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Holiday Tree Contest Spreads Good Cheer

Omnitrans Coach Operator Lorina Le’Roy and her “Vintage Kitchen” Christmas tree.

Coach Operator Lorina Le-Roy and Dispatcher Mark Donelly can always be relied on to do our holiday decorating at the East Valley office. This year, due to their busy schedules, Lorina thought maybe they they could try something a little different that would both save them time and get their co-workers caught up in the holiday spirit.

Lorina asked Operations Director Diane Caldera for permission to bring in several artificial trees and hold a tree decorating contest.  Diane thought it was a marvelous idea, and so our first annual holiday tree contest was born.

Everyone got into the spirit of the event, and there was quite of bit of excitement and friendly rivalry as the trees took shape. Each one was as as interesting and unique as the individuals who created them. We thought you might enjoy a little sneak peek behind the scenes for a look at these wonderful entries and some of the people who created them.

Our first place winner was Coach Operator Debbbie Molloy with her tree “Winter of Freedom.” It’s a heartfelt tribute to her son who is currently stationed in Texas, as well as to all the men and women who serve in our nation’s military. Her tree was decked in red, white and blue and  featured a marine ornament, a sailor nutcracker, flags and Santa.

Coach Operator Debbie Molloy won first place for her holiday tree, “Winter of Freedom.”

Second place went to Coach Operators Pamela Valigura and Maria Granado. They chose a vintage tree theme that incorporated lovely Victorian ornaments and an angel who kept a benevolent eye on our bus yard.

Coach Operators Maria Granado (left) and Pamela Valigura (right) with their vintage Christmas tree.

Coming in at third place was husband and wife Coach Operators Mike and Tina Hinkle with their “Special Ops Tree.” Classic green army soldiers and helicopters poised among the branches and a teddy bear in fatigues was deployed from the ceiling above.

The “Special Ops Tree” by Coach Operators Mike and Tina Hinkle

For a closer look at these trees as well as the other entries in the competition, view the slideshow below. Original themes included “Girls Night Out,” “The Baby Shower Tree,” “The Wave Tree,” “The Raiders Tree,” “The Manly Tree” and many more.

From all of us at Omnitrans, thank you for allowing us to serve you. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Help us send a child to asthma camp!

Would you like make a difference in the life of a child suffering from severe asthma? Now you can!

The Omnitrans team will be pulling on their sneakers and joining the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Walk. The event will be held on Sunday, November 3rd at 9:00 a.m.  at Mathis Bros. Furniture in Ontario, California.

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.  Its Fight for Air Walk fundraisers help increase awareness and raise funds to support lung health within our own communities.

As their goal this year, the Omnitrans team hopes to raise $1500 to give a child the opportunity to experience summer camp at SCAMP.

“Many children with severe asthma are unable to attend a regular camp because the facilities just aren’t equipped to supervise their treatment,” says Omnitrans outreach specialist Nicole Ramos. “SCAMP (Southern California Asthma Management Program) helps kids learn to manage their asthma through fun, interactive lessons and gives them with the opportunity to enjoy great camp activities at the same time. They get to experience everything from hiking and swimming to arts and crafts–and even try their hand at archery and rock wall climbing! It’s a great cause, and one we’re proud to support.”

If you would like to support team Omnitrans and help give a child this unique opportunity, please visit the Team web page to make a donation. Together we can make a difference!

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.