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Omnitrans Offers 1-Day Bus Pass During Rideshare Week 2018, Participate for a Chance to Win Prizes!

Redeem free 1-day pass on Token Transit during Rideshare Week 2018!Take another step toward living your best life. Try ridesharing this Rideshare Week!

Rideshare Week, October 1-5, 2018, is an annual invitation for you to explore alternative ways to get where you’re going by pledging to try something new. Ridesharing reduces your carbon footprint, saves you money and time, reduces stress, and by participating, you could win a prize!

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Omnitrans makes it easy to participate by offering you a FREE 1-Day bus pass via Token Transit, our mobile fare outlet. Your 1-Day pass is redeemable any single day of Rideshare Week, and can be used on Omnitrans local buses, OmniGo community shuttles, or sbX rapid transit.

Enter your phone number to receive your complimentary 1-day pass via the Token Transit app on your smartphone. You will receive a text with a download link to redeem your pass. One 1-Day pass per phone number. Learn more about mobile fares on Omnitrans.org.

Spot GoGoDon & Buster for a Chance to Win $100!
GoGoDon is this year’s rideshare ambassador, encouraging you to make the most of life by trying an alternative commute mode! He and Buster, our beloved mascot, have bonded over the positive impact that riding the bus has on your wallet, your time, and the environment.

GoGoDon and Buster will be in select Omnitrans buses during Rideshare Week! If you spot them, snap a selfie with them and tag @omnitrans on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Winner will be randomly selected. An example of a valid entry is below:

Rideshare Week Prize Drawings
When you share the ride during Rideshare Week, you may enter to win prizes, including a one night stay at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, lift passes to Big Bear Mountain Resort, gift cards, and more! Simply visit IEcommuter.org, pledge to rideshare (using your Omnitrans bus pass!), and you will automatically be entered into the prize drawings.

Ridesharing has proven to positively impact an individual’s finances and quality of life, as well as promote environmental sustainability. Take the pledge today and enjoy your free ride on Omnitrans this Rideshare Week 2018!

Hop on Omnitrans and Celebrate National Ice Cream Day!

Omnitrans celebrates National Ice Cream Day

It’s summertime and one of our favorite ways to cool down is by enjoying some ice cream! This month, we celebrate #NationalIceCreamDay on July 15th, but who says you need a special holiday to indulge in a frosty treat? Ice cream is best enjoyed all summer long! And, with the Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare promotion, those under 18 can get to the ice cream parlor for only a buck each way!

Places with special offers to help you celebrate:

Baskin Robbins – For National Ice Cream Day, download the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App to receive exclusive offers, like a BOGO Cone offer, a BOGO 99-cent sundaes offer and $2 off a medium Milkshake offer. Additionally, on July 31st, Baskin Robbins celebrates 31. In a tribute to their original 31 flavors (by the way, have you ever noticed the pink 31 hidden within their logo?!), all scoops are only $1.50 all day long.

Yogurtland – The popular self-serve dessert spot has a buy-one, get-one free offer from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. After introducing ice cream to its lineup last summer, Yogurtland continues to swirl up delicious handcrafted ice cream flavors for its fans. For National Ice Cream Day, Yogurtland will be serving five ice cream flavors as well as “other frozen yogurt and sorbet flavors, giving fans a variety of options to create a celebratory treat as unique as they are.”

Afters Ice Cream – Top your ice cream with ice cream this #NationalIceCreamDay at all Afters Ice Cream locations for free! Get a FREE mini cone with any flavor mini scoop when you make any ice cream purchase this July 15th.

Cold Stone Creamery – Celebrate by joining the Cold Stone Creamery eClub! By signing up, you get a Buy One, Get One FREE Creation coupon loaded to your account for simply joining. Plus, members of the eClub receive 25 bonus points, earn points on purchases, receive a Buy One, Get One FREE Creation coupon on your birthday, other prizes throughout the year, exclusive members-only offers and sneak peeks at new products and upcoming promotions.

To easily plan your trip step-by-step this Sunday, July 15th, visit our online Trip Planner!

