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Buster and Old Blue a Route 66 hit!

Buster and Old Blue had a great time with friends at this year’s Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion in Ontario.  Click here for a collection of fun photos from this classic car show event!

Detour for Cruisin’ Reunion Event in Ontario

Due to the Route 66 Cruisin Reunion event in Ontario, Routes 81 and  83 will be detouring from 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 20 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 22.  See below for detour details and stop closures.

ROUTE 83 NORTHBOUND – Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Right on Holt
  • Left on Campus
  • Left on 4th
  • Right on Euclid
ROUTE 83 SOUTHBOUND – Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Left on 4th
  • Right on Campus
  • Right on Hold
  • Left on Euclid
ROUTE 81 NORTHBOUND – Friday only
  • Left on Emphoria
  • Continue regular route
ROUTE 81 SOUTHBOUND – Friday only
  • From Campus
  • Pass up Emphoria
  • Left on Holt
  • Left on Sultana
  • Layover at first stop
  • #0195 Sultana and D 
  • #7533 Emphoria and Campus
  • #7910 Holt and Lemon
  • #7911 Euclid and Holt
  • #0195 Sultana and D
  • #7911 Euclid and Holt
  • #8123 Euclid and D
  • #7140 Euclid and G
  • #7141 Euclid and I
  • #7240 Euclid and 4th
  • #4241 Euclid and I 
  • #7242 Euclid and H
  • #7243 Euclid and F
  • #7779 Euclid and D

Rialto detours scheduled June 7 & 8

The Run Watcha Brung Car Show takes place in downtown Rialto on Saturday and Sunday, June 7th and 8th. Due to this event, Routes 14 and 22 will be on detour. See detour information and maps for each route below.

Route 14 will detour from travel along  Foothill Blvd. between  Riverside and Acacia Avenues to travel on Etiwanda Avenue.  Effective Friday, June 7th, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 Route 22 will detour from travel along Riverside Avenue between Merrill and Foothill to travel on Sycamore.  Effective Saturday, June 8th, 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Omnitrans places 10th in International Bus Roadeo

On the APTA International Roadeo obstacle course

The annual APTA International Bus Roadeo took place May 3-7 this year in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sixty transit agencies from across North America participated in this prestigious competition designed to test the skills of both bus operators and mechanics. Awards are given in each area, and there is an overall grand prize for the transit system with the highest combined score for the bus operator and bus maintenance team. 

Coach Operator Ricardo Alvarez

Our maintenance team, Archie Rockwell, Phillip Sanchez and Alex Hernandez earned 6th place in the competition. Coach operator and 14-year veteran Ricardo Alvarez placed 23rd. The combined maintenance team and bus operator scores earned Omnitrans an impressive 10th place overall ranking.

“I am very proud of our team,” said Omnitrans CEO, Milo Victoria. “The competition is fierce, so for us to have placed in the top ten is a real accomplishment. What a great example of our team’s top skills and dedication to excellence!”

Front to back: Archie Rockwell, Alex Hernandez & Phil Sanchez

“The top ten winners truly are the cream of the crop in our industry,” said Omnitrans maintenance supervisor and APTA Roadeo judge Vicki Chesney. “The competition can be especially challenging because standards and vehicles tend to vary between agencies. For example, in this year’s competition we used 42-foot deisel buses supplied by the host agency, IndyGo. Here at Omnitrans, our guys are used to 40-foot CNG buses. They really have to prepare and be on top of their game for this event.”

In the Bus Operator Roadeo, judges scored competitors on the safe, smooth and efficient navigation of a challenging obstacle course which included serpentine turns, rear duals clearance, a left and a right hand reverse, diminishing clearance, customer stops and more. Drivers also had to pass written test and complete a timed pre-trip inspection by finding 8 equipment-related defects and 1 security hazard that had been planted on and in the bus within 7 minutes.

The Maintenance Competition event  included a written test, a Fraser Gauge Vehicle Inspection, an Allison Transmission/Cummins/EMP Power Train Event, an AxleTech/Bendix Air Brake System (ABS) Event, a Cummins/Voith Power Train Event, a Thermo King HVAC IntelligAIRE Event, a MCI Multiplex Module and aVapor Door Systems Exhibition Event.



