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sbX ridealong with KGGI’s Kid Jay on Monday

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Thank you sbX riders, for making our first year such an incredible success!

We invite you to join us on Monday, April 27th for a ride along with Kid Jay from KGGI at the Palm and Kendall Park and Ride at 11:00. We’ll be traveling the entire route and stopping off at stations along the way with great giveaways for sbX riders.

Don’t forget! You can ride sbX FREE this week with our free ride coupon, available on our website and on the Omnitrans mobile app!

But wait–there’s more! You can also enter our sbX Anniversary Sweepstakes for a chance to win the Grand Prize:  free bus passes for a year, dinner for four, cinema tickets for four, and four  IE 66ers baseball tickets.  Click here to sign up for the prize drawing. Good luck!

Weekend service for National Orange Show Fair, 66ers baseball

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In support of the National Orange Show Fair’s 100th Anniversary, Omnitrans’ 1-year-old sbX bus rapid transit line will offer expanded weekend service April 24 – 26.

“The National Orange Show Fair is among the biggest annual events in our community. We are happy to make getting there a little easier by expanding our sbX service through the weekend,” explained Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams.

The sbX line normally operates on weekdays only from 6 am to 8 pm.  National Orange Show Fair weekend service hours will be:

  • Friday, April 24: 6 am to 11 pm
  • Saturday, April 25: Noon to 11 pm
  • Sunday, April 26: Noon to 8 pm

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sbX vehicles will run at 15 to 30 minute frequencies during the weekend.  A detailed weekend schedule is available online at sbX NOS Schedule. The station at Inland Center Mall (North Mall Way) is adjacent to the National Orange Show grounds.

In partnership with NOS, Omnitrans is distributing coupons on board sbX and regular Omnitrans buses that offer $2 off admission to the event. “We are excited to team up with Omnitrans and hope to see many sbX riders at our 100th fair,” said Alan Conrad, NOS Director of Production and Marketing.  More information on the fair is available on the NOS website.

“The Inland Empire 66ers baseball team also has a home stand that weekend, so we invite fans to hop on sbX to take in a game,” said Williams.  The sbX station at E and Rialto is a short walk from the ballpark. More information at: www.ie66ers.com

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The one-way fare on sbX, and all Omnitrans bus routes, is $1.75; a 1-day pass is $5.  Persons with disabilities, military veterans, seniors age 62 and up, and youth age 18 and under, qualify for discounts.  7-day and 31-day passes offer savings for frequent riders.

The sbX green line travels along Kendall Avenue, E Street and Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino and on Tippecanoe/Anderson and Barton Road in Loma Linda on a 16-mile route, with over 5 miles of dedicated bus lanes.  Riders can enjoy free Wi-Fi and 110-outlet power outlets on board. Stations feature real-time arrival signs, ticket vending machines, emergency telephones, and public art. Click here for regular sbX route and schedule information or call 1-800-966-6428.

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN BIG PRIZES!

 

Omnitrans customer survey & prize drawing

Tell us what you think about Omnitrans!

Take the Omnitrans customer survey for a chance to win a $25 Target gift card and a free 7-Day Bus Pass.Take the survey in English

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Omnitrans, along with several other transit agencies, is participating in a customer survey run by the American Bus Benchmarking Group (ABBG).

ABBG is a consortium of mid-sized bus agencies in North America that was established in 2011 to benchmark performance and share experiences and best practices. The information collected in the survey will help provide a comparative analysis of the bus rider experience nationwide.

Participants will be entered for a chance to win!

Get a chance to win a$25 Target gift card and a free 7-Day Bus Pass when you participate in the Omnitrans customer survey.We encourage all riders to take the Omnitrans customer survey by Sunday, May 10th. Survey participants will be entered into a prize drawing for 5  gift packs  which include:

  • a $25 Target gift card
  • a free 7-Day bus pass

Stand Up for Transportation

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On April 9, supporters around the nation are uniting in their communities and online to send a powerful message to Congress: It’s time to provide long-term investment for America’s transportation network.

Only comprehensive, long-term federal funding will enable us to repair, maintain, and adequately expand America’s public transportation, roads, bridges, ports, and rail systems to help bring our national transportation system up to speed with the 21st century.

Short-term, inconsistent funding slows progress and costs America’s taxpayers more in the long run.

Now, more than ever, public transportation needs your voice to urge Congress to increase transit funding. You can make a big difference with just the click of a button.

