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sbX to Complement Route 2 VA Service

The sbX station at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda will feature color seals depicting each branch of the Armed Forces on glass panels.

When construction for the Omnitrans sbX is complete and service begins in early 2014, veterans and staff traveling to the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center (VA Hospital) will benefit from a new station at Barton Road and Benton Street.

Artist rendering of the structural monument that will be located at the sbX VA Loma Linda station.

Like all 16 stations along the 15.7-mile sbX corridor, it will include public art. At the VA Hospital, the station artwork pays tribute to our armed forces by displaying the seals of each military branch. There will also be a structural monument that will have an American flag and dog tags spiraling down the flag pole.

Currently, Omnitrans serves many our veterans in the region each day by providing them with dependable and affordable public transportation. Whether commuting to work or school, going to medical appointments, or traveling to veterans’ service organizations, Omnitrans is committed to meeting veteran ridership needs – and the future sbX service will do just that.

Richard Curtis, U.S. Army (Ret.)

“To tell you the truth, I’d rather ride Omnitrans than ride a car,” said Richard Curtis, U.S. Army veteran and former Vietnam POW. “The bus drivers are always courteous and friendly. It’s pretty efficient and I can always make my appointments on time.”

The new sbX service will reduce travel time along the corridor as it will stop at one-mile intervals versus fixed route service that stops approximately every one-third of a mile. Additionally, the specialized sbX buses will have traffic priority signalization technology that allows it to
communicate

Levi Lane, U.S. Navy (Ret.), served on the USS Kitty Hawk.

with traffic management systems so that as buses approach intersections, the signal will keep the green and yellow light on longer so that it can pass through safely.

Riders like Navy veteran Levi Lane, who combine public bus transit with cycling, will also benefit from the sbX line’s interior bike racks. “I bike or take Omnitrans wherever I have to go. It’s good to have the bus to fall back on whenever you need it,” said Lane.

Robin Bose, a 17-year Omnitrans Coach Operator, was a helicopter crew chief in the U.S. Army.

There will be two interior bike racks that will accommodate four bikes apiece. In addition, the front of the sbX bus has fold-up seats to accommodate up to four wheelchairs.

Employing Our Veterans

Once construction of the sbX line is completed, it will be turned over to Omnitrans for service and operation. Omnitrans is privileged to have 90 employees who are also military veterans. Just as they served our country in a variety of ways, these veterans are deployed in a variety of roles at Omnitrans,

Diane Caldera served 29 years in the Air Force and is currently a Major in the Active Reserve. She joined Omnitrans in 2005 as a coach operator and is now an Assistant Transportation Manager.

from Coach Operator to Equipment Mechanic, Department Director and more. One employee is currently on active duty and two are on active reserve. Omnitrans is proud to employ our veterans and looks forward to providing sbX service to veterans to the VA Hospital in Loma Linda.

–David Rutherford
David.Rutherford@omnitrans.org

First sbX bus arrives at Omnitrans

Omnitrans Planning Director, Rohan Kuruppu, and the new sbX bus

The first of the new sbX articulated buses arrived at Omnitrans the end of last month. It’s so new, in fact, that it still has shrink wrap on the front and paper covers on the carpet. We thought we’d take you on a tour of what you can expect to see the first time you board when the sbX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) begins in early 2014.

When viewing the sbX bus from the outside, you’re immediately struck by how long the vehicle actually is. At 60-feet, it’s a full 20-feet longer than our regular, fixed-route buses.  It also has five doors, two on the driver’s side and three on the opposite side. Five doors are necessary for the express vehicles in order to accommodate both center platform stations and curbside service.

Bus passes and fares will be the same for both the Omnitrans fixed-routes and the Sbx express service, and bus pass vending machines will be available at selected stations. There is a fare box at the driver entrance and two scanners at rear entrances.  Simply swipe your pass and you’re good to go.

The inside of the bus feels bright, spacious and comfortable. There are 41 passenger seats and a standing capacity of 65.

Interior view of the sbX bus from the rear seat

On either side of the aisle in rear entrance of the sbX bus are two interior bicycle racks that can hold up to 4 bikes apiece.

The ramps on the sbX bus provide almost level docking for greater ease in the boarding of bicycles and wheelchairs.

The front of the sbX bus has fold-up seats to accommodate up to four wheelchairs, two of them forward-facing and two rear-facing, depending  upon the rider’s preference.

sbX uses  Q’Straint Wheelchair securement, one of the the world’s most effective wheelchair passenger safety solutions for public transportation

When you are riding sbX BRT, you never have to worry about your cell phone, tablet or computer running out of juice. Just plug your device into one of the electrical outlets available overhead. Each sbX bus also has wifi capabilities.

And finally, if you really want to have fun, grab one of the four seats available within the articulated section of the bus. There’s lots of leg room and you get a bit more sway in your ride!

Twelve more of the sbX vehicles are due to arrive over the next 12 months, and service  is scheduled to begin in early 2014.

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About sbX
The sbX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is the first-of-its kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. It is the beginning of an intermodal public transit system in the San Bernardino Valley that will help reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.

The 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities.

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