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Buster’s Destinations: Shop. Watch. Eat. Repeat.

Right now is the time to get out and explore, but with the weather being just a little toasty out in the Inland Empire, air conditioned spaces sound like the way to go! After last week’s swim day out in Yucaipa, Buster decided to take advantage of the discounted Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare and venture out into the west side of the San Bernardino Valley for a day of shopping, eating, and movie watching!

Earlier this week, Buster slept in for a little bit (because summer!) and got up a little later than usual. He got ready, slapped on some sunscreen for sun safety (he likes to protect his fresh blue and green paint coat!) and headed to the San Bernardino Transit Center. There, he caught the 12:58 p.m. Route 290 bus, one of our Freeway Express routes, and was at Ontario Mills in about half an hour, and for only $1!

Buster has been on the lookout for some new aviator sunglasses for summer, so he popped into Sunglass Hut and checked out their deals. His summer wardrobe also needed a few more fun, tropical inspired prints so he browsed the selection at H&M for some fun shirts! All this shopping took a toll, though. He decided it was time to grab a bite and relax! At the food court, he was swayed by the delicious pizza scent of Sbarro. Bon appetit, Buster!

To avoid the heat out there, Buster walked over to AMC and caught a showing of the new Transformers movie. “Bumblebee ain’t got nothing on me!” he thought to himself. He thoroughly enjoyed the film and wants to get in on the next installment of the franchise – maybe even as a background extra? It was getting a little late, so Buster made his way to the Ontario Mills bus stop and caught the 5:58 p.m. Route 290 bus back to San Bernardino.

All in all, it was a day well spent! Buster can’t wait to do it again later this month before the Summer Youth Fare promotion ends on the last day of July. This time, he is thinking of heading to Citrus Plaza in Redlands via Route 15  and snagging some Back-To-School sale bargains, or maybe meeting friends for lunch as summer winds down. The destinations are bountiful with Omnitrans!

Do you want to shop ‘til you drop, unleash your inner foodie, or catch the latest blockbuster during the week without weekend crowds or traffic? Check out our online Trip Planner today and get started on your next summer adventure!

Tell us – where are you riding Omni to this summer?

The special Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare discount is valid through the months of June and July. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip. The promotion is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including freeway express routes, OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

Omnitrans buses not in service July 4th

In honor of Independence Day, Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Administrative offices and customer service call center will also be closed on this day.

Omnitrans wishes you, your family, and friends a safe and happy holiday! Below is a listing of fun Fourth of July events you can attend in our service area:

CHINO FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/2, Fireworks and Festival – Chino Fireworks Spectacular at Ruben S. Ayala Park from 3-9:30 p.m. Live entertainment, vendors, family activities and more. Free admission, carnival rides at additional cost.

CHINO HILLS FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
6/29, Celebration – Independence Celebration at Veterans Park from 5-9 p.m. With live music, free family activities and more.

FONTANA FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Fireworks – Fourth of July Celebration at Fontana High School from 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $4.

HIGHLAND FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Car Show and Festival – Highland Community 4th of July Celebration at Immanuel Baptist Church with parking and vendors starting at 5 p.m., entertainent at 6 p.m. Car show, kids activities and more, fireworks at 9 p.m.

POMONA FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Spectacular – Kaboom! fireworks spectacular at Fairplex with monster trucks, human cannonball, fireworks and more. Admission with buffet $28-58, general admission starts at $17.50, parking is $10 at Gate 10.

ONTARIO FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Parade – Parade down Euclid Avenue at 9 p.m. to the ‘Blast at the Bandstand’ event and BYO picnic at 10:30 a.m.
7/4, Festival – Family-friendly festival at Westwind Park from 5-9 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Fireworks – 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at The Epicenter from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $9 presale, table of four for $60, day of single tickets $10.

REDLANDS FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/1, Concert – Navy Band of the Southwest at The Redlands Bowl at 8 p.m. Free concert.
7/4, Park – 4th of July festivities and parade at Sylvan Park beginning at 10 a.m. Vendors, live entertainment and more.
7/4, Fireworks – 4th of July fireworks show at the University of Redlands’ Ted Runner Stadium. Show begins at 7 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, $12 at the gate.

SAN BERNARDINO FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Baseball and Fireworks – IE66ers at San Manuel Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Fireworks immediately following game. Tickets are $7-17.

