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Visit Buster and Old Blue at the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion! Plus, Event Route Detours

Come hang with us this weekend in Downtown Ontario! Team Omnitrans will be back at this year’s Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion Friday-Sunday with Buster the Bus and Old Blue, our 1958 vintage GMC transit coach. Take a selfie with Buster and step inside for a throwback experience in our classic bus!

Omnitrans will be located at Euclid Ave. and B Street. The free, family-friendly event encompasses a large stretch of Downtown Ontario’s historic Euclid Avenue as the center of vintage automobiles and motorcycles, and a wide range of food and entertainment.  See you there!

EVENT DATES AND TIMES
Friday, September 15, 2017 – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

BUS DETOUR INFORMATION
Detours for Routes 83 and 86 will be in effect during this event, along with several stop closures. See below for details.

Route 83
Northbound from Holt:

  • Left on Campus
  • Left on 4th
  • Right on Euclid, resume regular route

Southbound from 4th/Euclid:

  • Left on 4th
  • Right on Campus
  • Right on Holt
  • Left on Euclid, resume regular route

Route 86
Northbound from Holt/Campus:

  • Continue north on Campus
  • Right on 4th, resume regular route

Southbound from Campus/D Street:

  • Continue south on Campus, resume regular route

Day in the life of a 1960’s coach operator

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Marketing & Planning Director Wendy Williams received a lovely Christmas card letter from retired Fleet Safety and Training Instructor Richard Breeden. She thought it might be fun to share this little piece of history.

“We were going through a lot of pictures and came across this one. I thought you would like to see it; it looks like the Omnitrans vintage bus, Old Blue. It was taken in 1959 or 1960 before the City of San Bernardino purchased the bus company from San Bernardino Valley Transit in 1961.

The bus is a 1947 GMC, 40 feet, no air conditioning, no power steering, 4-speed standard transmission, recycling fare box (like the one in Old Blue); we had to take the money out of the fare box while driving, and put it in a changer to make change.

The route I was on at the time was Route 3. The route went from downtown San Bernardino to 1st and Vermont in Muscoy, back downtown, then to 42nd and Kendall, and back downtown. It was 136 turns end to end (round trip), shifting gears, making changes, and selling tickets. For a 9-hour day, that was “The Good Old Days,” a day in the life of a coach operator in the 60’s.”

Richard Breeden