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Buster and Old Blue a Route 66 hit!

Buster and Old Blue had a great time with friends at this year’s Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion in Ontario.  Click here for a collection of fun photos from this classic car show event!

“Spark of Love” Toys Stuff sbX Bus

Santa Claus and Buster welcome toy givers to sbX.

On November 30, Santa’s helpers and quite a few elves gathered at Mathis Brothers Furniture Store in Ontario to stuff seven Omnitrans buses with gifts for the Spark of Love toy drive. The state-of-the-art Omnitrans sbX vehicle was right there with our vintage 1958 diesel Old Blue and five of the New Flyer XN40 coaches from the Omnitrans fleet. It was quite a sight and great for ABC7’s annual Spark of Love Toy Drive Stuff a Bus event.

Hundreds of people delivered unwrapped new toys for children of the Southland.  Omnitrans coach operators and California firefighters will deliver the gifts to kids in need, making this holiday season truly unforgettable for many families.

Floor to ceiling, this bus is stuffed!

The sbX XN60 bus also made its broadcast debut, appearing on several telecasts throughout the day with Santa’s biggest helper, Meteorologist Garth Kemp. Despite the rain, and with the help of jolly old St. Nick and Omnitrans’ mascot Buster, the donated toys filled six-and-a-half buses. Who needs reindeer?

– David Rutherford

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Two great nights of baseball with Buster & Omnitrans

Join our Omnitrans mascot, Buster the Bus, for two spectacular nights of baseball this month. It’s fun for the whole family! Take your picture with Buster and spin our Wheel of Fortune for cool prizes.

Inland 66ers Baseball — August 18th, 2012

  • Inland 66ers versus the Lancaster JetHawks at the San Manuel Stadium
  • Don’t miss the Albert Pujols Kid’s Jersey Giveaway for the first 1,500 Kids (14 & under)
  • Enjoy a movie and games at the ballpark for Family Sleepover night.
  • Tickets & Info:  http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t401

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Baseball – August 25th, 2012

  • Rancho Cucamonga Quakes versus the San Jose Giants at The Epicenter
  • Enjoy a post-game Fireworks Spectacular!
  • Join the Quakes in honoring First Responders from around the community!
  • Tickets & Info: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t526

Kick’n It At Regal Cinemas

When Buster heard that Regal Cinemas San Bernardino Stadium 14 would be opening in downtown San Bernardino, he honked his horn in delight.  A new movie theater in his own home town!  He could get there on Route 14 in no time at all.

Located just a hop, skip and jump from the 4th Street Transfer Center on 450 N. E Street in downtown San Bernardino, Regal Cinemas offered everything that a little bus mascot would want:  Easy access to Omnitrans bus stops, stadium style seating, to accommodate Buster’s
“ junk in the trunk” and an ultra-awesome snack bar.

Although Regal Cinemas officially opens Friday, June 29, Buster enjoyed one of the sneak peak showings earlier this week.  He saved some time by purchasing his ticket at one of the fully-automated ticket stands.   Buster loved the little whirring sound of the ticket dispensary.  Then, he carefully selected his snacks from the amazingly well-stocked concession stand and trundled off to enjoy his movie.

Buster was delighted to find that the theater offered RPX, (the Regal Premium Experience), which promised a breathtaking IMMERSIVE 3D experience, high-impact GIANT SCREENS and powerful, uncompressed SURROUND SOUND. And it was true.   It was as if he was REALLY THERE INSIDE THE MOVIE!  Buster had to hang on the retractable cup holder a few times to keep from falling out of his seat!

Buster had such a great time that he signed up for the Regal Crown Club loyalty program, which rewards frequent moviegoers.  He also made plans to come for the Summer Movie Express program, where select G or PG rated movies are screened for only a dollar at 10 AM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Regal Cinemas is going to be a great destination that Buster will add to his growing number of fun summer activities.   After all, what would summer be without a blockbuster movie?  Like an ice cream cone without ice cream.  Or pool without water.  Or a mascot without a dance move.

–Janice Kuhn

Buster’s Destinations: Library Adventures

Everyone enjoys a good summer book or two to read by the pool and Buster is no different.  After all, he does spend a lot of time at the Ruben Campos Community Center, getting some sun by the pool, and reading the Bus Book cover to cover might get old even for Buster.  So, one sunny day he boarded the Route 15 and traveled to the Sam J. Racadio Library in Highland to stock up on reading material.

