From a fun childhood hobby to a practical transportation mode

In the public transit world, we often see people combining different modes of transportation to get to their destinations – biking to the train station, walking to the bus stop, driving your car to meet your carpool group – but skateboarding and bus riding was a refreshingly different commute alternative!

As the new school year started earlier this month, we met Destiny Nunez at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. She hopped off the bus at the Chaffey Transit Center and got on her skateboard, zooming by her schoolmates as they all made their way across campus. The 21-year-old San Bernardino County native rides Omnitrans to school, where she is currently in her second year of art studies working toward a career in animation.

“Omnitrans has been my main transportation to get to school,” she shares with us. “I don’t have a car yet, but I don’t mind riding the bus. It costs much less than having a car would, and even when I do get a car, I will try to ride the bus whenever possible because it’s just better to do that for the environment due to car emissions.”

Choosing and committing to a college after high school can be a daunting task, but Destiny planned hers around transportation. Because of Omnitrans’ GoSmart program and the one-seat ride that would get her to school on Route 80, Chaffey was the obvious choice for Destiny.

“One of my questions was, ‘would I be able to get there?’ I don’t really rely on people to get me places, so when I looked at the bus route and saw that it was convenient, I thought it was great that service was provided. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to come.”

And while some young people would not be caught dead riding the bus, Destiny is laughing back at critics. “I do a lot of homework on the bus, since it’s about a 50 minute ride. It’s really quiet and easy to get work done, or even study quickly before a test on the way to school. It definitely opens up more time for productivity, and I really like that part of it, too, because school can get so busy – especially if you also have a job. I work as well, so I really try to utilize every free minute I have and riding the bus allows me to do that.”

In a world where all of our attention is funneled into our smartphones or other devices, riding the bus also provides an authentic connection to others. “There are nice people that you meet on the bus. It’s usually other schoolmates who have your same schedule, so you always see them on the bus or waiting at the bus stop. That’s really nice. I don’t think I would’ve talked to those people any other way. Everyone’s so busy that they don’t really have time to stop and chat unless you’re in the same situation. I also like chatting with people older than me on the bus because you learn a lot from them. It’s nice to have little conversations and interactions that are always uplifting,” shares Destiny.

Getting the most out of her commute is something that Destiny has mastered at this point. She has meaningful interactions on the bus, spends time catching up on homework or studying, but is also able to get some fun out of it by riding her skateboard to the bus stop, a leisure interest that she has carried into adulthood from her youth.

“I ride my skateboard from my house to the bus stop, so it gets me there faster than walking. I’ve been doing this since middle school, if not a little bit before that. I grew up around a lot of boys, and my cousin and best friend growing up got me into skateboarding because he thought it would be fun for us to do together,” she reminisces.

“We got some little, plastic skateboards and started watching all the skateboarders. We finally got real skateboards and from that point, it became an everyday thing for us. After that, we became hardcore fans, practicing tricks. It was so much fun and I still love it. I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing it!” she tells us before skating off for an Art Club meeting. Happy riding, Destiny!

Buses not in service on Labor Day

In observation of the Labor Day holiday, Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Monday, September 4, 2017. Our administrative offices and customer service call center will also be closed on this day. Regular office hours and bus service will resume on Tuesday, September 5.

Don’t forget that September 2017 service changes go into effect on September 5th. Plan your trips ahead of time with our Guide to September 2017 Service Changes!

Guide to September 2017 Service Changes

The latest Bus Book becomes effective Tuesday, September 5, and we have a preview of the new service changes designed to enhance your Omnitrans experience!

The highlights include service every 15 minutes into Ontario Airport AND newly extended morning and evening sbX hours, along with minor enhancements to other local routes that will enhance connections and on-time performance.

