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Adopt an Omnitrans Bus Stop and Promote Your Business!

Would you like to promote your business or organization while enhancing the cleanliness and appearance of your local community? Sign up for the brand new Omnitrans Adopt-a-Stop program and become a “Trash Buster!”

Omnitrans invites local businesses, non-profit organizations, community groups, families, and individuals to adopt bus stops within the San Bernardino Valley. Partners of the Adopt-a-Stop program will receive recognition on 18”x24” signs at their selected bus stop (pictured below). Additionally, Omnitrans will recognize adopters with dedicated social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to a combined reach of over 8,600 followers.

There are two exciting ways to become an Adopt-a-Stop partner – Volunteer Litter Pickup or Paid Sponsorship.

Volunteer Litter Pickup – The Volunteer Litter Pickup program requires a one-year commitment to monitor your chosen bus stop once per week, pick up litter, and dispose of it in the nearest available appropriate trash receptacle.

Only one sign-up form needs to be submitted for a group, and Omnitrans’ Adopt-a-Stop coordinator will interact with one representative on behalf of the group. Omnitrans will install the recognition sign after the first two months that the group fulfills its commitment.

Paid Sponsorship -For businesses or organizations who want to make a financial contribution rather than picking up litter, there are several ways to make a difference.

  • Purchase passenger amenities to place at bus stop (prices are approximate; amenities have to be purchased directly from the manufacturer). Sponsors will be recognized with a sign at their bus stop.
    • Larger trash can – $1,300
    • Larger trash can & bench – $2,300
    • Standard shelter – $13,000
    • Premium shelter – $39,000
  • Sponsor supplies for volunteers (through payment to Omnitrans) – Sponsors will be recognized on Omnitrans website and social media.
    • Sponsor cleanup days for volunteers (through payment to Omnitrans or through direct purchase of food, t-shirts/safety vests, or supplies for volunteers) – Sponsors will be recognized on event promotional materials.

Ready to get involved in the community and promote your business through Adopt-a-Stop? Follow the links below to get started!

Adopt-a-Stop Program Flyer | Spanish
Adopt-a-Stop Online Sign-Up Form | Spanish
Volunteer Safety Guidelines | Spanish
List of Bus Stops Locations Available for Adoption | Spanish – Omnitrans will also consider another location at your suggestion. Your selected location can be designated on the online sign-up form.

Ride Omnitrans to popular film locations in the Inland Empire!

Hollywood is known all over the world for its grand production of movies and television series. Luckily for those of us out here in San Bernardino County, we are only about 60 miles east of Hollywood, and can hop on the train to enjoy the great scenery, the iconic Hollywood sign, or the Walk of Fame.

But, did you know that the Inland Empire also has hidden gems of its own that are featured in some of Hollywood’s most popular films? See the list below for our top picks, and how you can spot them next time you’re riding Omnitrans!

Terminator II: Judgment Day, starring the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger, ends with a fiery scene where the T-1000 Terminator is pushed into a steel mill, which happens to be the famed Kaiser Steel plant located between Cherry Avenue and Etiwanda Avenue in Fontana! Part of the plant has since been torn down, paved over, and turned into the Auto Club Speedway, while the other portion has become California Steel. You can see this historic site by riding Route 61.

Another popular destination that has had a large impact in the film industry is the famous Wigwam Motel, located in San Bernardino. The Wigwam Motel is grounded on Route 66 and bears a familiar resemblance to the Cozy Cone Motel from Disney’s Cars movie released in 2006. You can check out this popular destination on Route 14.

Nearby, also along Route 66 in Rialto, is Chris’s Burgers, formerly a Burger Chef. This local burger joint was featured in the popular series Mad Men, Episode 706 as a recreation of popular classic chain Burger Chef. The burger joint has maintained its original structure and basic design. You can visit Chris’s Burgers for lunch and travel back in time on Route 14.

You may be a little more familiar with this “field of dreams” – Jay Littleton Ball Park located in Ontario. The ball park has been featured in popular baseball films like A League of Their Own, The Babe, and popular TV show The X-Files. You can root for your favorite team during their season by riding on Route 86.

One of the oldest train stations in California was featured in the film “Changeling” starring Angelina Jolie. The crime mystery drama film directed by Clint Eastwood was partially filmed at the finest train station in the west circa 1918, the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino. The film was based on real life events in 1928 and perfectly fit the time setting for this film. Take Route 1 and see if you can spot the similarities to the film!