UPLAND FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/4, Festival and Fireworks – 2016 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Celebration at Upland High School. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., firework show starts at 9 p.m. There will be a kids zone, snack bar, a live performance by Retro Station at 6 p.m. and more. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

YUCAIPA FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
7/2-4, Festival – Fourth of July festival at Yucaipa High School beginning at noon each day with carnival games, rides and more.
7/4, Fireworks – Fourth of July fireworks show at Yucaipa High School’s stadium with live music beginning at 6:15 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. See website for details.

 

Buster’s Destinations: A Dip in the Pool

Beat the scorching heat and dive into the cool waters of your local swimming pool! Summer temperatures in the San Bernardino Valley linger in the high 90s and can often exceed 100 degrees. The weather could have you feeling parched and defeated, but with a number of pools available locally, and the Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare, cooling down is a breeze!

Last week, Buster couldn’t wait to escape the 109 heat while out and about. He packed his towel and swim trunks in his Omnitrans 40th Anniversary drawstring backpack, hopped on Route 19, paid his discounted $1 fare, and headed for the 7th Street Pool in Yucaipa. Happy as a clam to be inside the air-conditioned bus, he put his headphones on and listened to his Summer playlist on Spotify while enjoying the ride.

At Yucaipa Blvd. and 7th St., Buster got off the bus and walked down the street to the Yucaipa City Swimming Pool. He paid a small fee for recreational swim, and summer was now fully in session! Buster was excited to make a splash and try out the new rockwall and waterslide at the pool while making new friends and taking poolside photos for his Instagram story! It was all fun in the sun indeed.

Buster also recommends the Jerry Lewis Family Swim Center in San Bernardino, serviced by Route 1! Other community swimming pools can be found here, courtesy of IEShineOn.com. Take advantage of our discounted Summer Youth Fare and plan your trip ahead online with our free Trip Planner online. Happy travels!

The special Omnitrans Summer Youth Fare discount is valid through the months of June and July. Riders 18 and under will pay just $1 per trip. The promotion is good on all Omnitrans bus routes serving the San Bernardino Valley including freeway express routes, OmniGo community shuttle routes and the sbX bus rapid transit line in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

Omnitrans Selects Baysden as Director of Rail

Rail operations veteran Trischelle Baysden will lead Omnitrans’ new rail department as the transit agency prepares to launch Arrow passenger rail service in 2020, connecting Redlands and San Bernardino.

Baysden brings 25 years of experience in rail operations, including the past nine years at Metrolink commuter rail service, governed by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority. Her background includes a broad spectrum of knowledge including conducting, engineering, dispatching, scheduling, and federal compliance work.

Director of Rail Trischelle Baysden and Rail Safety & Compliance Officer Loretta Rains

Construction of the 9-mile Arrow line is being led by the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA). The Arrow will serve stations at the University of Redlands, downtown Redlands, New York St. near esri, at Tippecanoe Ave., and the multimodal San Bernardino Transit Center where passengers can make connections to take them throughout Southern California.  

“The startup of a new service will be new to me, so I am really looking forward to that challenge,” said Baysden. “That’s a milestone that some of us in the railroad industry aspire to. Launching a new service is a bucket list item and is the pie in the sky of achievements.”

Arrow trains will operate daily, arriving every 30 minutes at peak times, and 60 minutes off peak.  The service will use Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs). These hybrid rail type vehicles that use self-contained, clean diesel motors that convert power to electricity to run are cleaner, quieter, and cheaper to operate than the traditional locomotive-hauled coaches.  In addition, they have the flexibility to evolve to the next generation of all electric-powered vehicles, offering the first of its kind in California.

Director of Rail Baysden and Rail Safety & Compliance Officer Loretta Rains currently comprise the entire rail team at Omnitrans.  Their focus over the next year is to partner with SBCTA during construction and vehicle acquisition while developing the scope of work to select a firm to operate Arrow service for Omnitrans.

Baysden began her railroad career with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), working her way up from Brakeman/Footboard Yardmaster to Chief Dispatcher over the span of 16 years.  Baysden earned a Bachelor of Science in Business/Project Management from the University of Phoenix and in 2018 expects to complete a Master of Science in Transportation Management from the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.

Links:  Arrow/Redlands Passenger Rail Project

Dailey New Chair of Omnitrans Board, Gilbreath Vice Chair

New Omnitrans Board Chair Ron Dailey.

(San Bernardino, CA)   Loma Linda Council Member Ron Dailey takes the helm of the Omnitrans Board of Directors on July 1, 2017.  Redlands Council Member Pat Gilbreath was elected Vice Chair at the June 7 Board meeting.  Both will serve a two-year term. 

