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How to redeem your free ride coupon Oct. 5-9

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Celebrate Rideshare Week with a free ride from Omnitrans October 5-9!

You can get your free ride coupon on the Omnitrans app or print the PDF version from our website. The offer is good on Omnitrans fixed route service, Freeway Express Routes 215 and 290, OmniGo and sbX.  It is NOT good on Access.

Here’s the scoop on what you need to know.

To redeem your mobile app coupon:

  • Download the free Omnitrans app to your mobile device from Google Play or the iPhone App Store.
  • Show the digital coupon to your coach operator to receive a free day pass good for unlimited rides that day.
  • One coupon is allowed per person; each rider needs a coupon
  • You may use one coupon each day of the promotion.

To redeem your print coupon:

  • Print the PDF coupon from the Omnitrans website. (We will not supply any print coupons.)
  • Both color and black and white versions of the coupon are accepted.
  • The coupon MUST be cut out to be used—no flyers may be used.
  • When the coupon is placed into the bills slot of the fare box, a day pass will be issued good for unlimited rides that day.
  • One coupon is allowed per person; each rider needs a coupon
  • You may use one coupon each day of the promotion.

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Omnitrans FREE ride coupon & Rideshare prizes

Omnitrans app - free ride promo screenshotBeat the traffic, help the environment and save money at the same time! Celebrate Rideshare Week with these special offers.

 FREE RIDE COUPON!
It’s the perfect time to try out the bus for free! You can find our the Omnitrans ride coupon on our mobile app or as a PDF download from our website:

Mobile App Coupon: Download the Omnitrans app to your mobile device and click the coupon tab for your digital coupon. Show the coupon to the driver of any Omnitrans, sbX or OmniGo bus you board on Thursday, October 9th to ride the bus for free. One app coupon can cover multiple passengers. Please inform your driver how many people are in your group.

PDF Print Coupon:  Download and print the Omnitran Free Ride coupon from our website. Turn it in to your Omnitrans, sbX or OmniGo driver, who will exchange it for one FREE Day Pass good for unlimited rides on Thursday, October 9th. Print coupons may be redeemed one per customer.

IE COMMUTER:  RIDESHARE WEEK PRIZE DRAWINGS
IE Commuter is your one-stop phone and web service for transportation information in Southern California’s Inland Empire. It’s a great place to learn about Rideshare and the benefits of using sustainable transportation such as riding the bus, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, walking, and telecommuting.

Riding the bus between October 6th and 10th? You could win hotel stays, gift cards and other fabulous prizes from IE5 Commuter!   Simply visit IE Commuter and make your rideshare pledge today.

 

Professional commuter chooses public transit

Commuter Mark Adelson is a San Bernardino resident who works in Riverside for the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. As section chief, he covers environmental science issues, water quality and permitting.

“My family’s roots are here in San Bernardino,” says Mark. “I grew up here, as did my two kids,  and I attended Cal State San Bernardino. My wife was born here and is the director of a local churched-based pre-school. We feel very connected to this area.”

For years, Mark relied on his car for the busy work commute. On a few rare occasions, he also tried the bus. He remembers being anxious, wondering what it would be like and if he would have to wait for a long time.

“Those were concerns that were actually pretty easy to overcome because everything is set up to make it simple for riders. The Omnitrans bus book, especially, is a wonderful tool. I’m basically a map guy and found the system map to be very helpful.”

Finally about seven or eight years ago, Mark decided that maybe it was time to make the switch from driving a car to taking Omnitrans for his work commute.

“Cost savings was a big factor,” he admits. “And I also wanted to commute in a more environmentally responsible way. In the end, it was the realization that I could save at least $150 a month that motivated me to make the change. On weekdays, I drive to the 4th Street Transit Center where I park my car for the day.  Then I take the bus to downtown Riverside. I mainly use my car on the weekends or for scooting around town. I like that I don’t have to deal with heavy commuter traffic or worry about parking issues in Riverside.”

