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sbX Tuesday giveaway: IE66ers baseball tickets

We’re continuing our sbX anniversary celebration today with a special giveaway sure to appeal to sports  fans!

Join us at the sbX Rialto Street station between 11:00 and 1:00 today as we give away 100 Inland Empire 66ers baseball tickets. Quantities are limited, so get there early!

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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!

Omnitrans customer survey & prize drawing

Tell us what you think about Omnitrans!

Take the Omnitrans customer survey for a chance to win a $25 Target gift card and a free 7-Day Bus Pass.Take the survey in English

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Omnitrans, along with several other transit agencies, is participating in a customer survey run by the American Bus Benchmarking Group (ABBG).

ABBG is a consortium of mid-sized bus agencies in North America that was established in 2011 to benchmark performance and share experiences and best practices. The information collected in the survey will help provide a comparative analysis of the bus rider experience nationwide.

Participants will be entered for a chance to win!

Get a chance to win a$25 Target gift card and a free 7-Day Bus Pass when you participate in the Omnitrans customer survey.We encourage all riders to take the Omnitrans customer survey by Sunday, May 10th. Survey participants will be entered into a prize drawing for 5  gift packs  which include:

  • a $25 Target gift card
  • a free 7-Day bus pass

Stand Up for Transportation

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On April 9, supporters around the nation are uniting in their communities and online to send a powerful message to Congress: It’s time to provide long-term investment for America’s transportation network.

Only comprehensive, long-term federal funding will enable us to repair, maintain, and adequately expand America’s public transportation, roads, bridges, ports, and rail systems to help bring our national transportation system up to speed with the 21st century.

Short-term, inconsistent funding slows progress and costs America’s taxpayers more in the long run.

Now, more than ever, public transportation needs your voice to urge Congress to increase transit funding. You can make a big difference with just the click of a button.

Go to http://voicesforpublictransit.org/actioncenter.aspx to sign the petition asking  Congress to provide the long-term investment in our nation’s transportation infrastructure that will keep America moving forward.

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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.

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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.

Omnitrans helps introduce students to higher education

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On March 6th, the San Bernardino School District, in partnership with the City of San Bernardino, led a “Path to Success” field trip designed to excite junior high students about local options in higher education.  Six hundred students from Richardson, Shandin Hills, Rodriguez, and King Middle Schools participated in the event.

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The Art Institute, Valley College and Cal State University provided free campus tours and presentations. These three schools are also participants in the Omnitrans GoSmart program, which offers students unlimited free bus rides with their student IDs. Funding for the discounted fare program comes from student fees and administrative sources.

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Omnitrans sponsored transportation for students between institutions on city buses and its sbX rapid transit service. Representatives from the bus agency were on hand to assist each group in navigating their route.  sbX was a particular hit with the teens who loved the free Wi-Fi and immediately took advantage of the power outlets to charge their phones.

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“It was a very successful event,” says Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos. “In addition to firsthand campus experience, it gave us the opportunity to introduce many students to public transit for the first time and teach them a few travel basics. With rising tuition costs and limited family transportation, we’re finding that more and more students are relying the GoSmart program to make it viable for them to pursue higher education.”

DSC_0581FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THE PATHWAY TO SUCCESS EVENT, VISIT US ON FLICKR.