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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.

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

Guide to May 2017 Service Changes, Ride Route 208 for FREE!

It’s time to get out and have some fun in the sun! The May 2017 Bus Book is here, with all-new service enhancements to help you make this a great summer!

Kicking off on May 1, 2017, Omnitrans is proud to introduce the brand new Freeway Express Route 208, connecting Yucaipa to San Bernardino! Ride Route 208 for FREE during May 1-5 and check it out for yourself!

The weekday, peak-hour service route begins at the Yucaipa Transit Center with limited stops at:

  • 10th and Yucaipa Blvd. in Yucaipa
  • Yucaipa Blvd. and Sand Canyon Rd./14th St.
  • Redlands Mall
  • Hunts and Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino
  • San Bernardino Transit Center

Map & schedule below. Click here to view enlarged .PDF file.

New Freeway Express Route 208 – Map

New Freeway Express Route 208 – Schedule

Minor time adjustments have been made to other Omnitrans routes, as listed below. Please refer to the new May Bus Book (click here for a preview!) and Trip Planner online before traveling on May 1st.

Service changes effective May 1, 2017:

Route 2:  Time adjustments have been made for  improved transfers at the San Bernardino Transit Center.

Route 61:  A new timepoint has been added at Holt and Ramona, replacing the timepoint at Holt & Mills to improve transfers to Route 88.

Route 80:  Runtime adjustments have been made to and from the Ontario Airport.

Route 88:  A new timepoint has been added at Ramona and Holt to improve transfers to Route 61.

Route 208:  New Freeway Express Service, from Yucaipa to San Bernardino, with limited stops in Yucaipa, Redlands and San Bernardino.

Route 365: A new timepoint at Fairfield Ranch and Central has been added.  Timepoints at Los Serranos and Rincon have been eliminated.

More weekend service has been added to Routes 1 and 61 on weekends, and Route 215 on Sunday.  Additional PM trips have also been added to Route 14 on Sunday.

Minor changes:

Weekdays:  Routes  8, 61, 85, 88,  215, 290, 365.

Saturday: Routes 1, 2, 11, 19, 20, 61, 80, 81, 88, and 365.

Sunday:  Routes 1, 2, 14, 61, 80, 88, 215 and 365.

Omnitrans merchandise now on sale!

This spring, travel in style with Omnitrans transit essentials on sale now, only at the San Bernardino Transit Center! By popular demand, we’re making it easier to get around town using our system with Omnitrans swag to enhance your experience.

Items include: reusable sbX Tote Bags, Omnitrans Ear Buds, Omnitrans Refillable Water Bottles, and 40th Anniversary Commemorative Drawstring Backpacks. 

Stay hydrated on a warm day while listening to your favorite tunes with Omnitrans refillable water bottles and standard plug earbuds.

Carry your items after a shopping trip or your books to class with the sbX tote bag.

For a more casual approach, carry your items in our commemorative 40th anniversary drawstring bag, complete with a mesh water bottle pocket.

Items may be purchased at the customer service window for the prices listed below:

  • sbX Tote Bag: $4
  • Omnitrans Ear Buds: $5.00
  • Omnitrans Refillable Drinking Bottle: $3.50
  • 40th Anniversary Commemorative Drawstring Bag: $5.00

The San Bernardino Transit Center is located 599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401. Customer service hours are 7:00 am-6:00 pm on weekdays and 9:00 am-5:00 pm weekends.

Classical musicians play the San Bernardino Transit Center

Every day, an average of 5,000 passengers come through the San Bernardino Transit Center as they travel to work, home, health care appointments, and other destinations throughout the region. On Wednesday, February 22nd, however, customers were in for a special treat as the transit and classical music worlds collided for a special afternoon.

San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Ana Maria Maldonado and violinist Laura Rosky-Santori brought a taste of the arts and local culture to the transit center for two hours as they performed for riders, staff, and passers-by as part of the Fine Arts Lunch program.

“This was made possible through a two-year grant from the James Irvine Foundation,” says Anne L. Viricel, executive director of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra. “The grant seeks to test whether public perception of San Bernardino may improve through its fine arts community.”

Through the following months, musicians will conduct intimate public performances such as this at least three times each month in well-traveled areas around the city. 

