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No Hill For a Climber

Sand Canyon Road, the steep, winding road that connects Yucaipa with Mentone and Redlands, is a favorite ride for local cyclists.  For Omnitrans rider and multi-modal commuter John Sciniasil of Yucaipa, it’s just the second stop in his daily commute.

Each morning just as the sun rises, John begins his commute on  his foldable bike which is small enough to fit under a train or bus seat!  And even though he combines different modes of ridesharing, like carpooling or catching the bus, he always has a bicycle with him.  “Some days I catch a ride with a friend to work,” said John, “But on the way home I ride my bike.”

John Sciniasil of Yucaipa, combines his love of bicycle riding with other modes of transportation, such as Omnitrans, as he commutes to work.

On the day we talked, John was riding Omnitrans and using a Dahon bike, one of five foldable bikes he owns.  Although it folds down, John takes advantage of the 3-bike capacity rack at the front of the bus.

“In New York City, you see a lot of these kinds of bikes,” said John.  “Here, it’s more rare.”

His favorite Omnitrans route is typically Route 19, where he disembarks at Wabash and Sand Canyon, and sails on into east Redlands to begin his day with the Water Department.

“It’s smooth sailing going in,“ said John.  “But I really like the challenge of going up the hill to go home, believe it or not.”

Freeway Express Route 208 was launched in May 2017, and connects Yucaipa, Redlands, and Downtown San Bernardino with limited stops via I-10.

But last week, John decided to give the new Freeway Express Route 208 a try.  The fact that the express route reduces travel time overall compared to a car is appealing to him, and allows him even more commute options in the future.  Route 208’s stop at the Redlands Mall is only 1.7 miles from the building he works in, which he says will be great.

John’s romance with bicycle commuting began two years ago during California Rideshare Week.  He decided to try carpooling, as well as the bus.  Incorporating his love of bicycles seemed to be a natural fit.

 “It’s a bit of a climb depending upon which road I take, but I enjoy that kind of workout,” said John.

Well, you know what they say, ‘No Hill for a Climber!’  Happy travels to you, John.

Omnitrans Proposes Changes Including New Freeway Express

Omnitrans proposed September 2015 service changes

San Bernardino Transit Center – busway

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.

San Bernardino Transit Center - north view

San Bernardino Transit Center – north view

“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

Omnitrans proposed service changes

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.

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