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Vietnam vet goes back to school with sbX

AlbertEnriquezAt 62-years-old, Colton resident Albert Enriquez is pursuing his GED at the San Bernardino Adult School. And he’s using sbX to help him do it!

“When I was young I was trouble,” admits Albert. “I was a gang banger and drug addict and thought I knew better than everyone else. Finally I found myself brought up before a judge facing three years of jail time. He gave me a choice: either join the military or go to jail. So I joined the Marine Corps, thinking that I could be wild and see the world. Then Vietnam happened, and that changed me.”

“I had to grow up fast. I saw things most people don’t get to see, and I learned to take responsibility for my own mistakes. It made me become a man. I served 2 years active duty and 4 years in the reserves.”

After his honorable discharge from the Marines, Albert found it a struggle to find long term employment.

“Without a high school diploma, all I could find were menial  or short term contract jobs,” Albert explains. “I worked hard and had several commendations and letters of recommendation from different places I’d worked, but still I couldn’t get ahead. People constantly told me that I was qualified for certain positions, but that they couldn’t hire me without a high school degree.”

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Finally, years later, Albert is working to obtain  his GED. His wife Anne is his biggest supporter and helps him with his studies.  He’s also a proud member of the San Bernardino Adult School student council.

Because his wife is retired and uses the family car for errands around town, Albert relies on sbX to get back and forth to his classes. Catching the sbX Green Line at the Hospitality station, he makes the quick trip to Baseline and E near the school.

“I really enjoy riding sbX and have nothing but high praise for it,” says Albert. “It’s convenient, comfortable and has free WiFi. It also attracts a different kind of passenger from the regular buses. You get a lot of students and professionals. The drivers are very pleasant too and always say good morning.”

But what really excites Albert is the Omnitrans veterans fare which launched in January.

“As a veteran, the vet discount make a big difference for me. I used to have to pay $3.00 a day. Now it only costs me $1.50. When you’re on a budget, every little bit helps.”

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When he’s not busy with school, Albert enjoys baking. His dream job would be to own a little neighborhood  bakery/deli where people could relax, hang out, and enjoy good food. For now he’s content with honing his skills through Wilson cake-decorating classes at Michaels in Redlands.

“I like learning new things and being creative,” he says with a smile. “It keeps me young”

Since the launch of the veterans fare on January 5th, Omnitrans is proud to have served more than 25,000 veterans fare passengers.

Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

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Loma Linda seniors early adopters of sbX

Retired nurse and Loma Linda resident Alexina aboard sbX BRT, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

“I love everything about sbX!” says Alexina with a broad smile.

The retired nurse and Loma Linda resident has been a regular rider on the rapid transit line since it launched in April. She doesn’t have a car and relies on public transit to get everywhere she need to go. She prefers riding sbX because it has stops at her favorite destinations, and the Anderson Street station is just a few blocks from her home.

“I enjoy getting out, so I’ll often take sbX over to Inland Center Mall or out to lunch. It’s a nice ride, and the air conditioning is wonderful! Today is the third time I’ve ridden the entire line all the way up to Palm and Kendall and back. It’s very relaxing, and I can read or just enjoy the scenery.”

An avid romance reader and Amazon reviewer, Alexina always has her Kindle handy in her purse. “I use the electrical outlets and Wi-Fi on here all the time,” she explains. “I carry power cords for my phone and Kindle with me so I can charge them whenever I need to. It’s very convenient.”

Reginald Wiley

Reginald is a retired Air Force veteran also living in Loma Linda. Although he’s been a regular rider from the beginning, he admits that early on he had doubts about the rapid transit system.

“I was one of the naysayers at first,” he explained.  “Until I rode on it for the first time. I have to say it far exceeded every expectation I had. I like it.”

Reginald also finds it convenient to have an sbX station just two blocks from his home.  “It makes it very easy for me to get to the VA hospital, and it’s about 15 minutes faster than the regular bus. I also like being able to charge my cell phone while I’m riding. It works well for me, and I enjoy it.”

sbX BRT stations before and after

Here’s a quick look at the development of our sbX BRT stations before and after with photos and artist renderings. We’ve definitely come a long way!

