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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!

2017 Holiday Season Bus Schedule

The holiday season has arrived! As you plan your travel this month, keep in mind that Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25th. Bus service will resume on Tuesday, December 26th. Our administrative offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 26th in observance of the holiday.

The following week, buses will not be in service on Monday, January 1st, 2018 due to New Year’s Day. Bus service will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Thank you for another wonderful ride this year. Omnitrans wishes you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

For all the latest info & news, plus real-time bus arrival times via NexTrip, download the official Omnitrans mobile app for FREE on the App Store or Google Play!

Christmas Parade Detours Scheduled Throughout Service Area on Saturday, December 9

Do you catch Omnitrans in Fontana, Colton, San Bernardino, or Yucaipa? If so, keep these detours in mind when traveling on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Due to various Christmas parades in these cities, several detours will be in place for the following routes:

FONTANA
Routes affected: 10, 14, 15, 19, 61, 66, 82
Streets to be closed from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.:

  • Sierra Ave. between Upland & Randall
  • Merrill between Olive & Mango
  • Arrow between Juniper & Mango

Route 10
Eastbound from Orange:
Right into Metrolink
Left on Orange
Right on Juniper
Left on Arrow, resume route

Westbound from Juniper:
Left on Orange
Layover on Orange

Route 14
Eastbound from Orange:
Right into Metrolink
Left on Orange
Right on Juniper
Right on Foothill, resume route

Westbound from Foothill:
Cross Sierra
Left on Juniper
Left on Orange
Layover on Orange

Route 15
Eastbound from Orange:
Right into Metrolink
Left on Orange
Right on Juniper
Right on Foothill
Right on Alder, resume route

Westbound from Alder:
Left on Foothill
Left on Juniper
Left on Orange
Layover on Orange

Route 19
Eastbound from Metrolink:
Left on Orange
Left on Juniper
Left on Randall
Right on Sierra, resume route

Westbound from Sierra:
Left on Randall
Right on Juniper
Right on Orange
Right into Metrolink

Route 61
Eastbound from San Bernardino:
Right on Juniper
Left on Marygold
Left on Sierra
Left on Randall
Right on Juniper
Right on Orange, resume route

Westbound from Metrolink:
Left on Orange
Left on Juniper
Left on San Bernardino
Right on Sierra, resume route

Route 66
Eastbound from Foothill
Right on Juniper
Left on Orange
Layover on Orange

Westbound from Metrolink
Left on Orange
Right on Juniper
Left on Foothill, resume route

Route 82
Eastbound from Sierra
Left on Randall
Right on Juniper
Right on Orange, into Metrolink
Left on Orange
Right on Juniper
Right on Foothill
Left on Sierra, resume route

Westbound from Sierra
Right on Foothill
Left on Juniper
Left on Orange into Metrolink
Left on Orange
Left on Juniper
Left on Randall
Right on Sierra, resume route


COLTON
Routes affected: 1, 19
Streets to be closed from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.:

  • La Cadena between C and O Street

Route 1
Northbound from Valley:
Right on Rancho
Left on 10 Freeway
Exit Mt. Vernon
Right on Mt. Vernon, resume route

Southbound from Mt. Vernon:
Right into 10 Freeway
Exit Rancho
Left on Valley, resume route

Route 19
Eastbound from C St.:
Right on 9th St.
Left on Valley
Right on Mt. Vernon, resume route

Westbound from Mt. Vernon:
Left on Valley
Right on 9th St.
Left on Olive, resume route


SAN BERNARDINO
Routes affected: 1, 3, 4
Streets to be closed from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:

  • Highland between Valencia and Golden

Route 1
Northbound from Waterman:
Right on Highland
Left on Valencia
Right on 30th/Lynnwood, resume route

Southbound from Highland:
Right on Del Rosa
Left on Lynnwood/30th
Left on Valencia
Right on Highland
Left on Waterman, resume route

Route 3
Westbound from Highland:
Right on Del Rosa
Left on Lynnwood/30th
Left on Valencia
Right on Highland, resume route

Route 4
Eastbound from Highland:
Left on Valencia
Right on 30th/Lynnwood
Right on Del Rosa
Left on Highland, resume route


YUCAIPA
Routes affected: 19
Streets to be closed from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.:

  • Yucaipa Blvd. between Oak Glen and 5th St.

Route 19
Eastbound from Yucaipa Blvd.:
Left on Oak Glen
Right on 5th St.
Right into transit center (end of line)

Westbound from transit center:
Left on 5th
Left on Oak Glen
Right on Yucaipa, resume route

Omnitrans Hires Deputy General Manager Erin Rogers

We are honored to welcome to the Omnitrans family the newest member of the executive team: Deputy General Manager Erin Rogers!

A Syracuse, New York native and resident of Tustin, Erin joins Omnitrans with nearly 30 years of experience in the transit industry. Her journey began in Boston, where she first worked as a paratransit manager at DAVE Transportation Services.