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.

Discounted $1 Summer Youth Fare Returns in June and July!

Getting around town will be a little cheaper for San Bernardino Valley youth this summer, thanks to a discounted fare on Omnitrans buses! Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip June 1 through July 31, compared to the regular single-ride cash rate of $1.75.

Riders have a choice of paying cash on board or paying by phone using the Token Transit mobile app. To download the free app, customers can text TOKEN to 41411.

“Using the mobile app eliminates the need to carry cash or have exact change,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams.  “Riders can purchase by phone in advance, then save their passes in the app wallet until they are ready to board.”

The summer discount is good on all Omnitrans bus routes including 26 local routes, three freeway express routes, five OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

Students who appear to be close to age 19 should be prepared to show bus drivers proof of age or a high school ID card to prove they are eligible for the discount.

To help make your summer the best one yet, we’ve compiled a list of favorite summertime destinations! Click here to view our Summer Youth Fare guide to summertime fun.

Personalized routing assistance is available by phone at 1-800-9-OMNIBUS (800-966-6428) or online using our Trip Planner. Enjoy!

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.

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

The Citrus Fair at San Bernardino’s National Orange Show (NOS) is back again this May, and so are we! Each year we look forward to enjoying funnel cake, riding the ferris wheel, and talking transit with our community. To make things even better, Omnitrans has partnered with NOS to offer $2 off admission coupons for Omnitrans riders!

The five-day fair kicks off Wednesday, May 1st and ends Sunday, May 6th. Click here for fair opening and closing times, plus cost of admission. To save on admission, simply ride any of our East Valley routes (1-29, 290, and sbX) and grab a $2 off coupon onboard behind the driver’s seat. This coupon guarantees a discount on admission, and is valid of any day of the fair.

While at the fair, come hang out with the Omnitrans gang at our booth on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Buster the Bus, our popular mascot, will be there meeting and greeting kids – and grown-ups – of all ages, and our super cool 1958 GMC vintage bus, Old Blue, will also be on site for you to step into and travel 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.  Route 2 runs hourly on weekdays, and every 20 minutes on weekends. 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.

The National Orange Show is located at 689 S E St., San Bernardino, CA 92408. For more information, visit the NOS Citrus Fair online!

“Green” up your commute for Earth Day 2018

Spring time is here and the days are longer, leaves are greener, and flowers are blooming. Get out and bask in the fresh air while “greening” up your commute to celebrate Earth Day 2018!

We’ve heard about recycling, adjusted our water usage, installed energy-efficient light bulbs, but another simple way to contribute to a cleaner environment is to change up how you commute. By simply leaving your car at home for just one day, you help to lessen the number of pollutants emitted into the air we breathe.

Following are three easy, helpful tips on how to put some pep in your step to make your commute a little more environmentally-friendly:

  • Ride public transit – We may be biased with this one, but it’s a fact that riding the bus or train to work is one of the most effective ways to help the environment. Omnitrans vehicles emit fewer pollutants than most automobiles, thanks to our compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled fleet of buses. By switching to the bus, a single person can reduce their annual carbon emissions by more than 4,800 pounds! Ready to ride the bus? Go paperless for Earth Day and purchase your Omnitrans day pass on your smartphone!
  • Bike or walk for a day – Riding your bike or walking to work or school for the day is a sustainable alternative mode of transportation that reduces your carbon footprint, reduces traffic congestion, and is also great for your health! Take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy that April breeze while benefiting the earth. Bonus: If you are unable to bike the whole way, Omnitrans buses are fully equipped with bike racks for a multi-modal commute!
  • Share the ride – Not only is driving alone a major cause of smog in our air, but it’s also economically costly compared to other modes of transportation. Sitting behind the wheel for hours in traffic also takes a toll on you, too. Feel good about doing your share for cleaner air by sharing the ride with a co-worker or two. If you are having trouble finding a co-worker who can carpool with you, IECommuter.org (for San Bernardino and Riverside counties only) has a solution on their website. Simply create an account, enter your information, and they can find carpool matches for you!

