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Avila to Lead Omnitrans Board, Dutrey New Vice Chair

Omnitrans Board of Directors Chair Rudy Avila

Yucaipa Mayor Pro Tem David Avila (left) will become new chair of the Omnitrans Board of Directors in July 2019.  Montclair Mayor Javier “John” Dutrey was elected to fill the Vice Chair position. Both will serve a two-year term.

Avila succeeds outgoing Board Chair Ron Dailey, a Loma Linda Council Member. The 19-member Omnitrans Board consists of elected officials representing each of the 15 cities Omnitrans serves and four San Bernardino County Supervisors.

“Omnitrans plays vital role in our community, transporting thousands of people to work, school, shopping, medical appointments, recreation and safely back home again,” said Avila. “As Board chair, I want to ensure that we continue to meet customer needs while also being fiscally responsible.”

Avila joined the Omnitrans Board in January 2017 and has served on the Board’s Administrative & Finance and Executive Committees.  He also represents Yucaipa on the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) Board of Directors.

A 30-year resident of Yucaipa, Avila has served on the City Council since 2014. He had a 32-year career with Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) before retiring as a battalion chief.  He received his Associate of Science degree from Crafton Hills College and his BA from California State University, Fullerton.

Omnitrans Board of Directors Vice Chair Javier “John” Dutrey

Dutrey (left) was appointed to the Omnitrans Board in 2017 after serving as an Alternate since 2003.  He joined the Montclair City Council in 1996 was and elected Mayor in 2018.

“I look forward to helping set the course for Omnitrans to adapt to our evolving multi-modal transportation landscape,” said Dutrey.  “An effective, integrated transportation network is critical for our growing region.”

Dutrey also represents Montclair on the SBCTA Board and serves on the Tri-City Gold Line Joint Powers Authority Committee.  He holds a BA in Political Science and a Master’s in public administration, both from California State University, San Bernardino. He is employed with the City of Rialto, serving as a Project Manager in the Development Services Department.

CONTACT: Wendy Williams, Director of Marketing & Planning
Office: 909.379.7151
E-mail: wendy.williams@omnitrans.org

Local Volunteers Team Up for a Community Bus Stop Clean-Up Day

Whether we are transporting our San Bernardino Valley residents from point A to point B, or coming together for a beautification day of service, “connecting our community” is not just an Omnitrans slogan – it’s what drives us.

Last month, Omnitrans has the pleasure of partnering with We Are The Change and their dedicated volunteers for a community bus stop clean-up day. More than 20 volunteers of all ages gathered on Saturday, May 18th with the shared goal of improving the cleanliness of the city.

A total of 12 bus stops were cleaned by the end of the day, with all trash picked up in the area surrounding the Waterman and Baseline intersection in San Bernardino.

“The volunteers were enthusiastic and worked hard to make the area look great,” said Omnitrans Development Manager Anna Jaiswal. “We are very grateful to We Are The Change San Bernardino and their leader, Luis Ojeda, for recruiting volunteers and organizing a successful clean-up day.”

We Are The Change is a grassroots project started by Luis Ojeda, a San Bernardino resident whose commitment to his city sparked a movement to take action for the betterment of our community.

“Thank you to all who participated, and to Omnitrans for providing water, snacks, and trash bags,” said Luis. “The volunteers were very motivated, and they all did a great job. This is a result of the love that we have for our city, and I invite everyone to be a part of the change.”

To get involved, follow We Are The Change on Facebook to stay up to date on future involvement opportunities. Local organizations and businesses may also become “Trash Busters” and formally join our Adopt-a-Stop program.

Jeremiah Bryant to Lead New Strategic Development Department

After 12 years of increasing responsibilities at Omnitrans, Jeremiah Bryant has been promoted to Director of Strategic Development at the transit agency.

Functions of the newly-formed Strategic Development Department will include service planning, development planning, stops and stations management, grant writing, and business intelligence analysis to help us better serve riders.

“We believe Jeremiah’s skills and experience will help Omnitrans strategically adapt to a rapidly changing landscape within transit and in the San Bernardino Valley,” said Omnitrans CEO/General Manager P. Scott Graham.

