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CSUSB students head back to school with Go Smart

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Yesterday was the first day of classes at Cal State University, and the Omnitrans team was there to talk with students about Go Smart

With the Go Smart program, CSUSB students with a valid student ID can get unlimited rides on any Omnitrans fixed route, sbX, or Freeway Express service. Funding for the program comes from student fees and administrative sources.

If you’ve ever tried to find campus parking, you know that feeling of endlessly circling the lots desperately searching for an open space near your class. Purchasing a permit can also be pricey on a student budget. You can expect to pay $84 to $102 per quarter.

parking2Would you rather commute this way?       

IMG_3499                 Or would you rather ride free this way?

The Omnitrans/sbX bus station on campus features beautiful landscapes, art and modern shelters where you can relax while you wait for the bus to arrive. Our sbX rapid transit service, which runs from Palm and Kendall to the Loma Linda VA hospital, offers free Wi Fi and power outlets for charging your smart devices. Omnitrans Route 2 also travels that between campus and Loma Linda, but makes more frequent stops along the way.

Best of all, Go Smart doesn’t just limit you to bus service to and from class. You can ride the bus for free anytime! That means even bigger savings!

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Do you want to combine bike and bus for your daily commute? sbX offers interior bike racks for up to four bicycles, while Omnitrans buses have exterior front-of-bus racks that can accommodate two or three bicycles at a time.

Wondering when the next bus will arrive? Our Omnitrans app includes NexTrip live bus arrival information, Rider Alert detours and stop closures, the Bus Book, Omnitrans news and promotions, as well as links to the our website and social media. The app is a free download from Google Play or the App Store.

Need more convincing? Here’s what one Cal State Senior had to say about the Omnitrans Go Smart program.

Blue Tree Inspires Ecological sbX Station Art

If you’ve driven by the Cal State San Bernardino campus lately, you may have been surprised to see a large blue tree behind the Omitrans bus shelter on University Parkway. The old pine is one of three trees that are being cleared to make way for the future campus sbX Bus Rapid Transit Station. The Blue Tree Project is a part of a program to develop ecologically themed artwork for the station. The project is a collaboration that includes The Omnitrans E Street Corridor sbX Bus Rapid Transit Project  team, the California State University, San Bernardino Art Department and professional artists from Greenmeme.

Using blue colors, photography, and other artistic methods, the artists will reproduce images of the pine tree that will be transposed onto the station’s glass panels. Glass-panel artwork on the station canopy will convey public transit as a means of reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and capture the essence of the natural surroundings of the university.

“The tree was painted blue so that the images on the glass panels will serve as a visual barometer for air quality,” said David Rutherford, Public Relations Manager for Omnitrans sbX Integrated Project Management Office. “The images will blend into blue sky and be difficult to see on a clear day and become more visible during overcast days and when the air is polluted.”

For more information about The Blue Tree Project, please call at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at (909) 537-7373.

About The Omnitrans  sbX Bus Rapid Transit Project

The sbX 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 reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.

The 15.7-mile corridor covered by the project 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.