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Public Art Gives sbX Corridor New Look

Glass panel on sbX station platform at Hospitality Lane and Carnegie Drive West, with art paver at the base of the canopy.

Glass panels, platform paver and structural monuments have quickly brought eye-opening appeal to the sbX corridor.

Installations are nearly complete of the artwork, as the start of testing begins in the areas of dedicated lanes. Glass panels have yet to be installed in Loma Linda and on windscreens at the station platforms on North E Street and Baseline Street, Highland Avenue and Marshall Boulevard in San Bernardino.

The public art process for the bus rapid transit project dates back to 2009, when a call to artists went out for proposals, which attracted individuals and teams from across the country.

A Station Art Review Committee, comprised of representatives from the art community, historians, city officials and members of the public at large, was organized in both cities. They met to review resumes and ideas for artwork in the artists’ choices of neighborhoods on the corridor, and narrowed the field to 18 canditates for the entire corridor, who presented their proposals for any of a combination of the three art types for different neighborhoods along the corridor.  Each was given a budget from which to work Nine finalists were selected by the committees to work on those projects.

Blue tree images are less visible when viewed through blue skies.

Designs were submitted to the committees for review. Once approved, the artists worked with their own fabricators and submitted their finished artwork to the contractor.

In northern San Bernardino, glass panels with natural landscapes have been installed at the Northern Terminus station at Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue. The Blue Tree Project is a glass-panel display at the California State University, San Bernardino station. When viewed through blue skies, the trees appear more transparent than when viewed through overcast or polluted skies.

Natural Histories is the theme of glass-panel art on four station platforms on Kendall Drive at Little Mountain Drive and Shandin Hills Drive. Photographic images are shown of flora, fauna and northern San Bernardino’s cultural past.

Sample of glazed ceramic tile with photo images of Downtown San Bernardino’s past on platform at E Street and Court Street.

Terrazzo-inset pavers can be seen on the platforms of six E Street stations, at Marshall Boulevard, Highland Avenue and Baseline Street, under the theme Pneuma (“Spirited Wind”), illustrating native basketry, area plants, fruit labels and other abstract art images.

Downtown paver tiles at the Court Street station platform capture images of work life at various stages of Downtown San Bernardino’s history.

Rialto Station Flower is the theme of the etched-glass panels of the E Street station at Rialto Avenue, next to the future San Bernardino Transit Center. The linear images of the California golden poppy (state flower) are encased in altered glass, so they cannot be touched.

A tribute to early citrus faming is depicted by a 15-foot-tall metal sculpture of an orange tree at the E Street station at North Mall Way, next to the National Orange Show Events Center.

Structure at the entrance of the Loma Linda station at Anderson Street and Redlands Boulevard features photographic images of the city’s past.

Setting the Tables is the theme of the glass-panel and paver artwork at the Hospitality Lane stations at Hunts Lane, Carnegie Drive West and Tippecanoe Avenue. The visual collection of plates conveys two meanings: tectonic plates and dinner plates, amplifying the identity of the area as an earthquake zone; and a dining and entertainment area.

Nuestro Pasado (Our Past) is the theme of the five sbX stations in Loma Linda. The park-and-ride facility at Anderson Street south of Redlands Boulevard has a structure monument at the entrance, with keys of painted carbon steel and porcelain enamel imagery on metal; The station at the entrance to Loma Linda University Medical Center has a monument referencing proton therapy and orange blossoms; and the Southern Terminus station at VA Loma Linda Healthcare System has a stars-and-stripes monument.

Orange blossom monument mounted at the entrance to Loma Linda University Medical Center. The dichoric-glass circles are emblematic of the groundbreaking proton therapy research that has given the campus worldwide notoriety.

