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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.

San Bernardino Transit Center

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Transit riders in San Bernardino are in for an exceptional experience when they visit the new San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC).  Comfort blends with design in this beautiful state-of-the-art facility, which was built to meet LEED Gold Standard specifications for conserving resources and promoting clean, renewable energy.

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Security cameras located throughout the transit center and its grounds are monitored 24/7 by on-site security officers. The officers also actively patrol the area to investigate any suspicious activity, ensure safety and provide customer assistance.

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The large lobby has seating to accommodate 48 people, and restrooms are available for public use.  Lobby water fountains offer purified water as well as a dispenser to fill up water bottles. Riders can get information or purchase passes at the customer service window, and there is also a ticket vending machine conveniently located on the south side of the site.

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The transit center lobby will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  The customer service window will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

But the facility is more than an architectural showcase with passenger amenities. It is also the transportation hub for the City of San Bernardino, serving 6,000 riders per day. In addition to 12 Omnitrans routes and sbX, passengers can connect with Mountain Transit , Victor Valley Transit Authority and, in late 2016, Metrolink.

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Although several routes will realign to serve the new Transit Center, three will be significantly impacted by the September service changes:

Route 290 Freeway Express – runs peak morning and evening service with 15 one-way trips, connecting 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. Service runs during peak weekday hours, and passengers can enjoy free Wi-Fi on board.  To introduce commuters to the service, rides on Route 290 will be free September 8th – 11th.

Route 8 – changes course at Tippecanoe and Mill Street into downtown San Bernardino. Route 8 now travels on Mill Street between Tippecanoe and Sierra Way to serve the City of San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and the Department of Aging and Adult Services. The old routing has been picked up Route 15. TEAM House service has switched from Route 15 to Route 8.

Route 15 – has major changes to cover Del Rosa, the San Bernardino International Airport, and 3rd Street (previously served by Route 8). East/west service on 9th Street between Del Rosa and D Streets has been discontinued.  This area will be served by higher frequency service on Baseline from Routes 3 & 4. Additionally, north-south service to 9th Street is still provided at Del Rosa Avenue, Waterman Avenue, Sierra Way, Arrowhead and D Streets by Routes 1, 3/4, 5, 7 and 11.

We’ll be having special giveaways throughout opening week (Sept. 8 – 11), so be sure to come and visit!

For a closer look at the routes and schedules affected by the new service changes, check out our September Bus Book preview

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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San Bernardino Transit Center: A Symbol of Transformation 

New multi-modal hub opens to public on September 8

Touted as a tangible sign of transformation for both public transit and downtown, the San Bernardino Transit Center completion ceremony on August 24 featured the symbolic release of 200 butterflies. The Omnitrans multimodal hub, which opens to the public on September 8, is expected to serve 6,000 customers daily.

As a symbol of the transformative potential of the San Bernardino Transit Center, public officials released butterflies during the completion ceremony. From left, Omnitrans Board Chair Sam Spagnolo, Congressman Pete Aguilar, FTA Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers, Emcee and Director of Broadcasting for Inland Empire 66ers, Steve Wendt, and others.

As a symbol of the transformative potential of the San Bernardino Transit Center, public officials released butterflies during the completion ceremony. From left, Omnitrans Board Chair Sam Spagnolo, Congressman Pete Aguilar, FTA Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers, Emcee and Director of Broadcasting for Inland Empire 66ers, Steve Wendt, and others.

The $25 million facility connects 10 local and two freeway express Omnitrans bus routes, the sbX bus rapid transit line, and bus routes operated by neighboring Victor Valley Transit Authority and Mountain Transit. In 2017 Metrolink commuter rail service will be extended to the new transit center, with Redlands Passenger Rail service expected to arrive a few years later.

“Improving our public transit network is an important part of growing the Inland Empire economy. The San Bernardino Transit Center is a perfect example of the type of results we can achieve when communities work together to move our region forward,” said Representative Pete Aguilar. The U. S. Congressman pledged his support for a long-term surface transportation bill to increase funding levels for public transportation and highways, saying, “We need to stop kicking the can down the road.”

Representative Pete Aguilar cites the San Bernardino Transit Center as an example of how successful collaboration between government agencies can improve our transportation infrastructure.

