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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!

 

 

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.

Omnitrans and Partners Host Girl Scouts Classroom to Career Day

Following a successful event in 2018, Omnitrans proudly partnered with the Women’s Transportation Seminar of the Inland Empire, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, Metrolink, and the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council to host a Classroom to Career event for middle school girls from Rialto, Colton, and Grand Terrace.

The Classroom to Career Day in February spotlighted potential transit industry career paths for students, with emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mechanics (STEM) curriculum. Like last year, the day began at the San Bernardino Transit Center. Fourteen women working in various roles at Omnitrans led a tour that showcased the transit center’ s features, and its role in connecting our community through the multimodal options offered.

The Classroom to Career program takes girls into the community to meet with professionals and be exposed to career paths related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), areas in which females are traditionally underrepresented. Omnitrans staff from various departments including Planning, Operations, Maintenance, and Rail Operations served as tour guides for the day.

At the tour’s conclusion, students boarded a Metrolink train for a short ride to the Santa Fe Depot, where they learned about the region’s transit network and heritage at the San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum. They participated in a hands-on STEM activity that stimulated their minds to envision what the future of transportation looks like from their perspective.

“As middle school girls prepare for the transition to 9th grade, an intentional educational roadmap is key,” says Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Vice President of Development Knew Hawley. “This preparation is essential to their success, not only to make strategic choices in their high school education, but as a jumping off point for higher education and lucrative careers. Classroom to Career opens doors into new experiences and provides positive adult and peer interactions that bolster these girls during a pivotal season in their lives.”

“Omnitrans is committed to being a positive and impactful asset to the community we serve,” said Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos. “It was a pleasure to further build on this partnership after a successful inaugural event last year, which has expanded to transit agencies in other regions of Southern California.”

In honor of #NationalGirlScoutDay today, Omnitrans tips its hat to this generation of girls and all the work they do to benefit the broader community, including serving all girls, no matter what. So, the next time you take a bite out of a delicious Girl Scout cookie, know that by supporting them, you are supporting their efforts to make the world a better place.

Enjoy Free Transportation, Prize Drawings, and Tickets to CSUSB Basketball Fun!

This month, sbX is partnering with Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) Basketball to support the Coyote women’s and men’s teams – and you are invited to join in on the fun!

Free game tickets and free direct transportation to campus on sbX are available to Military Appreciation Night Presented By The US Army & Omnitrans on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Additionally, there are some exclusive opportunities available to Omnitrans and sbX riders to enhance the fan experience!

Women’s Team vs. Sonoma State at CSUSB Coussoulis Arena, 1 p.m.

Directly followed by:
Men’s Team vs. Sonoma State at CSUSB Coussoulis Arena, 3 p.m.

Free tickets to the game can be obtained at the San Bernardino Transit Center customer service window on a first come, first served basis (8 maximum per person) starting today. sbX rapid transit is free on Saturday, January 26th and provides direct service to the CSUSB campus so you don’t need to worry about driving or paying for parking.

As if that weren’t enough, you have the chance to participate in some very cool activities and win prizes! Here are the details:

High Five Tunnels
10 kids for each team (Home & Away) for both games. Kids attending are welcome to participate as the teams enter the court.

Half-Court Shot Contest
Shoot a basket for a chance to win free Raising Cane’s for a year during the women’s game, or $1,000 during the men’s game. If you make the shot, you’re a winner! Sign-up for this contest at the Omnitrans table the day of the game. Participants will be randomly selected and contacted via phone when the game kicks off.

VIP Experience – 1/23/19; This drawing has now closed.
Enjoy free food and beverage at your courtside seat! This is limited to 50 guests, so please enter for a chance to be upgraded to the Coyote Club VIP On Court Experience. We will randomly select 10 winners of 5 VIP seats and notify them prior to the game. Click here to enter the drawing! 

See you at the game. GO COYOTES!

Donate to the Spark of Love Toy Drive 2018

Help brighten the holidays for underserved youth throughout our local community by donating a toy to the 2018 Spark of Love Toy Drive on Friday, November 30, 2018!

Join Omnitrans, ABC7, and Southern California Firefighters for Stuff-A-Bus at Mathis Brothers Furniture, located at 4105 Inland Empire Blvd, Ontario, CA 91764, from 5 a.m.-6 p.m. Each year, community members and organizations stuff buses with new, unwrapped toy donations, each gift sure to put a smile on the face of a child in need in the Inland Empire.

