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Inland Empire newcomer connects from Omnitrans to Metrolink with ease

Moving to a new town can be overwhelming. You seek to get quickly acclimated to new surroundings, find the best nearby food and shops, and Yelp away to find the perfect stylist who can be trusted with your hair.

For Omnitrans rider Maria, not only was moving to the Inland Empire from Los Angeles a major adjustment in and of itself, she also needed to learn an entire new transit system that would get her where she needed to go.

“It’s a different atmosphere compared to Los Angeles,” says Maria, reflecting on the past year living in San Bernardino. “Transit is very different. Here, when you board, the drivers wait for you to sit down before taking off. Back in L.A., they don’t have time to do that for every rider! Life is a lot more tranquil out here.”

Being a transplant to the IE who chooses to leave her car at home, familiarizing herself with Omnitrans was at the top of Maria’s checklist. She was pleased to learn from her daughter that the official Omnitrans mobile app was a resource that would help her embark on this new journey.

“The Trip Planner on the app provided me with step-by-step routing information to reach my favorite destinations, such as the Inland Center mall and San Manuel Casino. A fellow rider also tipped me off about the Bus Book and taught me how to view the maps and read the schedules,” says Maria.

She goes here, she goes there, she goes everywhere. Maria even rides on dates with her boyfriend, who takes advantage of the veteran discount rate offered by Omnitrans.

Although I can drive a car, I prefer not to. Omnitrans moves me and gets me wherever I would like to be. Truth be told, the timing is nearly always accurate to what the schedules state. I enjoy the day pass, because I can ride the local routes as well as the sbX Green Line. It’s very comfortable and the drivers are very nice.”

As a busy freelance worker who does embroidery on wedding gowns, Maria  commutes five to six days as far as Pasadena for work.

The extension of Metrolink to the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC) from the Santa Fe Depot has been a valuable service enhancement to people like Maria who commute west into Los Angeles.

“I feel much safer at the transit center, especially at night time, because there is brighter lighting. I’m surrounded by others who are riding the bus and the train, and there is more security staff patrolling here. I also save time by not having to ride a second bus to the depot to catch my train. Now, I can just walk a few steps to the train platform from my bus stop!”

Maria’s livelihood requires great attention to detail – meticulously placing rhinestones on gowns, sewing bustles that add the right amount of volume to a train, and making alterations to perfect a bride’s special day. It’s a great thing to be able to relax and wind down on the way to work with an easy commute.

“Omnitrans bus service is very reliable and hassle-free. For example, yesterday, I walked to the store with my daughter for a couple of things. When we checked out, of course we’d gotten more things than we’d originally set out to,” says Maria with a laugh.

“Because of all the groceries, and the heat that day, we looked for the next bus arrival on the app and quickly were on our way back home, in the air-conditioned bus, instead of walking.”

Guide to January 2018 Service Changes

New year, new service enhancements! Effective January 2, 2018, several Omnitrans bus routes will undergo run-time adjustments for improved efficiency and transfer connections. These changes, along with new transit partnerships, will make transportation more convenient for the San Bernardino Valley.

As of this week, Metrolink now serves the San Bernardino Transit Center, providing more transportation options and allowing quicker access for Omnitrans riders heading to Los Angeles and Orange County via passenger rail. Omnitrans riders are now able to connect to Metrolink at the SBTC, and hop on the San Bernardino Line to Downtown Los Angeles, or the Inland Empire-Orange County Line and head as far south as Oceanside.

Additionally, a new Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) route will begin to serve the San Bernardino Transit Center on January 14, 2018. The route, Commuter Link Express Route 200, connects passengers from Downtown San Bernardino to Riverside and Anaheim with limited stops along the way. Popular destinations on this route include: the Riverside Galleria, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Convention Center, and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.

JANUARY SERVICE CHANGES
Routes: sbX Green Line, 5, 10, 67, 80, 81, 83, 85, 88, 208 and 215

Route 10: Run-time adjustments, all days.
Routes sbX, 5, 67, 80, 208 and 215: Run-time adjustments, weekdays.
Routes 81, 83, 85 and 88: Run-time adjustments, weekdays, with improved transfer times at the Chino Transit Center.

