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Metrolink service extends to the San Bernardino Transit Center on December 18

 

Commuting to and from downtown San Bernardino is about to get easier for you and all transit riders in the region! Beginning Monday, December 18, 2017, Metrolink service will extend to the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC), connecting to several Omnitrans local routes, the sbX Green Line, and neighboring transit agencies: Pass Transit, Mountain Transit, Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA), and Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) starting January 2018.

Currently, Metrolink services San Bernardino from the Santa Fe Depot. With the completion of the extension project, the Metrolink San Bernardino and Inland Empire-Orange County Lines will now extend service one mile further east to Downtown San Bernardino at the transit center located at 599 W. Rialto Ave. (Arrow, the forthcoming passenger rail service connecting San Bernardino to Redlands, will enhance rail connectivity beyond San Bernardino when it launches in early 2021.)

While Metrolink is its own entity and not operated by Omnitrans, we look forward to enhancing regional transportation through this partnership. As a reminder, your Metrolink one-way ticket is good for one free transfer to an Omnitrans bus departing a Metrolink station, including the SBTC. For the full Metrolink Transfer policy, please click here.

You can join us and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBTCA) in celebrating the completion of this project on Tuesday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. The event will take place in the new Park & Ride lot south of the San Bernardino Transit Center and feature raffles, food, live performances, community resources, and a showcase of Metrolink’s new clean diesel locomotive!

To begin planning your travel, refer to the Metrolink schedule and timetable. For more information on Metrolink service, visit metrolinktrains.com.

Mobile fares enhance the Omnitrans experience for commuter

Isaiah of San Bernardino, California has been riding Omnitrans less than a year, but in his short time doing so, has already discovered the plentiful benefits that public transportation provides to riders.

It was a chance encounter, when Isaiah was experiencing car trouble one day. Needing a ride to get to work in Ontario, Isaiah knew that the bus was available as an option, so he visited Omnitrans.org for the latest schedule and has since been making his weekly commute on Omnitrans!

“I’ve only been riding for a few months, but riding the bus is cool! It’s affordable and provides reliable transportation to work during the week. The drivers are very nice and patient with everybody. It’s been really good to me,” he shares with us while waiting for the bus at Ontario Mills one afternoon.

Monday through Friday, Isaiah hops on Freeway Express Route 290 at the San Bernardino Transit Center and gets off at Ontario Mills where he transfers to Route 61 for a short connection to his job site. “Traffic can be pretty stressful at this time of the day, but Freeway Express 290 is great because it can go in the carpool lane and it has limited stops which makes commuting less troublesome.”

Isaiah loads his activated bus pass on his smartphone to show the driver upon boarding Omnitrans.

The Omnitrans passenger service that Isaiah has enjoyed most recently has been our introduction of mobile fares via the Token Transit app. “I get a 7-day pass every week on Token Transit. It’s neat to be able pay with your phone and not have to worry about always having exact cash. I always had to have $18 cash to pay the driver for a pass, but having the mobile fare option has made riding so much easier because I can easily buy the pass with my debit card. And, you don’t need to worry about losing your bus pass, either, because it’s always in your phone.”

Isaiah would like to get a new car soon, but that doesn’t mean his journey with Omnitrans will have to come to an end. “Honestly, when I get a new car, I will continue to take the bus and leave my car at home during the week and only drive on the weekends. It’s more convenient because you don’t have to sit through traffic or spend more money on gas,” he reveals of his future transportation plans.

He also plans to enroll in classes at Valley College in San Bernardino, where he will be entitled to unlimited rides with our GoSmart program for students!

“I’d never ridden the bus before; I just looked up the bus schedules online one day when I needed a ride because my car broke down. I’d never had a reason to ride, but now I would recommend it to others, honestly. It’s affordable, reliable, and saves money,” says Isaiah as he boards Freeway Express 290 to head back home at the end of his work day. See you on the bus tomorrow, Isaiah!

