Buses on regular schedule Martin Luther King Day

Omnitrans buses will be running as scheduled and our administrative offices will maintain regular hours on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19th.

Omnitrans Vet Fare Kickoff A Success

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In appreciation for the contributions of the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces, Omnitrans introduced a discount fare for US military veterans on January 5, 2015.

“It’s our way of saying thanks to those who have served to protect our freedom,” said Omnitrans CEO/General Manager P. Scott Graham, himself a veteran of the US Marine Corps. Approximately 79,000 veterans reside in the Omnitrans service area of the San Bernardino Valley.

P. Scott Graham, Omnitrans CEO

A kickoff event was held at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. Representatives of Omnitrans, its Board of Directors, the VA Healthcare system, 211-Vetlink, and San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs all hailed the new discount fare as a well-deserved benefit for those who served in the armed forces.

Osvaldo Maysonet, Veterans Specialist at 211-Vetlink and former Marine sergeant who served in the Iraq war, is credited with leading the charge to get Omnitrans and several neighboring transit agencies to implement a veteran discount. “This will have a big impact on affordability for our veterans,” Maysonet said. “We have many vets in San Bernardino County who are dealing with low income or no income. Access to affordable transportation will connect them with education, healthcare and employment opportunities and possibly help them to become taxpayers again.”

Osvaldo Maysonet, Veterans Specialist at 211-Vetlink

At the kickoff event, Omnitrans donated 500 veterans 1-day bus passes to VA Healthcare system programs. Veteran resources were on site to offer assistance and information. San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs issued nearly 100 free photo ID cards for veterans. The IDs verify eligibility for the new bus fares and can be used to earn discounts at other “veteran-friendly” businesses in the county.

The veteran fare provides a 50% discount on fixed route bus fares and passes to US retired military personnel with ID. This includes those who served in the US Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. Additionally, Omnitrans introduced free rides for uniformed active duty military members, police and firefighters.

Omnitrans Veterans Fare Kickoff Event

Join us on Monday, January 5th
at the front entrance of the VA Hospital in Loma Linda
Ceremony 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    |    Info Fair   2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


 Free Omnitrans Bus Passes and Prize Drawing
Stop by the Omnitrans table with your San Bernardino County Military Veteran ID to get a FREE 1-Day Bus Pass and enter a drawing for a 31-Day Bus Pass.

 

Free County of San Bernardino County Military Veteran ID Cards 
Veterans may obtain a free County of San Bernardino Military Veterans ID during the Information Fair between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. All Veterans with this ID card will be eligible for the discounted bus fare from Omnitrans.



Discounted veterans fare
In appreciation of the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces, Omnitrans is honored to offer veterans discounted bus passes for 50% less than the full fare.

Active duty military
Active duty military personnel may ride Omnitrans buses for free. They must wear the appropriate uniform at the time of boarding and present a valid U.S. Unformed Services ID card indicating active service or a Common Access card indicating uniformed services or active duty.

Please note: Veterans and Active Duty fares exclude Access ADA curb-to-curb service.

Preparing for a coach operator career

Whenever a coach operator job position opens at Omnitrans, our HR Department receives hundreds of applications. How will you stand out?

Each time an Omnitrans  coach operator position is advertised, our HR Department receives hundreds of applications.  Yet only about 8% make it through the hiring process.

Surprisingly, most are immediately eliminated for one simple reason. They failed to fully complete the application. Others are weeded out during personal interviews for lack of professionalism. 

“Personal appearance, business etiquette and strong interview skills are absolutely critical for success in today’s competitive job market,” points out author and career coach Patricia Dorch.

Bridge Program instructors Patricia Dorch and Henry Shields

That’s where the Bridge Program comes in. The free 5-day workforce development program is facilitated by Dorch and co-instructor Henry Shields, a former Omnitrans Fleet Safety & Training Supervisor.  Together, they introduce job seekers to potential new careers as public transit coach operators. They also prepare participants for the application and interview process, teaching them how to make a great first impression and brand themselves for success.

“Every single day we were challenged,”says Bridge Program graduate Karena Rojas. ” We created portfolios,  covered everything you can think of in the interview process, and learned skills specific to the job of a coach operator. Everyone who graduated the program with me was happy to be a part of it. It boosted everyone’s confidence, so much so that we are all looking harder for jobs and feel surer of ourselves in obtaining one.”

Are you ready for a new career this year? Bridge Program classes are continuing at the Omnitrans San Bernardino office through January. Space is limited. Click here to sign up today.

E St. voted Best Urban Street Transformation

This month, San Bernardino’s E Street was voted “Best Urban Street Transformation of 2014″ on StreestsBlog USA. It was one of five streets nominated in the national Streetsie award competition and garnered an overwhelming 48% of the vote.

There is a lot to be proud of: dedicated bus lanes, beautiful landscaping, and sbX BRT stations with original art whose themes share the rich histories of our local communities. Ongoing events like the weekly Downtown San Bernardino Farmshare and Market and the monthly Third Thursday Food Fest (located by the E Street Civic Center Station) feature local farmers, vendors and food trucks to attract the city’s lunch crowd.