Win two free tickets to the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario 2018-19 season!

As Thanksgiving approaches, along with a big thank you for riding, we offer you the special chance to win tickets to any home game for the local NBA G League team, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario!

Omnitrans is a proud sponsor of the Agua Caliente Clippers, and we want to celebrate this new partnership by giving away six pairs of free ticket vouchers good for any game of the 2018-19 season.

Yes, you read that correctly – any home game of the 2018-19 season held at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

To enter this giveaway for a chance to win:

  • Leave a comment below telling us what you guess the final Clippers score will be for the game on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 as the AC Clippers take on the South Bay Lakers.

Example: I predict the Clippers score will be 89!

HINT: The past couple of games have been in the high triple digits, ranging anywhere from 97-129 points. View past scores this season here.

If there are no correct guesses, we will choose the six closest to the final Clippers score scored without going over. If there are more than six tied, we will randomly select the winners. We limit one entry per person, so be sure to tell family and friends to also comment below with their guesses to increase your odds of winning!

To qualify, your entry must include an e-mail address that we can use to contact you if you win. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, November 21st at 12:00 p.m. Winner must be able to pick up ticket vouchers from Omnitrans. Arrangements can be made when we contact the winners.

Good luck, and go AC Clippers!

Ride Omnitrans to Celebrate #NationalTacoDay!

Celebrate National Taco Day with Omnitrans

There’s something very important that we must taco ’bout this October 4th:  #NationalTacoDay! Sure, these social media food holidays seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but who doesn’t love an excuse to celebrate the wonder of tacos? Breakfast, fish, or good ol’ street-style carne asada…there is a taco for every occasion, mood, and personality.

To get the fiesta started, we’ve compiled some of our favorite taco spots in the Inland Empire that are easy to get to riding Omnitrans. So, let’s get the shellebration started! Alright, we’ll stop with the cheesy (queso?) puns…now.

King Taco, Fontana
Served by Routes 19, 20, 61, 82

Tacos Don Ramon, San Bernardino
Served by Route 3, 4

Mr. Taco, Redlands
Served by Route 8

The Taco Man, Montclair
Served by Route 85

Tacos La Central, Colton
Served by Route 1

To plan your trip to these destinations, utilize our step-by-step Trip Planner on Omnitrans.org!

Go Paperless, Save on 10-Packs of 1-Day Passes & Single Rides

This week, we celebrate one year of mobile fares with Token Transit. Since launching our partnership with the digital fare app, over 8,500 Omnitrans riders have switched from paper to digital passes available in the palm of their hand, literally.

And now, beginning September 4, 2018, we will introduce two new ways to save you money by choosing a mobile bus pass!

10 Full Fare Single Ride tickets for the price of 9

  • Full Fare: $16 ($17.50 value)
  • Senior/Disability/Medicare: $7 ($7.50 value)
  • Veterans: $7 ($7.50 value)

10 Full Fare 1-Day Passes for the price of 9

  • Full Fare: $45 ($50 value)
  • Senior/Disability/Medicare: $20 ($22.50 value)
  • Veterans: $20 ($22.50 value)

The 10 pack of 1-Day passes has been available for paper passes, but is new to our mobile fares. The 10 Single Ride deal is perfect for regular riders who don’t ride every day. With Token Transit, your single-ride tickets and 1-Day passes are stored in the app’s Pass Wallet and are not activated until you are ready to board.

Digital bus passes can be purchased on the Token Transit app (click here to learn how it works, and for free download), and require a credit or debit card to complete your transaction. Help Omnitrans help the environment by using less paper while saving you some cash!

Stay cool while riding Omnitrans this summer

If you’ve spent some time in the Inland Empire, you know that the heat can be pretty unforgiving this time of year. This July is no exception, with the first heat wave of the summer about to hit, pushing temperatures into the triple digits.

