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sbX rapid transit gearing up for week 2

omnitrans sbX passengers, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

Thanks to everyone who came out this week to try out the new sbX Green Line. We had a chance to chat with many of our Omnitrans regulars and had the opportunity to visit with a few new faces as well!

sbx passengers, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

It’s been an exciting first week.  We are still working through some of the timing and technical issues that we had anticipated with launch of service. Everything is being monitored closely, and each day it’s getting a little better. Our coach operators have been doing their best to keep things rolling on schedule. We appreciate your understanding as we work out the kinks and get a little history under our belts.

sbx passengers, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

Beginning Monday, sbX will begin accepting fares. The cost to ride is the same as for our regular Omnitrans routes, and the same passes will be accepted. Passengers now have the option of purchasing passes at one of the ticket vending machines conveniently located at any sbX station using a credit or debit card.

sbx passengers, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

Our friendly sbX ambassadors will continue to be available for one more week to answer questions and guide you through the new service. Monday and Tuesday they will be at the stations during peak service hours (6:00-9:00 a.m.; 2:00-6:00 p.m. NB, 3:00-6:00 SB). On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday they will be on board the buses. They’ll be easy to spot—look for people wearing yellow safety vests and sbX ambassador pins.

sbx passengers, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

Do you have the Omnitrans app on your phone? If you do, you can pull up our sbX page, bus book and NexTrip real-time bus arrival information. sbX is listed as route 202 in NexTrip. Please remember that NexTrip is a prediction based technology. By knowing where a bus is on the route, it can predict its time of arrival at the next stop. Because we only have a few days history with sbX, times may be slightly off for now. Accuracy will improve once we have another week’s worth of data to support it.

sbx passengers, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

As a reminder, we do offer free Wi-Fi on board. You can also take advantage of the power outlets above the seats to charge your smart devices. Interior bike racks are available for cyclists.

sbx passengers, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

Thanks to everyone who allowed us to take their photo. We’ve had a lot fun talking with you and getting your feedback on sbX. We look forward to serving you again on Inland Southern California’s first bus rapid transit service.

sbx passengers, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

photos by Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

Passenger reactions to sbX rapid transit

We’ve met so many terrific people who took advantage of this week’s sbX free rides. We thought we’d share some of their photos and experiences.

Omnitrans sbx girl with bike, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

This young woman ad just taken the sbX to and from her Taekwondo class. She told us she really liked being able to take her bike on board and had enjoyed the ride. She’s going to use sbX as part of her daily routine.

omnitrans sbx father and son batman, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

We loved this little Batman guy. He and his dad came out to try sbX to see how they liked it. “We don’t really have a particular destination in mind,” the father told us smiling. “We’re just going to have a little adventure and see what comes up. He’s really excited about riding.”

mom and daughter omnitrans sbx dinner, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

This mother and daughter don’t normally ride the bus, but thought they’d give sbX a try.”We thought we’d head over to Hospitality and get dinner at one of the restaurants close to the station.” They were excited about their girls’ night out and looking forward to riding sbX.

Denise is a Go Smart student at CSUSB where she is studying accounting. She is married with three older boys who are her biggest supporters. “I’m proof that it’s never to late to go after your dreams,” she laughs. She loved her experience with sbX and hopes that it will cut down on her commute time between school and home.

This father and son enjoyed joking with the ambassadors at the VA hospital station and were looking forward to their first ride on sbX.

mom and kids on sbx

This mom and her two daughters went for a ride on sbX and had a great time. They particularly liked the stations and the artwork. “We thought it could be fun to make a video at each station, do a little dance or something.  Then people could try to guess what station we were at. You could invite everyone to share videos. Maybe even turn it into an sbX contest!” We thought that was a brilliant idea. What about you?

sbx rider at station

Quneisha loves softball, knitting–and sbX! She was at the Kendall and Shandlin Hills station waiting to take her first sbX trip over to Hospitality Lane.  “I enjoy going different places and take the bus everywhere.  I’m really excited about sbX and am curious to see how fast it will be. I’ll probably use it a lot to get to Costco or out to Hospitality Lane. I love the idea of free Wi-Fi too!”

sbX passengers, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

Bob and Barbara Bennecke have lived in the San Bernardino area since 1949. They feel sbX is an important part of history and came out to be a part of it. “It’s so much nicer than I expected!” said Barbara. “It’s so roomy!” Bob agreed. “This is going to help a lot of people.”

This is one of our first sbX wheelchair passengers. In fact, his whole family rode along with him! His favorite part was the rear-facing wheelchair system. It allowed him to face  his children and goof around with his young grandson during the ride.

boxer sbx

“I just rode the sbX to the gym and back,” this man told us. “I’m a boxer, so working out is part of my daily routine. I liked sbX. It was fast and spacious–really nice inside. I’m definitely going to be a regular rider.”

photographer janice kuhn

The Garcia family tried out sbX for a lunchtime excursion. They had so many choices for lunch, but were thinking of Napolis or Hometown Buffet, close to the Redlands Park n Ride station. This was their daughter’s first bus ride.

sbx passengers, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

This very sweet couple was all smiles as they headed out for a date night on sbX. “We’d read about sbX and wanted to try it out. We’re going over to Hospitality for dinner together.”

Jake and son, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

 

Jake told us he rode sbX the first day of service to get to his job. It cut his commute time from 1 and 1/2 hours to 25 minutes! That means more family time with his son, always a good thing.

sbx girl passenger, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

Can you tell this little girl just got off sbX? She was so excited we could hardly get her to stand still for a photo! “It was fun!” she grinned. “I got to try out the different seats. My mom’s going to take me again.”

Her favorite seat? “The one in the middle that spins!”

This is Martin, who works as a library volunteer. He was transporting some artwork to one of the elementary schools near Marshall & E station, in preparation for the Latino Book Festival they will be having at CSUSB this weekend.

sbx family, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson

This little family was ready for an sbX adventure! The kids were really excited about climbing aboard with mom for free ride.

sbx family, photographer Juno Kughler Carlson