Representative Pete Aguilar cites the San Bernardino Transit Center as an example of how successful collaboration between government agencies can improve our transportation infrastructure.

The existing MAP-21 surface transportation bill, which has been extended numerous times, is set to expire at the end of October. The Senate already has advanced a six-year authorization bill that increases investment in public transportation.  The House of Representatives will take up the issue this fall.  Fran Inman of the California Transportation Commission suggested going for a longer term bill. “Instead of six years, why not ten?” she said.

Located at the southwest corner of Rialto Avenue and E Street, the four acre site includes 22 bus bays and a 7,500 square foot building. Passengers will appreciate the enclosed climate-controlled lobby, interior and exterior seating, public restrooms, drinking fountains, bike racks, real time bus arrival signs, a customer service desk, ticket vending machine, and 24/7 on-site security. Two acres on the corner are available for future transit oriented development.

The San Bernardino Transit Center is a LEED Gold designed facility which includes drought tolerant landscaping and public art. The mural banner, “Exploration” by Louie Solano, hangs from the north side of the building.

The San Bernardino Transit Center is a LEED Gold designed facility which includes drought tolerant landscaping and public art. The mural banner, “Exploration” by Louie Solano, hangs from the north side of the building.

“We are proud that this facility was designed to meet LEED Gold standards,” said Sam Spagnolo, Omnitrans Board Chair and Mayor Pro Tem of Rancho Cucamonga.  “This means it boasts the latest and greatest in energy efficiency design and systems. There are solar panels on the roof. Of course, all of the landscaping is drought tolerant.”

Public art elements at the center include a transportation-themed mural banner, “Exploration” by local artist Louie Solano, on the north side of the building.  The bus turnaround features a 50-foot high, weathered steel plate sundial. Lobby walls are decorated with a mural featuring historic transit photos. A century ago, the same location was home to a car barn and tracks for the San Bernardino Valley Traction Company and Pacific Electric interurban rail services.

Mural artist Louie Solano and Federal Transportation Administration Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers

Mural artist Louie Solano and Federal Transportation Administration Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers

Project funding was provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration and the state of California through State Transit Assistance funds, Local Transportation Funds, and Proposition 1B funds. Omnitrans is the owner and operator of the San Bernardino Transit Center.

Federal Transportation Administration Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers applauded the “transformative potential” of the center and commended Omnitrans and San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for their “perseverance in overcoming the challenges and hurdles” to take project from vision to reality. Omnitrans identified the property as an ideal location for a multimodal transit hub in the early 2000’s, but it was not until 2008 that the property was acquired from Union Pacific Railway Company.  Construction of the center finally began in February 2014.

FTA Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers speaks at the San Bernardino Transit Center opening.

FTA Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers speaks at the San Bernardino Transit Center opening.

San Bernardino Mayor and Omnitrans Board Member R. Carey Davis lauded the transit center’s economic benefits as it relates to redevelopment of downtown and gave credit to former mayor, Pat Morris for pushing for the transit center project forward.  SANBAG President and Victorville Councilmember Ryan McEachron said, “This multimodal approach to transportation, centered here in the hub of the county, is just the beginning of what is the future of transportation.  At SANBAG we are proud of this investment.”

SANBAG, the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County, managed design and construction.  HDR, Inc. is credited with facility design, Parsons Brinckerhoff handled construction management, and Kemp Bros Construction served as general contractor. 

Links:
-   Omnitrans photos: Flickr photo album
-   Artist Louie “Hippieone” Solano: http://www.hippieone.com/

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

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

Mural inspired by the San Bernardino Transit Center

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The mural depicts imagery related to the various modes of transportation that all come together at the transit center and serve the community.

Inspired by the new Omnitrans transit center located in the City of San Bernardino, Louie Solano a resident of Fontana who maintains an art studio and gallery in Riverside, created this final concept for a temporary mural which depicts the iconic physical and environmental landscape of the San Bernardino region. The 8’ x 51’ mural titled “Exposure” depicts imagery related to the various modes of transportation that all come together at the transit center and serve the community.