After perusing the children’s books, he settled on a few favorites:  I Need My Monster, Where the Sidewalk Ends and his favorite Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.

After checking out the library’s calendar, he was amazed to learn that there’s more happening in the library than just books.  For instance, there is the Animal Ambassadors program, Fridays 3:30 – 4:00pm, where children can learn, touch, and feel rescued animals and insects.  Oh my!  And Movie Nights with a different featured film every Tuesday!  He also thought the “Better Biking With a Biker” program, happening the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM, would be right up his alley, since Buster uses his bike and Omnitrans to get around town.

Buster was so excited about the library that he hopped back on the Route 15 and visited the A.K. Smiley  Public Library in Redlands.  He was just in time for Library Days on June 15 and 16, which features a special exhibit of rare items and treasures about Redlands, the local area, and Southern California from 10am to 5pm.  He wanted to take part in the “Library Discovery” game, and perhaps sit in on the readings for kids from rare children’s stories of Old.  He might even go back for Pajama Story Time on Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. The choices!

Buster’s trip library trips were so fun that he made a note in his travel diary to visit other libraries in the Omnitrans service area.

Omnitrans is pleased to participate in the 7th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. Dump the Pump is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association to encourage the public to give up their car for the day and use public transportation. In recognition of Dump the Pump day, Omnitrans will offer free rides on all fixed routes on June 21 (free ride coupon required). To download your free ride coupon, visit us on omnitrans.org.

–Janice Kuhn

Buster’s Destinations: Fontana Sunset Concert Series

After last week’s successful foray into the wet and wild Regional Park in Yucaipa, Buster was ready for another fun summer destination. He’d heard about the Fontana Sunset Concert Series, happening Thursday nights, 7 – 9 PM through August 2nd at Miller Park Amphitheater. What better way to spend a hot summer night than listening to some cool tunes with a few friends? So he hopped on the Route 14 and headed west. It took only 40 minutes, allowing ample time for Buster to crank up his Metallica and Air Supply tunes on his iPod. He hopped off the bus at Spring and Sierra Streets and moonwalked to the Miller Park Amphitheater, located at 17004 Arrow Blvd.

Now, when it comes to dancing, most of us would say we are one of three types: Love to Dance, Hate To Dance, Dance Only When Having An Adult Beverage or an Energy Drink. Buster is definitely the Loves to Dance type, no beverages needed.

As the sun dropped lower in the sky, Buster began to showcase his dance moves: The Mashed Potato, the Electric Slide and the Helicopter. There was a minor mishap when he attempted to “Walk the Dog” and landed with four wheels to the night sky. Undaunted, Buster dusted the grass off his tailpipe and continued grooving, saving his newest move, “The Windshield Wiper,” for his encore. The evening’s festivities ended with Buster doing the Macarena with a group of feisty senior citizens.

He made a note to himself to visit Fontana parks again this summer for more festivities. After the concert, Buster caught Omni Route 14 back home. As he settled into the busyard that night, one last thought ran though his bus brain as he was drifting off to sleep: MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice don’t have anything on me.

Omnitrans is pleased to participate in the 7th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. Dump the Pump is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association to encourage the public to give up their car for the day and use public transportation. In recognition of Dump the Pump day, Omnitrans will offer free rides on all fixed routes on June 21 (free ride coupon required). To download your free ride coupon, visit us on omnitrans.org.

–Janice Kuhn

Join Omnitrans at the Yucaipa Music & Arts Festival

The Yucaipa Music & Arts Festival will be held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in downtown Yucaipa and is expected to draw more than 5,000 visitors.

Detours & Parking
Yucaipa Blvd. will shut down at 3 p.m. on Friday and will not reopen until late Sunday night. Traffic will be detoured to side streets at 2nd Street. Parking is available on side streets, and several local churches are also providing parking spaces.

Free shuttle service
Omnitrans will operate a free shuttle service during this event with pick-up locations at Yucaipa First Baptist Church on 34784 Yucaipa Blvd. and St. Francis Cabrini Church on 12687 California Street .

Get info on new Route 310
Omnitrans will also have a booth space, so stop by to get information on the new OmniGo Route 310, which starts Monday. You can also visit with Buster the Bus and spin the Wheel of Fortune for some great giveaways!