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Minor Service Changes Set for May 2

Omnitrans May 2016Just in time for spring and summer fun, the May Bus Book is here!

While there aren’t any major changes to report for your favorite routes, minor adjustments have been made to the following routes, so be sure to check your schedule before you travel.

One item of note:  in response to customer concerns, sbX will conclude its test program of stopping on demand, and once again will stop at every station along its route, on every trip.

To enhance travel times to and from the San Bernardino Transit Center, minor time adjustments have been made to the following routes:

Weekdays:  Routes 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14 , 15 and 290.

Saturday: Routes 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 14 and 15.

Sunday:  Routes 3, 4 and 14.

Other Changes

Route 5:  A minor runtime adjustment was made to the weekday schedule.

Route 15 :  A new AM trip from Redlands Mall has been added to the Saturday schedule.

Route 61:  The long-term detour has been lifted on south Vineyard Ave. in Ontario.  Route will resume normal routing along Archibald and Holt.  A minor schedule adjustment also was made to weekday schedule.

Route 67:  Minor schedule adjustments was made to the weekday schedule.

Route 85:  All schedules will reflect minor schedule adjustments.

Route 325:  Minor schedule adjustment was made to the weekday schedule.

You can take a look at the May Bus Book here.

And don’t forget! Mountain Transit and Victor Valley Transit bus passes now can be purchased at the San Bernardino Transit Center.

Preparing for service change week

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Service Changes start Tuesday, September 8th

If your normal route is one of those affected by the service changes, plan your trip in advance and allow yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.

For more information on routes and schedules, visit www.omnitrans.org to view the September Bus Book, Guide to Service Changes and other helpful links. Bus Books are also currently available on buses and at pass outlets.

For quick access to NexTrip, Bus Book, Rider Alerts, special promotions, Omnitrans news and social media sites, download the Omnitrans App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


NexTrip Accuracy

Because NexTrip bus arrival prediction information is based on performance history, it will take several days for it to adjust to the service changes.


Omnitrans Ambassadors

Omnitrans Ambassadors will be on hand on September 8th and 9th from 5:30-9:00 a.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the locations listed below to assist passengers with service change questions. Ambassadors will be wearing orange safety vests to help you identify them.

• San Bernardino Transit Center
• Chaffey Transit Center
• Ontario Transit Center
• Montclair Transit Center
• Ontario Mills
• Chino Transit Center


New Route 290 Freeway Express

• Passengers can ride the new Route 290 Freeway Express service for free Tuesday, September 8th through Friday, September 11th. No coupon needed.

• Both Freeway Express Routes 215 and 290 will have free WiFi on board for your smart devices.

• Freeway Express Routes 215 and 290 cost the same and accept the same bus passes as regular Omnitrans bus routes.

• The closest park and ride lot to the San Bernardino Transit Center is located at the sbX Civic Center Station (City Hall Building Structure).


San Bernardino Transit Center Activities

Tuesday, Sept. 8
Drawstring Bag Giveaway
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or while supplies last

Wednesday, Sept. 9
Omnitrans Beanbag Game and Water Giveaway
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 10
San Bernardino Teen Music Workshop Concert
4 – 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 11
Ice Cream Sandwich Giveaway
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. or while supplies last

Buses not in service on Labor Day

Oomnitrans - no bus service on labor daymnitrans offices will be closed and buses will not be running on Monday, September 7th for the Labor Day holiday. Our offices will reopen and buses will resume operation on Tuesday, September 8th.

Please keep in mind that Omnitrans service changes go into effect on September 8th. You can plan ahead with our Guide to September Service Changes which features the new bus book, detailed route information, and helpful links.

 

A closer look at September 8th Service Changes

Video presentations by Omnitrans Service Planning Manager Jeremiah Bryant
Service Planning Manager Jeremiah Bryant, Analyst Carolann Williams, and Scheduling Analyst Victor Cuate

Service Planning Manager Jeremiah Bryant, Analyst Carolann Williams, and Scheduling Analyst Victor Cuate

This is the biggest service change Omnitrans has introduced in years, and we know our riders have lots of questions as to how this is all going to work. In the two presentations below, Omnitrans Service Plannning Manager Jeremiah Bryant will take you through each of the route changes to show you what’s new and why with easy to follow route maps and visuals.

Still have questions? We’re here to help! Drop us an email at contact@omnitrans.org or add your comment to this post.

