When asked how often he rides Omnitrans, Rodney James, Jr. had to pause.
“Wow, a lot. Definitely more than three times a week” said Rodney.
After moving to San Bernardino from New York 10-15 years ago, the 41-year-old began using the bus to commute to work, take care of shopping, and attend school. His route of choice: The 215 Freeway Express Route.
He moved from New York to San Bernardino initially to be with family. Why San Bernardino?
“I was thinking about moving to Rancho Cucamonga, but San Bernardino felt a lot more like home.”
The convenience of a friendly transit system was something that played into Rodney’s decision.
“The people are really nice, and the bus stations are really close,” said Rodney.
Rodney attends San Bernardino Valley College in San Bernardino and is studying to be a nutritionist. His dream is to have his own start- up dedicated to helping improve the nutrition and health of others.
“But you will never guess what I was doing before -“I worked for Nintendo!” he exclaimed. Rodney’s job as a “debugger” was to test new games video games before they hit the market. Nintendo 64, Gameboy, Virtual Boy, Gameboy Advanced -consoles that would make any gamer from the 90’s jealous.
“I tested games for all kinds of devices,” said Rodney. He was also one of the first to try out Donkey Kong Country before it was released.
Although he smiles upon the days he used to work for Nintendo, Rodney is looking forward to the future he has ahead of him.
“I want to help other people get healthy” says Rodney, an excited grin taking over his face.
Nutrition is his passion and he is firmly focused on achieving his dream. We’re happy that Omnitrans is helping Rodney achieve his goals by getting him to school, home and around town.