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CSUSB Students Head Back To School with Go Smart

The Coyotes are back on campus at Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) this fall for the new school year, and Omnitrans’ Go Smart program continues to make navigating college life easier for students in our service area!

Students at GoSmart schools are entitled to unlimited rides during the school year, with just a simple swipe of their valid student ID card. And they can ride not only on school days, but any day and time of the week! For a complete list of partner schools, click here.

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Rosa, an English major, at the CSUSB sbX station. She is working toward becoming a teacher in her hometown of San Bernardino as a way of giving back to her community.

Rosa, a fifth-year English major at the university, takes advantage of the unlimited rides available to her as a GoSmart student every single day of the week. She has been riding Omnitrans the majority of her time at CSUSB, and it has proven to be a wallet-friendly choice.

“I totally ditched my car and left it at home,” says Rosa, who has a car she could drive to school every day, but has found that riding Omnitrans is the more convenient, money-saving option for her. “I don’t have to pay for a parking pass, which is really expensive.”

Rosa began riding our fixed-route system, but when sbX  rapid transit service was introduced , she has not only continued to save money, but also time since the bus makes fewer stops. “Now that there is sbX, which is faster, I don’t have to wait to get home,” Rosa shares. “It has cut my [commute] time by more than half.”

Similarly, chemistry major Joseph Barrera relies on Omnitrans for transportation to school every weekday.

“This is how I get here from Redlands every day,” says Joseph of Go Smart. “It’s pretty good!”

Riding Omnitrans from downtown Redlands, Joseph connects to the sbX Green Line at the San Bernardino Transit Center daily as he completes his third year of schooling. Joseph is not alone – many of his peers also utilize public transportation as they work toward achieving their academic goals.

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Go Smart students boarding Route 2 at CSUSB.

“Omnitrans’ four routes with direct service to CSUSB are essential to student success,” says Thomas W. Gaffery, director of parking & transportation at CSUSB. “The GoSmart program allows our students to save money on gas and a parking permit, as well as enhancing CSUSB’s commitment to sustainability.”

Saving time and money while decreasing your carbon footprint – Go Smart is definitely the convenient way to go! To plan your trip, check out our route and schedule information online.

Tell Us About Our Stops for Your Chance to Win!

Every trip on Omnitrans begins at one of our 3,000 bus stops. Maybe you even visited one today! We’d like to hear your feedback on our bus stops, and amenities like shelters, benches, and solar lights, to help us plan for the future and continue to improve your trip.

Please click on one of the links below to complete a brief bus stop survey (mail-in copies also are available onboard buses).

In addition to helping to improve bus stops and amenities, you might be a winner! Everyone who completes a survey online will be entered in a drawing to win one of five prize packs, which include a 31-Day Bus Pass and a $10 Chipotle gift card!

The survey deadline is Monday,August 1, so please take a few minutes to fill the survey out today!

English Survey

Spanish Survey

We value your opinions. Thank you!

Customers Love the SBTC Bicycle Hubitat!

by Ondrian Yeung, Marketing Intern

The grand opening of Bicycle Hubitat at the San Bernardino Transit Center was a great success! We had a number of community members from different parts of the city come down to learn how to fix their bikes. Everyone had fun spinning our prize wheel, and more importantly learned a lot about bike repair, and went home with a newly tuned up bike!

 “I appreciate it, I’ll be back!” said Levi King, a daily Omnitrans rider who uses the bus to get to school and back. Mark Friis of the Inland Empire Biking Alliance helped Levi fix the brakes on his bike. Levi shared that he’d known for a while that his bike had a problem, but he couldn’t afford to get it fixed. With the Hubitat’s requested $5 donation per session, Levi was able to get his bike fixed and pick up some knowledge for future repairs!

In fact, all of the customers  were eager to learn more about how to fix different parts of their bikes, whether it be the brakes, the tires, or even the chain.

“I wasn’t going to stop, but he [Mark] saw right away what was wrong with my bike as I rode by!” said Furnando Herrera, who uses Omnitrans to get between his home near San Manuel Casino and work, and whose alignment is now fixed and straightened.

“Fixing a bike is like surgery sometimes,” Mark explained as he fixed an intricate part of his client’s bike. “Every tiny piece has its own little spot. We supply the tools and help you figure out how to take care of things yourself.”

Special thanks to our partners at the Inland Empire Biking Alliance and San Bernardino Generation Now for making the Hubitat possible. Don’t forget to check out the Bicycle Hubitat every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00-6:00pm at the San Bernardino Transit Center!