Grand Champion Award – Highest combined scores of bus operator and maintenance team

  • Winner – Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

40-foot Bus Competition

  • 1st Place – Paul Kilmesh of Ames Transit Agency (Ames, IA)
  • 2nd Place – Daniel R. Schmidt of Ben Franklin Transit (Richland, WA)
  • 3rd Place – Zenon Rinylo of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Philadelphia, PA)

Maintenance Competition

  • 1st Place – Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
  • 2nd Place – Orange County Transportation Authority
  • 3rd Place – Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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Visit us at the Yucaipa Music & Arts Festival

The Omnitrans team will be at the Yupcaipa Music & Arts Festival,  Saturday & Sunday, May 4th and 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Stop by our table to say hi to Buster and take a spin on the prize wheel. Shuttle service will also be available. Nicole has all the details for you in the video below. Click to play.

Detours scheduled due to Loma Linda Triathlon

Physically-challenged athletes will compete along side their able-bodied counterparts – and raise much-needed funds along the way – at the upcoming 2012 Loma Linda University PossAbilities Triathlon. The Triathlon takes place on Sunday, April 29th from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. For more information on this event please click here.

Omnitrans bus routes 2, 9 & 19 will need to detour during this event and several bus zones will be inaccessible. Please review the details below and plan accordingly.


Detour for Route 2 (Southbound)
From – Anderson
Left – 10 Freeway (East)
Exit – Mountainview
Right – Mountainview
Right – Redlands Blvd.
Right – Anderson
(Layover at the first stop after turn)

Detour for Route 9 (Eastbound)
From – Waterman
Left – Redlands Blvd.
Right – Mountainview
Left – Barton Road
(Continue Route)

Detour for Route 9 (Westbound)
From – Barton Road
Right – Mountainview
Left – Redlands Blvd.
Right – Waterman Ave.
(Continue Route)

Detour for Route 19 (Eastbound)
From – Barton Road
Left – Waterman Ave.
Right – Redlands Blvd.
(Continue Route)

Detour for Route 19 (Westbound)
From – Redlands Blvd.
Left – Waterman Blvd.
Right – Barton Road
(Continue Route)

Route 2 (Northbound & Southbound)
Redlands/Anderson (#5502-5512)
Anderson/Academy (#5503-5562)
Anderson/University (#5505)
Anderson/Anderson (#5506)
Anderson/Prospect (#5507)
Anderson/Taylor (#5510)
Anderson/Stewart (#5511)

Routes 9 & 19
Waterman/Barton (#5191)
University/Barton (#5135-5190)
University/Yardley (#5137)
University/San Juan (#5138)
University/Evans (#5139-5187)
Campus/Prospect (#5140-5186)
Barton/Campus (#5141-5185)
Barton/Anderson (#5142-5184)
Barton/Benton (#0063-0072)
Barton/LomaLinda (#5144-5182)
Barton/Mountainview (#5145-5182)
Van Leuven/Mountainview (#5146-5179)
Mountainview/ Mission (#)
Redlands/Mountainview (#5177)
Mountainview/Cottonwood (#5178)
Mountainview/Prospect (#5180)
Mountainview/Barton (#5181)
Rosarita Dr./University (#5189)

April Community Events

Buster loves having his photo taken with his friends! Grab your camera and join the Omnitrans team and your favorite mascot at these great community events.

Inland Empire 66ers Game
Disability Awareness Night
Saturday, April 6th
San Bernardino  5:45 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration, Frontier Project
Saturday, April 6th
Rancho Cucamonga 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Healthy Rancho Cucamonga Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 13th
Rancho Cucamonga  1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

sbX Entered in Black History Parade

The New Flyer XN60, one of 14 Omnitrans has purchased for its rapid transit fleet on the E Street corridor, will be among the entries in the 44th annual Black History Parade in San Bernardino, sponsored by the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce.

A part of San Bernardino’s future honors the city’s storied past as one of Omnitrans’ newly delivered 60-foot express vehicles has been entered to participate in the 44th annual Black History Parade, to be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, February 2nd, along the heart of the sbX rapid transit corridor.

