Food Fest vendors offer sbX free ride coupon

San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest

Are you a foodie? Are you crazy about gourmet food trucks?  Then you won’t want to miss the San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest!

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Specialty drinks from Mocha-Lotive

This popular downtown event is held next to City Hall the third Thursday of each month from 11:00-2:00.

Cupcakes from My Delight Cupcakery

Cupcakes from My Delight Cupcakery

This week, on March 19th, you can get a get a coupon for a free sbX ride with every meal purchased from participating Food Fest vendors.  Offer good while supplies last.

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Enjoy sweet and savory crepes from Crepes Bonaparte, ranked as one of the top 20 food trucks in America by QSR magazine. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a Blue Crab Burrito from Street Foods Co.? You might want to try Argentine food from Piaggio,  featuring extraordinary empanadas, superb sliders and mouthwatering Milanesa Sands. Yum!

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Don’t forget to save room for dessert! Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Lemonade cupcakes and other signature flavors from My Delight Cupcakery.

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Need a mid-day pick-me-up? Mocha-Lotive offers coffees, teas and smoothies to give you that extra boost of energy you need to make it through the work day.

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There are so many more culinary delights you won’t want to miss: the Mac & Cheese sandwich from The Grilled Cheese Truck, Asian style chicken from Belly Bombz, and  healthy brats or veggie dogs from Bratworks.

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Treat yourself and a friend to an unforgettable food experience this Friday and get your coupon for a free first-class ride on the sbX rapid transit line. You deserve it!

Blue Crab Burrito from Street Foods Co.

Blue Crab Burrito from Street Foods Co.

For more info visit the SB Third Thursdays Food Fest Facebook page.

Omnitrans helps introduce students to higher education

students aboard the Omnitrans  sbX rapid transit bus

On March 6th, the San Bernardino School District, in partnership with the City of San Bernardino, led a “Path to Success” field trip designed to excite junior high students about local options in higher education.  Six hundred students from Richardson, Shandin Hills, Rodriguez, and King Middle Schools participated in the event.

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The Art Institute, Valley College and Cal State University provided free campus tours and presentations. These three schools are also participants in the Omnitrans GoSmart program, which offers students unlimited free bus rides with their student IDs. Funding for the discounted fare program comes from student fees and administrative sources.

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Omnitrans sponsored transportation for students between institutions on city buses and its sbX rapid transit service. Representatives from the bus agency were on hand to assist each group in navigating their route.  sbX was a particular hit with the teens who loved the free Wi-Fi and immediately took advantage of the power outlets to charge their phones.

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“It was a very successful event,” says Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos. “In addition to firsthand campus experience, it gave us the opportunity to introduce many students to public transit for the first time and teach them a few travel basics. With rising tuition costs and limited family transportation, we’re finding that more and more students are relying the GoSmart program to make it viable for them to pursue higher education.”

DSC_0581FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THE PATHWAY TO SUCCESS EVENT, VISIT US ON FLICKR.

 

Million Mile Coach Operators Honored

Omnitrans Million Mile Drivers

Left to right:Million Mile Club Honorees Kenneth Brantley, Larry Pollard, Enedina Casillas, Joe Armenta, Marco Pacheco, Larry Day, John Barnett

This month, the Omnitrans Million Mile Club welcomed nine new 1 Million Mile drivers and three 2 Million Mile drivers into its ranks. These dedicated coach operators have achieved the prestigious 1 million mile mark by logging 25,000 driving hours without a preventable accident. It’s the equivalent of driving to the moon and back–twice!

The coach operators were honored in a special awards ceremony at the Omnitrans Board of Directors meeting on March 5th. Each received a presentation certificate and a check for $500.

Omnitrans Million Mile Safe Driving Award

Omnitrans CEO P. Scott Graham, Board Chair Allan Wapner and Operations Director Diane Caldera present Million Mile Club honorees with certificates of achievement.

