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Spark of Love Toy Drive A Success

Buster with Garth from ABC7 at the Spark of Love Toy Drive

Our thanks goes out to the many Inland Empire residents and businesses who came out to show their support of Spark of Love Toy Drive at Mathis Bros Furniture in Ontario on December 6th. The day-long drive, held in partnership with California Firefighters and ABC7, collected new, unwrapped toys to benefit underserved children in our local community.

CLICK HERE to view photos from this very special holiday event.

Photos by Nicole Ramos and Janice Kuhn

Omnitrans team joins ARMC’s Pink Glove Dance!

Buster the Bus and the Omnitrans team were proud to support Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in the fight against breast cancer by participating in recent filming of the ARMC Pink Glove Dance.

The video was submitted as part of a competition designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer education, support and research. The competition is organized by Medline Industries, Inc., the creators of the famous YouTube sensation Pink Glove Dance and makers of the pink gloves.

Viewers are encouraged to visit www.pinkglovedance.com to vote for their favorite  video and help pick a winner! Voting closes November 8th. Winners will be announced November 15th. Prizes are awarded as donations to breast cancer charities in the name of the winners.

The funds raised by ARMC will go to support Susan G. Komen, Inland Empire, a foundation dedicated to saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by ensuring quality care for everyone and energizing science to find the cure. So far this year, ARMC has raised $2,000 for the foundation and hopes its video will  raise even more money for the cause.

CLICK HERE to see ARMC’s Pink Glove dance video and please support them with your vote.

Buster’s Destinations: Hooray for Hollywood

Hooray!  It’s Dump the Pump Day and Buster is already out and about, sending photos of his adventures back to us in the office today.  Since Buster had a meeting in Los Angeles, he thought it would be a great idea to show everyone how easy it is to use public transportation to avoid what can be a very challenging commute.  Buster is very ANTI road rage.

Buster’s hopped on Omnitrans Route 1, to get to the San Bernardino depot.  Normally when boarding Omnitrans, Buster would flash his 7-Day or 31-Day pass, but today he used his Dump the Pump FREE RIDE coupon, good for today, June 21 only.  He caught an early morning Metrolink train to Los Angeles’ Union Station, which cost only $23.50 for a round trip ticket. By accessing Metrolink’s schedules on his cell phone, he was able to plan his trip ahead of time.  During the journey to L.A.’s Union Station, Buster made the most of his time by doing some work on his laptop.   Riding in the “quiet car” made it easy.

At L.A.’s Union Station, Buster transferred to MTA’s Red Line to get to his destination.  Since Metrolink train tickets are good for a free transfer to any Metro light rail or Metro bus, Buster saved even more money on his trip, which allowed him to purchase a souvenir map to several celebrity homes, using public transportation of course.  Along the way, he noted the interesting stops:  Civic Center, 7th & Figueroa, Hollywood & Highland and more.  Buster realized he could easily visit the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, catch a Lakers or a Kings game at Staples Center or take in a play at the Pantages Theater-all using public transportation.  What fun!

After work, Buster will use the Red Line and transfer at Union Station to Metrolink.  Since his commute time is smack dab in the middle of the dinner hour, Buster has informed us that he will disembark at the Montclair Transfer Center and grab dinner at The Hat in Upland, using Omnitrans Route 66.

He’s promised to bring back a “Los Angeles in Winter” snow globe us.

–Janice Kuhn

Omnitrans is pleased to participate in the 7th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. Dump the Pump is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association to encourage the public to give up their car for the day and use public transportation. In recognition of Dump the Pump day, Omnitrans will offer free rides on all fixed routes on June 21 (free ride coupon required).  To download your free ride coupon, visit us on omnitrans.org.

 

Congratulations to our 1 Millionth Go Smart Rider!

Buster and the crew were on hand to surprise the one millionth Go Smart rider, Daniella Marie, as she was getting off the Route 80 bus at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga this morning. The 19-year old student lives in Montclair and is studying to become a registered nurse. She also works as a medical assistant.

She was excited to be greeted by Buster as she stepped down from the bus.  The crew presented her with balloons, an Omnitrans tote bag stuffed with goodies and framed gift certificates totaling $100.”I wanted those balloons the moment I saw them!” laughed Daniella giving the mascot a hug. “You guys have made my day!”

This is Daniella’s first semester at Chaffey College, and she is a big fan of the Go Smart program which gives her unlimited rides with her student ID. She relies on the bus not only for school, but for work as well. “I was so excited when I found out I could ride for free. It’s pretty cool, because I always had to pay for a bus before,” she said. “It saves me a lot of money. And I can get my class reading done while I ride!”

Over the next two weeks, students at Chaffey College will be voting on whether or not to approve a $7.50 student transportation fee that will enable the Go Smart program to continue for the 2012/2013 school year. For more information, visit the Omnitrans website.

To view more pictures from our One Millionth Go Smart Rider celebration, visit us on Flickr.