Using a general design motif that speaks to the future of transportation in the area, the artist uses bright colors and a graphic sense of movement to convey the significant change and growth of regional transportation. Located in the center of the composition is the new Omnitrans transit center and from it all roads spring forth into the community. To depict a sense of the “intergenerational and multi-cultural” aspect of the transit user within the region, Solano details all figures in a colorful graphic form and shows them participating in a variety of activities; biking, Metrolink, walking and bus transportation.

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The background of the left side of the composition shows the natural beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. The artist depicts a mountain landscape to remind the viewer of this prized destination and picturesque landscape visible to most areas served by Omnitrans. On the right side of the composition, the artist includes silhouettes of buildings that depict a variety of notable structures of the region. The Mission Inn; AK Smiley Library; Beverly Ranch; Bono’s Restaurant and Deli; The Harvey House; Wigwam Village and the Kelso Railroad Depot.   These historic structures are all listed on the National Registry for Historic Places in San Bernardino County. They evoke the idea of the various urban centers of the region within the service area of Omnitrans.

The mural also contains imagery of Metrolink trains, the standard Omnitrans bus and the custom sbX bus. A depiction of the new transit center is shown in the middle of the composition to remind us all of the central role the new transit center will play in the future of the region.

For more about the artist, visit his website:  http://www.hippieone.com/#!about/c240r

Omnitrans Facility Supervisor John Gensel hangs the mural.

Omnitrans Facility Supervisor John Gensel hangs the mural.

Omnitrans West Valley Service Changes

Montclair Transit Center. Photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

With the upcoming September 8th service changes, West Valley Omnitrans riders will notice a number of routes have been reconfigured, and might even be a combination of previous routes. Routes 63, 65 and 68 have been eliminated. These changes help to streamline routes in the West Valley, significantly reducing travel time, and requiring fewer transfers. For this reason, some routes have been renumbered. Routes numbered in the 60s travel mostly east and west, and routes numbered in the 80s travel mostly north and south.

Here’s a look at the five new routes that have been added:

  • Route 290 Freeway Express – connects downtown San Bernardino, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Ontario Mills and the Montclair Transit Center. This route cuts travel time in half, compared to similar local bus service. Service runs weekdays at peak hours. Passengers can enjoy free Wi-Fi onboard. Try Route 290 FREE September 8th – 11thfor a relaxing and hassle-free commute. You’ll be glad you did.
  • Route 84 – provides direct north-south service on Mountain Avenue, connecting Chino, Ontario and Upland. It will cover previous sections of Routes 63, 67, and 80 that serve Mountain Avenue.
  • Route 85 – provides 30 minute weekday service between Chino Transit Center and Chaffey College on Central Avenue, Arrow Route, and Milliken Avenue. It combines services previous covered by Routes 65, 68 and 81.
  • Route 86 – connects Ontario and Upland, near San Antonio Hospital. The route travels primarily on Vineyard and Campus Avenues. It covers segments previously serviced by Routes 63 and 81.
  • Route 88 – provides 60 minute weekday service on Ramona Avenue, connecting to Chino Hills. It covers sections previously service by Routes 65 and 68.

Have questions about navigating the new routes? We’re here to help. Omnitrans ambassadors will be at the San Bernardino Transit Center, the Chaffey College Transit Center, the Ontario Transit Center, the Montclair Transit Center, the Chino Transit Center and Ontario Mills during peak hours on August 8th and 9th.

For a closer look at the West Valley routes and schedules affected by the new service changes, check out our September Bus Book preview.

Omnitrans bus at Montclair Transit Center.  Photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

Navigating Omnitrans September service changes

Route 19 Omnitrans bus at bus stop. Photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

Trying to figure out how the September 8th service changes will affect your daily trip? To help answer your questions, we’ve compiled a list of the most common destinations in East Valley and West Valley and the routes that will serve them.

For more information on the new service changes check out our Guide to September Service Changes.

You can also get a closer look at maps and schedules in our September Bus Book preview.

EAST VALLEY

How can I get to San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino?
Route 1 now stops at Lynwood and Victoria, just outside the main casino entrance.

How can I get to the SB County Departments of Aging & Adult Services, and Public Health?
Route 8 provides service to Mill and Lena, serving both of these important service providers.