Ana, who began playing the cello in the sixth grade, has been a performer in San Bernardino since 1980 after relocating to Southern California to attend graduate school at USC. She decided to make this home and now teaches at cello lessons and music theory classes at different universities including Cal State San Bernardino and Chaffey College.

“The symphony here has really fine players and Southern California is a really good place for classical musicians. We’re so glad we got this grant, so that we could get out and perform for the community,” says Ana.

Mary, an Omnitrans rider, was pleasantly surprised to arrive at the transit center to the live performance. “I’m a classical music devotee, so this is a real treat,” she enthused.

For Santiago, another Omnitrans passenger, the soothing sounds of the cello and violin took him back to a pleasant moment in his childhood. “It brings back memories of my uncle who used to play music for me and my family when I was six or seven years old,” he said. “This is beautiful.”

A sizeable crowd gathered over the two-hour period, with transit regulars and local community members stopping by during their lunch hour to enjoy the talents of our local artists. Omnitrans had a promotional booth with information and giveaways, much to the attendees’ delight.

“Omnitrans is always happy to partner with wonderful organizations like the San Bernardino Symphony to bring positive experiences to our community. Our goal has always been for the SBTC to be a true community space, so this event was a great fit,” explains Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos.

Omnitrans Proposes Service Change to Route 215

Omnitrans is proposing a service change for early next year – and we want your feedback! The service changes would affect Freeway Express Route 215, which connects passengers between San Bernardino and Riverside with limited stops. Due to the closing of the Riverside Transit Center, plans are to reroute Route 215 to serve the Downtown Riverside Metrolink Station on Vine Street. The map below illustrates these changes:

rt-215-jan-2017-svc-change-board

To gather public comment, Omnitrans staff will be at the San Bernardino Transit Center on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., near the Route 215 and 290 stops. In addition to the proposed changes, we will be listening to your feedback on all Omnitrans services, with specific focus on the recently implemented mid-day Route 290 service.

If approved, the Route 215 change would become effective on January 8, 2017 to coincide with Riverside Transit’s (RTA) transit center closure.

The San Bernardino Transit Center is located at 599 W Rialto Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92410.

Veteran Passenger Benefits from New Connection at SBTC

We gathered on Wednesday, September 14th for the official unveiling of Pass Transit’s Route 120 connection at the San Bernardino Transit Center. The new stop for the commuter route has only been in effect for less than one week, but has already improved mobility of residents such as Vaughn Palmer.

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Vaughn Palmer and Brenda Knight, City of Beaumont Councilmember at the San Bernardino Transit Center.

Vaughn, a Beaumont resident, is a disabled veteran of our armed forces who travels to the Loma Linda VA Hospital several times a month to get health care. Riders receive a free Omnitrans connection at the SBTC when connecting from Pass Transit, which makes it possible for Vaughn to reach new destinations.

“I live in Beaumont and I’m going on full disability, so getting beyond San Bernardino or Loma Linda if I wanted to do it, I couldn’t catch the bus because it didn’t stop [here]. I use this bus all the time to go the VA hospital, but now with this connection I can go anywhere I’d like,” Vaughn said. “I can’t drive, so the bus systems make it a whole lot easier.”

Prior to this week, the nearest connection was at the Metrolink station in San Bernardino, a 24 minute walk to the Transit Center. In fact, Vaughn tells us of a disabled rider who had to travel that distance on his wheelchair to connect with Omnitrans.

“He would have to get off at the train station and come all the way up [to the Transit Center] on his electric wheelchair. But now he gets off here and goes straight to his bus. That’s a big help for those who are handicapped.”

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City of Beaumont officials and staff at the new connection’s unveiling.

Brenda Knight, City of Beaumont Councilmember is pleased that residents who rely on public transit are able to extend their transportation network. “What’s so very, very wonderful about this is that it opened up a new world to get out of Beaumont and to be able to have access to so many, many other areas and it’s just really exciting. I was in on the beginning of the Route 120 and so to see it come this far is absolutely phenomenal,” she says.

Vaughn looks forward to exploring new cities in the San Bernardino Valley with his mother, who is also disabled, now that the partnership between Pass Transit and the SBTC has made heading west easier for them.

For more information about Omnitrans’ reduced bus fare and passes for Veterans, visit Omnitrans.org.