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Omnitrans and Women’s Transportation Seminar Host Classroom to Career Day

For many, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the Girl Scouts will inevitably be “cookies!” However, Girl Scouts does so much more than that, and is laying the groundwork for young girls to develop the courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place.

Omnitrans had the privilege to contribute to this mission, and partnered with the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, the Women’s Transportation Seminar of the Inland Empire (WTS-IE), San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, and Metrolink to host the Classroom to Career event for over 100 girls from throughout San Bernardino County on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 during National Engineers Week.

Omnitrans Marketing Specialist Janice Kuhn explains the importance of our transit center info kiosks to students.

“It is more important now than ever to expose younger girls to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math).  They are thirsty for knowledge about potential careers in transportation and other STEM fields.”  said Lisa Reece, Vice President, HDR and WTS-IE Chapter Advisor.

The day began at the downtown San Bernardino Transit Center where a few of the women of Omnitrans working in various roles ranging from finance and marketing, to route planning and scheduling, to bus maintenance, provided a tour of the facility to the students, which concluded with a Metrolink train ride from the transit center to the nearby Santa Fe Depot.

Once at the depot, the girls learned about the importance of our transportation network and its history by touring the Rail Museum. The group participated in hands-on activities that stimulated their minds to envision what the future of transportation may look like.

Students work on one of their STEM activities, designing their own roads using various materials.

Professional women from various facets of the transportation industry shared their job functions and career paths, inspiring the girls to think about a career that they may also choose to pursue in the future.

“Omnitrans is committed to being a positive and impactful part of the community,” said Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos. “It was great to partner with like organizations to meet the professionals of tomorrow and illustrate the opportunities transit careers offer.”

For photos of the event, click here to view album.

Omnitrans Ridership Gains in January Reverse Trend

Omnitrans posted its first system-wide ridership gain in over three years when passenger boardings in January 2018 were 1.7% higher than January 2017. Growth was led by increased use of freeway express routes, up 14.2%, and the sbX bus rapid transit line, up 4.5%.

In all, 22 of Omnitrans’ 35 bus routes carried more passengers than a year ago. Bus routes operating in the western San Bernardino Valley posted gains which averaged 6.2%.

“We are pleased that Omnitrans’ efforts to attract new riders with express service, streamlined routes, improved regional connections, and mobile fares are beginning to pay off,” said Omnitrans Board Chair and Loma Linda Council Member Ron Dailey.  “We hope the trend continues.”

In the past year, Omnitrans has added one new freeway express route, implemented 15-minute service to passenger terminals at Ontario International Airport, expanded operating hours on sbX and implemented a mobile fare payment option.  In December, the Metrolink extension to serve the downtown San Bernardino Transit Center improved regional multi-modal connectivity. The transit hub serves over 5,000 passengers a day making connections on bus routes operated by Omnitrans, Victor Valley Transit Authority, Mountain Transit, Pass Transit, and Riverside Transit Agency.

Omnitrans freeway express routes include Route 215 connecting San Bernardino and Riverside via the 215 and 91 Freeways, Route 290, operating on the 10 Freeway with stops in San Bernardino, Colton, Ontario and Montclair, and Route 208 which connects Yucaipa, Redlands and San Bernardino via the 10 Freeway.  Two additional round trips will be added to Route 208 in May.

The sbX bus rapid transit line now transports over 63,000 riders per month on average compared to under 42,000 monthly in the first year, 2014.  Due to customer demand, Omnitrans expanded sbX service hours last September to operate from 5am to 11pm on weekdays.

Omnitrans total ridership in calendar year 2017 was 11,436,432, a decrease of 5% from 2016.  January 2018 was the first positive month, as compared to the same month in the prior year, since June 2014. “It’s great to start off 2018 with positive numbers, reversing a three year trend experienced by Omnitrans and other transit agencies in our region and the nation,” explained spokesperson Wendy Williams.

Omnitrans route and schedule information is available at 1 (800) 966-6428 or www.omnitrans.org.

Long-time rider benefits from the SBTC’s newly augmented regional connectivity


Cynthia, 62, of San Bernardino is a long-time rider who has dedicated herself to caring for seniors living with disabilities. She relies on Omnitrans to get to her clients every day – a choice that she feels good about each time her bus zooms by cars stalled in traffic on the freeways.

“I have my driver’s license, but I choose not to drive. I ride the Freeway Express and just watching all the people stuck in traffic – that’s enough for me to not want to drive a car! Riding the bus is much more convenient,” she shares with us while waiting for Route 215 to depart at the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC).

“I know a lot of drivers from my years of riding Omnitrans, and the majority have been very nice. They treat us, the passengers, with respect. I’ve never been on a bus where a driver was recklessly driving,” she shares of her experience with Omnitrans drivers. “They know what to say, what not to say, and I appreciate that. You have to admire their patience in working with the public.”

Omnitrans’ express routes and the regional connectivity at the SBTC make mobility easy for Cynthia. Commuting to work is a simple ride on her local route to the SBTC, where she connects to Freeway Express (Route 215 for Riverside or Route 290 for Ontario, her two primary work destinations). Cynthia is also benefitting from the recent Metrolink extension to Downtown San Bernardino, now stopping at the transit center.

“I love the [San Bernardino] Transit Center, and to have the Metrolink trains coming here now – I am loving it! I’m feeling so spoiled!” she gushes. “Now I only catch one bus to the transit center and I can go see my mommy in Los Angeles. It was a really good idea to connect the trains to the transit center. It makes it easier, not just for me, but for other bus riders that I used to see down at the 3rd Street depot. They now can connect from the bus to the Metrolink here at the transit center. It has made travel so much easier for us.”