One of the nation’s oldest black history parades, the local event premiered in 1970, when Omnitrans was part of the San Bernardino Valley Transit Authority. Old Blue, the agency’s vintage 1958 GMC transit coach, has participated in past parades.

This year’s event will feature the New Flyer XN60, one of 14 purchased by Omnitrans, the last of which is scheduled to arrive in April. The 60-foot-long articulated vehicle will be part of the sbX bus rapid transit fleet, which is scheduled to start passenger service early next year. It will be the first public appearance for any of the new coaches on the corridor.

This year’s parade theme is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech given by the late civil rights leader on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963.  For more information on the 44th Annual Black History Parade in San Bernardino, please visit the event site.

– David Rutherford

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Click here for a detailed photo tour of the New Flyer XN60, the Omnitrans sbX 60-foot Bus Rapid Transit Vehicle which is scheduled to begin service in early 2014.

“Spark of Love” Toys Stuff sbX Bus

Santa Claus and Buster welcome toy givers to sbX.

On November 30, Santa’s helpers and quite a few elves gathered at Mathis Brothers Furniture Store in Ontario to stuff seven Omnitrans buses with gifts for the Spark of Love toy drive. The state-of-the-art Omnitrans sbX vehicle was right there with our vintage 1958 diesel Old Blue and five of the New Flyer XN40 coaches from the Omnitrans fleet. It was quite a sight and great for ABC7’s annual Spark of Love Toy Drive Stuff a Bus event.

Hundreds of people delivered unwrapped new toys for children of the Southland.  Omnitrans coach operators and California firefighters will deliver the gifts to kids in need, making this holiday season truly unforgettable for many families.

Floor to ceiling, this bus is stuffed!

The sbX XN60 bus also made its broadcast debut, appearing on several telecasts throughout the day with Santa’s biggest helper, Meteorologist Garth Kemp. Despite the rain, and with the help of jolly old St. Nick and Omnitrans’ mascot Buster, the donated toys filled six-and-a-half buses. Who needs reindeer?

– David Rutherford

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Ontario Transfer Station Grand Opening

This morning, local residents, organizations and dignitaries joined Omnitrans and the City of Ontario to celebrate the grand opening of the Ontario Civic Center Transfer Station. Attendees included representatives from V-Trans, the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board, SANBAG and the Ontario Fire Department.

“The City of Ontario has been Omnitrans’ partner since the agency’s beginning, and it’s exciting to see our 36-year-old friendship continuing to flourish through innovations like this project,” said Omnitrans CEO, Milo Victoria. “And this is just the beginning. We’re also pleased to be collaborating with the City in creating a model civic center which will feature a multimodal transportation hub. The hub will foster regional train and bus connections , and  includes a proposed Omnitrans sbX rapid bus transit line along Holt Boulevard and Euclid Avenue. Great things are ahead!”

The Transfer Station provides vital transportation to more than 500 customers daily. Five Omnitrans bus routes help residents connect with their community, serving great landmarks such as Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario Mills Mall, the Ontario Convention Center and Ontario International Airport. All seven station stops have been newly refurbished with shelters, lights, new benches, making trips more convenient and enjoyable for passengers.

“The City Council and I pride ourselves in providing the highest level of service to our community,” stated Mayor Paul S. Leon. “We see this investment in infrastructure as vital to the continued growth of our City, while providing the citizens of Ontario with much needed transportation options.”

Ontario resident, Marty Binney, is a long-time community advocate who believes that a strong transportation system serves a critical need in Ontario. “In this day and age, transportation like Omnitrans is a necessity. We use it, and we need it. It helps provide a better quality of life to people who either can’t drive or can’t afford to. It is especially important to our students, seniors and disabled residents. I’m grateful for this collaboration between Omnitrans and the City to continue to meet our transportation needs.”

After the brief ceremony, attendees were invited to climb aboard the newly rebranded Omnitrans Xcelsior model bus for a tour of the station stops. Spirits were high as the informal group laughed and chatted, admiring the station design and enjoying the look and feel of the new bus. For some, it was their first bus experience. For others it was a step into the next generation of public transit.

As one passenger was overheard saying, “This is the best bus ride I’ve ever been on!”

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