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Omnitrans Seeks Input on Future BRT Line and Freeway Express Expansion

Omnitrans is holding a series of public meetings in April to gather public feedback on proposals for additional freeway express service in 2016-2017 and the future West Valley Connector bus rapid transit (BRT) line.

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WEST VALLEY CONNECTOR BRT

Similar to the sbX green line BRT launched in San Bernardino and Loma Linda in 2014, the West Valley Connector would offer: weekday service every 10 to 15 minutes, stations spaced at one mile to a half mile apart, transit signal priority, and enhanced stations with benches, trash cans, lighting, real time bus arrival signs, security cameras and emergency phones.

The proposed 25-mile long line would travel through Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Montclair and Pomona, connecting major activity centers such as Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, Victoria Gardens, Ontario Mills, Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario Convention Center, Ontario Airport and multiple Metrolink commuter rail stations. Details available online at: West Valley Connector Info.

West Valley Connector Meetings

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
4-7 PM at Ontario Senior Center
225 East B St. Ontario 91764

Thursday, April 14, 2016
4-7 PM at Purpose Church
601 N. Garey Ave., Rm. H100, Pomona 91768

Saturday, April 16, 2016
9 AM-2 PM at Terra Vista Farmer’s Market
10808 E. Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga 91730

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
4-7 PM at Fontana Women’s Club
16880 Seville Ave., Fontana 92335

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
4-7 PM at Montclair Senior Center
5111 Benito St., Montclair 91763

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FREEWAY EXPRESS

Omnitrans is proposing a new weekday-only, peak-hour freeway express bus route to serve Yucaipa, Redlands, and San Bernardino via Interstate 10 beginning in January 2017. The transit agency also proposes increasing service span and frequency on the Route 290 freeway express launched last year which connects San Bernardino, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, Ontario Mills and the Montclair Transit Center via Interstates 215 and 10. If approved, Route 290 would provide additional early morning and mid-day trips beginning in September 2016. Details available online at: Freeway Express Proposals

Public comments also may be submitted by mail to Omnitrans, 1700 West Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411, phone at 909-379-7250, or email at tembi.tovar@omnitrans.org. The deadline for comments on freeway express proposals is Friday, April 29, 2016; the West Valley Connector comment deadline is Saturday, April 23, 2016.

Freeway Express Service Meetings

Monday, April 18, 2016
3-6 PM at Montclair Transit Center
5091 Richton St., Montclair 91763

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6-10 AM at San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Ave., San Bernardino 92410

4-7 PM at Omnitrans Offices
1700 W. Fifth St., San Bernardino 92411

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
6-10 AM at Redlands Mall Transfer Center
100 Redlands Mall, Redlands 92373

3-6 PM at Yucaipa Transit Center
34272 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa 92399

Throwback Thursday: sbX Blue Tree Project

This blue pine tree behind the old Omnitrans bus shelter on University Parkway at Cal State, San Bernardino was one of three trees that were cleared in 2012 to make way for the future campus sbX Bus Rapid Transit Station.

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The Blue Tree Project was a part of a program to develop ecologically themed artwork for the station. The tree was painted blue so that the images on the glass panels could serve as a visual barometer for air quality.

CSUSB sbX station - Blue Tree Project

Using blue colors, photography, and other artistic methods, artists transposed images of the pine tree onto the station’s glass panels. The images blend into blue sky and can be difficult to see on a clear day, but become more visible during overcast days and when the air is polluted.

The project was a collaboration that between Omnitrans sbX BRT, the Cal State University, San Bernardino Art Department and professional artists from Greenmeme.

CSUSB sbX station - Blue Tree Project

Each of the Omnitrans sbX stations features art with various themes.  Click here for a list of artists, themes, descriptions and photos of a few of the art installations.

Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

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sbX switches to on-demand station stops

sbX station platform at Cal State San Bernardino

Due to construction and to keep routes running on time, Omnitrans sbX vehicles will no longer automatically stop at every station. Coach operators will now pull into a station only if signaled to do so by a passenger or if there are people waiting to board.

Just as on any other Omnitrans fixed route, sbX passengers need to signal the driver in advance via the yellow strip on the side of the bus, or a button like the one below, when they want to disembark at an upcoming stop.  We are confident that this adjustment will allow us to better serve our customers.

sbX stop request button

Please note that sbX continues to run on a 10 minute schedule during peak hours, and every 15 minutes throughout the day.

Additionally, we currently are experiencing some technical issues with NexTrip arrival prediction times for sbX. Ominitrans’ Operations and IT Departments and our vendors have been diligently working behind the scenes to resolve the problem and hope to have a solution soon. We appreciate your patience while we work on making the necessary corrections.

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Dump the pump; treat yourself to transit!

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Do you feel like you deserve more spending money and more time to yourself? Maybe it’s time to dump the pump and treat yourself to public transit!

You see, while you were getting cut off by that aggressive driver this morning, our passengers were reading, surfing the web or listening to their favorite tunes.

While you were fillling up your gas tank, our passengers were treating themselves to lunch, movies or mall shopping with the money they saved by taking the bus.

And when you were circling that parking lot looking for a decent parking space, our passengers were being dropped off in front of their destinations.

Remember that $150 monthly insurance bill you got in the mail yesterday along with the $200 California car registration you forgot was coming due?  Our passengers were opening the 31-day pass they had bought online for $55 or less.