Donate to the Spark of Love Toy Drive 2017

Spread some holiday cheer this season! Join Omnitrans, ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters and give to the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Every child deserves to wake up with a smile on their face this holiday season, and you can help make that happen for under-served children in our local community on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Stuff-A-Bus extravaganza! Omnitrans buses will be ready to get “stuffed” with new, unwrapped toy donations at Mathis Brothers Furniture, located at 4105 Inland Empire Blvd, Ontario, CA 91764, from 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Last year, our community came together and stuffed over 10 buses with toys for little ones throughout San Bernardino County. In addition to supporting a wonderful cause, you’ll also enjoy music, treats, take a close-up look at the ABC7 news copter, and say hello to Santa at the event!

Unable to attend Stuff-A-Bus? We will be collecting toy drop-offs through Thursday, December 7th at our main office lobby in San Bernardino, and at the San Bernardino Transit Center.

You may also stop by any local fire station to drop off your toy, or donate monetarily online. All proceeds will go to buying toys or sports equipment for the children. Click here to donate online!

Omnitrans is located at 1700 W. Fifth Street San Bernardino, CA 92411. The San Bernardino Transit Center is located at 599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401. For hours of operation please click here.

Veterans Ride Free on Veterans Day

To thank and honor our veterans, Omnitrans is offering free rides to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It is our way of saluting those who have contributed to protecting our nation’s freedom.

Veteran single ride fares will be free on the new Token Transit mobile fare app. Text “TOKEN” to 41411 to download the app. Or simply board with a Veteran ID card,  indicating your retired military status. The offer is good on any Omnitrans vehicle including sbX, Freeway Express, OmniGo community shuttles, and our local fixed-route buses.

Accepted forms of ID include those issued by US Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs, San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Veterans enjoy discounts throughout the year with our discounted Veterans Fare and bus passes. Required methods of proof of eligibility for such fare discount include:

  • County of San Bernardino Military Veterans ID card
  • US Department of Veteran Affairs ID card
  • Department of Defense retired ID card, or
  • a transit agency Veterans ID card

If you are a veteran and would like to apply for the San Bernardino County Military Veterans ID card, please click here to apply online.

Stress-free traveling with Omnitrans bus service to ONT airport

On this sunny day in October, Michael W. has just arrived in Ontario from Charlotte, North Carolina after visiting his 92-year-old father. Rather than drive his car to the airport from his house, which is less than 5 miles away, he decided to take Omnitrans, now serving Ontario International Airport every 15 minutes, seven days a week.

“The bus stop is located just steps from my front door in Rancho Cucamonga,” he tells us. “The location offers perfect commute opportunities for both my wife and me, for both work and pleasure.”

Although Michael does travel to and from LAX, just under 60 miles away from home, he prefers the ease of connecting to Ontario International Airport via Omnitrans public transit. When he chooses to travel out of LAX, he starts out riding Omnitrans to the Montclair Transit Center, connects to Metrolink, and rides to Union Station where he hops on the Flyaway shuttle to the airport.

When he and his wife flew to Hawaii on vacation last year, this was how they traveled.  “It was one of the most stress-free beginnings to a vacation that I’ve ever had,” he fondly remembers.

Currently, Michael is employed by the County of Riverside in the Environmental Health Department, HAZMAT Division, where he has worked for a decade. “I love my job, and can’t believe that they pay me to do what I do,” he says.

His wife currently attends pharmacy school in Claremont, and is completing an internship in Thousand Oaks. On the weekends, he will meet her for lunch, using public transit the entire distance.  His favorite thing is to catch Omnitrans Route 66 and connect at the Montclair Transit Center.  There, he boards the Metrolink to complete his trip.

He often connects to popular L.A. destinations using the Metro Expo Line. He mentions the Museum of Natural History and the annual book fair. “There’s so much to do in L.A. and it’s so easy to get to,” says Michael.  “I look forward to exploring even more destinations.”