 

 

 

Minor Service Changes Set for May 2

Omnitrans May 2016Just in time for spring and summer fun, the May Bus Book is here!

While there aren’t any major changes to report for your favorite routes, minor adjustments have been made to the following routes, so be sure to check your schedule before you travel.

One item of note:  in response to customer concerns, sbX will conclude its test program of stopping on demand, and once again will stop at every station along its route, on every trip.

To enhance travel times to and from the San Bernardino Transit Center, minor time adjustments have been made to the following routes:

Weekdays:  Routes 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14 , 15 and 290.

Saturday: Routes 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 14 and 15.

Sunday:  Routes 3, 4 and 14.

Other Changes

Route 5:  A minor runtime adjustment was made to the weekday schedule.

Route 15 :  A new AM trip from Redlands Mall has been added to the Saturday schedule.

Route 61:  The long-term detour has been lifted on south Vineyard Ave. in Ontario.  Route will resume normal routing along Archibald and Holt.  A minor schedule adjustment also was made to weekday schedule.

Route 67:  Minor schedule adjustments was made to the weekday schedule.

Route 85:  All schedules will reflect minor schedule adjustments.

Route 325:  Minor schedule adjustment was made to the weekday schedule.

You can take a look at the May Bus Book here.

And don’t forget! Mountain Transit and Victor Valley Transit bus passes now can be purchased at the San Bernardino Transit Center.

sbX switches to on-demand station stops

sbX station platform at Cal State San Bernardino

Due to construction and to keep routes running on time, Omnitrans sbX vehicles will no longer automatically stop at every station. Coach operators will now pull into a station only if signaled to do so by a passenger or if there are people waiting to board.

Just as on any other Omnitrans fixed route, sbX passengers need to signal the driver in advance via the yellow strip on the side of the bus, or a button like the one below, when they want to disembark at an upcoming stop.  We are confident that this adjustment will allow us to better serve our customers.

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Please note that sbX continues to run on a 10 minute schedule during peak hours, and every 15 minutes throughout the day.

Additionally, we currently are experiencing some technical issues with NexTrip arrival prediction times for sbX. Ominitrans’ Operations and IT Departments and our vendors have been diligently working behind the scenes to resolve the problem and hope to have a solution soon. We appreciate your patience while we work on making the necessary corrections.

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Talking geography & dinosaurs aboard sbX

An sbX ride-along interview with Andrew and Mark Strickert

Andrew Strickert on Omnitrans sbX BRT, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

I met 4-year old Andrew on his first sbX BRT trip. “It’s really fast!” he grinned.

I offered him a gift from my prize bag if he would let me interview him. He eyed the bag thoughtfully. “Do you have any dinosaurs in there?” he asked hopefully.

I shook my head. “Nope. Sorry, fresh out of dinosaurs. I have a cap, a tote bag or a cell phone pouch.”

“A hat then,” he decided. He pulled it on his head, peering up from under the brim. “I like dinosaurs a lot.”

Andrew and Mark Strickert on sbX BRT

I snapped a few photos and talked a bit with Andrew’s dad, Mark Strickert, a student at Valley College. Thanks to the Go Smart program, Mark gets unlimited free bus rides with his student ID. Although he has a car, he prefers to park it at the Loma Linda Park & Ride and take the bus to school. It saves him money and time.

“It’s also much easier than trying to find parking on campus,” he points out.

Mark told me he used to work for Orange County Transportation Authority doing stops and zones but had decided to head back to school to study geography. His goal is to eventually do urban planning for cities or transit.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of geography, maps, and transit ever since I was a little boy,” he confessed. “I rode the bus by myself for the first time when I was seven. Of course it was a different time and place then. Chicago in the 60s was a lot different from what it is now. But I was always interested in cities and how to get around.”

Andrew Strickert on sbX BRT, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

He smiled over at his son.  “Andrew’s pretty good at getting around too. He knows when we’re close to home and can tell where he is from places that he recognizes.”

“Do you help your dad out if he gets lost?” I asked Andrew.

The 4-year-old shook his head giggling. “He never gets lost!”

His dad laughed.

Andrew was so excited that it was hard for him to sit still.   He moved from one seat to another between stops to check out the ride.

“So what kind of dinosaur do you like best?” I asked him curiously

“The one that stands up” he answered promptly.

