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A faster way for UCR students to get to class from San Bernardino on public transit

If you’re a University of California, Riverside (UCR) Highlander commuting from the San Bernardino region, you may have an easier, faster way to get to school this quarter!

Omnitrans Freeway Express Route 215 departs toward Downtown Riverside from the San Bernardino Transit Center every 20/30 minutes on weekday mornings. You’ll arrive at the University and Lemon stop in Downtown Riverside in just 25 minutes – perfect for finishing up a last minute assignment or squeezing in some extra studying for that midterm!

Once in Downtown Riverside, connect to RTA’s new RapidLink Gold Line heading northbound, which takes you directly to the UCR campus. The new RapidLink line runs every 15 minutes Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. if you have afternoon or evening classes. Travel time to UCR from this point is 17 minutes.

You might already know that UCR students ride RTA FREE with the U-PASS program. But did you know that Omnitrans offers fare savings with 7, and 31 day passes available for students? Click here for details!

Welcome back to school, and have a great start to the new year!

Omnitrans Offers New Summer Discount for Youth

Riders 18 and under ride one-way for $1 in June and July!

Local youth can get around town a little cheaper this summer, thanks to a special discounted bus fare on Omnitrans. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip in June and July.

While Omnitrans offers Youth discounts on its 7- day and 31-day bus passes, there was not a youth discount for single trips until this summer. In comparison, the regular one-way cash rate is $1.75; a 1-day pass is $5.

“Summer is a great time to get out and explore,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams. “We hope the discounted summer youth fare will make it more affordable for youth and families to get to the community pool, the library, the mall or the movies.”

The discount is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including 26 local routes, three freeway express routes, five OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

During the traditional school year, Omnitrans averages nearly 40,000 youth trips per month. That drops to about half during the summer months.

Students who appear to be close to age 19 should be prepared to show bus drivers proof of age or a high school ID card to prove they are eligible for the discount.

Personalized routing assistance is available at 800-9-OMNIBUS (800-966-6428) or online at www.omnitrans.org.

Go Smart and Student IDs

UPDATED 7/18/2012

If you are a student at a college that is currently participating with our Go Smart program and are experiencing issues with the acceptance of your student ID, here are some facts that will hopefully clarify what is happening.

Cal State Students

  • All IDs are no longer accepted due to end of the pilot program on June 30th and no permanent program to replace it.

Chaffey, Crafton Hills, and Valley Colleges

  • IDs from students enrolled in prior Spring semester are accepted for the month of July.
  • Summer-only students are not included.
  • IDs from students registered for Fall 2012 will be accepted beginning August 1st    
  • The list of accepted IDs is provided by the colleges.  Students must contact the college directly if there is a problem.

Art Institute of California-Inland Empire

  • Student IDs are not considered passes – a separate pass must be obtained at the Campus Store.
  • All passes from previous quarters need to be renewed by visiting the Campus Store. Deadline to renew for the Summer 2012 quarter is July 25.
  • If your pass reads “error” or “invalid” when swiped, visit the Cage to get the card re-coded.
  • Any questions about the GoSmart Program at The Art Institute – visit Student Affairs.

Let them know you want GoSmart at CSUSB!

Attention CSUSB students! SAVE GO SMART for CSUSB!

The GO SMART free bus ride program ENDS JUNE 30th, 2012. If you want to see this program continue for the 2012-13 school year, please make your voice heard. Tell why this program is important to you and other students.

Contacts:
Commuter Services
909-537-7433
Email: Rideshare@csusb.edu
https://www.facebook.com/CSUSB

ASI Associated Students Inc.
909-537-5932 or 909-537-5930
Email: asi-pres@csusb.edu
https://www.facebook.com/asi.csusb

Congratulations to our 1 Millionth Go Smart Rider!

Buster and the crew were on hand to surprise the one millionth Go Smart rider, Daniella Marie, as she was getting off the Route 80 bus at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga this morning. The 19-year old student lives in Montclair and is studying to become a registered nurse. She also works as a medical assistant.

She was excited to be greeted by Buster as she stepped down from the bus.  The crew presented her with balloons, an Omnitrans tote bag stuffed with goodies and framed gift certificates totaling $100.”I wanted those balloons the moment I saw them!” laughed Daniella giving the mascot a hug. “You guys have made my day!”