Dailey succeeds outgoing Board Chair Sam Spagnolo, Mayor Pro Tem of Council Member of Rancho Cucamonga. The 20-member Omnitrans Board consists of the five County Board of Supervisors and elected officials representing each of the 15 cities Omnitrans serves.

“Omnitrans plays an influential role in our community” said Dailey, “Everyday, we safely transport thousands of people to work, school, shopping, medical appointments, recreation and back home again.  By adding express service and improving regional connections, we are working to make public transit a more attractive transportation option for all.”  

Dailey joined the Omnitrans Board in 2010, and served on the Board’s Administrative & Finance Committee in 2010 and 2011 and the Plans & Programs Committee from 2011 to present. He was first elected to the Loma Linda City Council in 2010.  Dailey is Dean of the School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University, where he has worked since 1975.

Gilbreath was on the Board from 2000 to 2007 and again from 2014 to present, and served as Board Chair from 2005 to 2007. Gilbreath also has a seat on the Board’s Administrative & Finance Committee. She was first elected to the Redlands City Council in 1993 and is a businesswoman with over 30-years as a certified public accountant.

Community input wanted for future service planning

To develop service that meets your wants, needs, and priorities, Omnitrans will be holding two rounds of public meetings this month. This is a component of the Omnitrans Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP), which sets policies related to bus routes, hours of service, frequency, types of service, fares and bus stop amenities for 2019-2025.

In this round of meetings, we invite you to our listening sessions to learn what the communities we serve desire in their transit provider. A second round of meetings will be held in spring 2018 to discuss proposed changes based on the comments the public provides in these meetings.

We look forward to seeing you and taking your constructive feedback! The schedule for the listening session meetings is as follows:

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017
San Bernardino

6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401

Redlands
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Redlands Mall Transfer Center
100 Redlands Mall, Redlands 92373

Highland
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Highland
Highland & Boulder Bus Stop, Highland, CA 92346

San Bernardino
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Omnitrans East Valley Office
1700 W. Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017
Montclair
6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Montclair Transit Center
5091 Richton Street, Montclair, CA 91763

Rancho Cucamonga
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Chaffey College Transit Center
5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737

Chino
2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Chino Transit Center
6th st. & Chino Ave, Chino, CA 91710

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
Fontana
6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Fontana Transit Center
Sierra Ave & Orange Way, Fontana, CA 92335

Colton
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Transfer Center
400 N Pepper Ave, Colton, CA 92324

Ontario
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Ontario Senior Center
225 East B St, Ontario, CA 91764

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
Ontario
6 a.m. -9 a.m. at Ontario Civic Center Transfer Center
Euclid  Ave. and Holt Blvd., Ontario, CA 91762

Ontario
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Ontario Mills Transfer Center
1 Mills Cir, Ontario, CA 91764

Montclair
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Montclair Transit Center
5091 Richton Street, Montclair, CA 91763

FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
San Bernardino
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017
Chino
6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Chino Transit Center
6th st. & Chino Ave, Chino, CA 91710

Yucaipa
4 p.m – 7 p.m. at Yucaipa Transit Center
5th St. & Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa, CA 92399

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017
San Bernardino
7 a.m. – 10 a.m. at San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401

Rialto
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Rialto
Foothill & Riverside Bus Stop, Rialto, CA 92376

Fontana
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Fontana Transit Center
Sierra Ave & Orange Way, Fontana, CA 92335

If you are unable to attend any of our public meetings, you may submit your comments via e-mail to tembi.tovar@omnitrans.org or by phone at 909-379-7150.

Dump the pump, ride freeway express free on June 15!

Omnitrans is inviting you to DUMP THE PUMP on Thursday, June 15, 2017! National Dump the Pump Day is a day to highlight the many benefits of using public transportation. Leave your car at home on this day and take advantage of our FREE ride coupon to use on any of our three Freeway Express routes.

It is fact that public transportation:

  • helps people save money on vehicle maintenance and other expenses. Did you know that a two-person household can save, on the average, $9,823 a year by downsizing to one car?
  • has a proven record of reducing congestion and travel time. In 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas.
  • reduces gasoline consumption and carbon footprint. One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.

Great! I look forward to dumping the pump and riding Omnitrans. How do I get a hold of the free ride coupon?

Look no further than the official Omnitrans app! The app can be downloaded from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

INSTRUCTIONS: Simply install the app, select the Free Ride tab on the menu bar, and present to the bus driver upon boarding the bus. 

The coupon is valid only on June 15th on Freeway Express Routes 208, 215, and 290. One per customer. No cash value. No print coupons will be accepted.