Michael has two months left until he transitions into retirement. He has his sights set on achieving two goals: auditing as many classes as possible at Chaffey College, getting there by riding Omnitrans (of course!) and selling his car and relying completely on public transit.

It is Michael’s sense of curiosity has led him to enroll in a philosophy class at Chaffey College. “The reason I chose Chaffey College is because it has excellent bus service to and from the college,” said Walling.  “I don’t want to get to retirement and be disappointed. I want to continue learning and exploring the world.”

He is lugging a large, rolling suitcase with a backpack, but maneuvers it with ease. Our conversation comes to an end when the bus arrives

“Here’s my ride,” he grins as he climbs aboard Route 61. Walling’s dreams, like his suitcase, may seem big, but he clearly has a handle on them.  We wish you luck in all your transit adventures, Michael.

Detours scheduled due to Rendezvous Back to Route 66

Due to the 5th Annual Rendezvous Back to Route 66 event in Downtown San Bernardino on Saturday, October 7, 2017, several Omnitrans routes will be detouring between 8 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Please plan ahead as your bus stop locations may be affected!

Route 1
Northbound from the San Bernardino Transit Center:
Continue on Rialto
Left on Mt. View
Right on 2nd St.

Southbound from Sierra Way:
Right on 2nd St.
Left on Mt. View
Right on Rialto

Route 2
Northbound from the San Bernardino Transit Center:
Continue on F St.
Left on 2nd St.
Right on G/H St.
Right on 5th St.
Left on E St.

Southbound from E St.:
Right on 5th St.
Left on H/G St.
Left on Rialto

Route 3
Eastbound from the San Bernardino Transit Center:
Right on Rialto
Left on Sierra Way
Left on 5th St.
Right on Arrowhead
Left on E St.

Route 4
Westbound from Arrowhead:
Left on 5th St.
Right on Sierra Way
Right on Rialto

Route 10
Northbound from the San Bernardino Transit Center:
Left on Sierra Way
Left on 5th St.

Route 11
Northbound from the San Bernardino Transit Center:
Right on Rialto
Left on Sierra Way
Left on 5th St.
Right on D St.

Southbound from D St.:
Left on 5th St.
Right on Sierra Way
Right on Rialto

Route 14
Eastbound from 5th St.:
Right on Sierra Way
Right on Rialto

Westbound from the San Bernardino Transit Center:
Right on Rialto
Left on Sierra Way
Left on 5th St.

Route 15
Eastbound from the San Bernardino Transit Center:
Right on Rialto
Left on Sierra Way
Right on 3rd St.

Westbound from 3rd St.:
Left on Sierra Way
Right on Rialto

Omnitrans Connecting at Ontario International Airport Every 15 Minutes

Getting to Ontario International Airport (ONT) is about to get easier for travelers starting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017! Avoid the parking lot crowding, pricey ride hailing or car rental and get dropped off, or picked up, right at your terminal by Omnitrans’ Route 61.

When September service changes go into effect on Tuesday, Route 61 will service ONT every 15 minutes, seven days a week. Both Omnitrans bus stops are located along Terminal Way at Terminals 2 and 4, just east of the baggage claim areas. Riding the bus is convenient and cost-effective, with regular one-way fare for only $1.75.

“Ontario International Airport is a public treasure and it should be more readily accessible by public transit, particularly as we add air service and the number of passengers we serve continues to rise,” said Alan D. Wapner, Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) president and Omnitrans board member. “We are grateful to Omnitrans for increasing dependable and affordable service for air travelers, greeters and employees alike.”

Route 61 map. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

Beginning at the Pomona Metrolink station, Route 61 runs through Pomona, Montclair, and Ontario, before ending at the Fontana Metrolink station (reverse for westbound.) The first bus arrives in ONT at 4:45 a.m., with the last bus departing at 10:45 p.m.

Omnitrans Route 80 also reaches ONT with hourly service seven days a week, traveling through Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga. For more details on how to ride and to plan your trip, visit www.omnitrans.org.