New Colton Resident Benefits from Travel Training Program

The Omnitrans Special Transportation Services team recently had the pleasure of working with Robert through its Travel Training program. Robert, a new resident of Colton, was interested in visiting the 5th Street Senior Center in San Bernardino for the various social and recreational activities they offer.

Initially, Robert had a friend who was able to drive him to the senior center, but he eventually realized that he needed to find an alternate mode of transportation.

Robert reached out to Omnitrans and learned about its services, including the Travel Training program. Through his time in the program, Robert has learned about our bus system and the various connections he can make at the San Bernardino Transit Center. Such connections provide him access to other cities throughout the region.

While training, he learned about proper passenger etiquette on the bus, crossing streets safely, and the importance of asking for help from our friendly drivers. Robert also learned how to use the official Omnitrans app on his smartphone, which allows him to get real-time arrival information and trip planning assistance when riding Omnitrans.

Having successfully completed the Travel Training program, Robert has reliable transportation that he can use for all his needs, including going to the senior center and taking care of other personal errands. With his newfound knowledge and confidence, Robert is enjoying the freedom to travel independently throughout our community.

The Travel Training program is available to seniors and individuals with disabilities who would like to learn how to ride the Omnitrans bus system for the first time. For more information about the program, contact the Special Transportation Services department at (909) 379-7341 or visit Omnitrans.org.

Written by Ruby Sulca, Travel Trainer

Omnitrans installs glowing, solar-powered lights at bus stops

In response to customer feedback regarding safety at bus stops, Omnitrans has begun installing solar-powered lights at selected bus stops recommended to us by our riders.

Bus stop locations were determined from three sources – the annual ABBG customer satisfaction survey, an sbX before-and-after study survey in 2017, and subsequent focus groups with riders following the study – two of which were tied specifically to safety.

Omnitrans riders shared with staff why they felt unsafe at certain bus stops. To address such safety concerns, Omnitrans identified $100,000 in funding to purchase 100 new solar-powered lights to install atop bus stop signs.

“Feedback from our customers weighed heavily in our decision of which stops were prioritized for solar lighting,” explains Service Planning Manager Jeremiah Bryant. “We also took into account whether there was existing light at stops, such as light provided by light posts.”

The solar-powered light’s battery charges throughout the day and is programmed to automatically turn on and off at sundown and sunrise.

“These lights illuminate a bright eight-foot radius to improve our riders’ safety and security,” explains Stops and Stations Supervisor Mel Cabang. “One full charge lasts up to four days, and the system battery has a life of about five years.”

Currently being installed throughout our service area, all 100 lights will be completely installed by summer 2019.

If you have a suggestion for a bus stop that could use more lighting after dark, please provide the exact location in the comments. Your feedback is welcome and greatly appreciated!

Long-time rider works toward teaching dreams with help from Omnitrans

It is possible to navigate the Inland Empire without a car! Just ask Favian C., a long-time Omnitrans rider living in San Bernardino.

Every day, Favian rides his bike to the bus stop, where Omnitrans connects him wherever he needs to go, primarily to work at a local elementary school, where he is currently a teacher’s aide.

“I don’t own a car right now, so it’s convenient to ride the bus. I mostly go to work and back home. Occasionally, I ride to meet up with friends after work or on weekends, so I’m happy that sbX now runs on Saturdays. I’ve been riding since it launched in 2014, so I look forward to riding it on the weekend,” he says.

Favian has been an Omnitrans rider for six years, having lived in San Bernardino, Colton, and Redlands his entire life. The improvements and enhancements to our system since then have made riding the bus a viable transportation option for him.

“I remember the old bus stop hub near the Regal Cinema, before the San Bernardino Transit Center opened. It’s been a major help having everything in a centralized location now. Navigating and transferring is much easier, and the transit center makes a positive difference in the community.”

With the help of NexTrip real-time bus arrival information on the Omnitrans mobile app and bike racks on the buses, Favian can manage his time wisely while saving money on car expenses as he readies himself to go back to school next year. He has his sights set on California State University, San Bernardino.

“I will be going back to school at Cal State University, San Bernardino within the next year, so I know riding the bus will make a big impact in my education. I used to attend The Art Institute, so I know about the GoSmart program that allows students to ride free.”

Currently, Favian assists elementary school teachers in the classroom and works individually with 4-5 students per day. “I tutor the students who need the most help, which can be a challenge at times. Some may not want to do the extra work, so my job isn’t only to tutor, but also to motivate and inspire.”

“Since high school, I’ve wanted to become a teacher because they have the power to make a positive impact in the community. I would like to positively impact future students the same way my teachers impacted me,” he says.

“I love what I do. It does not feel like work. If you do something that you truly love, it hardly seems like work at all.”

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 18”x24” 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!

Enjoy Free Transportation, Prize Drawings, and Tickets to CSUSB Basketball Fun!

This month, sbX is partnering with Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) Basketball to support the Coyote women’s and men’s teams – and you are invited to join in on the fun!

Free game tickets and free direct transportation to campus on sbX are available to Military Appreciation Night Presented By The US Army & Omnitrans on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Additionally, there are some exclusive opportunities available to Omnitrans and sbX riders to enhance the fan experience!