“This particular group not only has an exemplary safety record, they are also very customer service oriented,” says Transportation Manager John Steffon. “Their kindness, professionalism, courteousness and concern for others have earned them numerous commendations from our passengers.”

Our gratitude and congratulations go out to each of these exceptional coach operators who set the Omnitrans standard for safety and excellence:

Two Million Mile Drivers

  • John Barnett
  • LaMorris Hall
  • Marco Pacheco

One Million Mile Drivers

  • Joe Armenta
  • Kenneth Brantley
  • Enedina Casillas
  • William Collins
  • Larry Day
  • Ronda Downton
  • Glenn Licher
  • Michael Mayo
  • Larry Pollard

For more photos of our Million Mile honorees, visit us on Flickr.

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Omnitrans Proposes Changes Including New Freeway Express

Omnitrans proposed September 2015 service changes

San Bernardino Transit Center – busway

Omnitrans is proposing changes that would impact bus routes throughout the San Bernardino valley effective September 8, 2015.  Plans include streamlining service in the west valley, adding a new freeway express route on I-10, realigning routes to serve a new transit center in San Bernardino, and implementing a new customer application process for Access ADA service. To gather public comments, a series of meetings are scheduled between March 19 and 27.  (details below)

West of the I-15 freeway, Omnitrans proposes realignment of nine north-south routes to improve directness of service, reduce travel time and simplify the route network.  In response to frequent customer requests, freeway express Route 290 is proposed to offer weekday, peak-hour service on the I-10 corridor between Montclair and San Bernardino with stops at Ontario Mills and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

With the September opening of the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC), eleven bus routes need to be adjusted to streamline access to the new site located on Rialto Avenue between E and F Streets in downtown.  The facility is adjacent to an Omnitrans sbX rapid transit station. Neighboring transit agencies, Mountain Transit and Victor Valley Transit Authority, also will serve the transit center.  In 2016, when construction of a rail extension is complete, the SBTC will provide a direct connection to Metrolink commuter trains.

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San Bernardino Transit Center – north view

“The new transit center will serve approximately 6,000 customers per day as they make connections between routes,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams. “Passenger amenities include sheltered waiting areas, real-time arrival signs, public restrooms, a customer service desk, and 24/7 security.  It will be a LEED gold certified facility, meaning it incorporates the best in energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly design.”

Also in September, more direct service to San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is proposed by extending Route 1 east to Victoria Avenue, in response to customer requests.  At the same time, frequency on Route 1 north of downtown San Bernardino is proposed to increase to every 15 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes today.

To utilize Access, transportation service for person with disabilities, customers first must complete an application to determine eligibility under the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Omnitrans proposes implementing an in-person element to the process, which is conducted by mail currently, to help customers complete their application in a timely manner.

The service proposals, including any changes made as the result of public comment, are expected to go to the Omnitrans Board of Directors for final approval on May 6, 2015.

Detailed information about all proposed changes is available online at: 2015 Omnitrans Proposed Service Changes Brochure

Omnitrans proposed service changes

Public Hearing Schedule:

HIGHLAND: Thursday, March 19

  • 9:00 am – 12:00pm, City Council Chambers, 27215 Base Line Rd.

YUCAIPA: Thursday, March 19

  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm, Yucaipa Transit Ctr., 34276 Yucaipa Blvd.

MONTCLAIR: Monday, March 23

  • 7:00 – 11:00 am, Montclair Transit Ctr., 5091 Richton Rd.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Monday, March 23

  • 1:00 – 4:00 pm, City Council Chambers, 10500 Civic Center Dr.

FONTANA: Tuesday, March 24

  • 7:00 – 10:00 am, Metrolink Station, 16777 Orange Way

SAN BERNARDINO: Tuesday, March 24

  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, San Bernardino Transfer Ctr., 4th & F St.
  • 3:00 – 7:00 pm, Omnitrans, 1700 W. Fifth St.

CHINO: Wednesday, March 25

  • 8:00 – 11:00 am, City Council Chambers, 13220 Central Ave.

