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Buster’s Destinations: Your Ticket to the Beach!

What’s summer in SoCal without the beach?! There are two weekends left to take advantage of our Summer Youth Fare and Buster highly recommends making a day trip of this one and escaping from the IE to San Clemente for a day of the stunning California beach life.

The high temps plus road rage on the freeways make an unpleasant combo. And then having to hunt for parking? No way, man – Buster prefers to chill out! Just like he did this past weekend, leave all the traffic behind and take off for paradise via Omnitrans and Metrolink. Omnitrans youth rides are only $1 this month, and for only $10, a Metrolink day pass good for unlimited rides on Saturday or Sunday on the beach trains will take you there. What a bargain!

On Saturday, Buster grabbed his sunscreen and boogie board, and hopped on Omnitrans Route 1. He rode to the Metrolink San Bernardino Station where he caught the 9 a.m. Inland Empire-Orange County Line train. It was a relaxing train ride, consisting of Yelp-ing for food spots, listening to music, and even a quick nap! At 11:13 a.m., the train arrived at San Clemente, just in time to soak up the peak hours of the sun.

Buster walked only a few short steps from the Metrolink station to the beach. He staked out the perfect spot on the sand, laid down his beach towel and headed straight for the water for some boogie boarding! He worked up an appetite and headed to the Pier for a quick snack, watching people go by on their beach cruisers.

After a couple more hours of riding the waves, it was time to head back home. Buster escaped the sun to cool down with a treat at Ice Cream & Coffee Bistro, across from the Metrolink station on Avenida Victoria. It was the perfect ending to a day of catching rays!

Buster boarded the 4:47 p.m. train back to San Bernardino. On the ride back, he relaxed and sighed happily as the train passed up cars sitting in traffic. He was back in San Bernardino by 7:15 p.m., where he boarded Omnitrans back home, feeling happy and satisfied with another item checked off his summer bucket list. Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes!

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.

Buster’s Destinations: Dance the Night Away!

After last week’s successful day of shopping, movies, and food at the mall, Buster was ready to check off another item off his summer bucket list: dancing under the summer sky with a few of his favorite peeps!

One day while scrolling through his Twitter, Buster found a cool list of free things to do this summer from PE.com. He noticed that Chino’s summer concerts in the park series happened on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. and admission was free! So last Thursday evening he paid his discounted $1 fare onboard Route 85 (Routes 81, 83, 84, 88 and OmniGo 265 can also take you there) and headed for Chino City Hall to check out some live music!

It only took about 20 minutes from Rancho Cucamonga to the Chino Transit Center, only a shuffle away from the concert. Buster danced his little tires off with friends to the tunes of a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, only taking a break from movin’ and groovin’ to grab a bite from one of the food vendors at the event.

After refreshments, it was back to the lawn where Buster reprised his favorite dance moves: The Mashed Potato, the Electric Slide and the Helicopter. Buster had a whale of a time that night dancing, listening to some cool tunes, and petting all the cute dogs. He can’t wait to return for the Queen tribute concert tonight. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions” make some iconic group sing-along moments!

This summer, Buster also plans to go back to the Redlands Bowl for their summer festival series, accessible via Route 19, plus a swift three minute walk. Check out the shows at your local summer concert lineups and ride Omnitrans for only $1 through the rest of July!

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 still a great solution for life-long rider

Every day, we cross paths with hundreds of people as we transport them around the San Bernardino Valley. We have the opportunity to connect with our riders in a unique and rewarding way, making us part of each other’s daily lives. Sometimes, we even get to watch our riders grow up right before our eyes!

Such is the case with Brandy, a college student who has been riding Omnitrans since she was just a youngster.

“I’ve been riding Omnitrans pretty much my entire life,” she tells us while waiting for her bus at the San Bernardino Transit Center. “When I was in the sixth grade, my mom started taking me on the bus with my twin sister. We ran errands, went out on weekends and rode to church on Sundays. From there on, I started taking the bus. It’s been part of my life since then.”

Though she’s now an adult, Brandy continues to navigate through life with the help of her old friends at Omnitrans. “I moved to Redlands, went to high school, and had a daughter. [Omnitrans] has been my method of transportation through all these stages in my life.”

Brandy is currently a college student working toward her career goal of becoming a medical assistant. She will complete her program in about three months. Even though Brandy and her fiancé share a car, she prefers to avoid car trouble by riding the Freeway Express Route 215 to Riverside every day that she has to attend class.

While Brandy plans to drive a car in the future, she will always be thankful to Omnitrans. “It provides me transportation for now while I am in school. It makes everyday tasks easier, such as going to the grocery store. Not only that, but on the weekends I am able to ride with my daughter to my fiancé’s house to swim in the pool or barbeque,” she tells us.

“I’m so used to riding the bus by now. It gets me where I need to be safely, and the drivers are very courteous. They’ve known me since middle school, so they’ve seen me grow up and become a mom,” she smiles.

Passengers like Brandy rely on Omnitrans to get to work, school, and other key destinations. We hope you enjoy her story – we’re interested in yours too! E-mail onlinemktg@omnitrans.org to share your story and we may feature you in a future rider profile.

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.

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.

Buses not in service Memorial Day

Omnitrans offices and customer service call center will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day, and buses will not be in service. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30th and buses will return to normal operating schedules.

We remember and honor the sacrifices of all who have served, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who are still fighting. We thank you for your service.

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.