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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.

2018 Million Mile Coach Operators recognized for safe driving record

Imagine driving the circumference of planet Earth. Now imagine doing that 40 times without being involved in an accident. That’s what these Coach Operators have achieved to be inducted into the exclusive Million Mile Club at Omnitrans!

Eight coach operators are recognized this year for their achievement in safely driving 25,000 hours without a preventable accident, a feat that is accomplished over the course of 12 years. Three drivers have completed 50,000 driving hours over 25 years without a preventable accident, making them 2 Million Mile Club members.

Our 2018 Million Mile Club drivers (from left to right): Naomi Bryant, Sidney Rosario, Maria Granado, Fernando Ahumada, Ana Castellon, Lori Ruiz, Harry Castillo. Not pictured: Royce Leech.

Each driver was presented with a special plaque, jacket, hat, belt buckle, certificate of recognition, a silver name plate, a day off with pay, and $500. Our 2 Million Mile drivers also received a bonus five-day cruise to Mexico including paid time off!

Our 2 Million Mile Club drivers (from left to right): Terrence Gipson, David Torres. Not pictured: Rance Hodges.

Our congratulations go to these drivers for setting the standard of excellence. We are grateful for their commitment to safety as they connect our community.

1 Million Mile Coach Operators

  • Fernando Ahumada
  • Naomi Bryant
  • Ana Castellon
  • Harry Castillo
  • Maria Granado
  • Royce Leech
  • Sidney Rosario
  • Lori Ruiz

2 Million Mile Coach Operators

  • Terrance Gipson
  • Rance Hodge
  • David Torres

To view more photos of our 2018 Million Mile Club inductees, click here.

Bus detours scheduled in Chino for Saturday, February 3

Due to the Russ Miller Memorial 5K Run and Community Walk in Chino on Saturday, February 3, 2018, five different Omnitrans routes will temporarily detour from the beginning of the day until approximately 10:30 a.m.

Remember to plan ahead if your regular bus stop is affected!

Route 81 (route map)

  • Southbound, continue straight past Central
  • Left on Third
  • Left on Chino
  • Left into the Chino Transit Center
  • Reverse for Northbound

Route 83 (route map)

  • Southbound from Central/Edison
  • Left on Edison
  • Right on Monte Vista
  • Right on Chino
  • Left into Chino Transit Center
  • Reverse for Northbound

Route 84 (route map)

  • Southbound from Mountain/Riverside
  • Right on Riverside
  • Left on Third
  • Left on Chino
  • Left into Chino Transit Center
  • Reverse for Northbound

Route 85 (route map)

  • Southbound from Central/Riverside
  • Right on Riverside
  • Left on Third
  • Left on Chino
  • Left into Chino Transit Center
  • Reverse for Northbound

Route 88 (route map)

  • Southbound from Riverside
  • Right on Third
  • Left on Chino
  • Left into Chino Transit Center
  • Reverse for Northbound

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Omnitrans

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

To honor his legacy and contributions to the human rights movement in the United States, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed the third Monday of January each year, has been embraced as a national day of service. To commemorate the occasion, you can partake in free celebratory activities here in the San Bernardino Valley, and explore local MLK Jr. art, all accessible on Omnitrans!

The Youth Action Project Presents: YAP Talks + Day of Service
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the San Bernardino Family YMCA, 808 E 21st St., San Bernardino, CA 92404. Serviced by Omnitrans Routes 1, 3, and 4.
YAP talks will feature speeches by Pastor LaQuetta Simmons, professor and community leader Dr. Will Greer, and Monica Stockhausen, professor and founder of #NerdyGirlsRock. Come together and take an action-based approach to educate the community and youth on the philosophies and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Following the presentations, attendees will help assemble 500 “necessity bags” for the San Bernardino County homeless community, and prepare 500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to feed them as well. A basketball tournament will feature SBCUSD police and local high school students. For more information, visit www.YouthActionProject.org.

30th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration by The Ephesians New Testament Church and the City of Fontana
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 4 p.m., at 8833 Palmetto Ave., Fontana, CA 92335. Serviced by Omnitrans Route 20.
This year’s featured guest will be prolific philosopher, author, Princeton and Harvard scholar, and activist Dr. Cornel West. Joining him as a special guest will be seven-time Grammy nominee and winner, Ms. Vanessa Bell Armstrong. The celebration is free to the public. For more information, visit: www.EphesiansChurch.com.

Visit local Martin Luther King Jr. statues in Fontana, San Bernardino, and Riverside
Fontana – Inside the Lewis Library and Technology Center and Library, located at 8437 Sierra Ave, Fontana, CA 92335. Accessible on Omnitrans Routes 14, 67, and 82.
San Bernardino – between E Street and D Street, next to san Bernardino City Hall located at 290 N. D St, San Bernardino, CA 92401. Accessible on Omnitrans Routes 2 and 10, and sbX rapid transit.
Riverside – On the pedestrian walkway on 9th Street & Main Street. Accessible on Omnitrans Route 215.

To plan your trip, you may utilize our free and easy-to-use online Trip Planner, or give us a call at 1-800-966-6428.