Omnitrans staff and San Bernardino County firefighters load buses with toy donations. When the event ends, the buses transport all toys to a local warehouse, where they are distributed to kids and youth within our community. This will be Omnitrans’ 12th year  participating in the Stuff-A-Bus toy drive!

In 2017, over 10 buses were filled with toys as Spark of Love supporters donated generously and enjoyed music and food. Attendees also had the opportunity to meet their favorite ABC news reporters, take a close-up look at the ABC7 news-copter, City of Ontario firetrucks and SWAT vehicles, and even greet Santa Claus!

Click here for photos of Stuff-A-Bus 2017.

If you would like to donate to the toy drive, but are unable to attend Stuff-A-Bus, you still have the opportunity to give. Donations may be dropped off at Omnitrans headquarters in San Bernardino through Thursday, November 29th.

Because there tend to be fewer donations for teens, suggested donation items include watches, jewelry, cameras, sunglasses, earphones, cellphone cases, skateboards, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, purses/bags, blow dryers, and flat irons.

Toy donations may also be dropped off at any local fire station in San Bernardino County, and money gifts toward the cause also may be made online. All money raised will go toward toy or sports equipment purchases for underserved children. Click here to donate online!

Omnitrans is located at 1700 W. Fifth Street San Bernardino, CA 92411. For office hours of operation to the public please click here.

Celebrating local art and community at the 3rd Annual SBTC Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest

Over 100 community members, artists, and transit-riders gathered at the San Bernardino Transit Center on Saturday, October 20, 2018 for a visual experience that took spectators “around the world” at the 3rd Annual SBTC Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest.

Twenty-three artists showcased their talents at the transit center this year, adorning the concrete sidewalks with chalk works of art reflecting the theme – A Trip Around the World.

“Since last year’s contest, the San Bernardino Transit Center has welcomed Metrolink and a Riverside Transit Agency connection to improve connectivity for San Bernardino area residents,” said Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos. “These partnerships with neighboring transit agencies open up the possibilities for travel destinations and experiences beyond the San Bernardino County region, and we wanted to integrate the transit center’s growth as a transportation hub in this year’s celebration.”

Contestants competed individually, and in teams of two or three, while kids enjoyed a free painting class by The Art Barn of Cherry Valley. HOT 103.9’s DJ Jeff Pope kept the crowd entertained with an interactive prize wheel, unique raffles, and the latest hits, of course!

After two hours of arduous handwork, three judges from the local arts community – including the City of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission and San Bernardino County Arts Connection – came together to deliberate and choose the top three winners, which was no easy task.

3rd Place Winners

3rd Place: Rachael B. and Ashley J., winners of $100. The duo’s art featured an exquisitely-drawn hot air balloon revolving around a bird’s-eye view of the world. The “envelope” exterior of the balloon included several international flags.

2nd Place Winner

2nd Place: Vivian L., winner of $150. Vivian’s creation featured a vibrant, colorful drawing of the Earth as the focal point, with excellent chalk handwriting and a decorative paper plane in flight accentuating her design.

1st Place: Isaac R., winner of the grand prize of $300. A two-time contest winner (Isaac previously took home the top prize at the inaugural event in 2016), Isaac’s impressive masterpiece featured four skillfully contoured and blended profiles of cultural icons around the world including: A Renaissance sculpture, a Japanese samurai, the Day of the Dead “Calavera Catrina”, and Buddha.

“We love showcasing the talents of local artists and seeing the transit center serve as a community gathering place along with being a busy regional transportation hub,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams.

View more photos of the event on Flickr. Keep an eye out for information on next year’s event – we’d love to see your art grace the competition!

3rd Annual SBTC Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest Is Back with Free Kids Painting Class!

Help us celebrate the third anniversary of the San Bernardino Transit Center at the annual SBTC Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest! The contest, themed “A Trip Around the World,” will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 on the concrete floors of the San Bernardino Transit Center.

This community celebration will feature live music broadcast by Hot 103.9, refreshments, and – new this year – a FREE painting class for children ages 7-13! Prize raffles and promotional giveaways will round out the day.

We hope to see new and familiar faces at this year’s event! The new kids painting class will be strictly for children ages 7-13, starts at 9:30 a.m. and lasts one hour. This class will be taught by one and only, Susan from Cherry Valley’s The Art Barn.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
With only 30 spaces available for the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, creativity and connecting to the theme will get you one step closer to the grand prize!

This year’s theme opens up a world of opportunities for art. Where would you ride the bus to if you could ride anywhere in the world? The Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower? The colors and sights in Thailand or Mexico? The world is your oyster!