“A T-Rex? He’s a little scary. You must be very brave. I think I prefer the kind of dinosaurs that eat veggies.”

Andrew nodded and turned around to look out the big window for a moment, swinging his legs back and forth.

“I have a dog named Roxie,” he said suddenly.  “She does tricks.”

“Really? What kind of tricks?”

He peered at me over the top of the seat.  “She sits down.”

“Wow. . . That is a pretty cool trick.”

“I know!!’ he said proudly, then added. “Dinosaurs don’t know how to sit.”

He hopped off the seat and went over to join his dad in the articulated section of the coach.

“Whoa!!” he laughed and held on to his head when the driver made a right and the turntable seats spun in a circle. “That was fun!”

“You know,” I said suddenly inspired. “I’ve never met a dinosaur but, if I do, I will have him call you.”

“Yeah?” Andrew looked up interested. “Do you think dinosaurs can talk on the phone?”

“I’m not sure, but if I meet one I’ll ask if he can call you.”

“Cool.” Andrew hesitated for a moment. “Not a big dinosaur though, okay? And not the one that stands up. A little one. Maybe like a baby or something.”

I agreed. “Besides, a big one might accidentally step on me. We’ll stick with little dinosaurs. Anyway it was nice meeting you. Thanks for the interview!”

Andrew grinned, “Bye.”

He grabbed his dad’s hand and the two got up to try out yet another seat.

You meet the most interesting people on board sbX!

This one’s for you, Andrew.

 – Juno Kughler Carlson
  juno.carlson@omnitrans.org 

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San Bernardino’s sbX is the easiest ride in town!

Guest blog post and photos by R.A. Contreras

Teens relish that special time when they gain ‘independence’ from mom or dad. Mine came in September 1986 —and it involved a bus.

How thrilled I was that I got to buy my own clothes for school and got to do it myself. So I hopped on the Route 2 and headed over to the now-closed Central City Mall; boy, did it ever feel good to be a grown up for once!

An sbX bus sits in front of the CSUSB campus.

An sbX bus sits in front of the CSUSB campus.

And now, some 28 years later, my love affair with Omnitrans still burns brightly. I never got tired of riding the bus. On those sweltering days (and we have many of them here), the air conditioning feels so good; the price has always been more than reasonable; and it has freed up money that would have otherwise been spent on gas, car repairs, registration, and parking fees. Plus, I have enjoyed meeting many fellow passengers and socializing, especially on the longer trips.

With the opening of the new sbX Green Line, things are being taken to a whole new level. The new route conveniently operates from Cal State University to Loma Linda and offers a fast and extremely convenient service instead of a trip by car and headaches.

The new transit bays are well lit at night, have security cameras and have ticket dispensing machines.

The new transit bays are well lit at night, have security cameras and have ticket dispensing machines.

And since I am a student at CSUSB, the benefits of utilizing the sbX are paid in spades: The days I decide to drive, I can park my gas-guzzling truck in the Marshall Boulevard and “E” Street park-and-ride center, board, and be at school in a mere 7 minutes or so. Gone are wallet-shrinking gas costs, the dreaded fight for parking spaces, and outrageous parking fees. Another perk: I can access my laptop and do some last minute studying thanks to power outlets and free Wi-fi on the coaches. Have I mentioned the ride is free, every day, thanks to the Go-Smart program where most area college students “pay” by swiping their school-issued ID cards? It’s a ‘no-brainer’, especially for us cash-strapped, stressed-out college types.

For others, the new route is beneficial. Fees will remain the same for regular bus route fares. A $4 ‘All-day’ bus pass that can get you anywhere from Yucaipa to Montclair is still one of the best deals out there. There is almost literally no where you cannot go throughout the greater San Bernardino area with Omnitrans’ 30-plus routes that operate seven days a week.

Only about 5 riders currently use the Marshall Blvd. and “E” Park and Ride lot consistently. Hopefully more people will soon take advantage of this great resource in the SB area.

Of course, there are those who have complained about problems with the new route: businesses have lost money during construction; there are closed-off left hand turn lanes; and the fuel storage facility at the Omnitrans’ Fifth Street facility is allegedly hazardous. What I see, though, are the hundreds of dollars I will save on gas expenses alone and hassle-free trips.

If you have never considered riding the bus, why not try the new route now? The reality is that sbX is here to stay. You will undoubtedly pocket extra time and money, ride comfortably, and do your part for the environment. And who knows, your own love affair with bus-riding might begin.