“I appreciate the investment Omnitrans places in its employees,” said Jeremiah. “Nearly 12 years ago, I joined Omnitrans and hoped to use my analytical abilities to aid the agency. Over the years, Omnitrans has invested in training, development and provided opportunities for growth.”

Bryant began his career at Omnitrans as a Marketing Analyst in 2007 and was promoted to Planning and Scheduling Manager in 2010.  He has represented Omnitrans on numerous regional committees and served as the Agency’s primary contact with the American Bus Benchmarking Group, a national industry peer group. He recently graduated from the inaugural Omnitrans Leadership Development Academy.

“I look forward to leveraging the investment the agency has made in me by leading the Strategic Development Department as we move to enhance Omnitrans’ service in the future,” said Jeremiah.

2019 Million Mile Club Coach Operators Recognized for Safe Driving Record

Omnitrans’ 2019 Million Mile Club drivers (from left to right): Mike Tarifi, Arturo Suarez, Peter Kerr, Albert Meraz, John Harrison (above), Karen Ramnarain, Samehesha Love, and Enrique Lipp. Not pictured: Sherron Filer.

Driving from here to the moon and back seems like an insurmountable distance. Now imagine doing that not once, but more than two times, without being in an accident! That is the equivalent of what it takes to join the prestigious Million Mile Club.

This month, the Omnitrans Board of Directors recognized our new members of the Club for their driving safety achievements. These dedicated coach operators have reached the prestigious million-mile mark by logging 25,000 driving hours over 12 years without a preventable accident. Our Two Million Mile Club drivers have completed 50,000 driving hours over the span of 25 years without a preventable accident.

“This is a tremendous milestone for these drivers,” says Director of Operations Shawn Brophy. “The criteria to hit the Million Mile Club is multi-faceted, and not an easy achievement. Safety is very important to the organization and to the public that we serve, and these drivers represent the best of the best when it comes to delivering on our mission to provide safe and reliable transportation.”

Each 2019 inductee received a special plaque, jacket, hat, belt buckle, certificate, a silver name plate, a day off with pay, and $500 in recognition of their great feat. The 2 Million Mile drivers received this, plus a bonus five-day cruise to Mexico including paid time off.

Congratulations to these drivers for setting the standard of excellence! We appreciate their commitment to safety as they connect our community.

Million Mile Club

  • Sherron Filer
  • John Harrison
  • Peter Kerr
  • Enrique Lipp
  • Samehesha Love
  • Albert Meraz
  • Karen Ramnarain

Two Million Mile Club

  • Arturo Suarez
  • Mike Tarifi

Rate Your Omnitrans Experience for a Chance to Win!

As your public transit provider, your feedback is crucial to our growth. Last year, your responses to the Customer Satisfaction Survey garnered us an 83% overall customer satisfaction score. This year, you can let us know how we are doing for another chance to win one of our exciting prizes (below).

Click the following link to complete our survey & be entered to win:

Click here to complete the survey (English)
Haga clic aquí para completar la encuesta (español)

Submit your survey anytime through the end of the day on Sunday, April 14, 2019 to be entered into a prize drawing for one of five gift packs, which include:

  • One $10 Subway gift card; and
  • One full-fare 7-day bus pass

Thank you for your participation and providing your constructive feedback. Your honesty helps us to better serve you!

Omnitrans and several other mid-sized agencies in North America form the American Bus Benchmarking Group (ABBG), established in 2011 to measure performance and share best practices. The information gathered from your surveys this spring will help provide a comprehensive overview of the bus rider experience nationwide.

Omnitrans Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Fare and Service Changes

Omnitrans welcomes your input on proposed fare and service changes at our upcoming public hearing and outreach sessions, scheduled April 2-10, 2019 throughout the San Bernardino Valley (schedule below). Proposed changes coincide with regularly scheduled service changes in September 2019 and May 2020.