It’s important to take precautionary measures in this type of weather, especially while riding public transit. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you ride Omnitrans this summer:

  • Stay hydrated – Walking to the bus stop, or even waiting at the bus stop, when it is blistering hot can dehydrate you. Be sure to drink plenty of water before you travel, and carry a water bottle with you. If connecting at the San Bernardino Transit Center, the lobby provides water refilling stations. Contrary to popular belief, iced teas or iced coffee beverages dehydrate you. Water is your best best!
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure – Shade is your friend! Direct contact with the sun will not only overheat you, it can also cause painful sunburns or heat-related illnesses. Wait for the bus under the shelter if possible, and if not, create your own shade by wearing a hat, visor, or carrying an umbrella to shield you from the rays. Applying a protective coat of sunscreen to your skin will also help you avoid sun damage.
  • Dress lightly – In more than one sense of the word, dress lightly. Light colors help block the sun’s radiation, whereas darker clothing absorbs the heat. Lightweight fabrics are also the best option when it’s scorching hot over non-breathable synthetic fabrics, so opt for comfort over style.

Additionally, take advantage of NexTrip for real-time bus arrival information or plan your trip ahead of time with our Trip Planner to reduce your wait time at the bus stop. Below are local cooling centers in the inland region that welcome you to cool down.

Bloomington
Bloomington Branch Library
Served by Route 29

Chino
Chino Senior Center
Served by Routes 81, 85, 88

Chino Hills
James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch Library
Served by Routes 88, 365

Colton
Hutton Community Center
Served by Route 1

Luque Center
Served by Route 19

Fontana
Don Day Neighborhood Center
Served by Route 82

Heritage Neighborhood Center
Served by Route 67

Jessie Turner Health and Fitness Center
Served by Route 82

Fontana Lewis Library and Technology Center
Served by Route 14, 67, 82

Grand Terrace
Grand Terrace Branch Library
Served by Route 325

Highland
Highland Sam J. Racadio Library
Served by Route 15

Highland Senior Center
Served by Routes 3, 5

Loma Linda
Loma Linda Senior Center
Served by Route 19

Mentone
Mentone Senior Center and Library
Served by Route 8

Montclair
Montclair Senior Center
Served by Route 85

Ontario
Ontario Senior Center
Served by Route 61, 86

Westwind Community Center
Served by Route 81

Ovitt Family Community Library
Served by Route 61, 86

Redlands
Joslyn Senior Center
Served by Route 19

Redlands Community Center
Served by Route 8, 15

Rialto
Carter Branch Library
Served by Route 22

San Bernardino
Ruben Campos Community Center
Served by Route 14

Rudy C. Hernandez Community Center
Served by Routes 1, 7, 15

Norman F. Feldheym Central Library
Served by Route 2

Howard M Rowe Branch Library
Served by Route 7

Paul Villasenor Branch Library
Served by Routes 3, 14

Fifth Street Senior Center
Served by Route 14

Upland
Upland Public Library
Served by Route 83, 85

Yucaipa
Yucaipa Community Center
Served by Route 310

Hide, Lock, Take: Fighting Auto Theft with Awareness

Many of our transit passengers leave their vehicles parked at one of our many Park & Ride locations before hopping on sbX or the bus to complete their trip. The Omnitrans Safety & Security team is taking action to help Omnitrans passengers avoid being victims of vehicle burglary by following three easy steps: Hide, Lock, Take.

Every two minutes, a car is broken in to in the United States, resulting in a reported 721,000 auto thefts nationwide each year. Of those thefts, over 80% had the keys left in the car. To combat this problem, Hide Lock Take (HLT) was started in 2004 with the Dallas Police Department and the Central Business District. Since then, those organizations with “Hide Lock Take” awareness have lowered vehicle crimes 40-90%.

New signs installed in Omnitrans parking lots remind passengers to practice these vehicle theft-prevention methods.

FACTS:

  • Every year there are 721,000 auto thefts nationwide.
  • It’s illegal to leave your car running unattended 80% of auto thefts occur when keys are left in the car.
  • Criminals will watch a car for days before acting.
  • Criminals look for shopping bags, electronics, & purses. Most cars can be opened in 3 minutes with a coat hanger.

TIPS:

  • Park your car in well-lit areas and nearest to street or entrance.
  • Remind yourself and others to Hide Lock Take.
  • Identify your valuable by making it with a number on it.
  • Always call security and never approach a suspicious person.

Vehicle crimes are at an all-time low but the criminals are not. The reason is you! As you become aware of your belongings and lock your cars, you prevent vehicle related crimes. Take part of the Hide Lock Take program at work, home, and everywhere else!

Premium Shelters Successfully Installed in East Valley

Premium bus shelter installed in San Bernardino.

