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OmniGo bus meets needs of Chino Hills students

OmniGo bus transports students at Chino Hills High School

Conflicting work schedules and limited transportation is a big issue for many families these days–especially those with teens who need to get to school.  Not only does OmniGo get students to their classes safely and reliably, it’s a comfortable way for them to travel and hang out with friends.

OmniGo students at Chino Hills High School

Chino High School students Jasmine, Maggie, Antonio and Austin are regular OmniGo riders.

We recently stopped by Chino Hills High School and talked to a few of the students who rely on OmniGo Route 365.

“I ride Omnitrans because of family transportation issues,” says Jasmine. “This is my first year riding and so far it’s been great.”

Maggie agrees.  “Because both of my parents work, I can’t always find a ride home from school. OmniGo is really, really, really convenient.”

For Antonio, it’s the difference between a 50 minute walk versus a 15 minute ride. “OmniGo is just more convenient for me,” he says. “I live about 3 or 4 miles away so it would be a pretty long walk home for me after school.”

Austin’s family is always on the go, so taking the OmniGo bus fits his transportation needs. “Riding the bus is less of a hassle for me and my family since we all have different schedules,” he explains.

Mom Carmen Hernandez

Parents also like the safety and dependability of OmniGo as a transportation alternative for their teens.

“My son is a 16-year-old Junior at Chino Hills High School,” says mom Carmen Hernandez. “He’ll be taking the bus for the first time this year. We don’t have reliable transportation to get him home in the afternoons, and OmniGo is really the only option for us.”

Carmen has been going online to plan her son’s transition to public transit. “I also downloaded the Omnitrans app so I’m able to estimate when he’ll get home based on the arrival times it shows for getting from one stop to the next,” she explains.  “It helps me keep tabs on where he is and how he’s doing, and I can make sure he’s getting to the right stop on time. If anything happens, I can see it in the alerts. It keeps me informed and gives me peace of mind.”

– Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

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Chino Hills High School students at the OmniGo bus stop

Meeting student transportation needs

Conflicting family work schedules and limited transportation is a big issue for many families these days–especially those with teens who need to get to school. We recently stopped by Chino Hills High School and talked to a few of the students who rely on OmniGo Route 365 to help them get to their classes.

“My mom works at Cedar Sinai,” says 14-year-old Elena. “She has to be at work really early and isn’t out in time to pick me up from school. So I ride OmniGo.  I don’t mind, really. A lot of my friends take the bus too so it gives us a chance to hang out.”

Her friend Yahaira agrees. “It gets really full sometimes but, aside from that, it’s not bad. It’s a short bus, so it’s kind of fun. My mom works at a store in Chino and has to drive to work early in the morning, and there’s no one else to give me a ride. Since the school is 2 or 3 miles from my house, I just take the bus.”

“I just started taking OmniGo as a freshman last year,” says Jessica. “I love it. Most of my friends ride too. Both of my parents work so it’s the only way I can get here.”

Brandy, who is finishing up her senior year, says this is her 4th year riding OmniGo. ” I don’t have my own car, so I pretty much rely on the bus to get where I need to go. I’ll probably still be using it once I graduate.”