FONTANA: Wednesday, March 25

  • 3:00 – 6:30 pm, Metrolink Station, 16777 Orange Way

RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Thursday, March 26

  • 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Chaffey College Transit Ctr., 5885 Haven Ave.

ONTARIO: Thursday, March 26

  • 3:30 – 7:00 pm, City Hall Community Rooms, 303 East B Street

SAN BERNARDINO: Friday, March 27

  • 7:00 – 10:00 am, San Bernardino Transfer Ctr., 4th & F St.

 

Comments may also be submitted by phone at 909-379-7150, email: PublicComment@Omnitrans.Org  or mail to Omnitrans, 1700 West Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA  92411.  The comment period closes April 3, 2015.

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Feedback wanted on proposed service changes

Omnitrans proposed service changes

Omnitrans wants your opinion regarding bus service and several proposed changes designed to improve our services. Omnitrans planning staff will be available to receive your comments and discuss service proposals at upcoming meetings.

PROPOSED CHANGES:
Omnitrans seeks to improve the directness of travel and travel times, implement a new Transit Center in San Bernardino, start a peak hour freeway express pilot program on I-10, and make corresponding changes to the Access Service Area. These changes fall into five key areas:

1)  West Valley North-South Routes:
Route proposals focus routes on key north-south corridors instead of crisscrossing. Many routes are renumbered to signify change. Current routes with major changes proposed include 63, 65, 67, 68, 80, 81, 82 and 83.

2)  Downtown San Bernardino Routing for the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC):
The SBTC is scheduled to open September 2015. The SBTC is located at E Street and Rialto Avenue, approximately 0.7 miles from Omnitrans current downtown transfer hub. All local routes that service in downtown San Bernardino (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, & 215) have proposed map changes.

3)  Introduction of Interstate 10 Freeway Express Pilot Program:
Omnitrans proposes implementing Route 290, an AM & PM peak hour service on I-10 with stops at the San Bernardino Transit Center, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Ontario Mills and Montclair Transit Center.

4)  ADA Access Area Revisions for Proposed Routing:
The Access service area is defined by a ¾-mile area around Omnitrans fixed route service. With the fixed route changes under consideration, there are some minor adjustments that would slightly extend the Access service area.

5)  In-Person Component added to ADA Access Service Eligibility Determination:
Currently, Access applicants submit the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) application and doctor’s verification in writing through the mail. Approximately 30% of applications are not completed within the application timelines. Omnitrans proposes adding an in-person session to the ADA Access application process to enhance the accuracy of the process and ensure that applicants are being matched to the appropriate service.

INFORMATION LINK:

PUBLIC MEETINGS:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HIGHLAND
9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
City Council Chambers, 27215 Base Line Highland

YUCAIPA
3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Yucaipa Transit Center, 34276 Yucaipa Boulevard

Monday, March 23, 2015

MONTCLAIR
7:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Montclair Transit Center, 5091 Richton Road

RANCHO CUCAMONGA
1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
City Council Chambers, 10500 Civic Center Drive

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FONTANA
7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
Fontana Metrolink Station, 16777 Orange Way

SAN BERNARDINO
11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
4th Street Transfer Center (Carousel Mall Side)

SAN BERNARDINO
3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Omnitrans, Large Lobby Conference Room, 1700 W. Fifth Street

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CHINO
8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
City Council Chambers, 13220 Central Avenue

FONTANA
3:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
Fontana Metrolink Station, 16777 Orange Way

Thursday, March 26, 2015

RANCHO CUCAMONGA
9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Chaffey College Transit Center (Off College Drive)

ONTARIO
3:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
City Hall Community Rooms 1 and 2, 303 East B Street

Friday, March 27, 2015

SAN BERNARDINO
7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
4th Street Transfer Center (Carousel Mall Side)

At these meetings, all interested parties or agencies will be afforded the opportunity to be heard.  The public is welcome at these meetings any time within the specified dates and times to discuss with Omnitrans staff the proposed changes.

