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Our hearts and thoughts are with you

As we continue to mourn yesterday’s terrible events, Omnitrans’ hearts and thoughts are with the victims and their families, our Inland Resource Center partners, and our fellow community members.

Our heartfelt appreciation and admiration to our San Bernardino law enforcement, whose training, professionalism, and courage helped to bring this tragedy to a swift resolution.

If you would like to send support to those who have been affected by the San Bernardino shooting, Arrowhead United Way has set up a relief fund.  Donations may be made here. https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/SBUnited

#SanBernardino Police Department  SWAT photo by Juno Kughler Carlson

Station Conversations: New start for a lucky man

Many of our bus passengers have fantastic stories to share about their lives. Take Refugio Salazar. I caught up with him at the sbX Civc Center staton in downtown San Bernardino.

Refugio is going back to school to get his GED and then plans to attend Valley College.

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“I’d like to train as a car mechanic,” he tells me. “I used to work on cars all the time, and I’m pretty good at it. But now the diagnostic equipment is all computerized, so I need to get familiar with that.”

As we talk, I tell him I write stories about our passengers. His eyes light up and he laughs. “I’ve got a story for you. I’ve almost died twice in my life.”

“The first time I was just three-years-old,” he continues. “I was out in the yard and my father was mowing the lawn. The lawnmower blade hit an old silverware spoon that was on the ground. It flew up in the air and lodged in my skull. My parents were scared to death. The doctors told them I would likely have some brain damage since the edge of the spoon was just touching the brain when they extracted it.”

He shrugs and smiles. “I beat the odds though, and never had a problem with that. As you can see, I’m doing pretty well.”

“How did you almost die the second time?” I asked curiously.

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“I was transporting produce in a truck down Mount Baldy Road when I suddenly lost my brakes. I was going about 50 miles per hour and coming up on a steep curve with no way of slowing the vehicle. My choice was to either crash into the side of the hill or take my chances making that curve at high speed,” he shakes his head, remembering. “I choose the curve.”

“As I made a hard turn into the curve something amazing happened. The truck swerved, tipped onto the shoulder and then stopped. It just stopped. For no reason.” Refugio pauses, a look of wonderment on his face. “I’m convinced that someone was looking out for me that day. For some reason God chose to save me.”

“It sounds like you’re a very lucky guy,” I told him.

He nods and smiles broadly. “I am. Life’s good. I’m engaged to my fourth grade girlfriend. I love everything about her, and she loves everything about me. We’re very happy together.”

An sbX vehicle pulls up to the station, and Refugio waves as he climbs aboard.

I wave back. You meet the most interesting people on the bus.

Winners of our #bikeomni Instagram contest

We had a lot of fun with our #bikeomni Instagram contest and enjoyed looking through all the entries. Congratulations to our three prizewinners!

Grand Prize winner Carlos Almaguer’s bike was giving him problems, so when his girlfriend heard about our contest, she urged him to enter. The odds of winning looked good, so he thought he’d give it a shot. Now he’s the proud owner of a Canondale Quick 6 bicycle from Don’s Bicycles of Redlands and Rialto. He also won three 31-day bus passes that he plans to give to his mom. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog article featuring Carlos.

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Second Place winner Justin Herchenroeder will be attending Chaffey this year. His dream job is being a park ranger. He loves science and the environment and is a proud Eagle Scout. Justin won a $75 gift card to Don’s Bicycles and two 31-day bus passes.

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Our third place winner Yolanda Jimenez had been going through some tough times recently and was feeling pretty unlucky. It was her son who finally convinced her to enter the contest, hoping that she would win the new bike. Although she didn’t get the bike, she’s happy to win a $25 gift card to Don’s Bicycles and a 31-day bus pass.

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We want to thank Don’s Bicycles of Redlands and Rialto for their generous prize donations and for partnering with us on the contest. You can visit them online at http://donsbikeshop.com.

Dump the pump; treat yourself to transit!

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Do you feel like you deserve more spending money and more time to yourself? Maybe it’s time to dump the pump and treat yourself to public transit!

You see, while you were getting cut off by that aggressive driver this morning, our passengers were reading, surfing the web or listening to their favorite tunes.

While you were fillling up your gas tank, our passengers were treating themselves to lunch, movies or mall shopping with the money they saved by taking the bus.

And when you were circling that parking lot looking for a decent parking space, our passengers were being dropped off in front of their destinations.

Remember that $150 monthly insurance bill you got in the mail yesterday along with the $200 California car registration you forgot was coming due?  Our passengers were opening the 31-day pass they had bought online for $55 or less.

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Thursday, June 18th is national Dump the Pump Day–the perfect time to ditch the car for the day and give public transit a try. What are you waiting for? Join the ranks of smart riders who choose the bus for their daily commute.

Of course, part of the fun of trying something different is posting a selfie to share with friends. We’ve got you covered! Follow this link for a Pledge to Ride certificate that you can pose with for your photo. You can even join people all across the nation who are posting selfies to the Dump the Pump event page.

Enjoy the ride!

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– Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org