Welcome back Loma Linda University Students! It’s time to Get on Board for the future sbX Bus Rapid Transit service and Omnitrans wants to celebrate your return to campus by launching a month-long gift card contest.
During the month of October, registered students who “like” our project Facebook page will be automatically entered into a weekly drawing exclusively for LLU students. Students will be prompted to fill out an electronic entry form through a link to Offerpop.com.
Winners will receive a $25 gift card/certificate to either of two Loma Linda restaurants: BK Subs, 10540 Anderson St.; and Napoli Italian Restaurant, 24960 Redlands Blvd. The contest was promoted at the Omnitrans information table at the Sept. 23 Welcome Back Bash on Campus and via campus e-mail.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE CONTEST!
Construction of the first of 10 sbX corridors is scheduled for completion by the end of this year and passenger service for the 15.7-mile route is set for April 2014. The service will travel along the existing Omnitrans Route 2, from the VA Loma Linda Health Care System to Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue in northern San Bernardino. The new service will run every 10 minutes during peak hours, with stops at 16 locations, including two station platforms at Anderson and Prospect streets, which
The winning entries will be selected on October 4, 11, 18 and 25 and notified by e-mail. Good luck and enjoy our project Facebook page!
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Omnitrans, along with several other transit agencies, is participating in a customer survey run by the American Bus Benchmarking Group (ABBG).
ABBG is a consortium of mid-sized bus agencies in North America that was established in 2011 to benchmark performance and share experiences and best practices. The information collected in the survey will help provide a comparative analysis of the bus rider experience nationwide.
We encourage all our riders to take this survey between April 8th and May 5th. Survey participants will be entered into a drawing for 5 Omnitrans gift packs which include a $25 grocery store gift card and a 7-Day bus pass.
Take the survey – English version
Take the survey – Spanish version
Rideshare Week is October 1st through 5th, and Omnitrans is celebrating with two great offers.
FREE Ride Coupon
Celebrate Rideshare Week with a free ride on us! Simply download and print the Free Ride coupon from our website. Turn it in to your bus driver who will exchange it for one FREE Day Pass good for unlimited rides for one day only on our fixed-route buses between October 1 and 5. Visit our website at www.omnitrans.org for more details.
Rideshare Prize Drawing
Passengers will want to take advantage of this exclusive offer just for our Facebook fans. Enter your name in our prize drawing between now and October 5th and you could be the winner of one of these fabulous prizes!
- 1st Prize – an Omnitrans baseball cap & pin and a 31-Day Bus Pass
- 2nd Prize – an Omnitrans baseball cap & pin and a 7-Day Bus Pass
- 3rd Prize – an Omnitrans baseball cap & pin and a free 1-Day Bus
Winners will be announced on Friday, October 5th. Join our Facebook community for photos, stories, behind-the-scenes info and other exclusive offers as they become available.
Join Omnitrans in a free community event to unveil the transit agency’s new logo, colors and slogan. The celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. It will be held in the Carousel Mall 4th St. parking lot across from Stater Bros between F & G Streets.
Fun, Food and Giveaways
- Rock out to your favorite tunes with KOLA 99.9 FM
- Enjoy delicious coffee and donuts from Frankie’s Donuts and Grinders.
- Get the first public look at our 2012 New Flyer Xcelsior Transit buses with updated fleet graphics.
- Explore our exclusive Travel Training bus, a community outreach tool designed to educate first time riders.
- Share a photo op with our updated agency mascot, Buster.
- Meet some of our featured riders including Kathleen, Bert, Christine and Krystle
- Receive cool giveaways branded with the new Omnitrans logo
Rack and Roll Bike Contest
- Attendees can enter on location for a chance to compete in a timed race to load a bike onto the bus rack.
- Everyone who enters the contest will receive a free 1-Day Bus Pass.
- Three competitors will be randomly drawn to participate in the race.
- First prize is a new bike, with second and third place prizes to be announced.
- There will also be a 2nd chance drawing with cool prizes for those in attendance.
Congratulation to Gabriel Arellano, winner of a 31-Day Bus Pass in our Dump the Pump photo contest this week. The 21-year-old works for the City of Montclair as a recreation leader, where he sets up for parties and community events. Most of his income goes to help his family, and he relies on public transit for all his travel.
“This will really help us a lot,” said Gabriel. “I’ve been using Omnitrans since 2008 when I graduated high school. I like riding the bus. I love meeting new people, and it gives me a chance to travel to different cities and explore places I normally wouldn’t get to see.”
In his free time, Gabriel enjoys drawing abstract art. His dream is to one day open an art gallery and clothing store.
Dump the Pump Photo Contest
Enter our photo contest on Facebook during the month of June for your chance to win a Free 31-Day Bus Pass. A new winner is announced every Monday. Click here for details.
Marice woke up early one morning around 4:00 and decided to check her email. She came across her Omnitrans newsletter and read about the Ecomotive Prize Drawing we were featuring on our social networks. She clicked the link, submitted her entry and then promptly forgot about it.
“I was so surprised when I found out I had won,” laughed Marice. “I’ve never won anything in my life! It’s an amazing feeling. And it means even more to me because I got it from my bus company. We love Omnitrans and use the bus to travel everywhere–work, school, wherever we need to go. In fact, my husband and I rode the bus to come here and pick up the prize today!”
Marice is an on-call substitute main duty aid at her children’s school, where she also volunteers. She loves reading and is especially excited over the iPad’s e-book capabilities. “What’s wonderful is now when I’m on the bus I will always have my choice of things to read. And if I don’t want to read, I can watch a movie or listen to music. I can do anything!”