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Thursday, June 18th is national Dump the Pump Day–the perfect time to ditch the car for the day and give public transit a try. What are you waiting for? Join the ranks of smart riders who choose the bus for their daily commute.

Of course, part of the fun of trying something different is posting a selfie to share with friends. We’ve got you covered! Follow this link for a Pledge to Ride certificate that you can pose with for your photo. You can even join people all across the nation who are posting selfies to the Dump the Pump event page.

Enjoy the ride!

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– Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

sbX ridealong with KGGI’s Kid Jay on Monday

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Thank you sbX riders, for making our first year such an incredible success!

We invite you to join us on Monday, April 27th for a ride along with Kid Jay from KGGI at the Palm and Kendall Park and Ride at 11:00. We’ll be traveling the entire route and stopping off at stations along the way with great giveaways for sbX riders.

Don’t forget! You can ride sbX FREE this week with our free ride coupon, available on our website and on the Omnitrans mobile app!

But wait–there’s more! You can also enter our sbX Anniversary Sweepstakes for a chance to win the Grand Prize:  free bus passes for a year, dinner for four, cinema tickets for four, and four  IE 66ers baseball tickets.  Click here to sign up for the prize drawing. Good luck!

Vietnam vet goes back to school with sbX

AlbertEnriquezAt 62-years-old, Colton resident Albert Enriquez is pursuing his GED at the San Bernardino Adult School. And he’s using sbX to help him do it!

“When I was young I was trouble,” admits Albert. “I was a gang banger and drug addict and thought I knew better than everyone else. Finally I found myself brought up before a judge facing three years of jail time. He gave me a choice: either join the military or go to jail. So I joined the Marine Corps, thinking that I could be wild and see the world. Then Vietnam happened, and that changed me.”

“I had to grow up fast. I saw things most people don’t get to see, and I learned to take responsibility for my own mistakes. It made me become a man. I served 2 years active duty and 4 years in the reserves.”

After his honorable discharge from the Marines, Albert found it a struggle to find long term employment.

“Without a high school diploma, all I could find were menial  or short term contract jobs,” Albert explains. “I worked hard and had several commendations and letters of recommendation from different places I’d worked, but still I couldn’t get ahead. People constantly told me that I was qualified for certain positions, but that they couldn’t hire me without a high school degree.”

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Finally, years later, Albert is working to obtain  his GED. His wife Anne is his biggest supporter and helps him with his studies.  He’s also a proud member of the San Bernardino Adult School student council.

Because his wife is retired and uses the family car for errands around town, Albert relies on sbX to get back and forth to his classes. Catching the sbX Green Line at the Hospitality station, he makes the quick trip to Baseline and E near the school.

“I really enjoy riding sbX and have nothing but high praise for it,” says Albert. “It’s convenient, comfortable and has free WiFi. It also attracts a different kind of passenger from the regular buses. You get a lot of students and professionals. The drivers are very pleasant too and always say good morning.”

But what really excites Albert is the Omnitrans veterans fare which launched in January.

“As a veteran, the vet discount make a big difference for me. I used to have to pay $3.00 a day. Now it only costs me $1.50. When you’re on a budget, every little bit helps.”

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When he’s not busy with school, Albert enjoys baking. His dream job would be to own a little neighborhood  bakery/deli where people could relax, hang out, and enjoy good food. For now he’s content with honing his skills through Wilson cake-decorating classes at Michaels in Redlands.

“I like learning new things and being creative,” he says with a smile. “It keeps me young”

Since the launch of the veterans fare on January 5th, Omnitrans is proud to have served more than 25,000 veterans fare passengers.

Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

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Food Fest vendors offer sbX free ride coupon

San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest

Are you a foodie? Are you crazy about gourmet food trucks?  Then you won’t want to miss the San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest!

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Specialty drinks from Mocha-Lotive

This popular downtown event is held next to City Hall the third Thursday of each month from 11:00-2:00.

Cupcakes from My Delight Cupcakery

Cupcakes from My Delight Cupcakery

This week, on March 19th, you can get a get a coupon for a free sbX ride with every meal purchased from participating Food Fest vendors.  Offer good while supplies last.

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Enjoy sweet and savory crepes from Crepes Bonaparte, ranked as one of the top 20 food trucks in America by QSR magazine. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a Blue Crab Burrito from Street Foods Co.? You might want to try Argentine food from Piaggio,  featuring extraordinary empanadas, superb sliders and mouthwatering Milanesa Sands. Yum!

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Don’t forget to save room for dessert! Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Lemonade cupcakes and other signature flavors from My Delight Cupcakery.

San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest - My Delight Truck

Need a mid-day pick-me-up? Mocha-Lotive offers coffees, teas and smoothies to give you that extra boost of energy you need to make it through the work day.

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There are so many more culinary delights you won’t want to miss: the Mac & Cheese sandwich from The Grilled Cheese Truck, Asian style chicken from Belly Bombz, and  healthy brats or veggie dogs from Bratworks.

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Treat yourself and a friend to an unforgettable food experience this Friday and get your coupon for a free first-class ride on the sbX rapid transit line. You deserve it!

Blue Crab Burrito from Street Foods Co.

Blue Crab Burrito from Street Foods Co.

For more info visit the SB Third Thursdays Food Fest Facebook page.