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Ride Omnitrans and Save $2 On National Orange Show Citrus Fair Admission!

Orange you glad the Citrus Fair is back?! We definitely can’t wait to eat all the fair food, enjoy some carnival rides, and explore the local artisan creations of San Bernardino while celebrating our hometown heroes!

The 2017 Citrus Fair: Citrus Strikes Back at the National Orange Show is back for not one, but TWO weekends this year and it’s all going down on May 4-7 and 11-14. Omnitrans has teamed up with the fair once again this year, and we are happy to announce that our $2 discount coupons are back to save the day!

To obtain the discount, simply ride any of our East Valley routes (1 – 29, 290, sbX) starting today and grab a coupon at the front of the bus (available while supplies last). The coupon guarantees a $2 discount on NOS Citrus Fair admission. Coupons are valid on any day of the two-weekend fair.

We will be joining the fun along with Buster the Bus and our vintage bus “Old Blue” every Friday-Sunday both weekends. Swing by our booth and snap a selfie/photo, post to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, use the tag #OMNIHERO, and you could be randomly selected to win one of five $20 Target gift cards! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest.

Take Route 2 (any day of the week) or sbX (on Thursdays and Fridays) directly to the National Orange Show located at 689 S E St., San Bernardino, CA 92408. You can 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.

Old Blue at the Route 66 Rendezvous

Our beloved Old Blue was shined up and decked out with lights at the Route 66 Rendezvous over the weekend. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to climb aboard and say hello!

The Story of Old Blue

In 1998, Omnitrans began the search for an antique bus to be used for special events. The goal was to purchase and restore the vehicle in time for the agency’s 25th Anniversary in 2001. Omnitrans found Old Blue, a 1958 vintage GMC transit coach, in the care of a bus collector in New Jersey in 1999, and purchased it for $2,500. The agency has since learned that the bus began its life in service for the Los Angeles Regional Transit District, so it was actually brought “back home” to Southern California – via flatbed truck, since Old Blue wasn’t in very good shape when Omnitrans acquired it.

Work on the bus began in 1999, with major restoration efforts really getting underway in 2000. Old Blue needed a lot of TLC, and Omnitrans employees worked both on and off the clock to make necessary mechanical repairs. Once that was complete, the Maintenance Department asked some special vendors to help give the bus a much-needed facelift. McCray’s provided a new paint job, Complete Coach Works renovated Old Blue’s seats, Transit Care provided new window glass, and Firestone donated new tires.

Finally, Omnitrans selected a special coach number for the bus: 5876. The first two numbers represent Old Blue’s model year, and the final two represent the year Omnitrans was born, 1976.

At last, in February 2001, Old Blue debuted as the Omnitrans 25th Anniversary mascot. Old Blue has been the hit of community events both large and small, from local holiday parades to San Bernardino’s Route 66 Rendezvous, an event that draws nearly half a million auto enthusiasts each year.