all the time. For instance you can’t shower just anywhere, and it’s a lot harder to get work if you’re dirty. You have to be able to find the resources you need to get help. Also, take advantage of public transportation in your area. Omnitrans was a huge lifesaver for us and opened the door to more opportunities. If you can, invest in a 31-Day Bus Pass. We did a lot of one day at a time passes, but it is so much cheaper if you can buy the longer passes. You will save a lot of money that way.””

“And have faith. Being together was always the most important thing for us,” added Maryrose. “We trusted in God and our love for each other.”

Corey agrees. “I can say with 100% certainty that our future is solid. When you’ve gone through living on the street together, you know there is nothing you can’t survive as a couple.”

– Juno Kughler Carlson

“Infinite Love” symbolized Maryrose and Corey’s love and commitment to each other

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Buster’s Destinations: Hooray for Hollywood

Hooray!  It’s Dump the Pump Day and Buster is already out and about, sending photos of his adventures back to us in the office today.  Since Buster had a meeting in Los Angeles, he thought it would be a great idea to show everyone how easy it is to use public transportation to avoid what can be a very challenging commute.  Buster is very ANTI road rage.

Buster’s hopped on Omnitrans Route 1, to get to the San Bernardino depot.  Normally when boarding Omnitrans, Buster would flash his 7-Day or 31-Day pass, but today he used his Dump the Pump FREE RIDE coupon, good for today, June 21 only.  He caught an early morning Metrolink train to Los Angeles’ Union Station, which cost only $23.50 for a round trip ticket. By accessing Metrolink’s schedules on his cell phone, he was able to plan his trip ahead of time.  During the journey to L.A.’s Union Station, Buster made the most of his time by doing some work on his laptop.   Riding in the “quiet car” made it easy.

At L.A.’s Union Station, Buster transferred to MTA’s Red Line to get to his destination.  Since Metrolink train tickets are good for a free transfer to any Metro light rail or Metro bus, Buster saved even more money on his trip, which allowed him to purchase a souvenir map to several celebrity homes, using public transportation of course.  Along the way, he noted the interesting stops:  Civic Center, 7th & Figueroa, Hollywood & Highland and more.  Buster realized he could easily visit the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, catch a Lakers or a Kings game at Staples Center or take in a play at the Pantages Theater-all using public transportation.  What fun!

After work, Buster will use the Red Line and transfer at Union Station to Metrolink.  Since his commute time is smack dab in the middle of the dinner hour, Buster has informed us that he will disembark at the Montclair Transfer Center and grab dinner at The Hat in Upland, using Omnitrans Route 66.

He’s promised to bring back a “Los Angeles in Winter” snow globe us.

–Janice Kuhn

Omnitrans is pleased to participate in the 7th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. Dump the Pump is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association to encourage the public to give up their car for the day and use public transportation. In recognition of Dump the Pump day, Omnitrans will offer free rides on all fixed routes on June 21 (free ride coupon required).  To download your free ride coupon, visit us on omnitrans.org.

 

Omnitrans free ride coupon for June 21st


Looking for ways to save money? Why not ditch the car for a day and give public transit a try? Thursday, June 21st is national Dump the Pump Day. To celebrate,  Omnitrans is offering a coupon redeemable for unlimited free bus rides that day on all their local fixed routes. Visit our website to download your free ride coupon!

Imagine what you could do with an extra $9,436 a year.

  • A two-person household can save, on average, more than $10,000 a year by downsizing to one car.
  • A 31-Day Bus Pass is $47. Unlimited bus rides for one year is only $564!

By saving an extra $60 a week, you could go for dinner and a movie.

  • The average American spends approximately $75 on a tank of gas each week.
  • With a 7-Day Bus Pass you receive unlimited bus rides for one week for only $15!

Taking the bus keeps you fiscally AND physically fit.

  • A recent study by the Center For Disease Control found that people who take the bus on a daily basis log 25 minutes of exercise each day by walking to and from the bus stop.
  • If you walked at a brisk pace, you’d burn over 100 calories.
  • Doing this four times a week could result in a 6 pound weight loss each year – without changing your diet one iota!

Lose the stress and  join the ranks of relaxed commuters.

  • Just think how great you’d feel not having to fight traffic, deal with aggressive or unpredictable drivers, or worry about parking.
  • You can relax, read, listen to tunes on your iPod, or leisurely catch up with emails or paperwork.

State employees eligible for mass transit discounts

If you are a California state employee, you could be eligible for a 75% discount on public transit passes up to a maximum of $65 per month. Contact your department or agency Transportation Coordinator to find out more about and the Commute Program Benefit. You can also visit the California Department of General Services for information and rules regulating Transit Vouchers.