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“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.

Omnitrans Connecting at Ontario International Airport Every 15 Minutes

Getting to Ontario International Airport (ONT) is about to get easier for travelers starting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017! Avoid the parking lot crowding, pricey ride hailing or car rental and get dropped off, or picked up, right at your terminal by Omnitrans’ Route 61.

When September service changes go into effect on Tuesday, Route 61 will service ONT every 15 minutes, seven days a week. Both Omnitrans bus stops are located along Terminal Way at Terminals 2 and 4, just east of the baggage claim areas. Riding the bus is convenient and cost-effective, with regular one-way fare for only $1.75.

“Ontario International Airport is a public treasure and it should be more readily accessible by public transit, particularly as we add air service and the number of passengers we serve continues to rise,” said Alan D. Wapner, Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) president and Omnitrans board member. “We are grateful to Omnitrans for increasing dependable and affordable service for air travelers, greeters and employees alike.”

Route 61 map. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

Beginning at the Pomona Metrolink station, Route 61 runs through Pomona, Montclair, and Ontario, before ending at the Fontana Metrolink station (reverse for westbound.) The first bus arrives in ONT at 4:45 a.m., with the last bus departing at 10:45 p.m.

Omnitrans Route 80 also reaches ONT with hourly service seven days a week, traveling through Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga. For more details on how to ride and to plan your trip, visit www.omnitrans.org.

 

Purchase Omnitrans paperless bus passes on your smartphone!

Omnitrans bus passes are moving into the digital age! To bring you a new, innovative way to ride the bus, starting today, you may purchase your Omnitrans bus passes on your smartphone. We have partnered with Token Transit, a free mobile app, to provide you with a simple, secure, and convenient way to experience Omnitrans.

Download free Token Transit app.

It’s easy to do! Simply download the free Token Transit app from your respective app store – Google Play for Android or the App Store for iOS devices such as iPhone or iPad. How to get started:

  • Use the download link available in the Omnitrans app
  • Text “TOKEN” to 41411 for a download link
  • Download the app directly from Google Play or the App Store from your device

Create your account.

Once you’ve installed the app, a short series of prompts will help you set up your new account. Please note that purchasing mobile passes requires you to use your credit or debit card. Cash still can be used to purchase physical bus passes at our retail outlets.

Select your rider type, desired fare, confirm, and purchase your bus pass.

Purchasing a bus pass on Token Transit is simple. Select the fare that you want (single-ride, 1-day, 7-day, or 31-day pass) and your rider category (full fare, senior/disability, youth or veteran).

Purchased passes are stored in the Pass Wallet.

After you’ve made your transaction, your purchased passes are stored in the app’s Pass Wallet.

Activate your bus pass when ready to ride.

Activate your pass only once you’re ready to ride. The single-ride option will be active only for 30 minutes from point of activation. The period of use for all other passes (1-day, 7-day, and 31-day) begins at the time of activation.

Activated bus pass color, image, and keyword will change daily along with live time stamp.

Once ready to ride, all you need to do is show your phone to the driver when boarding the bus so they can see your activated pass on the screen. Easy!


FOR A LIMITED TIME: Omnitrans is offering 50% off of your FIRST 7-Day or 31-Day purchase on Token Transit, valid now through December 31. You don’t want to miss out on this special savings deal!

Click here to read a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you experience technical issues, customer service for mobile passes will be handled directly by Token Transit. They can be contacted via the app under “Account Settings,” at 415-91-TOKEN (86536), or at help@tokentransit.com.

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Buster’s Destinations: Your Ticket to the Beach!

What’s summer in SoCal without the beach?! There are two weekends left to take advantage of our Summer Youth Fare and Buster highly recommends making a day trip of this one and escaping from the IE to San Clemente for a day of the stunning California beach life.

The high temps plus road rage on the freeways make an unpleasant combo. And then having to hunt for parking? No way, man – Buster prefers to chill out! Just like he did this past weekend, leave all the traffic behind and take off for paradise via Omnitrans and Metrolink. Omnitrans youth rides are only $1 this month, and for only $10, a Metrolink day pass good for unlimited rides on Saturday or Sunday on the beach trains will take you there. What a bargain!

On Saturday, Buster grabbed his sunscreen and boogie board, and hopped on Omnitrans Route 1. He rode to the Metrolink San Bernardino Station where he caught the 9 a.m. Inland Empire-Orange County Line train. It was a relaxing train ride, consisting of Yelp-ing for food spots, listening to music, and even a quick nap! At 11:13 a.m., the train arrived at San Clemente, just in time to soak up the peak hours of the sun.

Buster walked only a few short steps from the Metrolink station to the beach. He staked out the perfect spot on the sand, laid down his beach towel and headed straight for the water for some boogie boarding! He worked up an appetite and headed to the Pier for a quick snack, watching people go by on their beach cruisers.

After a couple more hours of riding the waves, it was time to head back home. Buster escaped the sun to cool down with a treat at Ice Cream & Coffee Bistro, across from the Metrolink station on Avenida Victoria. It was the perfect ending to a day of catching rays!

Buster boarded the 4:47 p.m. train back to San Bernardino. On the ride back, he relaxed and sighed happily as the train passed up cars sitting in traffic. He was back in San Bernardino by 7:15 p.m., where he boarded Omnitrans back home, feeling happy and satisfied with another item checked off his summer bucket list. Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes!

