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Omnitrans Selects Connie Raya for Maintenance Director

(San Bernardino, CA)  Southern California transit veteran Connie Raya recently joined Omnitrans as Director of Maintenance.

Raya has over two decades of experience in public transit maintenance gained while working at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). At Omnitrans, she will oversee a department of 108 employees responsible for maintaining a fleet of 188 buses and 25 support vehicles as well as multiple agency facilities.

“I’m excited to join Omnitrans, and to be part of an organization striving to improve the lives of residents living and working in the community, helping to improve air quality and mobility, by providing clean, safe, and reliable transportation in the San Bernardino Valley,” said Raya.

Raya joined OCTA in 1993 working in the Commuter Services Department. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands, Raya transitioned to maintenance as a Fleet Analyst. From there, Raya continued to gain experience and be promoted, working her way up to Maintenance Resource Manager in 2006. In this role she was responsible for managing fleet assignments for revenue and non-revenue fleets, overseeing various maintenance systems used for asset management, timekeeping, and fluid management, along with overseeing the manpower deployment for the department.

In recent years, Raya took on various special assignments including the management of the facilities group assigned to maintain five operating bases and seven transit centers. As a division Base Manager she oversaw a wide range of maintenance functions including rebuild, automotive, maintenance training, electronics, and the body shop.

In 2016, Raya completed her Master of Science in Transportation Management from the Norman Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University. “Since then I have been searching for this type of opportunity to combine my experience and enthusiasm to make a significant contribution to a transit agency,” said Raya.

Founded in 1976, Omnitrans is an award-winning public transit agency providing over 11 million passenger trips per year in the San Bernardino Valley. Omnitrans is governed by a 19-member board representing 15 cities and San Bernardino County.

Omnitrans offers more than just a job

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HR Clerk Lourdes Sandoval

Are you looking for a new job opportunity? Omnitrans offers a variety of rewarding positions, from management to marketing, operations to planning, procurement and more. As a leading employer in the San Bernardino Valley, we offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits including:

  • PERS Retirement Plan
  • Credit Unions
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Health & Dental Plans
  • Tuition Reimbursement
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Mark Crosby, Security & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Did you know that Omnitrans has its own Toastmasters club? The Rolling Thunder Toastmasters club was chartered in 2011 to encourage employees  to enhance their communication and leadership skills. Its members have successfully competed in both district and national competitions. It’s proven to be a dynamic way for people in the agency to get to know each other while  polishing their public speaking abilities at the same time.

Employees also have the opportunity to participate in a Leadership Action Program (LAP). During this 6-month program, each participant works on a project of their choosing, with the potential to improve a process or generate significant savings for Omnitrans. The participants thoroughly research their projects and present their findings to the executive leadership team for possible implementation. This year, the combined projects have the potential to save the agency more than $2 million per year!

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Ross Hrinko, Safety & Regulatory Compliance Specialist

Omnitrans is committed to supporting the health of its employees. The agency sponsors an employee Wellness Program, an annual health fair and a monthly Wellness Minute newsletter. Many staff members have formed daily walking groups and take advantage of the free, on-premises gym. Last year, one employee shared the story of how a Wellness Fair health screening led her to discover she had diabetes, high blood pressure, and a benign tumor in the frontal lobe of her brain. It inspired her to switch to a healthier lifestyle and start a friendly weight loss competition with her friends at work.

If you’d like to learn more about Omnitrans and open job positions, please visit  the Careers page on our website. There, you can also opt in to receive job notifications by email.  If you’re a qualified applicant with a great work ethic and positive outlook, searching for a long term career, we’d love to hear from you.

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The Omnitrans Finance Department