San Bernardino Transit Center bus bay assignments:

  • Freeway Express Routes 208, 215 and 290 have been moved to the south side of the transit center, near the Metrolink train platform.
  • Pass Transit is now on the east side of the transit center.
  • Route 15 Westbound is on the north side of the sun dial, next to Routes 4, 14 and 1 Northbound.

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Instagram Giveaway: Ride Omnitrans, Win a Pair of Metrolink Tickets!

You may already be aware of the exciting news that Metrolink is extending service to downtown San Bernardino on December 18th. The San Bernardino and Inland Empire-Orange County Lines will serve the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC), expanding travel options for all.

To celebrate the train’s arrival at the SBTC, and to encourage multi-modal transit use between Metrolink, Omnitrans local routes, and sbX we are giving away 15 pairs of Metrolink tickets to a few lucky riders who enter our Instagram photo challenge!

Here’s what you need to do to enter for a chance to win:

  1. Follow @Omnitrans on Instagram.
  2. Take a photo of your favorite view from your daily bus ride, bus stop, transit center, etc.
  3. Tag your photo using the hashtag #Omniview.
  4. Post your photo on Instagram (make sure your profile is public).

To qualify, photos must be posted to Instagram anytime from December 11 through December 17.  Photos posted and tagged correctly (as outlined above) on Instagram will be entered into a random drawing, and 15 winners will be selected to win a pair of Metrolink tickets on Monday, December 18th.

You may only submit one photo per person and you need to complete all four steps to be entered in the drawing. Omnitrans employees are not eligible to participate.

The winners will be contacted via Instagram message, and you’ll have 48 hours to respond with your contact information.

Good luck to all, and happy Instagramming!

Metrolink service extends to the San Bernardino Transit Center on December 18

 

Commuting to and from downtown San Bernardino is about to get easier for you and all transit riders in the region! Beginning Monday, December 18, 2017, Metrolink service will extend to the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC), connecting to several Omnitrans local routes, the sbX Green Line, and neighboring transit agencies: Pass Transit, Mountain Transit, Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA), and Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) starting January 2018.

Currently, Metrolink services San Bernardino from the Santa Fe Depot. With the completion of the extension project, the Metrolink San Bernardino and Inland Empire-Orange County Lines will now extend service one mile further east to Downtown San Bernardino at the transit center located at 599 W. Rialto Ave. (Arrow, the forthcoming passenger rail service connecting San Bernardino to Redlands, will enhance rail connectivity beyond San Bernardino when it launches in early 2021.)

While Metrolink is its own entity and not operated by Omnitrans, we look forward to enhancing regional transportation through this partnership. As a reminder, your Metrolink one-way ticket is good for one free transfer to an Omnitrans bus departing a Metrolink station, including the SBTC. For the full Metrolink Transfer policy, please click here.

You can join us and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBTCA) in celebrating the completion of this project on Tuesday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. The event will take place in the new Park & Ride lot south of the San Bernardino Transit Center and feature raffles, food, live performances, community resources, and a showcase of Metrolink’s new clean diesel locomotive!

To begin planning your travel, refer to the Metrolink schedule and timetable. For more information on Metrolink service, visit metrolinktrains.com.

Guide to September 2017 Service Changes

The latest Bus Book becomes effective Tuesday, September 5, and we have a preview of the new service changes designed to enhance your Omnitrans experience!

The highlights include service every 15 minutes into Ontario Airport AND newly extended morning and evening sbX hours, along with minor enhancements to other local routes that will enhance connections and on-time performance.