Now instead of battling rush hour, Mark relaxes with his Kindle, reading books or news stories. Sometimes he’ll spend the time reading work reports or newsletters, and other times he’ll just sightsee. It’s a routine he’s become very comfortable with.

He offers this candid advice to other commuters who are considering the switch to public transit.

“By taking the bus, you do exchange some of the freedom you’re used to when you have a car at your beck and call. You also give up the convenience of not going exactly where you want to go, exactly when you want to go there. Still, for those people who can arrange their schedules, it’s a great solution that can save them a lot of money, eliminate traffic and parking hassles, and help the environment at the same time.”

–Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

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Coupon Queen loves saving through Rideshare

While having a car is sometimes more convenient, the expenses involved in gas and upkeep are often overwhelming. As a result, it’s becoming more common for people to opt for public transit over expensive vehicle repairs when their cars have problems.

LaToia Jones, an eligibility worker for the County of San Bernardino, decided to let go of her old Ford Taurus when it broke down two years ago. She’s been ridesharing ever since, relying on a combination of riding the bus and carpooling with co-workers.

“I live out near Tyler Mall in Riverside, so I use both Riverside Transit and Omnitrans to get back and forth to work,” said LaToia. “I love Omnitrans because of the frequency. It generally runs every 15-30 minutes which makes it very easy to get where I need to go quickly.”

But it’s the savings that matters most to this county worker. “Driving the 91 was always ugly during rush hour and took forever,” said LaToia. “It used to cost me $80 to $100 a week in gas when I was driving. Now I pay that in a month. It’s a huge savings.”

Pinching pennies is a passion for this busy mom of two, who is always on the lookout for a great deal. “Couponing is a hobby with me, and I’ve gotten very good at finding free things online for my family and friends. Times are hard for everyone, so every little bit helps. I love saving money!”

Riding Omnitrans has not only been a boon to her budget, it’s also forged unexpected connections with regular passengers and coach operators along her route. One of the drivers shares her love of cooking and occasionally swaps recipes with her. “I told her I’d never had tamales before so she gave me the recipe to try. Once she even surprised me with a plate of cookies she’d baked for me,” LaToia said, smiling. “Things like that mean a lot.”

Do you like this story and want to use it for your blog or newsletter? All our stories may be freely re-posted and shared with others!

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Email Juno Kughler Carlson at  juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

Rideshare saves money and grows friendships

Omnitrans employees Scot Huffman and Mark Crosby have been ridesharing for the past 4 1/2 years. Each of them saves around $100 a month in gas and having a friend along for the ride makes the time go by quickly.

“We eat lunch together on our breaks and one day the topic of ridesharing came up in conversation,” said Scot. “At first we weren’t sure we wanted to do it. But as it turned out, we were a great fit. We live in the same city and work similar hours. We also don’t have to go out of our way to drive to each other’s homes. My grandson and Mark’s son both go to the same preschool so it’s very convenient for us to meet there. It works out well.”

Mark, who is a member of the Omnitrans Green Team, also likes the fact they are helping the environment. “We’re putting one less car on the road and taking up one less space in the parking lot. And it definitely saves us money because it’s one less tank of gas a month that each of us has to buy and less wear and tear on our vehicles.”

Sharing the daily commute has also helped cement a friendship between the two men, who are now friends first and co-workers second. They share similar hobbies and interests, have gotten to know each other’s families and have even gone camping together.

Rideshare contests offered by the IE511 each year are an added bonus. Last year Mark won a $100 Best Buy gift card in the drawing. To learn more about how you can get involved with Rideshare visit http://www.ie511.org.  Pledge to Rideshare during California Rideshare Week (October 1-5) and you’ll be entered for a chance to win great prizes like an Apple iPad, overnights at a resort hotel, dinner for two, gift cards and much more.

Omnitrans FREE Ride Coupon
Celebrate Rideshare Week with a free ride on us! Simply download and print the Free Ride coupon from our website. Turn it in to your bus driver who will exchange it for one FREE Day Pass good for unlimited rides for one day only on our fixed-route buses between October 1 and 5. Visit our website at www.omnitrans.org for more details.