Try Route 290 Freeway Express free!

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Beginning September 8th, Omnitrans will deliver on one of our customers’ most frequent requests: a freeway express on the I-10.

A new and revised version of the old Route 90, Route 290 runs peak morning and evening weekday service with 15 one-way trips. This freeway express service connects downtown San Bernardino, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Ontario Mills and the Montclair Transit Center. Travel time is cut in half, compared to similar local bus service.

Omnitrans mascot Buster the Bus stands beside a bus promoting the agency's newest Freeway Express service.

As an added benefit to passengers, both Omnitrans freeway express routes 215 and 290 will offer free Wi-Fi on board. Commuters can now enjoy surfing the web with a smart device during their trip!

Interested in making Route 290 your regular commute? Try it for FREE Sept. 8th  through 11th and enjoy a relaxing, hassle-free ride. We think you’ll be a fan.

Not only are our freeway express services a fast and comfortable way to commute, they’re also affordable.  Both Routes 215 and 290 cost the same and accept the same bus passes as regular Omnitrans bus routes!

For more information on Route 290 and other upcoming service changes, check out our September Bus Book preview.

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Omnitrans Proposes Changes Including New Freeway Express

Omnitrans proposed September 2015 service changes

San Bernardino Transit Center – busway

Omnitrans is proposing changes that would impact bus routes throughout the San Bernardino valley effective September 8, 2015.  Plans include streamlining service in the west valley, adding a new freeway express route on I-10, realigning routes to serve a new transit center in San Bernardino, and implementing a new customer application process for Access ADA service. To gather public comments, a series of meetings are scheduled between March 19 and 27.  (details below)

West of the I-15 freeway, Omnitrans proposes realignment of nine north-south routes to improve directness of service, reduce travel time and simplify the route network.  In response to frequent customer requests, freeway express Route 290 is proposed to offer weekday, peak-hour service on the I-10 corridor between Montclair and San Bernardino with stops at Ontario Mills and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

With the September opening of the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC), eleven bus routes need to be adjusted to streamline access to the new site located on Rialto Avenue between E and F Streets in downtown.  The facility is adjacent to an Omnitrans sbX rapid transit station. Neighboring transit agencies, Mountain Transit and Victor Valley Transit Authority, also will serve the transit center.  In 2016, when construction of a rail extension is complete, the SBTC will provide a direct connection to Metrolink commuter trains.

San Bernardino Transit Center - north view

San Bernardino Transit Center – north view

“The new transit center will serve approximately 6,000 customers per day as they make connections between routes,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams. “Passenger amenities include sheltered waiting areas, real-time arrival signs, public restrooms, a customer service desk, and 24/7 security.  It will be a LEED gold certified facility, meaning it incorporates the best in energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly design.”

Also in September, more direct service to San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is proposed by extending Route 1 east to Victoria Avenue, in response to customer requests.  At the same time, frequency on Route 1 north of downtown San Bernardino is proposed to increase to every 15 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes today.

To utilize Access, transportation service for person with disabilities, customers first must complete an application to determine eligibility under the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Omnitrans proposes implementing an in-person element to the process, which is conducted by mail currently, to help customers complete their application in a timely manner.

The service proposals, including any changes made as the result of public comment, are expected to go to the Omnitrans Board of Directors for final approval on May 6, 2015.

Detailed information about all proposed changes is available online at: 2015 Omnitrans Proposed Service Changes Brochure

Omnitrans proposed service changes

Public Hearing Schedule:

HIGHLAND: Thursday, March 19

  • 9:00 am – 12:00pm, City Council Chambers, 27215 Base Line Rd.

YUCAIPA: Thursday, March 19

  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm, Yucaipa Transit Ctr., 34276 Yucaipa Blvd.

MONTCLAIR: Monday, March 23

  • 7:00 – 11:00 am, Montclair Transit Ctr., 5091 Richton Rd.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Monday, March 23

  • 1:00 – 4:00 pm, City Council Chambers, 10500 Civic Center Dr.

FONTANA: Tuesday, March 24

  • 7:00 – 10:00 am, Metrolink Station, 16777 Orange Way

SAN BERNARDINO: Tuesday, March 24

  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, San Bernardino Transfer Ctr., 4th & F St.
  • 3:00 – 7:00 pm, Omnitrans, 1700 W. Fifth St.