Any person or agency may mail comments until Thursday, April 3, 2015 by 5:00 P.M. to the Omnitrans main office located at 1700 West Fifth Street, San Bernardino, California 92411 to the attention of the Planning Department.  Comments may also be received by telephone by calling (909) 379-7150 or via email at PublicComment@Omnitrans.Org

Coach operator grads hit the road

Back row left to right: Cassandra Henderson, John Parham, Dennis Elton, Mark Newton. Front row left to right: Julie Diaz, Regina Tootle and Kenya Finnell.

Omnitrans newest student coach operators were all smiles as they celebrated their graduation today.

Three of the graduates have a transit background and came to Omnitrans from other transit agencies. Kenya Finnell formerly drove both buses and trains for LA Metro. Mark Newton was previously a coach operator for Orange County Transportation Authority, and Regina Tootle had been a coach operator for Foothill Transit.

The other four graduates were newbies to the transit industry. Dennis Elton worked in jumper rentals. Julie Diaz has worked numerous customer service positions for a variety of companies including Wells Fargo. Cassandra Henderson is a mom of two who considers this her first real job. John Parham worked for 30 years as a postal worker.

Fleet Safety & Training Instructor Charles Molloy checks in with dispatch for driving assignments for our new coach operators.

“This was a really energetic class and all of them were a pleasure to have as students,” says Fleet Safety and Training Instructor Charles Molloy. “They worked well together, cared a lot about other and always had each other’s backs. They are a great addition to our fleet.”

Welcome aboard graduates! We’re excited to have you here and wish you best of luck on your first routes.

Omnitrans Director of Operations Diane Caldera and Coach Operator Kenya Finnell

Omnitrans Director of Operations Diane Caldera and Coach Operator Julie Diaz

Omnitrans Director of Operations Diane Caldera and Coach Operator Regina Tootle

Omnitrans Director of Operations Diane Caldera and Coach Operator John Parham

Omnitrans Director of Operations Diane Caldera and Coach Operator Cassandra Henderson

Omnitrans Director of Operations Diane Caldera and Coach Operator Mark Newton

Omnitrans Director of Operations Diane Caldera and Coach Operator Dennis Elton

 

What riders are saying about Omnitrans

“After buying a car, I realized that I would be saving roughly 60 dollars a month if I continued to take the bus to and from work. That means I’m saving 720 dollars a year. Oh yeah. I’ve come to enjoy my daily commute. Thanks Omnitrans!” – Ruben S.

“I love sbX because you have free wifi and we can charge our phones. That’s the coolest part. Keep the good job going.” – Moises F.

“I use Omnitrans for doctor appointments or just going to the movies. It is cheaper than running my car. You have always been there for me. I’ve used the bus service for over 25 years. Nice to relax and let Omni do the driving.” – Michelle E.

“It’s fast and there’s more room on the sbX bus. Especially when I go food shopping. I can find room for my basket and backpack that I fill with food once a month. I love the power outlets to charge cell phones. It makes riding the bus a lot less stressful.”  – Ronnie R.

“Friendly drivers, awesome experience, cheap way to get around when you don’t have a car. People are friendly. On the bus you make new friends with bus drivers and other people.  I love Omnitrans.” – Alicia S.

“I like Omnitrans because it gets me where I need to go, and I get a nap in on the way. It’s a blessing when you have no car.” –  Gorgoni J.

“Makes getting to work a snap and saves a ton on gas and insurance. Why have a car that you barely use when you can catch the bus, especially that awesome new SBX.” – Christian G.

“The Sbx is a great way to travel. It can literally be faster than driving a car due to the dedicated lanes. Not only am I saving some time, but I get to meet great people on the bus and reduce my eco footprint.” – Kimberly G.

“I love Omnitrans because I can go to CSUSB without the hassle of paying for parking, paying for gas, or looking for a parking space every time I have class. And the stop is right outside my house!!  I love it!!” – Cindy P.