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Two great nights of baseball with Buster & Omnitrans

Join our Omnitrans mascot, Buster the Bus, for two spectacular nights of baseball this month. It’s fun for the whole family! Take your picture with Buster and spin our Wheel of Fortune for cool prizes.


Inland 66ers Baseball — August 18th, 2012

  • Inland 66ers versus the Lancaster JetHawks at the San Manuel Stadium
  • Don’t miss the Albert Pujols Kid’s Jersey Giveaway for the first 1,500 Kids (14 & under)
  • Enjoy a movie and games at the ballpark for Family Sleepover night.
  • Tickets & Info:  http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t401

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Baseball – August 25th, 2012

  • Rancho Cucamonga Quakes versus the San Jose Giants at The Epicenter
  • Enjoy a post-game Fireworks Spectacular!
  • Join the Quakes in honoring First Responders from around the community!
  • Tickets & Info: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t526

Kick’n It At Regal Cinemas

When Buster heard that Regal Cinemas San Bernardino Stadium 14 would be opening in downtown San Bernardino, he honked his horn in delight.  A new movie theater in his own home town!  He could get there on Route 14 in no time at all.

Located just a hop, skip and jump from the 4th Street Transfer Center on 450 N. E Street in downtown San Bernardino, Regal Cinemas offered everything that a little bus mascot would want:  Easy access to Omnitrans bus stops, stadium style seating, to accommodate Buster’s
“ junk in the trunk” and an ultra-awesome snack bar.

Although Regal Cinemas officially opens Friday, June 29, Buster enjoyed one of the sneak peak showings earlier this week.  He saved some time by purchasing his ticket at one of the fully-automated ticket stands.   Buster loved the little whirring sound of the ticket dispensary.  Then, he carefully selected his snacks from the amazingly well-stocked concession stand and trundled off to enjoy his movie.

Buster was delighted to find that the theater offered RPX, (the Regal Premium Experience), which promised a breathtaking IMMERSIVE 3D experience, high-impact GIANT SCREENS and powerful, uncompressed SURROUND SOUND. And it was true.   It was as if he was REALLY THERE INSIDE THE MOVIE!  Buster had to hang on the retractable cup holder a few times to keep from falling out of his seat!

Buster had such a great time that he signed up for the Regal Crown Club loyalty program, which rewards frequent moviegoers.  He also made plans to come for the Summer Movie Express program, where select G or PG rated movies are screened for only a dollar at 10 AM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Regal Cinemas is going to be a great destination that Buster will add to his growing number of fun summer activities.   After all, what would summer be without a blockbuster movie?  Like an ice cream cone without ice cream.  Or pool without water.  Or a mascot without a dance move.

–Janice Kuhn

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.

 

Buster’s Destinations: Library Adventures

Everyone enjoys a good summer book or two to read by the pool and Buster is no different.  After all, he does spend a lot of time at the Ruben Campos Community Center, getting some sun by the pool, and reading the Bus Book cover to cover might get old even for Buster.  So, one sunny day he boarded the Route 15 and traveled to the Sam J. Racadio Library in Highland to stock up on reading material.

After perusing the children’s books, he settled on a few favorites:  I Need My Monster, Where the Sidewalk Ends and his favorite Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.

After checking out the library’s calendar, he was amazed to learn that there’s more happening in the library than just books.  For instance, there is the Animal Ambassadors program, Fridays 3:30 – 4:00pm, where children can learn, touch, and feel rescued animals and insects.  Oh my!  And Movie Nights with a different featured film every Tuesday!  He also thought the “Better Biking With a Biker” program, happening the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM, would be right up his alley, since Buster uses his bike and Omnitrans to get around town.

Buster was so excited about the library that he hopped back on the Route 15 and visited the A.K. Smiley  Public Library in Redlands.  He was just in time for Library Days on June 15 and 16, which features a special exhibit of rare items and treasures about Redlands, the local area, and Southern California from 10am to 5pm.  He wanted to take part in the “Library Discovery” game, and perhaps sit in on the readings for kids from rare children’s stories of Old.  He might even go back for Pajama Story Time on Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. The choices!

Buster’s trip library trips were so fun that he made a note in his travel diary to visit other libraries in the Omnitrans service area.

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.

–Janice Kuhn

Buster’s Destinations: Fontana Sunset Concert Series

After last week’s successful foray into the wet and wild Regional Park in Yucaipa, Buster was ready for another fun summer destination. He’d heard about the Fontana Sunset Concert Series, happening Thursday nights, 7 – 9 PM through August 2nd at Miller Park Amphitheater. What better way to spend a hot summer night than listening to some cool tunes with a few friends? So he hopped on the Route 14 and headed west. It took only 40 minutes, allowing ample time for Buster to crank up his Metallica and Air Supply tunes on his iPod. He hopped off the bus at Spring and Sierra Streets and moonwalked to the Miller Park Amphitheater, located at 17004 Arrow Blvd.

Now, when it comes to dancing, most of us would say we are one of three types: Love to Dance, Hate To Dance, Dance Only When Having An Adult Beverage or an Energy Drink. Buster is definitely the Loves to Dance type, no beverages needed.

As the sun dropped lower in the sky, Buster began to showcase his dance moves: The Mashed Potato, the Electric Slide and the Helicopter. There was a minor mishap when he attempted to “Walk the Dog” and landed with four wheels to the night sky. Undaunted, Buster dusted the grass off his tailpipe and continued grooving, saving his newest move, “The Windshield Wiper,” for his encore. The evening’s festivities ended with Buster doing the Macarena with a group of feisty senior citizens.

He made a note to himself to visit Fontana parks again this summer for more festivities. After the concert, Buster caught Omni Route 14 back home. As he settled into the busyard that night, one last thought ran though his bus brain as he was drifting off to sleep: MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice don’t have anything on me.

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.

–Janice Kuhn