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OmniGo expands coverage in Chino Hills

Now serving Butterfield Ranch!
Beginning August 25th, Chino Hills residents will enjoy expanded OmniGo bus service thanks to the addition of a new tripper connecting Butterfield Ranch and Chino Hills High School.

About OmniGo Service
Count on OmniGo to get to school, work or wherever you need to go in Chino and Chino Hills. OmniGo Route 365 connects you to Ayala and Chino Hills High Schools, Chaffey College Chino Campus, and community locations like Chino Hills City Hall, Chino Hills Marketplace, Ayala Park, and The Shoppes at Chino Hills. It also provides direct access to service throughout the San Bernardino Valley at the Chino Transit Center. For safe, reliable, affordable service, go with OmniGo. Route 365 runs every 60 minutes seven days a week.

Click here to view OmniGo maps and schedules.

OmniGo Fares
OmniGo fares are the same as regular Omnitrans fares and may be used on all Omnitrans fixed routes.  On September 2nd, Omnitrans fares will increase for the first time in five years.

Once the fare change goes into effect, the price of a one-way bus trip will increase from $1.50 to $1.75 while the 1-day pass rate will rise from $4 to $5.  A 31-day pass will go from $47 to $55.  See the fare table for full rates and details. Passes purchased before the before the rate increase will still be honored, so stock up now and save later!

Chino Hills Schools served by OmniGo
Conflicting work schedules and limited transportation is a big issue for many families these days–especially those with teens who need to get to school.  Not only does OmniGo get students to their classes safely and reliably, it’s a comfortable way to travel and hang out with friends. OmniGo Route 365 serves the following Chino Hills Schools:

  • Chino Hills High School
  • Ruben S. Ayala High School
  • Townsend Junior High School

Bike Racks:
All OmniGo vehicles are equipped with bike racks. Bring your bike at no extra charge. Bike and bus are the perfect combo!

Wheelchairs or mobility aids:
All OmniGo buses are lift-equipped for the safe loading and unloading of passengers with wheelchairs or mobility devices.

Service Animals
Designated service animals with proper harness may ride with you.

Get The App
Wondering when the next bus will arrive at your stop? The Omnitrans app features NexTrip real time bus arrival information as well as important news, rider alerts, special promotions and more. The app is available for Android, iPhone and Kindle. Get it now!

OmniGo Ridership on the Rise

Community bus routes attract more students. 

(San Bernardino, CA)— OmniGo hometown shuttle routes serving Chino Hills, Grand Terrace and Yucaipa are more crowded these days, with September ridership up 44 percent compared to the prior year, mostly attributed to more middle school and high school students climbing aboard.

“We made a concentrated effort to reach out to potential student riders at the beginning of the school year,” explained Omnitrans Director of Marketing Wendy Williams, “and it paid off.  August ridership was up nearly 10 percent ahead of last year, but things really took off in September. ”

OmniGo Route Sept. 2013 Ridership Gain from Sept. 2012
308-Yucaipa 1,762 +44.4%
309-Yucaipa 3,966 +24.4%
310-Yucaipa 1,212 +373.4%
325-Grand Terrace 1,834 +67.9%
365-Chino Hills 5,947 +32.9%
Total 14,721 +43.9%

OmniGo routes travel to major destinations in each community, connecting residents to schools, civic centers, senior centers, medical facilities and shopping destinations.  OmniGo utilizes 16-passenger buses that can more easily maneuver residential streets than typical transit buses.  Each OmniGo route meets up with traditional Omnitrans bus routes at transfer hubs to reach destinations throughout the Inland Empire. OmniGo route and schedule information is available at: http://www.omnitrans.org/services/omnigo/

Conflicting family work schedules and limited transportation is challenge for many families these days, especially with getting teens to school.  “I just started taking OmniGo as a freshman last year,” said Jessica a student at Chino Hills High School. “Most of my friends ride too. Both of my parents work so it’s the only way I can get here.”

Her friend Yahaira agreed. “It gets really full sometimes but, aside from that, it’s not bad. It’s a short bus, so it’s kind of fun. My mom works at a store in Chino and has to drive to work early in the morning, and there’s no one else to give me a ride. Since the school is 2 or 3 miles from my house, I just take the bus.”

“It’s great that students are taking advantage of OmniGo’s convenient connections at our schools,” said Chino Hills Vice Mayor and Omnitrans Board member Ed Graham.  “Fewer cars on the road benefit all of us.”

In Grand Terrace, OmniGo attracted more than two thirds additional riders this year. “Route 325 was designed to serve Grand Terrace High School, even before the campus opened,” explained Grand Terrace Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz and Omnitrans Board member.  “This year, student ridership has blossomed.  OmniGo also is a great resource for our senior citizens.”

Lee Roy Simmons

Lee Roy Simmons, a resident of Blue Mountain Senior Villas in Grand Terrace, is a familiar face on Omnigo Route 325. “I ride the loop most mornings,” he says. “I like the drivers. Most of them know me, and we talk during stop layovers.” Lee is also a former Marine Sergeant who fought in Vietnam. “I ride to the VA hospital in Loma Linda all the time for treatments.”

With three shuttle routes, (308, 309 and 310) operating in the city, Yucaipa generates the most OmniGo ridership.  Route 310 boardings nearly quadrupled in September versus the same month in 2012.

OmniGo fares are the same as on regular Omnitrans buses: $1.50 for a one-way trip or $4 for a one-day pass.  Regular riders can save with 7- and 31-day passes.  Discounts are available for youth age 18 and under, persons with disabilities and seniors age 62 and up.  Personalized trip planning is available at www.omnitrans.org or 1-800-966-6428.

New weekday schedule for OmniGo Route 365

On Monday,  August 27  Omnitrans will begin  service to  Townsend Jr. High School  in Chino Hills. A new weekday schedule for OmniGo Route 365 will go into effect.

This is actually a  service change that is starting one week earlier than than was originally scheduled for September 4th. We are doing so to in order to accommodate the beginning of classes on Monday at the high school.