Traveling to Ontario International Airport will now be easier than ever with Route 61 providing 15-minute service to the airport on weekdays and weekends. The two bus stops are located along Terminal Way at Terminals 2 and 4, just east of the baggage claim areas. Other popular destinations along Route 61 include Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario Mills, and the Ontario Convention Center. Route 61 also serves the Fontana and Pomona transit centers, making for great connectivity to the airport via Metrolink and Omnitrans.

sbX‘s Green Line, the bus rapid transit line connecting San Bernardino and Loma Linda, is also extending service hours on weekdays. The first sbX trip will now begin at 5:00 a.m., with service running until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is good news for commuters and students traveling to destinations along the route. Now, you can take sbX to the early shift at work or catch a late night movie with friends! And, in case you didn’t know, there are four Park & Ride locations along the sbX route. They offer free, lighted parking so you can experience a multi-modal commute to get to work, school, or just for entertainment!

Minor service changes have been made to other Omnitrans routes as listed below. Click here for a preview of the new Bus Book, and don’t forget to plan ahead!

Affected Routes: sbX Green Line, 1, 2, 8, 15, 61, 66, 83, 88, and 215.

sbX: More morning and late evening service has been added.
Route 1: Run-time adjustments on all days.
Route 2: Run-time adjustments, weekdays only.
Route 8: A new weekday tripper to the Amazon Fulfillment Center has been added.
Route 61: Service has been added to Ontario International Airport. Schedule adjustments, all days.
Route 66: Runtime adjustments, weekdays only.
Route 83: A timepoint at Euclid and Holt has been added. Schedule adjustments, changes all days.
Route 88: Runtime adjustments, all days.
Route 215: Runtime adjustments, all days.


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Please note the following bay assignment changes at the San Bernardino Transit Center:

  • Route 15 eastbound will stop on Rialto Avenue.
  • Route 15 westbound will stop on the south side of the transit center, next to the railroad platform.
  • Route 1 northbound will stop on the inside of the transit center. See page 15 of the Bus Book for more details.

METROLINK COMES TO THE SBTC
Metrolink service will begin at the San Bernardino Transit Center in the fall. For schedule and fare information, visit www.metrolinktrains.com or call 1-800-371-5465.

Buster’s Destinations: Your Ticket to the Beach!

What’s summer in SoCal without the beach?! There are two weekends left to take advantage of our Summer Youth Fare and Buster highly recommends making a day trip of this one and escaping from the IE to San Clemente for a day of the stunning California beach life.

The high temps plus road rage on the freeways make an unpleasant combo. And then having to hunt for parking? No way, man – Buster prefers to chill out! Just like he did this past weekend, leave all the traffic behind and take off for paradise via Omnitrans and Metrolink. Omnitrans youth rides are only $1 this month, and for only $10, a Metrolink day pass good for unlimited rides on Saturday or Sunday on the beach trains will take you there. What a bargain!

On Saturday, Buster grabbed his sunscreen and boogie board, and hopped on Omnitrans Route 1. He rode to the Metrolink San Bernardino Station where he caught the 9 a.m. Inland Empire-Orange County Line train. It was a relaxing train ride, consisting of Yelp-ing for food spots, listening to music, and even a quick nap! At 11:13 a.m., the train arrived at San Clemente, just in time to soak up the peak hours of the sun.

Buster walked only a few short steps from the Metrolink station to the beach. He staked out the perfect spot on the sand, laid down his beach towel and headed straight for the water for some boogie boarding! He worked up an appetite and headed to the Pier for a quick snack, watching people go by on their beach cruisers.

After a couple more hours of riding the waves, it was time to head back home. Buster escaped the sun to cool down with a treat at Ice Cream & Coffee Bistro, across from the Metrolink station on Avenida Victoria. It was the perfect ending to a day of catching rays!

Buster boarded the 4:47 p.m. train back to San Bernardino. On the ride back, he relaxed and sighed happily as the train passed up cars sitting in traffic. He was back in San Bernardino by 7:15 p.m., where he boarded Omnitrans back home, feeling happy and satisfied with another item checked off his summer bucket list. Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes!

Tell us – where are you riding Omni to this summer?

The special Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare discount is valid through the months of June and July. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip. The promotion is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including freeway express routes, OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.