Traveling to Ontario International Airport will now be easier than ever with Route 61 providing 15-minute service to the airport on weekdays and weekends. The two bus stops are located along Terminal Way at Terminals 2 and 4, just east of the baggage claim areas. Other popular destinations along Route 61 include Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario Mills, and the Ontario Convention Center. Route 61 also serves the Fontana and Pomona transit centers, making for great connectivity to the airport via Metrolink and Omnitrans.

sbX‘s Green Line, the bus rapid transit line connecting San Bernardino and Loma Linda, is also extending service hours on weekdays. The first sbX trip will now begin at 5:00 a.m., with service running until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is good news for commuters and students traveling to destinations along the route. Now, you can take sbX to the early shift at work or catch a late night movie with friends! And, in case you didn’t know, there are four Park & Ride locations along the sbX route. They offer free, lighted parking so you can experience a multi-modal commute to get to work, school, or just for entertainment!

Minor service changes have been made to other Omnitrans routes as listed below. Click here for a preview of the new Bus Book, and don’t forget to plan ahead!

Affected Routes: sbX Green Line, 1, 2, 8, 15, 61, 66, 83, 88, and 215.

sbX: More morning and late evening service has been added.
Route 1: Run-time adjustments on all days.
Route 2: Run-time adjustments, weekdays only.
Route 8: A new weekday tripper to the Amazon Fulfillment Center has been added.
Route 61: Service has been added to Ontario International Airport. Schedule adjustments, all days.
Route 66: Runtime adjustments, weekdays only.
Route 83: A timepoint at Euclid and Holt has been added. Schedule adjustments, changes all days.
Route 88: Runtime adjustments, all days.
Route 215: Runtime adjustments, all days.


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Please note the following bay assignment changes at the San Bernardino Transit Center:

  • Route 15 eastbound will stop on Rialto Avenue.
  • Route 15 westbound will stop on the south side of the transit center, next to the railroad platform.
  • Route 1 northbound will stop on the inside of the transit center. See page 15 of the Bus Book for more details.

METROLINK COMES TO THE SBTC
Metrolink service will begin at the San Bernardino Transit Center in the fall. For schedule and fare information, visit www.metrolinktrains.com or call 1-800-371-5465.

Purchase Omnitrans paperless bus passes on your smartphone!

Omnitrans bus passes are moving into the digital age! To bring you a new, innovative way to ride the bus, starting today, you may purchase your Omnitrans bus passes on your smartphone. We have partnered with Token Transit, a free mobile app, to provide you with a simple, secure, and convenient way to experience Omnitrans.

Download free Token Transit app.

It’s easy to do! Simply download the free Token Transit app from your respective app store – Google Play for Android or the App Store for iOS devices such as iPhone or iPad. How to get started:

  • Use the download link available in the Omnitrans app
  • Text “TOKEN” to 41411 for a download link
  • Download the app directly from Google Play or the App Store from your device

Create your account.

Once you’ve installed the app, a short series of prompts will help you set up your new account. Please note that purchasing mobile passes requires you to use your credit or debit card. Cash still can be used to purchase physical bus passes at our retail outlets.

Select your rider type, desired fare, confirm, and purchase your bus pass.

Purchasing a bus pass on Token Transit is simple. Select the fare that you want (single-ride, 1-day, 7-day, or 31-day pass) and your rider category (full fare, senior/disability, youth or veteran).

Purchased passes are stored in the Pass Wallet.

After you’ve made your transaction, your purchased passes are stored in the app’s Pass Wallet.

Activate your bus pass when ready to ride.

Activate your pass only once you’re ready to ride. The single-ride option will be active only for 30 minutes from point of activation. The period of use for all other passes (1-day, 7-day, and 31-day) begins at the time of activation.

Activated bus pass color, image, and keyword will change daily along with live time stamp.

Once ready to ride, all you need to do is show your phone to the driver when boarding the bus so they can see your activated pass on the screen. Easy!


FOR A LIMITED TIME: Omnitrans is offering 50% off of your FIRST 7-Day or 31-Day purchase on Token Transit, valid now through December 31. You don’t want to miss out on this special savings deal!

Click here to read a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you experience technical issues, customer service for mobile passes will be handled directly by Token Transit. They can be contacted via the app under “Account Settings,” at 415-91-TOKEN (86536), or at help@tokentransit.com.