STATION ART

Location: Northern Terminus (Kendall Drive/Palm Avenue)
Artist/Team:  Amy Bauer/Brian Boldon (inplainsight.com)
Theme:  A Land of Great Wind
Description:  Glass Panels (landscapes)

Location: Cal State San Bernardino Station
Artist/Team:  Freya Bardell/Brian Howe (Greenmeme)
Theme: Blue Tree Project
Description: Glass panels (blue tree images)

Location:  Kendall Drive Stations (Little Mountain Dr., Shandin Hills Dr.
Artist/Team: Leticia Huerta
Theme: Natural Histories
Description: Glass panels (flora, cultural images)

Location: North E Street Stations (Marshall Blvd., Highland Ave., Baseline St.)
Artist/Team: John O’Brien
Theme: Pneuma (Spirited Wind)
Description: Paver tiles (terrazzo insets)

Location: Civic Center Station (E Street/Court Street)
Artist/Team: Robert Delgado
Theme: Civic Center: A History
Description:  Paver tiles (ceramic)

Location: Rialto Station (E Street/Rialto Avenue)
Artist/Team: Cliff Garten Studio
Theme: Rialto Station Flower
Description: Glass panels (frit pattern)

Location: North Mall Way Station
Artist/Team: Kyung-Mi Shin
Theme: Orange Tree
Description: Structural monument

Location: Hospitality Lane Stations (Hunts Lane, Carnegie Drive West, Tippecanoe Ave.)
Artist/Team: Russell Rock/Jeanine Centouri (Urban Rock Design)
Theme: Setting the Tables
Description:  Glass panels, paver (plates)

Location:  Loma Linda Stations (Anderson St./Redlands Blvd, Anderson St./Prospect St., Benton St./Barton Road)
Artist/Team: Juan and Patricia Navarrete
Theme:  Nuestro Pasado (Our Past)
Description:  Glass panels, structural monuments (park and ride, Loma Linda University/Medical Center, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System)

– David Rutherford
david.rutherford@omnitrans.org

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sbX Construction Update for Oct. 29- Nov. 2

The sbX weekly construction update lists the places, dates, times and details of construction activity currently taking place in San Bernardino in preparation for the sbX bus rapid transit project.

Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue Park-and-Ride-Facility

  • Parameters: South of Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue intersection
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Specifics: Grading Activities, landscaping activities, electrical activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: No traffic control in effect

CSUSB

  • Parameters: New bus station location on campus
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Specifics: NA
  • LANE CLOSURE: No traffic control in effect.

Marshall Blvd. Park-and-Ride Facility

  • Parameters: Northeast & northwest corners of E Street and Marshall Blvd.
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Specifics: Work on bus pads continues, parking lot construction, electrical activities, lighting activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect

E Street

  • Parameters: Select locations between 10th Street and Hospitality Lane
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
  • Specifics: Utility relocations, driveway, sidewalk, curb and gutter work, domestic water work, storm drain activities, traffic signal activities, electrical activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect in some areas along E Street between 10th Street and Hospitality Lane.

 Hospitality Lane

  • Parameters: Select locations between E Street and Tippecanoe Avenue
  • Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Intermittent Day Work
  • Specifics: Electrical activities, traffic signal activities, landscaping removal activities, irrigation activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect along Hospitality Lane between E Street and Tippecanoe Avenue.

 Various Bus Station Locations

  • Parameters: Little Mountain Drive, Shandin Hills Drive, Marshall Boulevard, Highland Avenue, Baseline Street
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
  • Specifics: Platform structure activities, curb and gutter work, storm drain construction, bus pad construction, utility activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect at some locations.
To establish a safe work environment for crews and the public, the construction crew has implemented traffic control measures that allow for at least one lane in each direction to be open during construction. Maintaining access to businesses is a high priority as part of this project. As such, signage is placed throughout the corridor to inform the public that they are open for business.


About sbX

The sbX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is the first-of-its kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. It is the beginning of an intermodal public transit system in the San Bernardino Valley that will help reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.

The 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities.

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