The shelters are located at the eastbound and westbound Route 14 stops on 5th Street @ Medical Center Drive in San Bernardino, just outside the Omnitrans East Valley administrative building and bus yard.

Thanks to your feedback about what would enhance your Omnitrans riding experience, we are excited to unveil the first premium bus shelters! Two shelters have been successfully installed by our Stops & Stations team adjacent to the East Valley facility on 5th Street @ Medical Center Drive.

Last year, Omnitrans awarded a contract to Tolar Manufacturing of Corona, Calif. to provide premium bus shelters that enhance the passenger experience by providing additional amenities.

Premium bus shelters include solar-powered lighting, a digital clock and real-time arrival sign, bench, large trash can, branded windscreen, advertising kiosk, and a bicycle rack. The new shelters were purchased using capital funding obtained by the agency, to be specifically used on bus stop enhancements.

“The premium shelters are designed to enhance the customer’s experience at the bus stop,” says Omnitrans Development Planning Manager  Anna Jaiswal. “They are unique because unlike our standard shelters, they have electronic signage telling customers when the next bus will arrive, a larger trash can to help keep the stop clean, and a bike rack to improve bike-to-bus connections.”

Additional premium shelters will be installed at high ridership bus stops as funds become available.

Get involved with the 2018 National Orange Show Citrus Fair!

The Citrus Fair at the National Orange Show has been a long-time staple for families in the San Bernardino County community – and now you have the opportunity to get involved with the event!

March in the NOS Citrus Fair Parade!

Kicking off this year’s 103rd Citrus Fair is the official parade, back by popular demand after a few years off. The entire community is encouraged to march, and it’s free! The fair is searching for floats, bands, and other groups to be featured in the parade, which takes place on the fairgrounds. If interested, you may submit your application online.

Get involved as a volunteer!

Giving back to the community is fulfilling, but at the Citrus Fair it will also be fun!

  • Volunteers may sign-up to work with our military veterans at the annual Military Dinner in the afternoon of May 3, 2018. If you’d like to attend the dinner as a military veteran, please make reservations online here.
  • On May 4, 2018, volunteers can assist with Sunshine Day and work with hundreds of kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • You can work the front gate and greet guests as they arrive, as well as answer general questions about the NOS Citrus Fair.
  • Feeling crafty and creative? Then you’d be the perfect volunteer with kids arts and crafts in the Citrus Building!

To apply and for more details on volunteer opportunities, view the flyer and application available on NOSEvents.com.

The 2018 NOS Citrus Fair is sure to be another fun family event with music, food, and fun rides! Stay tuned for forthcoming information on how you can use a coupon to save $2 on your admission by riding Omnitrans.

Omnitrans Selects Connie Raya for Maintenance Director

(San Bernardino, CA)  Southern California transit veteran Connie Raya recently joined Omnitrans as Director of Maintenance.

Raya has over two decades of experience in public transit maintenance gained while working at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). At Omnitrans, she will oversee a department of 108 employees responsible for maintaining a fleet of 188 buses and 25 support vehicles as well as multiple agency facilities.

“I’m excited to join Omnitrans, and to be part of an organization striving to improve the lives of residents living and working in the community, helping to improve air quality and mobility, by providing clean, safe, and reliable transportation in the San Bernardino Valley,” said Raya.

Raya joined OCTA in 1993 working in the Commuter Services Department. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands, Raya transitioned to maintenance as a Fleet Analyst. From there, Raya continued to gain experience and be promoted, working her way up to Maintenance Resource Manager in 2006. In this role she was responsible for managing fleet assignments for revenue and non-revenue fleets, overseeing various maintenance systems used for asset management, timekeeping, and fluid management, along with overseeing the manpower deployment for the department.

In recent years, Raya took on various special assignments including the management of the facilities group assigned to maintain five operating bases and seven transit centers. As a division Base Manager she oversaw a wide range of maintenance functions including rebuild, automotive, maintenance training, electronics, and the body shop.

In 2016, Raya completed her Master of Science in Transportation Management from the Norman Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University. “Since then I have been searching for this type of opportunity to combine my experience and enthusiasm to make a significant contribution to a transit agency,” said Raya.

Founded in 1976, Omnitrans is an award-winning public transit agency providing over 11 million passenger trips per year in the San Bernardino Valley. Omnitrans is governed by a 19-member board representing 15 cities and San Bernardino County.