Go to http://voicesforpublictransit.org/actioncenter.aspx to sign the petition asking  Congress to provide the long-term investment in our nation’s transportation infrastructure that will keep America moving forward.

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Vietnam vet goes back to school with sbX

AlbertEnriquezAt 62-years-old, Colton resident Albert Enriquez is pursuing his GED at the San Bernardino Adult School. And he’s using sbX to help him do it!

“When I was young I was trouble,” admits Albert. “I was a gang banger and drug addict and thought I knew better than everyone else. Finally I found myself brought up before a judge facing three years of jail time. He gave me a choice: either join the military or go to jail. So I joined the Marine Corps, thinking that I could be wild and see the world. Then Vietnam happened, and that changed me.”

“I had to grow up fast. I saw things most people don’t get to see, and I learned to take responsibility for my own mistakes. It made me become a man. I served 2 years active duty and 4 years in the reserves.”

After his honorable discharge from the Marines, Albert found it a struggle to find long term employment.

“Without a high school diploma, all I could find were menial  or short term contract jobs,” Albert explains. “I worked hard and had several commendations and letters of recommendation from different places I’d worked, but still I couldn’t get ahead. People constantly told me that I was qualified for certain positions, but that they couldn’t hire me without a high school degree.”

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Finally, years later, Albert is working to obtain  his GED. His wife Anne is his biggest supporter and helps him with his studies.  He’s also a proud member of the San Bernardino Adult School student council.

Because his wife is retired and uses the family car for errands around town, Albert relies on sbX to get back and forth to his classes. Catching the sbX Green Line at the Hospitality station, he makes the quick trip to Baseline and E near the school.

“I really enjoy riding sbX and have nothing but high praise for it,” says Albert. “It’s convenient, comfortable and has free WiFi. It also attracts a different kind of passenger from the regular buses. You get a lot of students and professionals. The drivers are very pleasant too and always say good morning.”

But what really excites Albert is the Omnitrans veterans fare which launched in January.

“As a veteran, the vet discount make a big difference for me. I used to have to pay $3.00 a day. Now it only costs me $1.50. When you’re on a budget, every little bit helps.”

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When he’s not busy with school, Albert enjoys baking. His dream job would be to own a little neighborhood  bakery/deli where people could relax, hang out, and enjoy good food. For now he’s content with honing his skills through Wilson cake-decorating classes at Michaels in Redlands.

“I like learning new things and being creative,” he says with a smile. “It keeps me young”

Since the launch of the veterans fare on January 5th, Omnitrans is proud to have served more than 25,000 veterans fare passengers.

Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

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Omnitrans/NexTrip app update

Omnitrans NexTrip appAttention Omnitrans app users!

We have updated the Omnitrans app to eliminate the hanging issue some Android users were experiencing.  NexTrip real time bus arrival  information is now also up and running  again.

This updated version of the Omnitrans app, which includes NexTrip and Rider Alert detours, may be downloaded from the  iPhone App Store or Google Play. 

Stay tuned to the Omnitrans app for important news,  special promotions and free ride coupons when available.

 

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Colton Detours Due to A.R.M.C. Event

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s 9th Annual  5K Walk, Run & Fitness Expo will be held in Colton on Saturday,  March 28th from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The event will include free basic health screenings, activities for children and adults, and live stage demonstrations. For more information, call 909-580-3290.

The following detours for Omnitrans Bus Routes 1, 19 and 22 will be in place during the Expo.

ROUTE #1 NORTHBOUND

  • From A.R.M.C.
  • Left on San Bernardino
  • Left on Wildrose
  • Left on Valley
  • Resume Route

ROUTE #1 SOUTHBOUND

  • From Valley
  • Right on Pepper
  • Pickup and drop off on Pepper

ROUTE #19 EASTBOUND

  •  From San Bernardino
  • Right on Wildrose
  • Left on Valley
  • Left on Pepper
  • Pickup and drop off on Pepper
  • Left on San Bernardino
  • Left on Wildrose
  • Left on Valley
  • Left on Rancho
  • Right on C Street
  • Resume Route

ROUTE #19 WESTBOUND

  • From C Street
  • Left on Rancho
  • Right on Valley
  • Right on Pepper

ROUTE #22 NORTHBOUND

  • From Pepper
  • Left on San Bernardino
  • Left on Wildrose
  • Right on Valley
  • Resume Route

ROUTE #22 SOUTHBOUND

  • From Valley
  • Left on Pepper
  • Layover on Pepper

For a complete list of rider alert detours visit http://www.omnitrans.info/detour/ralist.aspx