Her husband is thrilled for her. “Out of all of the family members, she has always been the most technology resistant. Now she’s thinking about all the possibilities it opens up. She’s planning a trip to visit a childhood friend and is already talking about using the iPad to Skype with our kids while she’s gone.”
Congratulations, Marice. And thanks for riding Omnitrans!
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In our Ecomotive Prize Drawing, we asked people to tell us how they care for the environment and why they do it. Congratulations to our prize winners listed below and thanks to all of you who participated in the drawing. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more contests, giveaways and stories.
Grand Prize Winner – receiving an Apple iPad 3
- Marice P. from Ontario, CA
“I care for my environment by recycling, using my reusable bags when I shop, and either walking or catching the bus. I do these things because I want to be an example to my children. I want them to not only care for themselves, but for our planet also.”
Second Place Winners – receiving an Apple iPod Nano
- Aleta L. from Inglewood, CA
“I drive a hybrid. I separate out my recyclables from trash. I take dry cleaning bags/hangers back AND make sure they use Earth friendly detergents. Most importantly, I do my part to be a great citizen of this country and human in this world because I care.”
- Melissa M. from Rialto, CA
“I have encouraged most of my family and friends by getting them to use energy efficient light bulbs. I use the sunlight during the day as my light and a lamp as my light in the dark. My motivation is a cleaner environment for me, my family and friends .”
- Allison M. from Los Angeles, CA
“My husband and I keep reusable shopping bags in our car so we can grab them whenever we go into a grocery store. We have cut down a ton on the number of paper and plastic bags we’ve used!”
- Robin S. from Yucaipa, CA
“I recycle bottles and cans, reuse plastic bags and set my thermostat at 72 in summer.”
Third Place Winners – receiving an $10 iTunes Gift Card
- Sir Yankle R.A. from San Bernardino, CA
“I use only florescent light bulbs & Energy Star compliant electronics as well. I always recycle my plastics, aluminum & glass.”
- Gloria E. from San Bernardino, CA
“I don’t like litterbugs. Whenever I’m out, I am forever picking up other people’s litter. My city is my backyard so let’s keep it clean.”
- Sandra V. from Redlands, CA
“I ride Omnitrans, compost my kitchen scraps and have a vegetable garden. Riding Omnitrans takes one more car off the streets, and composting my kitchen scraps diverts waste going into my garbage can. My vegetable garden is also good for the environment. I enjoy growing my own vegetables.
- Patricia S. from Ontario, CA
“I help the environment by riding Omnitrans. I recycle and reuse, going green when possible, using batteries and changing to Eco-friendly items.”
- John C. from Tujunga, CA
“We retrofitted our office to use low energy light bulbs, installed a setback thermostat, and a low flow toilet.”
- Jeronda N. from Woodland Hills, CA
“My ecomotive is a daily routine, not just on Earth Day but every day! I recycle, reduce, reuse, plant trees and flowers and garden. I hold garage sales monthly and donate clothes and furniture. I teach my children earth songs and use earth friendly cleaning products at home.”
- Robert M. from Rialto, CA
“I help the environment by turning of lights and switching to low energy lights. I also do less driving and more walking.”
- David M. from Sherman Oaks, CA
“I air dry dishes and wash only full loads of dishes & clothes. I turn things off when I’m not in the room. I plug home electronics into power strips and turn the power strips off when not in use. Walking to my destination is good for my health, environment & wallet.”
- Maribel T. from Fontana, CA
“Recycling is very important to me because, not only does it help the environment, it is also rewarding. That would be my motivation to do it.”
- Yvonne M. from Rialto, CA
“I help the environment by riding bus, keeping lights off during the day, using eco-friendly light bulbs, donating used goods to goodwill, carpooling and making & taking lunch in re-usable containers.”
Fourth Place Winners – receiving a 7-Day Bus Pass
- Ann F. from Ontario, CA
“I walk, carpool, ride buses, or bike more often to places. I recycle and use eco-friendly products like light bulbs, and unplug items when I’m not going to use them for a while.”
- Donna C. from Rancho Cucamonga
“I care for the environment by conserving energy by using energy saving products”
- Brandon L. from San Bernardino
“I ride the bus and recycle becuse I know it is making a difference for the earth.”
- Catherine B. from Upland, CA
“All our lights use energy saving bulbs. All appliances are on power strips, and my granddaughter turns off the power strip when she turns off the TV.”
- Cassandra P. from Lake Forest, CA
“I turn off lights, conserve water, recycle and try to walk instead of drive.”
- Jonathan H. from Riverside, CA
“I take the bus at least 5-6 times a week to avoid adding to the pollution, and I reduce energy costs by limiting light usage, TV time, and I even unplug power adapters to keep them from pulling anything.”
- Devon S. from Palm Springs, CA
“I am very proud to say that even living in Palm Springs, my electric bill is never more than $80 in the summer. Sure I am motivated by saving money, but I also like to brag about it to my neighbors who spend upwards of $200 in the summer!”
- Deborah W. from San Bernardino, CA
“We have solar panels on our roof and keep our thermostat set at 78 in the summer and 62 in the winter. We want to save money and make the world a cleaner safer place for future generations. “
- Christina T. from Garden Grove, CA
“My motivation is taking the bus. I like riding the bus because it is fun and relaxing.”
- Donna S. from Redlands, CA
“My girls ride the Omnitrans from Summer School to home. We recycle paper, plastic & glass, use energy efficient light bulbs and turn off lights, TV, radio when not in the room. We are motivated by a cleaner, safer & more energy efficient environment.”