Cynthia is also a student. On Tuesdays, she attends class at a local adult school in San Bernardino. Riding our traditional fixed route system after work would make her late to class, which is why sbX rapid transit is a great solution for her.

“sbX takes me right to class after work. I got to get to work and school on time, so I love all the fast stuff!” she says about Omnitrans’ express services and sbX.

Although Cynthia has been part of the Omnitrans community for the past 10 years, she wants to purchase a car this year. That won’t keep her from riding, though. Cynthia will only drive to our Park and Ride lot at the SBTC and still take advantage of the benefits of riding public transit.

“I will still ride the bus to go shopping, to the grocery store, to the movies. I’ll take Omni everywhere I need to go.” The Route 215 driver approaches the bus, ready to depart, and an energetic Cynthia takes out her bus pass. “Oh, we got to go now!”

 

 

 

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Omnitrans

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

To honor his legacy and contributions to the human rights movement in the United States, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed the third Monday of January each year, has been embraced as a national day of service. To commemorate the occasion, you can partake in free celebratory activities here in the San Bernardino Valley, and explore local MLK Jr. art, all accessible on Omnitrans!

The Youth Action Project Presents: YAP Talks + Day of Service
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the San Bernardino Family YMCA, 808 E 21st St., San Bernardino, CA 92404. Serviced by Omnitrans Routes 1, 3, and 4.
YAP talks will feature speeches by Pastor LaQuetta Simmons, professor and community leader Dr. Will Greer, and Monica Stockhausen, professor and founder of #NerdyGirlsRock. Come together and take an action-based approach to educate the community and youth on the philosophies and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Following the presentations, attendees will help assemble 500 “necessity bags” for the San Bernardino County homeless community, and prepare 500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to feed them as well. A basketball tournament will feature SBCUSD police and local high school students. For more information, visit www.YouthActionProject.org.

30th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration by The Ephesians New Testament Church and the City of Fontana
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 4 p.m., at 8833 Palmetto Ave., Fontana, CA 92335. Serviced by Omnitrans Route 20.
This year’s featured guest will be prolific philosopher, author, Princeton and Harvard scholar, and activist Dr. Cornel West. Joining him as a special guest will be seven-time Grammy nominee and winner, Ms. Vanessa Bell Armstrong. The celebration is free to the public. For more information, visit: www.EphesiansChurch.com.

Visit local Martin Luther King Jr. statues in Fontana, San Bernardino, and Riverside
Fontana – Inside the Lewis Library and Technology Center and Library, located at 8437 Sierra Ave, Fontana, CA 92335. Accessible on Omnitrans Routes 14, 67, and 82.
San Bernardino – between E Street and D Street, next to san Bernardino City Hall located at 290 N. D St, San Bernardino, CA 92401. Accessible on Omnitrans Routes 2 and 10, and sbX rapid transit.
Riverside – On the pedestrian walkway on 9th Street & Main Street. Accessible on Omnitrans Route 215.

To plan your trip, you may utilize our free and easy-to-use online Trip Planner, or give us a call at 1-800-966-6428.

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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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

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.

Mobile fares enhance the Omnitrans experience for commuter

Isaiah of San Bernardino, California has been riding Omnitrans less than a year, but in his short time doing so, has already discovered the plentiful benefits that public transportation provides to riders.

It was a chance encounter, when Isaiah was experiencing car trouble one day. Needing a ride to get to work in Ontario, Isaiah knew that the bus was available as an option, so he visited Omnitrans.org for the latest schedule and has since been making his weekly commute on Omnitrans!

“I’ve only been riding for a few months, but riding the bus is cool! It’s affordable and provides reliable transportation to work during the week. The drivers are very nice and patient with everybody. It’s been really good to me,” he shares with us while waiting for the bus at Ontario Mills one afternoon.

Monday through Friday, Isaiah hops on Freeway Express Route 290 at the San Bernardino Transit Center and gets off at Ontario Mills where he transfers to Route 61 for a short connection to his job site. “Traffic can be pretty stressful at this time of the day, but Freeway Express 290 is great because it can go in the carpool lane and it has limited stops which makes commuting less troublesome.”

Isaiah loads his activated bus pass on his smartphone to show the driver upon boarding Omnitrans.

The Omnitrans passenger service that Isaiah has enjoyed most recently has been our introduction of mobile fares via the Token Transit app. “I get a 7-day pass every week on Token Transit. It’s neat to be able pay with your phone and not have to worry about always having exact cash. I always had to have $18 cash to pay the driver for a pass, but having the mobile fare option has made riding so much easier because I can easily buy the pass with my debit card. And, you don’t need to worry about losing your bus pass, either, because it’s always in your phone.”

Isaiah would like to get a new car soon, but that doesn’t mean his journey with Omnitrans will have to come to an end. “Honestly, when I get a new car, I will continue to take the bus and leave my car at home during the week and only drive on the weekends. It’s more convenient because you don’t have to sit through traffic or spend more money on gas,” he reveals of his future transportation plans.

He also plans to enroll in classes at Valley College in San Bernardino, where he will be entitled to unlimited rides with our GoSmart program for students!

“I’d never ridden the bus before; I just looked up the bus schedules online one day when I needed a ride because my car broke down. I’d never had a reason to ride, but now I would recommend it to others, honestly. It’s affordable, reliable, and saves money,” says Isaiah as he boards Freeway Express 290 to head back home at the end of his work day. See you on the bus tomorrow, Isaiah!

Buses not in service on Thanksgiving Day

In observance of Thanksgiving, Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Thursday, November 23, 2017. The 1-800-9-OMNIBUS customer service line and administrative offices will also be closed on this day.

Regular bus service will resume the following day, Friday, November 24. The customer service center will also re-open, but administrative offices will be remain closed until the following Monday.

From the Omnitrans family to you, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving!