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Omnitrans express services save long-time commuter money on driving expenses

San Bernardino resident and Omnitrans commuter Wendy.

Every day, gas prices seem to be on the rise, and when you’re commuting to and from work daily, the pump totals start to leave a dent on your bank account. This is the exact reason why born-and-raised San Bernardino resident Wendy Stevens rides the bus to Riverside for her daily commute to work.

When gas prices skyrocketed up to nearly $5.00 per gallon in the late 00’s, Wendy made a change and started to ride Omnitrans to get to work in downtown Riverside. Wendy’s employer, a state agency, reimburses her up to 75% on her bus fare expenses! “My employer made it easy to start riding the bus because they’re really big on promoting rideshare,” says Wendy.

Wendy discovered the convenience and value of ridesharing when she and a group of coworkers approached their designated rideshare representative at work to learn what their options for ridesharing were. They found that carpooling and riding public transit would be the easiest forms of rideshare for them.

At this point, Wendy has been riding with Omnitrans for 10 years, and saves an average of $80 per month just for parking fees, plus additional savings on gas, when she rides with Omnitrans. She is an avid “ridesharer,” and when she does not ride the bus, she carpools home with a coworker.

Freeway Express Route 215 connects Downtown San Bernardino and Downtown Riverside via I-215 Freeway, with limited stops for fast and convenient commuter service.

As a multi-modal commuter, Wendy combines more than one ridesharing option. She starts out her commute by taking advantage of the conveniently located and well-lit Park and Ride lots on E Street. From there, she leaves the driving to Omnitrans by catching sbX and transferring to Freeway Express Route 215, which takes her to downtown Riverside. On her commute home, she mixes it by sometimes carpooling with a co-worker.

Omnitrans’ flexible bus schedules have made it even more convenient for Wendy’s commute. Because her work schedule varies, Wendy is able to take advantage of the span of service hours. Her word of advice to riders: plan ahead and arrive at the stop minutes before the bus arrival time to make sure you are on time.

Wendy is also familiar with Omnitrans’ mobile fares (available on the Token Transit app) and often uses it to pay for and manage her bus passes. She likes that by going paperless, she is joining many other riders who are focusing on being environmentally conscious with a digital pass on their smartphones.

“It’s really convenient because we are all so connected to our phones these days. What would we do with them? We freak out when we don’t have them,” she laughs. “With the Token Transit app, we don’t have to worry about losing the paper pass or having exact cash.”

Mobile Omnitrans bus passes are sold on the free Token Transit app.

Customer feedback, opinions, and suggestions are valued by Omnitrans, and Wendy makes sure to let us know how we’re doing via email updates. She also appreciates the interactions with our drivers and San Bernardino Transit Center customer service staff.

“I like the friendly relationships I’ve created with the staff,” she shares. “One in particular is with Lydia, a now retired driver, and the Route 7 driver in the evening. The bus drivers over the years have been courteous and that means a lot.”

When Wendy isn’t commuting with Omnitrans during the week, she enjoys spending time with her three children, cheering on the Dodgers, and gardening. Wendy has also extended her transit-riding into the weekends, and hopped on the Dodger Express Metrolink train, down to Union Station in Los Angeles, connecting to Dodger Stadium to catch a game.

Omnitrans Offers 1-Day Bus Pass During Rideshare Week 2018, Participate for a Chance to Win Prizes!

Redeem free 1-day pass on Token Transit during Rideshare Week 2018!Take another step toward living your best life. Try ridesharing this Rideshare Week!

Rideshare Week, October 1-5, 2018, is an annual invitation for you to explore alternative ways to get where you’re going by pledging to try something new. Ridesharing reduces your carbon footprint, saves you money and time, reduces stress, and by participating, you could win a prize!

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Omnitrans makes it easy to participate by offering you a FREE 1-Day bus pass via Token Transit, our mobile fare outlet. Your 1-Day pass is redeemable any single day of Rideshare Week, and can be used on Omnitrans local buses, OmniGo community shuttles, or sbX rapid transit.

Enter your phone number to receive your complimentary 1-day pass via the Token Transit app on your smartphone. You will receive a text with a download link to redeem your pass. One 1-Day pass per phone number. Learn more about mobile fares on Omnitrans.org.

Spot GoGoDon & Buster for a Chance to Win $100!
GoGoDon is this year’s rideshare ambassador, encouraging you to make the most of life by trying an alternative commute mode! He and Buster, our beloved mascot, have bonded over the positive impact that riding the bus has on your wallet, your time, and the environment.

GoGoDon and Buster will be in select Omnitrans buses during Rideshare Week! If you spot them, snap a selfie with them and tag @omnitrans on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Winner will be randomly selected. An example of a valid entry is below:

Rideshare Week Prize Drawings
When you share the ride during Rideshare Week, you may enter to win prizes, including a one night stay at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, lift passes to Big Bear Mountain Resort, gift cards, and more! Simply visit IEcommuter.org, pledge to rideshare (using your Omnitrans bus pass!), and you will automatically be entered into the prize drawings.

Ridesharing has proven to positively impact an individual’s finances and quality of life, as well as promote environmental sustainability. Take the pledge today and enjoy your free ride on Omnitrans this Rideshare Week 2018!

Enjoy a Free Ride During Rideshare Week 2016 & Enter to Win Prizes!

Did you know that the average Inland Empire commuter spends almost 60 hours each year in traffic? That’s like a week and a half of vacation time!

California celebrates alternative modes of transportation during Rideshare Week, happening October 3-7 this year! It’s the perfect opportunity to change up your daily commute to work or simply enjoy a leisurely outing around town in a new way.

Omnitrans is making it easy for you to participate this year and reduce your time in traffic with a FREE ride on our buses, redeemable any day and any time during Rideshare Week! This offer is redeemable on Omnitrans, sbX, or OmniGo.

coupon-on-iphone-appMobile App Coupon
If you haven’t already, download the Omnitrans mobile app on your device and click the ‘Free Ride’ tab to obtain the digital coupon. Simply show your bus driver the coupon when you board any day between October 3 and 7. The driver will then issue you one free day pass which you may use for unlimited rides on that day only. Digital app coupons may be redeemed one per customer.

Print Coupon
You may also download and print the Omnitrans free ride coupon directly from our website. Hand the coupon to your bus driver upon boarding any day between October 3 and 7, and they will issue you a free day pass for unlimited rides that day. Print coupons may be redeemed one per customer.

Rideshare Week Prize Drawings
IE Commuter, the Inland Empire’s one-stop shop for transportation information, is a great resource for information about ridesharing and the benefits of sustainable transportation methods including riding the bus, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, walking and telecommuting.
When you ride during Rideshare Week, you may enter to win prizes including an Ashley Furniture living room set, a one night stay at Palm Springs’ Ace Hotel & Swim Club, gift cards, and more! Simply visit www.IEcommuter.org to pledge your rideshare today, and you will automatically be entered into the drawing.

Ridesharing has proven to positively impact the individual’s finances and quality of life, as well as promote environment sustainability. Take the pledge today, enter to win prizes, and enjoy your free ride on Omnitrans this Rideshare Week 2016!

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