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CSUSB Students Head Back To School with Go Smart

The Coyotes are back on campus at Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) this fall for the new school year, and Omnitrans’ Go Smart program continues to make navigating college life easier for students in our service area!

Students at GoSmart schools are entitled to unlimited rides during the school year, with just a simple swipe of their valid student ID card. And they can ride not only on school days, but any day and time of the week! For a complete list of partner schools, click here.

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Rosa, an English major, at the CSUSB sbX station. She is working toward becoming a teacher in her hometown of San Bernardino as a way of giving back to her community.

Rosa, a fifth-year English major at the university, takes advantage of the unlimited rides available to her as a GoSmart student every single day of the week. She has been riding Omnitrans the majority of her time at CSUSB, and it has proven to be a wallet-friendly choice.

“I totally ditched my car and left it at home,” says Rosa, who has a car she could drive to school every day, but has found that riding Omnitrans is the more convenient, money-saving option for her. “I don’t have to pay for a parking pass, which is really expensive.”

Rosa began riding our fixed-route system, but when sbX  rapid transit service was introduced , she has not only continued to save money, but also time since the bus makes fewer stops. “Now that there is sbX, which is faster, I don’t have to wait to get home,” Rosa shares. “It has cut my [commute] time by more than half.”

Similarly, chemistry major Joseph Barrera relies on Omnitrans for transportation to school every weekday.

“This is how I get here from Redlands every day,” says Joseph of Go Smart. “It’s pretty good!”

Riding Omnitrans from downtown Redlands, Joseph connects to the sbX Green Line at the San Bernardino Transit Center daily as he completes his third year of schooling. Joseph is not alone – many of his peers also utilize public transportation as they work toward achieving their academic goals.

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Go Smart students boarding Route 2 at CSUSB.

“Omnitrans’ four routes with direct service to CSUSB are essential to student success,” says Thomas W. Gaffery, director of parking & transportation at CSUSB. “The GoSmart program allows our students to save money on gas and a parking permit, as well as enhancing CSUSB’s commitment to sustainability.”

Saving time and money while decreasing your carbon footprint – Go Smart is definitely the convenient way to go! To plan your trip, check out our route and schedule information online.

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.

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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.

Zimbabwean student talks transit & sbX

Hunts Station photo by Juno Kughler Carlson

Cal State student Simbarashe Peresch at the sbX Hunts Lane station

Grand Terrace resident Simbarashe Peresch has been riding Omnitrans and sbX since he first arrived here from Zimbabwe on September 17th. He is currently enrolled at Cal State University San Bernardino where he is majoring in biology. Thanks to the Go Smart program, Simbarashe is able to get unlimited bus rides using his student ID. We caught up with him at the Hunts Lane station and asked what he thought about the sbX rapid transit line.

He told us he liked how quickly sbX gets him to campus. He was also impressed by the roominess, air conditioning and onboard Wi-Fi.

“It’s very different from Zimbabwe,” Simbarashe explains with a broad smile. “where I come from, we have much smaller buses that only hold about 15 people.  And it costs only 50 cents to ride!”

“Also I’ve noticed here that there is not that much of a distinction between cities,” he continues. “You can pass from Redlands into Loma Linda without knowing it. In my country there are vast lands of field between cities that separate them. You know immediately when you are out of town.”

He points to the art glass on the station windscreen beside him. “The designs of stations here are very beautiful too,” he grins. “Traveling here has been a very different experience for me. I very much like riding sbX.”

– Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@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.