Erin spent 16 years working for the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), including 10 as assistant general manager. Most recently, she served as regional vice president for MV Transportation, Inc.

“I knew the Omnitrans team was doing great work and that there are exciting projects on the horizon, such as the West Valley Connector and Arrow,” Erin shares.

As deputy general manager, Erin will serve with CEO/General Manager P. Scott Graham and the Senior Leadership Team to set the direction of the organization and ensure that we deliver on the agency’s commitments to the Board of Directors and residents of the San Bernardino Valley.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of the team and making positive contributions to better connect our community.”

Employee of the Quarter John Steffon

What do you do when your department is without a Dispatch Supervisor, Assistant Transportation Manager (ATM), and West Valley Transportation Manager? Well, if you’re John Steffon, you buckle up, postpone your retirement plans, and rise to the occasion. Earlier this month, John, East Valley Transportation Manager, was declared Employee of the Quarter for his contributions to the Operations department while taking on three other positions’ responsibilities.

“Time management was tough,” admits John. “Some of your own work has to take a backseat to what really needs to be done then and there. This was the biggest challenge – trying to keep everything up to date from attendance, to handling all ATM duties, making sure all dispatch supervisor duties were being handled, and covering at West Valley if we needed to handle any disciplinary issues.”

While juggling multiple jobs during this time in addition to his own, John had to work with his team and the agency to increase our part-time driver roster. This was critical in addressing a challenge faced by Omnitrans at the time – drivers having to work overtime on their days off to deliver service to our customers. Their efforts paid off.

“We’ve recently graduated a class of eight new coach operators, and today we have six people testing, with another class joining us in December,” reveals John. “The onboarding of new drivers is really helping to keep service on the road without forcing overtime on our existing coach operators. We are focused on building up our part-time drivers so that overtime goes down and as people retire or leave, we have people ready to fill their positions. It’s been tough, but we need to get service on the road because our passengers are the ultimate customers and they are depending on us.”

Employee of the Quarter John Steffon (second from right) is congratulated by (from the left) CEO/General Manager P. Scott Graham, Director of Operations Diane Caldera, and Board of Directors Chair Ron Dailey.

This year, John celebrates his 23rd year at Omnitrans. He has nearly 50 years of transportation experience, having spent almost 25 years at Greyhound in Los Angeles prior to Omnitrans. “Before that, I spent years in the army on boats, planes – all different modes of transportation! I served in 1967 and 1968 after being drafted upon graduating college,” says John, a Vietnam War veteran.

John began his career with Omnitrans as a field supervisor in West Valley. Sunday bus service had just started in 1994, and the agency hired two additional field supervisors, one of which was John. A year later the Transportation Manager position opened, and he was promoted in 1995.

“The most satisfying part of this job is coming to work with a positive attitude and seeing that we’re getting service on the road and helping people. The community needs us, and we need them. Being in the service industry, it’s our duty to provide that service, especially for those who really depend on us to get to work, meetings, doctor’s appointments, or other errands,” says John.

“You learn something new every day. You think you’ve seen all the situations that you possibly can; it’s mind-boggling. What I’m learning is how to keep up with all this new technology in the transit industry and, not to be too funny, but, also learning how to deal with millennials and speaking a little bit of their language,” he laughs.

Outside of work, John likes to dedicate his time to reading, golfing, and going outside on walks. He is also a major football enthusiast, and he is ecstatic that his team, the Rams, is back in Southern California. He proudly shows off his 2016 Omnitrans Fantasy Football League trophy. “The reason I need to walk is because I’m a couch potato when it comes to watching football!” he jokes.

Although John looks forward to retirement early next year, he remains fully committed to our mission of connecting our community. “It’s coming to an end and it’ll be time to move on in a few months. Omnitrans has been very good to me, and I come here every day with a smile on my face.”

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. 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.

Donate to the Spark of Love Toy Drive 2017

Spread some holiday cheer this season! Join Omnitrans, ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters and give to the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Every child deserves to wake up with a smile on their face this holiday season, and you can help make that happen for under-served children in our local community on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Stuff-A-Bus extravaganza! Omnitrans buses will be ready to get “stuffed” with new, unwrapped toy donations at Mathis Brothers Furniture, located at 4105 Inland Empire Blvd, Ontario, CA 91764, from 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Last year, our community came together and stuffed over 10 buses with toys for little ones throughout San Bernardino County. In addition to supporting a wonderful cause, you’ll also enjoy music, treats, take a close-up look at the ABC7 news copter, and say hello to Santa at the event!

Unable to attend Stuff-A-Bus? We will be collecting toy drop-offs through Thursday, December 7th at our main office lobby in San Bernardino, and at the San Bernardino Transit Center.

You may also stop by any local fire station to drop off your toy, or donate monetarily online. All proceeds will go to buying toys or sports equipment for the children. Click here to donate online!

Omnitrans is located at 1700 W. Fifth Street San Bernardino, CA 92411. The San Bernardino Transit Center is located at 599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401. For hours of operation please click here.