Omnitrans is proposing changes that would impact bus routes throughout the San Bernardino valley effective September 8, 2015. Plans include streamlining service in the west valley, adding a new freeway express route on I-10, realigning routes to serve a new transit center in San Bernardino, and implementing a new customer application process for Access ADA service. To gather public comments, a series of meetings are scheduled between March 19 and 27. (details below)
West of the I-15 freeway, Omnitrans proposes realignment of nine north-south routes to improve directness of service, reduce travel time and simplify the route network. In response to frequent customer requests, freeway express Route 290 is proposed to offer weekday, peak-hour service on the I-10 corridor between Montclair and San Bernardino with stops at Ontario Mills and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
With the September opening of the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC), eleven bus routes need to be adjusted to streamline access to the new site located on Rialto Avenue between E and F Streets in downtown. The facility is adjacent to an Omnitrans sbX rapid transit station. Neighboring transit agencies, Mountain Transit and Victor Valley Transit Authority, also will serve the transit center. In 2016, when construction of a rail extension is complete, the SBTC will provide a direct connection to Metrolink commuter trains.
“The new transit center will serve approximately 6,000 customers per day as they make connections between routes,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams. “Passenger amenities include sheltered waiting areas, real-time arrival signs, public restrooms, a customer service desk, and 24/7 security. It will be a LEED gold certified facility, meaning it incorporates the best in energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly design.”
Also in September, more direct service to San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is proposed by extending Route 1 east to Victoria Avenue, in response to customer requests. At the same time, frequency on Route 1 north of downtown San Bernardino is proposed to increase to every 15 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes today.
To utilize Access, transportation service for person with disabilities, customers first must complete an application to determine eligibility under the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Omnitrans proposes implementing an in-person element to the process, which is conducted by mail currently, to help customers complete their application in a timely manner.
The service proposals, including any changes made as the result of public comment, are expected to go to the Omnitrans Board of Directors for final approval on May 6, 2015.
Detailed information about all proposed changes is available online at: 2015 Omnitrans Proposed Service Changes Brochure
Public Hearing Schedule:
HIGHLAND: Thursday, March 19
- 9:00 am – 12:00pm, City Council Chambers, 27215 Base Line Rd.
YUCAIPA: Thursday, March 19
- 3:00 – 6:00 pm, Yucaipa Transit Ctr., 34276 Yucaipa Blvd.
MONTCLAIR: Monday, March 23
- 7:00 – 11:00 am, Montclair Transit Ctr., 5091 Richton Rd.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Monday, March 23
- 1:00 – 4:00 pm, City Council Chambers, 10500 Civic Center Dr.
FONTANA: Tuesday, March 24
- 7:00 – 10:00 am, Metrolink Station, 16777 Orange Way
SAN BERNARDINO: Tuesday, March 24
- 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, San Bernardino Transfer Ctr., 4th & F St.
- 3:00 – 7:00 pm, Omnitrans, 1700 W. Fifth St.
CHINO: Wednesday, March 25
- 8:00 – 11:00 am, City Council Chambers, 13220 Central Ave.
FONTANA: Wednesday, March 25
- 3:00 – 6:30 pm, Metrolink Station, 16777 Orange Way
RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Thursday, March 26
- 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Chaffey College Transit Ctr., 5885 Haven Ave.
ONTARIO: Thursday, March 26
- 3:30 – 7:00 pm, City Hall Community Rooms, 303 East B Street
SAN BERNARDINO: Friday, March 27
- 7:00 – 10:00 am, San Bernardino Transfer Ctr., 4th & F St.
Comments may also be submitted by phone at 909-379-7150, email: PublicComment@Omnitrans.Org or mail to Omnitrans, 1700 West Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411. The comment period closes April 3, 2015.