How can I reach Goodwill Industries, CID Center for Individual Development, the Arrowhead Vista Apts. and Andersen School
These 4th Street destinations, previously served by Route 8, can now be reached on Route 15.

How can I get to the San Bernardino International Airport, or Norton AFB area businesses?
Route 15 now serves the airport, old air force base, Stater Bros. headquarters and the San Bernardino Community College District previously served by Route 8.

Where do I catch the bus at Indian Springs High School?
Route 15 still serves Indian Springs, but instead of stopping in back of the high school (on the north side of the school), stops are now on the east side of the school, closer to main entrances and exits.

Where do I catch the bus near Aquinas High School?
The closest stop to Aquinas is now on Lynwood at the intersection of Lynwood and Del Rosa.

 How has service changed on 9th Street in San Bernardino?
9th Street is now served by several routes connecting to the San Bernardino Transit Center, instead of just east-west service on Route 15. You can now catch north-south service on 9th at Tippecanoe, Waterman, Sierra Way, Arrowhead, and D Street.

Why was the tripper to TEAM House eliminated?
The new Route 8 provides service within 1-block of the TEAM house with stops at Sierra Way and Mill. This new routing provide bus service within a block of team house every 30 minutes instead of a twice a day tripper from the old Route 15.

Omnitrans bus at the Montclair Transit Center. Photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

WEST VALLEY

How can I get to the Shoppes in Chino Hills, and Chino Hills City Hall?
Route 88 now serves both the Shoppes and City Hall, previously served by Route 65.

What’s the best way to get around on Central Ave.?
The new Route 85 travels along Central every 30 minutes, an improvement over the 60-minute service previously available on Route 65.

Which route serves the College Park community in Chino?
This transit-friendly community is now complete, and service is provided by Route 83. Service is extending south on Euclid Avenue, all the way to Eucalyptus Avenue, to serve this neighborhood.

What’s the best way to get around on Mountain Ave.?
The new Route 84 is dedicated to Mountain Ave., traveling from the Chino Transit Center on the south end to 19th Street and the Colonies in Upland on the north end. It doesn’t connect to the Montclair Transit Center, but it’s an easy to transfer to Route 66 on Foothill Blvd. or the new Route 85 at Arrow Route to get to Montclair.

How can I get from the Montclair Transit Center to Mountain Ave.
Just make a quick transfer to the new Route 84 from Route 66 on Foothill Blvd. or Route 85 on Arrow Route.

Which routes serve San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland?
Three routes still serve this important facility – but some numbers have changed. Route 66 still serves Foothill Boulevard, and new Routes 85 and 86 now serve the south side of the hospital on San Bernardino Road.

How can I get to the Maclin Open Air Market/Ontario Swap Meet
Great news – Saturday service is BACK on Route 81, which now serves the market on Riverside Dr., so you have even more time to shop! You also can connect to Routes 66 and 61 in Rancho Cucamonga.

Which route serves the Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink Station
Previously served by Route 82, you can now get there on Route 81.

How can I get to Victoria Gardens?
In addition to frequent service on Foothill, Route 82 now has two stops on Day Creek Avenue, on the west side of the mall.

How can I get to Alta Loma High School?
Route 67 no longer serves the school on Baseline Road, but Route 80 provides service to the school on Carnelian Avenue.

How can I get to my doctor appointments at the Rancho San Antonio Medical Center?
You now have your choice of two routes! Route 82, traveling on Church Street, serves the Center, as well as the new Route 85 on Milliken Avenue.

Can I still catch the bus on Victoria Park Lane (Rancho Cucamonga High School)?
Service between Day Creek and Milliken has been removed due to low ridership, but you can connect with the new Route 85 on Milliken Avenue to travel north-south, or with Route 67 on Baseline to travel east-west.

I’m a Chaffey College student, and attend classes at both the Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga campuses. How can I get there?
The restructured Route 67 now offers you a one-seat ride between campuses, connecting the Fontana Transit Center and Chaffey College along Baseline with no need for a transfer!

Omnitrans Montclair Transit Center bus shelter. Photographer Juno Kughler Carlson