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Hot weather safety tips for bus riders

omnitrans coach operator Debra Molloy

With summer heating up, it’s important that public transit riders take extra precautions to stay hydrated and cool.  Below are a few travel tips and a list of local cooling centers that can help.

Start your day fully hydrated. Always carry water with you and drink it regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid liquids containing a high amount of sugar or caffeine. Cold water is your best choice for keeping cool. Try freezing a water bottle the night before to carry with you the next day.

Protect your skin by wearing a good sunscreen. Preventing direct sunlight from hitting your head can help you stay cool. Create your own shade by using a small umbrella or wearing a hat. 

Wear lightweight, light colored clothing to help ventilate the body and block the sun. Avoid non-breathing synthetic clothing which can trap heat and cause you to overheat.

Try to plan your travel for early morning or in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Use NexTrip real time bus arrival info to reduce wait times at the bus stop.

Local Cooling Centers:

Ruben Campos Community Center – 909-384-5421
1717 W. Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411
Monday-Thursday  10:00 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Anthony Munoz Community Center:  909-933-3596
1240 West 4th Street, Ontario, CA 91761
Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Served by Routes 61, 65 and 80

Bloomington Branch Library:  909-877-1453
10145 Orchard Street, Bloomington, CA 92346
Monday, Tuesday 12:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Served by Route 19

Carter Branch Library:  909-854-4100 ext. 28148
2630 N. Linden Avenue, Rialto, CA 92377
Monday–Thursday 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Served by Route 22

Rialto Senior Center:  909-877-9706
1411 S. Riverside Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376
Monday-Thursday  8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Served by Routes 19 and 22

Chino Hills James S. Thalman Branch Library:  909-590-5380
14020 City Hall Drive, Chino Hills, CA 91709
Monday–Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Served by Routes 365

Chino Senior Center:  909-591-9836
13170 Central Avenue, Chino, CA  91710
Monday-Saturday 8:00 – 8:00
Sunday  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Served by Routes 65 and 68

City of Fontana – Jack Bulik Teen Center:  909-349-6983
16581 Filbert Street, Fontana, CA 92335
Monday-Friday  3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Served by Route 20

City of Upland – Magnolia Recreation Center:  909-931-4100
651 West 15th Street, Upland, CA 91786
Monday-Friday  8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday  8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Served by Routes 66 and 67

Early Adopter, Now A NexTrip Advocate

When NexTrip was launched at the end of January, Catherine was one of the first ones to take advantage of the new technology. She was an instant fan.

“I know when the bus is actually coming without needing to memorize a schedule. No longer do I wonder if I’ll miss my bus if I use the restroom.  I can set alerts on my phone for the bus near my home and stay in my air conditioning until the last minute instead of baking in the summer heat.”

Since then, she’s passed the experience on to many of her fellow riders. “Every chance I get, I help others learn about NexTrip, often breaking the ice by telling them exactly how many minutes until their bus arrives. Once, to test its accuracy, I set an alert for 1 minute. The bus arrived about a minute after the alert came to my phone. In a nutshell, I never worry about when the bus will show up as long as I have my cell. I KNOW! Thanks for implementing NexTrip.”

Although she has had a driver’s license since she was 18, Catherine has never owned or had regular access to a car, and taxicabs just aren’t cost-effective for her budget. “If Omnitrans was not an effective tool for transportation for all my non-emergency needs, I would have moved somewhere with better public transit years ago,” she says frankly.

As a regular rider, Catherine hopes to eventually see Omnitrans offer extended weekend coverage. As a Colton resident, it would allow her the freedom to enjoy more events and attend late evening services at her church of choice in Redlands. In the meantime, she is enjoying her new found flexibility with our NexTrip real-time bus prediction system.

–Juno Kughler Carlson

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Omnitrans Riders Love NexTrip!

The verdict is in! Omnitrans riders who have tried our new NexTrip real time bus arrival prediction are giving it a big thumbs up.

“I love it . . . Now I know if I can stroll through the store or need to hustle to catch the bus in time without standing around waiting. Thanks Omni!”  – Erica C.

“I like knowing almost exactly when the next bus is coming to my stop.”
– Krystle W.

Our NexTrip page has received more than 5,800 views  since we launched on January 21st. Ready to try it for yourself? Let Omnitrans riders Kathleen and Marcus show you just how simple it is to use.

Prefer a mobile app? You can also find NexTrip information on NextBus and Smart Ride cell phone apps!

 

 

Great Cell Phone Apps For NexTrip!

Post updated 11/20/2013

Accessing  Omnitrans NexTrip’s  real-time bus arrival info is a snap with these free, easy-to-use smartphone apps. Check them out!

Omnitrans AppNEW
Available on Google Play; coming soon to iTunes. App also features rider alerts, bus book and Omnitrans social media sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My NextBus
Droid-based app available through Google Play

 

 

 

 

 

 

iNextBus
iPhone app available through iTunes 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smart Ride
iPhone app available through iTunes.