Save the planet, get rewarded
Log your alternative commute trips on IECommuter to see how green your commute is and how you’re contributing to Earth Day – at the same time you could have a chance to win a monthly commuter prize!

With their Monthly Rideshare Spotlight, you are in the spotlight and are rewarded for your sustainable commute. Whether you are a rideshare star or you have been ridesharing for just a few months, you could win a prize valued at up to $100. For more details on this program, please visit IECommuter.org/EarthDay.

Instagram Giveaway: Ride Omnitrans, Win a Pair of Metrolink Tickets!

You may already be aware of the exciting news that Metrolink is extending service to downtown San Bernardino on December 18th. The San Bernardino and Inland Empire-Orange County Lines will serve the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC), expanding travel options for all.

To celebrate the train’s arrival at the SBTC, and to encourage multi-modal transit use between Metrolink, Omnitrans local routes, and sbX we are giving away 15 pairs of Metrolink tickets to a few lucky riders who enter our Instagram photo challenge!

Here’s what you need to do to enter for a chance to win:

  1. Follow @Omnitrans on Instagram.
  2. Take a photo of your favorite view from your daily bus ride, bus stop, transit center, etc.
  3. Tag your photo using the hashtag #Omniview.
  4. Post your photo on Instagram (make sure your profile is public).

To qualify, photos must be posted to Instagram anytime from December 11 through December 17.  Photos posted and tagged correctly (as outlined above) on Instagram will be entered into a random drawing, and 15 winners will be selected to win a pair of Metrolink tickets on Monday, December 18th.

You may only submit one photo per person and you need to complete all four steps to be entered in the drawing. Omnitrans employees are not eligible to participate.

The winners will be contacted via Instagram message, and you’ll have 48 hours to respond with your contact information.

Good luck to all, and happy Instagramming!

Donate to the Spark of Love Toy Drive 2017

Spread some holiday cheer this season! Join Omnitrans, ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters and give to the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Every child deserves to wake up with a smile on their face this holiday season, and you can help make that happen for under-served children in our local community on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Stuff-A-Bus extravaganza! Omnitrans buses will be ready to get “stuffed” with new, unwrapped toy donations at Mathis Brothers Furniture, located at 4105 Inland Empire Blvd, Ontario, CA 91764, from 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Last year, our community came together and stuffed over 10 buses with toys for little ones throughout San Bernardino County. In addition to supporting a wonderful cause, you’ll also enjoy music, treats, take a close-up look at the ABC7 news copter, and say hello to Santa at the event!

Unable to attend Stuff-A-Bus? We will be collecting toy drop-offs through Thursday, December 7th at our main office lobby in San Bernardino, and at the San Bernardino Transit Center.

You may also stop by any local fire station to drop off your toy, or donate monetarily online. All proceeds will go to buying toys or sports equipment for the children. Click here to donate online!

Omnitrans is located at 1700 W. Fifth Street San Bernardino, CA 92411. The San Bernardino Transit Center is located at 599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401. For hours of operation please click here.

Veterans Ride Free on Veterans Day

To thank and honor our veterans, Omnitrans is offering free rides to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It is our way of saluting those who have contributed to protecting our nation’s freedom.

Veteran single ride fares will be free on the new Token Transit mobile fare app. Text “TOKEN” to 41411 to download the app. Or simply board with a Veteran ID card,  indicating your retired military status. The offer is good on any Omnitrans vehicle including sbX, Freeway Express, OmniGo community shuttles, and our local fixed-route buses.

Accepted forms of ID include those issued by US Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs, San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Veterans enjoy discounts throughout the year with our discounted Veterans Fare and bus passes. Required methods of proof of eligibility for such fare discount include:

  • County of San Bernardino Military Veterans ID card
  • US Department of Veteran Affairs ID card
  • Department of Defense retired ID card, or
  • a transit agency Veterans ID card

If you are a veteran and would like to apply for the San Bernardino County Military Veterans ID card, please click here to apply online.