This is Daniella’s first semester at Chaffey College, and she is a big fan of the Go Smart program which gives her unlimited rides with her student ID. She relies on the bus not only for school, but for work as well. “I was so excited when I found out I could ride for free. It’s pretty cool, because I always had to pay for a bus before,” she said. “It saves me a lot of money. And I can get my class reading done while I ride!”

Over the next two weeks, students at Chaffey College will be voting on whether or not to approve a $7.50 student transportation fee that will enable the Go Smart program to continue for the 2012/2013 school year. For more information, visit the Omnitrans website.

To view more pictures from our One Millionth Go Smart Rider celebration, visit us on Flickr.

Omnitrans A Great Solution for this Newlywed

Omnitrans Rider ProfileTwenty-two year old Susanne Bishop has been an Omnitrans rider for the past four years. She’s an online student at the University of Phoenix, where she’s studying business administration. “Being an online student takes a lot of discipline,” says Susanne. “But I’m pretty good at planning my time and staying on track. My goal is to one day open a health facility that works with special needs kids.”

Susanne is recently married, and she and her husband are expecting a new baby in September. Because her husband’s job is half an hour away in El Monte, he uses the family car to make the commute while Susanne uses the bus to get around town and run errands or go to her doctor appointments. She’s very much an on-the-go type person, and enjoys taking shopping trips, visiting family or grabbing a bite to eat with friends. “Inland Center Mall is one of my favorite shopping destinations. For hair appointments, I like the Savvy Salon on Route 66. They have a great atmosphere, are always friendly and get you in and out quickly. They’re such good people.”

Susanne is very comfortable riding the bus and is happy with the money she is able to save. “I’m so familiar with the different routes that it’s easy for me to get where I need to go,” she explains. “And it would be really expensive for us to have a second car. Right now it costs us about $80 a week in gas just for my husband to drive back and forth to work.”

For some of Susanne’s friends, the thought of riding the bus makes them apprehensive. “They think it will take forever to get somewhere. And they worry about it being dangerous. I tell them it’s not like that at all. And most of the drivers are very nice and helpful and go out of their way to make sure you feel safe and looked after.”

To show them what she means, Susanne will invite friends to take the bus with her and go out for food. “They are always surprised at how fast it is,” she laughs. “The whole experience is nothing like what they expect. I tell them it’s really easy once you know the routes, and you can always just go online and look them up. Now my friends are riding more and more.”

–Juno Kughler Carlson

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Student rider enjoys savings and independence

Rider profile - Marcus

Marcus, Chaffey College Student

RIDER PROFILE:  Marcus is a part-time student taking classes at Chaffey College. He’s interested in pursuing a career in health, possibly as a nurse. He is bilingual, has strong math and science skills and enjoys helping people– qualities he knows will open a lot of opportunities for him in this growing field.

As with most college students, money is always a concern, and Marcus takes advantage of the Go Smart College Pass program, which allows him to ride the bus for free with his student I.D. “Traveling by car would be really expensive for me,” he said. “I attend school four days a week, and driving there and back costs me about $8.00 a day. It adds up to almost $130 a month–and that’s not even including the trips I take for leisure activities! I enjoy getting out a lot and usually ride an average of 50 miles a day.”

Chaffey College students ride Omnitrans free with their student I.D.

Although he owns a car, Marcus only uses it on the weekend to drive to his job at Costco in Orange County. He’s hoping to transfer soon to the Rancho location, and would like to use Omnitrans for the trip instead. “I like not having to drive. Driving is stressful, expensive and sometimes it can take 15 minutes just to find parking. I can enjoy the ride, listen to my music, or read and just relax,” said Marcus. “I’m also very active and like to travel. Before when I wanted to drive somewhere I had to worry about affording the gas or think about the wear and tear on the car. Now I have no limits. I have the freedom to do whatever I want to do, and I really like that. It’s also very easy to ride Omnitrans because it’s destination-based rather than street-based. You don’t need a lot of transfers.”

His advice to new riders: “It’s a good idea to prepare in advance to get an idea of what do and which stops you need. Go to the Omnitrans website and check out their videos on how to ride the bus. This way you’ll know what to expect. Look through the Bus Book to go over your route, and if you have any questions call the people at 1-800-9-OMNIBUS. They’re really terrific. And don’t be shy about asking your bus driver for help. The drivers are good about explaining things and will look out for new people to make sure they get where they need to go.”

If you are a college student and would like information on the Go Smart College Pass program, visit the Omnitrans website.

–Juno Kughler Carlson

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