Proposals for Consideration

  • To maintain bus service levels as operating costs rise, Omnitrans recommends a fare change effective September 2019. It has been five years since the last fare increase, in 2014. The chart below details the proposed fare changes:
  Current Fare Proposed Fare
Single Ride
Full-Fare $1.75 $2.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $0.75 $0.90
10-Pack of Single Rides
Full-Fare $16.00 $18.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $7.00 $8.50
1-Day Pass
Full-Fare $5.00 $6.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $2.25 $2.75
10-Pack of 1-Day Passes
Full-Fare $45.00 $54.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $20.00 $25.00
7-Day Pass
Full-Fare $18.00 $20.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $8.00 $9.00
Youth $14.00 $15.00
31-Day Pass
Full-Fare $55.00 $60.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $27.50 $30.00
Youth $41.00 $45.00
  • Eliminate sale of 7-Day passes onboard the bus to improve passenger boarding time and avert delays. 7-Day still would be available for sale at the San Bernardino Transit Center, at bus pass outlets (see Bus Book pg. 2 for list of outlets), and digitally on the Token Transit app. (September 2019)
  • Eliminate Freeway Express Route 208 connecting Yucaipa, Redlands, and San Bernardino due to low ridership. (September 2019)
  • Adjust routing on Route 22 to serve the new Renaissance Marketplace in Rialto. View Map (September 2019)
  • Adjust routing on the current Route 11, and rename to Route 12. The route adjustment would directly connect Fontana Metrolink Station and Cal State University, San Bernardino, and serve major employment centers, including Amazon warehouses and the Renaissance Marketplace. Route would no longer connect at the San Bernardino Transit Center. View Map (September 2019)
  • Increase morning and evening frequency of Route 83 from 60 to 30 minutes. (May 2020)

Public Hearing Schedule

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino
Routes: sbX, 1, 2, 3/4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14,
15, 208, 215, 290

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Redlands Transfer Mall
Redlands Blvd. & Orange Ave.
Routes: 8, 15, 19, 208

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Fontana Metrolink Transit Center
16777 Orange Way, Fontana
Routes: 10, 14, 15, 19, 20, 61, 66, 67, 82

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Montclair Transit Center
5091 Richton Rd., Montclair
Routes: 66, 85, 88, 290

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Chino Transit Center
6th St. & D St., Chino
Routes: 81, 83, 84, 85, 88, 365

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Chaffey College Transit Center
5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga
Routes: 67, 80, 81, 85

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ontario City Council Chambers
303 E. B St., Ontario
Routes: 61, 83, 86

Thursday, April 4, 2019
6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Fontana Metrolink Transit Center
16777 Orange Way, Fontana
Routes: 10, 14, 15, 19, 20, 61, 66, 67, 82

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Yucaipa City Council Chambers
34272 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa
Routes: 19, 208, 308, 309, 310

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Yucaipa Transit Center
34216 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa
Routes: 19, 208, 308, 309, 310

Friday, April 5, 2019
7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
sbX VA Hospital Station
Barton Rd. & Benton St., Loma Linda
Routes: sbX, 2, 19, 325

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Ontario Mills Bus Stop
1 Mills Cir, Ontario
Routes: 61, 81, 82, 290

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Montclair Transit Center
5091 Richton Rd., Montclair
Routes: 66, 85, 88, 290

Monday, April 8, 2019
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fontana Metrolink Transit Center
16777 Orange Way, Fontana
Routes: 10, 14, 15, 19, 20, 61, 66, 67, 82

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Omnitrans East Valley Office
1700 W. 5th Street, San Bernardino
Routes: 14

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton
Routes: 1, 19, 22, 290

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Foothill Blvd. & Mountain Ave. Bus Stop, Upland
Routes: 66, 84

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Boulder Ave. & Base Line St. Bus Stop, Highland
Routes: 3/4, 15

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino
Routes: sbX, 1, 2, 3/4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14 15 , 208, 215, 290

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Rialto City Council Chambers
150 S. Palm St., Rialto
Routes: 22

If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled public hearings or outreach sessions, you may provide your feedback via phone, mail, or email. Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2019.

By mail: Omnitrans Planning Dept., 1700 W. Fifth St., San Bernardino, CA 92411
By e-mail: planning@omnitrans.org
By phone: (909) 379-7150

Adopt-a-Stop: 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 12”x22” 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 for five years.
    • Larger trash can – $1,300
    • Larger trash can & bench – $2,300
    • Standard shelter – $13,000
    • Premium shelter – $39,000 (Custom artwork option on shelter panel available to sponsors.)
  • Sponsor contracted cleanup services at bus stops for one year (Cost TBD.)
  • 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 | View on Map – 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!