Tell us – where are you riding Omni to this summer?

The special Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare discount is valid through the months of June and July. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip. The promotion is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including freeway express routes, OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

Buster’s Destinations: Dance the Night Away!

After last week’s successful day of shopping, movies, and food at the mall, Buster was ready to check off another item off his summer bucket list: dancing under the summer sky with a few of his favorite peeps!

One day while scrolling through his Twitter, Buster found a cool list of free things to do this summer from PE.com. He noticed that Chino’s summer concerts in the park series happened on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. and admission was free! So last Thursday evening he paid his discounted $1 fare onboard Route 85 (Routes 81, 83, 84, 88 and OmniGo 265 can also take you there) and headed for Chino City Hall to check out some live music!

It only took about 20 minutes from Rancho Cucamonga to the Chino Transit Center, only a shuffle away from the concert. Buster danced his little tires off with friends to the tunes of a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, only taking a break from movin’ and groovin’ to grab a bite from one of the food vendors at the event.

After refreshments, it was back to the lawn where Buster reprised his favorite dance moves: The Mashed Potato, the Electric Slide and the Helicopter. Buster had a whale of a time that night dancing, listening to some cool tunes, and petting all the cute dogs. He can’t wait to return for the Queen tribute concert tonight. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions” make some iconic group sing-along moments!

This summer, Buster also plans to go back to the Redlands Bowl for their summer festival series, accessible via Route 19, plus a swift three minute walk. Check out the shows at your local summer concert lineups and ride Omnitrans for only $1 through the rest of July!

Tell us – where are you riding Omni to this summer?

The special Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare discount is valid through the months of June and July. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip. The promotion is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including freeway express routes, OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

Buster’s Destinations: Shop. Watch. Eat. Repeat.

Right now is the time to get out and explore, but with the weather being just a little toasty out in the Inland Empire, air conditioned spaces sound like the way to go! After last week’s swim day out in Yucaipa, Buster decided to take advantage of the discounted Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare and venture out into the west side of the San Bernardino Valley for a day of shopping, eating, and movie watching!

Earlier this week, Buster slept in for a little bit (because summer!) and got up a little later than usual. He got ready, slapped on some sunscreen for sun safety (he likes to protect his fresh blue and green paint coat!) and headed to the San Bernardino Transit Center. There, he caught the 12:58 p.m. Route 290 bus, one of our Freeway Express routes, and was at Ontario Mills in about half an hour, and for only $1!

Buster has been on the lookout for some new aviator sunglasses for summer, so he popped into Sunglass Hut and checked out their deals. His summer wardrobe also needed a few more fun, tropical inspired prints so he browsed the selection at H&M for some fun shirts! All this shopping took a toll, though. He decided it was time to grab a bite and relax! At the food court, he was swayed by the delicious pizza scent of Sbarro. Bon appetit, Buster!

To avoid the heat out there, Buster walked over to AMC and caught a showing of the new Transformers movie. “Bumblebee ain’t got nothing on me!” he thought to himself. He thoroughly enjoyed the film and wants to get in on the next installment of the franchise – maybe even as a background extra? It was getting a little late, so Buster made his way to the Ontario Mills bus stop and caught the 5:58 p.m. Route 290 bus back to San Bernardino.

All in all, it was a day well spent! Buster can’t wait to do it again later this month before the Summer Youth Fare promotion ends on the last day of July. This time, he is thinking of heading to Citrus Plaza in Redlands via Route 15  and snagging some Back-To-School sale bargains, or maybe meeting friends for lunch as summer winds down. The destinations are bountiful with Omnitrans!

Do you want to shop ‘til you drop, unleash your inner foodie, or catch the latest blockbuster during the week without weekend crowds or traffic? Check out our online Trip Planner today and get started on your next summer adventure!

Tell us – where are you riding Omni to this summer?

The special Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare discount is valid through the months of June and July. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip. The promotion is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including freeway express routes, OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

Buster’s Destinations: A Dip in the Pool

Beat the scorching heat and dive into the cool waters of your local swimming pool! Summer temperatures in the San Bernardino Valley linger in the high 90s and can often exceed 100 degrees. The weather could have you feeling parched and defeated, but with a number of pools available locally, and the Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare, cooling down is a breeze!

Last week, Buster couldn’t wait to escape the 109 heat while out and about. He packed his towel and swim trunks in his Omnitrans 40th Anniversary drawstring backpack, hopped on Route 19, paid his discounted $1 fare, and headed for the 7th Street Pool in Yucaipa. Happy as a clam to be inside the air-conditioned bus, he put his headphones on and listened to his Summer playlist on Spotify while enjoying the ride.

At Yucaipa Blvd. and 7th St., Buster got off the bus and walked down the street to the Yucaipa City Swimming Pool. He paid a small fee for recreational swim, and summer was now fully in session! Buster was excited to make a splash and try out the new rockwall and waterslide at the pool while making new friends and taking poolside photos for his Instagram story! It was all fun in the sun indeed.

Buster also recommends the Jerry Lewis Family Swim Center in San Bernardino, serviced by Route 1! Other community swimming pools can be found here, courtesy of IEShineOn.com. Take advantage of our discounted Summer Youth Fare and plan your trip ahead online with our free Trip Planner online. Happy travels!

The special Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare discount is valid through the months of June and July. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip. The promotion is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including freeway express routes, OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.