CHINO: Wednesday, March 25

  • 8:00 – 11:00 am, City Council Chambers, 13220 Central Ave.

FONTANA: Wednesday, March 25

  • 3:00 – 6:30 pm, Metrolink Station, 16777 Orange Way

RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Thursday, March 26

  • 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Chaffey College Transit Ctr., 5885 Haven Ave.

ONTARIO: Thursday, March 26

  • 3:30 – 7:00 pm, City Hall Community Rooms, 303 East B Street

SAN BERNARDINO: Friday, March 27

  • 7:00 – 10:00 am, San Bernardino Transfer Ctr., 4th & F St.

 

Comments may also be submitted by phone at 909-379-7150, email: PublicComment@Omnitrans.Org  or mail to Omnitrans, 1700 West Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA  92411.  The comment period closes April 3, 2015.

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Feedback wanted on proposed service changes

Omnitrans proposed service changes

Omnitrans wants your opinion regarding bus service and several proposed changes designed to improve our services. Omnitrans planning staff will be available to receive your comments and discuss service proposals at upcoming meetings.

PROPOSED CHANGES:
Omnitrans seeks to improve the directness of travel and travel times, implement a new Transit Center in San Bernardino, start a peak hour freeway express pilot program on I-10, and make corresponding changes to the Access Service Area. These changes fall into five key areas:

1)  West Valley North-South Routes:
Route proposals focus routes on key north-south corridors instead of crisscrossing. Many routes are renumbered to signify change. Current routes with major changes proposed include 63, 65, 67, 68, 80, 81, 82 and 83.

2)  Downtown San Bernardino Routing for the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC):
The SBTC is scheduled to open September 2015. The SBTC is located at E Street and Rialto Avenue, approximately 0.7 miles from Omnitrans current downtown transfer hub. All local routes that service in downtown San Bernardino (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, & 215) have proposed map changes.

3)  Introduction of Interstate 10 Freeway Express Pilot Program:
Omnitrans proposes implementing Route 290, an AM & PM peak hour service on I-10 with stops at the San Bernardino Transit Center, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Ontario Mills and Montclair Transit Center.

4)  ADA Access Area Revisions for Proposed Routing:
The Access service area is defined by a ¾-mile area around Omnitrans fixed route service. With the fixed route changes under consideration, there are some minor adjustments that would slightly extend the Access service area.

5)  In-Person Component added to ADA Access Service Eligibility Determination:
Currently, Access applicants submit the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) application and doctor’s verification in writing through the mail. Approximately 30% of applications are not completed within the application timelines. Omnitrans proposes adding an in-person session to the ADA Access application process to enhance the accuracy of the process and ensure that applicants are being matched to the appropriate service.

INFORMATION LINK:

PUBLIC MEETINGS:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HIGHLAND
9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
City Council Chambers, 27215 Base Line Highland

YUCAIPA
3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Yucaipa Transit Center, 34276 Yucaipa Boulevard

Monday, March 23, 2015

MONTCLAIR
7:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Montclair Transit Center, 5091 Richton Road

RANCHO CUCAMONGA
1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
City Council Chambers, 10500 Civic Center Drive

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FONTANA
7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
Fontana Metrolink Station, 16777 Orange Way

SAN BERNARDINO
11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
4th Street Transfer Center (Carousel Mall Side)

SAN BERNARDINO
3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Omnitrans, Large Lobby Conference Room, 1700 W. Fifth Street

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CHINO
8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
City Council Chambers, 13220 Central Avenue

FONTANA
3:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
Fontana Metrolink Station, 16777 Orange Way

Thursday, March 26, 2015

RANCHO CUCAMONGA
9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Chaffey College Transit Center (Off College Drive)

ONTARIO
3:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
City Hall Community Rooms 1 and 2, 303 East B Street

Friday, March 27, 2015

SAN BERNARDINO
7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
4th Street Transfer Center (Carousel Mall Side)

At these meetings, all interested parties or agencies will be afforded the opportunity to be heard.  The public is welcome at these meetings any time within the specified dates and times to discuss with Omnitrans staff the proposed changes.

Any person or agency may mail comments until Thursday, April 3, 2015 by 5:00 P.M. to the Omnitrans main office located at 1700 West Fifth Street, San Bernardino, California 92411 to the attention of the Planning Department.  Comments may also be received by telephone by calling (909) 379-7150 or via email at PublicComment@Omnitrans.Org