Women’s Team vs. Sonoma State at CSUSB Coussoulis Arena, 1 p.m.

Directly followed by:
Men’s Team vs. Sonoma State at CSUSB Coussoulis Arena, 3 p.m.

Free tickets to the game can be obtained at the San Bernardino Transit Center customer service window on a first come, first served basis (8 maximum per person) starting today. sbX rapid transit is free on Saturday, January 26th and provides direct service to the CSUSB campus so you don’t need to worry about driving or paying for parking.

As if that weren’t enough, you have the chance to participate in some very cool activities and win prizes! Here are the details:

High Five Tunnels
10 kids for each team (Home & Away) for both games. Kids attending are welcome to participate as the teams enter the court.

Half-Court Shot Contest
Shoot a basket for a chance to win free Raising Cane’s for a year during the women’s game, or $1,000 during the men’s game. If you make the shot, you’re a winner! Sign-up for this contest at the Omnitrans table the day of the game. Participants will be randomly selected and contacted via phone when the game kicks off.

VIP Experience – 1/23/19; This drawing has now closed.
Enjoy free food and beverage at your courtside seat! This is limited to 50 guests, so please enter for a chance to be upgraded to the Coyote Club VIP On Court Experience. We will randomly select 10 winners of 5 VIP seats and notify them prior to the game. Click here to enter the drawing! 

See you at the game. GO COYOTES!

Try New sbX Saturday Service Free!

Saturdays are about to get a little more Xceptional this month! Along with scheduled service changes taking effect Monday, January 7, 2019, sbX rapid transit will begin service on Saturdays, every 20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Omnitrans is pleased to begin offering Saturday service on the rapid transit line for the first time ever, and we are celebrating by offering you FREE unlimited rides on sbX on the following Saturdays: January 12, 19, and 26! To take advantage of this offer, all you need to do is simply board on any of the three free ride Saturdays.

Connect to San Bernardino and Loma Linda, or beyond. sbX provides seamless connections in Downtown San Bernardino to Metrolink (access into Los Angeles and Orange Counties) and neighboring transit agencies (such as Mountain Transit for access to the mountains, or Riverside Transit Agency, serving Riverside and Anaheim).

sbX Route Map & Saturday Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sbX your quick and convenient weekend solution for school, work, or play!

Because of the increased rapid transit service on sbX on Saturdays, Route 2, which runs parallel to the sbX Green Line, will now run every 55 minutes on Saturdays, and every 30 minutes on Sundays. For free step-by-step directions, use our online Trip Planner.

Thank you for a great ride in 2018!

As we look back on the past year, we want to thank you for contributing to our success this year.

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year from all of us at Omnitrans!

Guide to January 2019 Service Changes

To complement your resolutions for the New Year, Omnitrans is riding into 2019 with better connections, enhanced routing, and “eXpanded” service as part of the usual January service changes, taking effect on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Since its launch in 2014, the sbX Green Line has serviced a 16-mile corridor through San Bernardino and Loma Linda, only on weekdays – until now! Beginning January 7th, the bus rapid transit line will begin operating on Saturdays for your weekend school, work, or entertainment needs. Hours of service on Saturdays will be 7 a.m. through 9 p.m., with buses running every 20 minutes.

While sbX is an express service, bus fare costs just the same as Omnitrans local bus fare. For reference, that’s only $1.75 for a one-way full-fare ride on sbX! Your Omnitrans pass is also valid on sbX.

Because of the increased rapid transit service on sbX on Saturdays, the Route 2, which runs parallel to the sbX Green Line, will now run every 55 minutes on Saturdays, and every 30 minutes on Sundays.

Additional service changes include minor timepoint adjustments to improve transfers and connections. For those changes, see the list below, and don’t forget to check the Bus Book and plan ahead before travel!

January 2019 Bus Book Preview

sbX Green Line: New Saturday service added.

Route 1: Minor time adjustments on weekdays.

Route 2: Service frequency has changed to 55-minute service on Saturdays, 30-minute service on Sundays.

Route 8: New timepoint at Redlands Blvd. and Bryn Mawr Ave. replacing timepoint at Redlands Blvd. and Mountain View.

Route 10: New timepoint at Baseline and Medical Center Dr. replacing timepoint at Baseline and Mt. Vernon.

Route 14: Minor time adjustments on weekdays.

Route 15: Minor time adjustments, every day.

Route 20: Minor time adjustments on weekdays.

Route 67: Afternoon tripper to Etiwanda High School eliminated.

Route 83: Minor time adjustments, every day. Route realigned to run on 16th/Baseline to Carnelian.

Route 84: Minor time adjustments, weekdays.

Route 86: Minor time adjustments, weekdays.

Omnitrans buses not operating on Christmas Day 2018 or New Year’s Day 2019

The holidays are just around the corner! As you plan your travel this month, keep in mind that Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25. Bus service will resume on Wednesday, December 26. Our administrative offices and customer service center will also be closed on Tuesday, December 25 in observance of the holiday.

The following week, buses will not be in service on Tuesday, January 1, 2018, New Year’s Day. Our administrative offices and customer service center will also be closed on this day. Bus service and office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2.

Thank you for another wonderful ride this year. Omnitrans wishes you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

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