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Students to Save Money, Time with sbX

Jaasiel Marron

Jaasiel Marron drives to California State University, San Bernardino from his home in Beaumont – but only half way.

Instead, the junior mathematics major finds an all-day parking spot near the VA Loma Linda Health Care System and boards Omnitrans Route 2, which takes him to the entrance to campus in a little more than an hour.

“It’s worth it,” Marron said. “With the cost of a student parking permit at $102 a quarter, I save money not having to park on campus. I also save on the cost of gas driving all the way from home.”

In about a year from now, Marron will be able to save time, as well. That’s when passenger service begins for the first corridor of Omnitrans’ express service called sbX. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, followed by two to three months of start-up, testing and training.

Route 2 service, which stops on average every third of a mile, will remain on the corridor at reduced service intervals (20 to 30 minutes). Because the bus rapid transit (BRT) service will have fewer stops (once a mile, on average); exclusive lanes along Hospitality Lane and much of E Street; and the ability to get through intersections with traffic-signal priority, Marron will find his commute time cut by nearly half. The BRT line also will run every 10 minutes during peak traffic hours, so he won’t have to worry about missing a departure.

“I can’t wait for this new service,” he said.

– David Rutherford

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Free Food Friday for Facebook Fans

During the month of February, Omnitrans sbX is giving away $25 gift cards on Fridays to its Facebook fans from local restaurants along Hospitality Lane, including IHOP, Lotus Garden Restaurant Chinese Cuisine and Bagels & Stuff.

One lucky winner is selected each week from an updated database of Facebook followers who enter the contest. Participants must be at least 18 years old. One entry will qualify you for each of the remaining drawings. Winners are notified by e-mail.

To enter, visit facebook.com/Omnitrans.sbX, click on the contest icon or enter the following link in the search engine: bit.ly/13Jvmg4

Peruvian Restaurant Sees Growth Opportunity

The staff at El Rico Pollo Peruvian Cuisine and Grill delivers authentic Peruvian food at a great value. L to R: Chefs Jesús Gómez, Edgar González, Juan de Diós Muñico, Founder Abel Salvador, Server Lety Jiménez and Co-Owner Liz Peñaloza.

When Abel Salvador and family opened El Rico Pollo Peruvian Cuisine and Grill on Diners Court in San Bernardino five years ago, he had three goals in mind: 1) become the first Peruvian restaurant in the Inland Empire; 2) enhance the dining experience of his clients by surrounding it with other high-quality restaurants; and 3) build a successful business model that can be replicated through franchises.

His first two goals have been achieved and, with changes in store for nearby Hospitality Lane, there is hope that the transformation of a transit corridor will bring in new customers, especially lunchtime patrons through the sbX corridor in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

Salvador takes great pride in working in the kitchen preparing beef, poultry, seafood and other house specialties that have built a solid and consistent clientele over time. Among the favorites are Lomo Saltado (sautéed sirloin strips), Parrillada Mixta (mixed grill) and Tacu-Tacu, a mixture of beans and rice seasoned with garlic, onions and aji panca fried in vegetable oil and crowned with a breaded steak and fried egg.

“We have a lot of regular customers, mostly South American immigrants at dinner and trade-school students at lunch,” said Marta Salvador, Abel’s wife and one of two co-owners. “The sbX project can only add to what we already have.”

El Rico Pollo is located at 2013 Diners Court off of Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino and open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit their website at www.elricopollo.com or call at (909) 890-0539.

–David Rutherford

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