Be sure to start grab your passport and start brainstorming your interpretation of “A Trip Around the World”. Let your creativity shine for a chance to win the grand prize – a $300 Visa gift card, $150 Visa gift card for second place, or $100 Visa gift card for third place. All gift card prizes will be awarded in the Adult division for participants 14 and older. However, all participants 13 and under will receive a movie ticket just for participating!

Be sure to check out our Official Rules to familiarize yourself with guidelines and regulations.

Event Schedule
Artist Check-In: 8:30 a.m.
Chalk Art Contest: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kids Painting Class: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Chalk Art Contest Judging Period: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Winners announced: 11:30 a.m.

In addition, all event participants and spectators will receive a free Omnitrans refillable water bottle to take home along with other goodies! Please note: Refillable water bottles and promotional item giveaways are available while supplies last.

Start packing your brain with ideas for your “Trip Around the World”. Omnitrans is rooting for you!

Be sure to check out the newly landscaped grounds at the transit center, which has become a well-recognized resource and community space for San Bernardino since opening in 2015. The San Bernardino Transit Center is located at 599 Rialto Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92410.

Celebrate National Dump the Pump Day 2018 with Transit & Donuts!

The time has come to dump the pump, leave your car at home, and TRY TRANSIT! Join the rest of the country on Thursday, June 21, 2018 and participate in the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) 13th annual Dump the Pump Day.

The 2018 National Dump the Pump Day encourages you to ride public transportation instead of driving a car. Inspired by high gas prices in June 2006, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also saves you money and can benefit your health and the environment.

According to the May APTA Transit Savings Report​​​, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,134 annually by taking public transportation and downsizing to one car.

Join the Party!
Omnitrans will be at the San Bernardino Transit Center from 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. that day with Krispy Kreme donuts and freshly-brewed Starbucks coffee (one per rider) for all with a valid transit pass who dump the pump on that day. Passes from regional connecting transit agencies will be accepted, including RTA, Mountain Transit, VVTA, Pass Transit, and Metrolink.

Get your breakfast, spin the prize wheel for a chance to win bus passes, and hang out with Omnitrans while reducing your carbon footprint!

Try Transit! Get Your Bus Pass for Dump the Pump 2018
Paper passes are available for sale at our main office in San Bernardino, various retailers, and at the Omnitrans eStore! Or, go paperless and get a digital bus pass on your smartphone using Token Transit. Discounts are available for seniors, persons with disabilities, Medicare recipients, youth, and veterans.

The San Bernardino Transit Center is located at 599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401.

Shift to a Better Commute During Bike to Work Week 2018!

Pedal past traffic while you burn calories, get fit, and forget about the high cost of driving.

From Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18, 2018, Omnitrans is joining the Bike to Work Week celebration to promote an alternative commute combining bicycling and riding the bus!

Whether you regularly ride your bike to the bus stop, or are trying it out for the first time, we invite you to participate in Bike to Work Week 2018 and enter our #RideOmni social media photo contest for a chance to win one of three prizes!

Here is how to enter:

  • Commute by bike and bus during Bike to Work Week and snap a photo, or video, of it. Images can be of you on your bike at a bus stop, your bike onboard sbX or on the local bus bike racks, at an Omnitrans transit center, etc.
  • Use the hashtag #RideOmni, so that we can capture your entry and consider it in our judging. Only entries posted during Bike to Work Week dates will be considered.
  • Tag @Omnitrans on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – all three platforms will be tracked during this contest.
  • GET CREATIVE! The three most captivating and unique posts (as determined by Omnitrans Marketing staff) will be selected to win one of three prizes. Winners will be contacted directly the following week.

First place receives a $50 gift card to Don’s Bicycles (locations in Rialto and Redlands) for all of your bicycling needs and repairs. Second place receives two Regal Cinemas movie tickets (valued at $30), and third place wins a $20 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings. All prizes include a 7-day Omnitrans bus pass!

Stop by the Omnitrans bike Pit Stops on Thursday, May 17!

Additionally, Omnitrans team members will have two Pit Stops located at the Montclair Transit Center and at the San Bernardino Transit Center from 6:30 a.m.- 9 a.m. We will have a special giveaway for our bike riders, and information on riding the bus with your bike. We can even help you enter the photo contest!

Omnitrans vehicles can accommodate 2-3 bicycles on secure exterior bike racks. sbX allows up to 4 bicycles inside the bus. For more details on riding with your bike, please visit Omnitrans.org. If your bike needs a tune up, the Bike Hubitat operated by IEBA at the San Bernardino Transit Center offers low cost bike maintenance every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3-6 p.m.