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NexTrip surpasses 1 million views milestone

Omnitrans NexTrip Customer

Real time bus arrival prediction technology embraced by transit riders

(San Bernardino, CA) Omnitrans’ customers accessed NexTrip real time bus arrival information over 1 million times in the first year. Since the agency introduced the new technology in mid-January 2013, NexTrip has revolutionized the way people connect to public transit in the San Bernardino Valley.

 

With the NexTrip system, Omnitrans passengers can request next bus arrival information through phone, text, Web or apps.  Online, customers can view buses and stops on a route map with real-time tracking. They even can sign up for automatic alerts that will notify them when the bus is five minutes away.

“Rider response to NexTrip has been tremendous,” says Omnitrans Director of Marketing Wendy Williams. “It saves customers valuable time.  Because they know when the bus will arrive, they don’t have to arrive extra early at their stop.”

Omnitrans is installing Nextrip real time bus arrival information signs at every bus stop

NexTrip signs to be installed at each stop feature instructions on how to access real time bus arrival info by phone, text, web or scannable QR code.

Taking the technology to a new level, Omnitrans is installing signs at all 2,500 bus stops that feature a QR code. Passengers with smart devices can instantaneously access bus arrival times simply by scanning the code. Signs also provide instructions to access NexTrip by phone, text or online with a smart device.

The NexTrip system uses Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking satellites and advanced computer modeling developed by Nextbus, Inc. of Emeryville, California to provide accurate arrival information for all bus stops in the Omnitrans fixed route bus system. Taking into account the actual location of the buses, their intended stops, and the typical traffic patterns, NexTrip estimates arrivals with a high degree of accuracy. This information is then sent to the rider within seconds.

 For more information go to: www.omnitrans.org/nextrip

- Wendy Williams, Omnitrans Director of Marketing
Wendy.Williams@omnitrans.org

Bus stop QR codes offer live arrival times

Omnitrans new bus stop QR codesOur Stops & Stations guys have been hard at work installing two new signs at each of our stops, beginning in the Fontana area. A new bus stop sign with the Omnitrans logo and Route number is located at the top of each pole. The lower part of the pole now displays our new NexTrip sign with information on how to get real-time bus arrival predictions via text, website or phone.

The NexTrip sign also contains a QR code prominently featured in the bottom right corner. If you have a QR code/barcode scanner app on your cell phone, you can simply scan the code for instant bus arrival information. Free QR code/barcode scanning apps are available on iTunes and Google Play.

Check out the video above for a quick tutorial on how to use our new bus stop QR codes. Happy scanning!

Now you can find all the Omnitrans info you need right at your fingertips! Download the free Omnitrans app from iTunes or Google Play. It includes the NexTrip app, current detour information, bus book, social sites and more!

Omnitrans January 2014 bus book now online

SERVICE CHANGES:  Minor time adjustments have been made to the weekday schedules for Routes 14, 20, 67 and 82.  Click below for details.

Buses Running, Offices Closed Presidents Day

On Monday, February 18th, buses will be running as scheduled, but our administrative offices will be closed for the Presidents Day holiday. Offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, February 19th.

Omnitrans Launches Live Bus PredictionTechnology

(San Bernardino, CA)— Wonder when the next bus is due to arrive at your bus stop? Up-to-the-minute, accurate answers are at your fingertips with Omnitrans’ new NexTrip technology!  Now you can text, click or call to access real-time information.

Riders can access NexTrip real-time bus information via mobile web browser, desktop computer, SMS/text, or calling 1-800-9-OMNIBUS and selecting the NexTrip option. Online, customers can view buses and stops on a route map with real-time tracking. They even can sign up for automatic alerts, such as notification when the bus is five minutes away!

Omnitrans CEO/General Manager Milo Victoria was instrumental in bringing the new technology to Omnitrans. “We introduced this in D. C., while I was at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and our riders absolutely loved it. So, I promised our Board we would implement it at Omnitrans,” he said.

To use NexTrip, customers simply provide their bus stop location information by bus route, direction and intersection or an Omnitrans bus stop number, located on all bus stop signs. GPS-enabled phones can automatically provide information for the closest bus stop.  Omnitrans will install new signs with complete NexTrip contact information in mid-2013.  The signs will feature a QR code riders can scan, providing yet another option to access arrival times.

A small group of Omnitrans customers tested the system in early January and gave NexTrip rave reviews.  “I like knowing almost exactly when the next bus was coming to my stop.” said hospice volunteer Krystal Wheeler of San Bernardino.   “The text system is very easy to use. It helps me pace my walk after work so I’m not spending a lot of time standing around at the stop,” said Chaffey College student Marcus Garcia of Chino Hills.

In 2014, Omnitrans will roll out NexTrip electronic message signs on all 23 station platforms on the agency’s sbX bus rapid transit line, now under construction in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.  Real-time information signs will be added to major transfer centers in the Omnitrans system as well.

The NexTrip system uses Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking satellites and advanced computer modeling developed by Nextbus, Inc. of Emeryville, California to provide accurate arrival information for all 2,500 bus stops in the Omnitrans fixed route bus system.  Taking into account the actual location of the buses, their intended stops, and the typical traffic patterns, NexTrip estimates arrivals with a high degree of accuracy.

For more information go to: www.omnitrans.org/nextrip

Prefer a mobile app? You can also find NexTrip information by downloading  the “My Nextbus” app to your android device or “iNextbus” to your Apple device.

Questions?  Email Wendy.Williams@omnitrans.org

Rider Alert: Detour for Route 8

Route 8 will have to detour due to construction on the westbound trip. Detour is in effect until approximately 3:00 p.m.

From Lugonia:

  • Right on Dearborn
  • Left on San Bernardino
  • Left on Church
  • Right on Lugonia
  • Resume normal route

Metro Trip Planner: great alternative to Google Transit

When Apple  launches its new iOS 6 software this fall, you will no longer find any connection to Google maps. Instead, it will be replacing its Android-making competitor with its own in-house maps that feature Siri as your guide offering turn-by-turn directions.

But what’s missing from the new Apple maps is the transit and pedestrian information that so many mass transit users have come to depend upon. Users will now have to rely on third-party developers for that information.

Metro Trip Planner
Omnitrans riders looking for an good alternative to Google Transit might want to consider Metro Trip Planner. This is the app that our call center uses. Simply plug in your location, destination and desired travel time, select bus and it pulls up your route information. If you click on the photo below, you will see that it even offers more specific details than Google Transit, including times, distance and fares for each leg of the trip. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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