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Ride sbX for views of the 2017 solar eclipse!

Word on the street is that something super exciting is happening this Monday, August 21st. Something about the sun…and the moon? Oh yeah, it’s the solar eclipse of 2017!  During a three-hour window, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, blocking all or part of the sun for up to three hours, something that has not been seen in the U.S. since 1979!

The rare occasion is surely a sight to be seen, and you can take part in the event easily with sbX rapid transit running every 10-15 minutes on weekdays. Our friends at Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) will set up solar telescopes and pinhole projectors on the CSUSB Library Lawn the morning of the eclipse, and visitors are welcome.

RIDE SBX TO VIEW THE ECLIPSE!
The eclipse begins at around 9 a.m. and lasts for nearly three hours, however, the best time for viewing will be between 10 and 11 a.m. Simply board sbX, ride northbound toward CSUSB, and avoid the hassle of parking and permit fees! There is a free Park-and-Ride at Kendall/Palm nearby, where you can leave your car and ride sbX to campus.

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Don’t forget to tag @omnitrans in your astronomically stunning photos!

2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan

Omnitrans is in the process of updating its 2011 Hazard Mitigation Plan (Plan). Mitigation plans are regulated by the federal government through the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. They are required to identify the natural hazards; however Omnitrans has opted to also include human-caused and technological hazards within our service area in order to be more aware and better prepared for a broader range of hazards. The Plan provides a list of mitigation action items that will be used to reduce the impacts from the identified hazards.

Part of the mandated approval process for the Plan requires the authoring jurisdiction to share the draft plan with key stakeholders and solicit comments during the “plan writing phase”. Click here to view the 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Should you be interested, feel free to review the Draft Plan and share any comments with us by August 31, 2017. After that date, we will move forward with the Draft Plan as it is written if there are no comments.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance with this project. We look forward to reading any comments that may come our way. If you would like more information on the 2017 HMP, please contact Security & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Mark Crosby at (909) 379-7117 or e-mail him at safety@omnitrans.org.

Buster’s Destinations: Your Ticket to the Beach!

What’s summer in SoCal without the beach?! There are two weekends left to take advantage of our Summer Youth Fare and Buster highly recommends making a day trip of this one and escaping from the IE to San Clemente for a day of the stunning California beach life.

The high temps plus road rage on the freeways make an unpleasant combo. And then having to hunt for parking? No way, man – Buster prefers to chill out! Just like he did this past weekend, leave all the traffic behind and take off for paradise via Omnitrans and Metrolink. Omnitrans youth rides are only $1 this month, and for only $10, a Metrolink day pass good for unlimited rides on Saturday or Sunday on the beach trains will take you there. What a bargain!

On Saturday, Buster grabbed his sunscreen and boogie board, and hopped on Omnitrans Route 1. He rode to the Metrolink San Bernardino Station where he caught the 9 a.m. Inland Empire-Orange County Line train. It was a relaxing train ride, consisting of Yelp-ing for food spots, listening to music, and even a quick nap! At 11:13 a.m., the train arrived at San Clemente, just in time to soak up the peak hours of the sun.

Buster walked only a few short steps from the Metrolink station to the beach. He staked out the perfect spot on the sand, laid down his beach towel and headed straight for the water for some boogie boarding! He worked up an appetite and headed to the Pier for a quick snack, watching people go by on their beach cruisers.

After a couple more hours of riding the waves, it was time to head back home. Buster escaped the sun to cool down with a treat at Ice Cream & Coffee Bistro, across from the Metrolink station on Avenida Victoria. It was the perfect ending to a day of catching rays!

Buster boarded the 4:47 p.m. train back to San Bernardino. On the ride back, he relaxed and sighed happily as the train passed up cars sitting in traffic. He was back in San Bernardino by 7:15 p.m., where he boarded Omnitrans back home, feeling happy and satisfied with another item checked off his summer bucket list. Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes!

Tell us – where are you riding Omni to this summer?

The special Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare discount is valid through the months of June and July. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip. The promotion is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including freeway express routes, OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.