E Street has not simply molded the landscape of our city. It has created a renewed sense of civic pride as evidenced by the grass roots efforts of residents who rallied the community to vote in a show of support.

This New Year’s Eve, we are proud to celebrate the transformation of E Street and look forward to continued positive changes in 2015.

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Handling returns & holiday sales by bus

Guest article written by Connie Jones, blogger for So I’m Legally Blind

Blogger Connie Jones from “So I’m Legally Blind”

If you’re visually-impaired like I am, getting from place to place can be quite an undertaking, especially after the holiday season. Seriously! Most people have a few gifts to return and sales to catch, and that is not the easiest thing to do when you use public transit. All those bags! First, you have to get up the steps to pay for your ticket. What an ordeal of dropped bags, apologies to the driver for not having the exact change at the ready and if you weigh more than 100 lbs, yikes! Then you make the turn to find a seat, and so it begins. You apologize profusely to the other passengers as you bump into them with your bags, you search for two empty seats, one for you and one for the bags, all the while avoiding the eyes of the other passengers who are looking away from you as if to say, please don’t sit by me!

You’ve just gotta laugh! If you don’t have a good sense of humor and patience, it can get very frustrating. I’ve been through this before. Oh, I had big plans, made the list of things I needed to return, stores to return to or buy something on sale, the directions, etc. The first few bags aren’t so bad, people are very nice, accommodating, move out of your way. It’s when you begin to look like a pack mule, a Sherpa, that things begin to go entertainingly (for the other passengers) downhill. You either drop something, get stuck between the walkway with passengers or you can’t seem to get all of your bags around you as you sit down.

Personally, I didn’t like annoying my fellow passengers, doesn’t make for good karma. Although, most people could appreciate my dilemma; between carrying my school bags, and shopping bags with gifts to return, it could get pretty comical. Even during the holidays when people try to show more patience and kindness, that doesn’t mean people want all of your things spread around them and taking up their space. For me, the best way to go about my holiday returns was to break it down like a military operation. I’d do a little bit each week or on my way here or there and before you knew it, I was done. Now, I can get it all done so much faster because of the new sbX, the Access bus and other public transit options that I didn’t have before.

VA Medical Center Hosts Omnitrans Veterans Fare Kickoff

A new Omnitrans bus wrap will be on display at the event. It honors those who have served and introduces the launch of the agency’s discounted fare for veterans.

The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System will host an event designed to introduce Omnitran’s new discounted fare for Veterans on Monday, January 5 2015. A ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. followed by an information fair from 2 p.m to 4 pm.

The “Omnitrans Veterans Fare Kickoff” will be held at the main entrance of the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center.

Representatives of Omnitrans Board of Directors, a co-organizer of the event will be on hand. The County will be providing free ID Cards for Veterans during the event.

For more information, contact Wendy Williams of Omnitrans at 909-379-7151, Jim Rich of VA Loma Linda Medical Center at (909) 583-6193 or visit www.omnitrans.org.

Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos & Buster the Bus with display art featuring the new Veterans fare which takes effect January 5th.

The Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center is the centerpiece of the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System.  Opened in 1977, it is located ½ mile from its major affiliate, Loma Linda University.  VA also provides primary care and mental health at outpatient clinics located in Blythe, Corona, Palm Desert, Murrieta, Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville.

Founded in 1976, Omnitrans is the public transit agency providing 50,000 passenger trips each weekday in the San Bernardino Valley of Southern California.

 

Buses not in service New Years Day

Omnitrans offices will be closed, and buses will not be running on Thursday, January 1st.

Offices will reopen, and buses will return to normal service on Friday, January 2nd.

We wish you and  your family a safe, happy and prosperous New Year!

For all the latest Omni  info, including bus schedules, bus arrival times, Rider Alerts, special promotions, and no service holiday information, download the Omnitrans mobile app available in the App Store and Google Play.

Cast your vote for E Street!

E Street, San Bernardino – after

Our own sbX E Street Corridor is one of five nominated  for a national “Streetsie Award” for Best Urban Street Transformation of 2014.

To cast your vote, head over to Street Blog USA  and check out all the nominees. We think you’ll agree E Street, San Bernardino has undergone a huge transformation!

Voting ends on December 28th. Be sure to check out the San Bernardino Sun newspaper Wednesday, December 24th for an E Street article by reporter Ryan Hagen.

E Street, San Bernardino – before

 

Omnitrans holiday bus schedule

Are Omnitrans buses running

All of us at Omnitrans wish you, your family and friends a wonderful holiday season and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Planning ahead for the New Year? For a preview of our January 5th Bus Book and service changes, visit our Guide to January Service Changes. 

OMNITRANS HOLIDAY BUS SCHEDULE

  • Dec. 24th – Buses operating; administrative offices closed.
  • Dec. 25th – No buses operating; administrative offices closed.
  • Jan. 1st – No buses operating; administrative offices closed