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sbX Bus Rapid Transit Marks 5 Years!

Five years ago, Omnitrans launched the sbX Green Line serving Loma Linda and San Bernardino on April 28, 2014, as one of the first bus rapid transit (BRT) lines in the nation. It was the first of its kind in the Inland Empire.

Ridership on sbX has grown from an average of just under 42,000 passengers per month in 2014 to nearly 70,000 per month so far in 2019. In all, over 3.4 million trips have been taken aboard the silver sbX 60-foot articulated coaches.

“We’re proud of the success of sbX,” said Omnitrans CEO P. Scott Graham.  “It demonstrates that investing in speedier transit options and enhanced station amenities will attract customers.”

To take a ride on sbX, visit Omnitrans.org for Green Line map and schedule of operations.

Try New sbX Saturday Service Free!

Saturdays are about to get a little more Xceptional this month! Along with scheduled service changes taking effect Monday, January 7, 2019, sbX rapid transit will begin service on Saturdays, every 20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Omnitrans is pleased to begin offering Saturday service on the rapid transit line for the first time ever, and we are celebrating by offering you FREE unlimited rides on sbX on the following Saturdays: January 12, 19, and 26! To take advantage of this offer, all you need to do is simply board on any of the three free ride Saturdays.

Connect to San Bernardino and Loma Linda, or beyond. sbX provides seamless connections in Downtown San Bernardino to Metrolink (access into Los Angeles and Orange Counties) and neighboring transit agencies (such as Mountain Transit for access to the mountains, or Riverside Transit Agency, serving Riverside and Anaheim).

sbX Route Map & Saturday Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sbX your quick and convenient weekend solution for school, work, or play!

Because of the increased rapid transit service on sbX on Saturdays, Route 2, which runs parallel to the sbX Green Line, will now run every 55 minutes on Saturdays, and every 30 minutes on Sundays. For free step-by-step directions, use our online Trip Planner.

New buses in East Valley equipped with USB charging ports, enhancements made to sbX fleet

Every now and then, you’ve got to freshen things up a bit. At Omnitrans, we are doing so by welcoming new coaches to the East Valley fleet, and doing a couple of touch ups to the sbX fleet.

A few weeks ago, 24 New Flyer Xcelsior buses, numbers #1341 to #1364, were made service-ready by our maintenance team and are now out on the road. On the rapid transit front, sbX sports a new interior look and new bike racks. You may have already noticed these enhancements while riding in recent weeks.

The new buses come equipped with USB charging ports between/below seats, which riders may use to charge their mobile devices (cords not included). This is convenient for all, but especially for riders who travel long distances and are looking for ways to keep busy during their commute to and from work or school. Feel free to binge watch your Netflix shows or stream your favorite new album (don’t forget your earbuds, please) without fear of your mobile device battery dying!

New buses equipped with USB ports are identified by a USB decal on the rear.

Not only do our passengers benefit from these enhancements – so does the environment! The near-zero engine on the new vehicles is a game-changer for cleaner air quality. Though our entire fleet has been fueled with natural gas for many years, this further underscores our commitment to improving the quality of the air we breathe.

“This is our first build that has come with the ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine,” says Maintenance Manager Omar Bryant. “It is the latest and greatest engine with the least amount of emissions, exhausting 90% less than the standard.”

Not to be outdone, the sbX rapid transit fleet has recently undergone an interior facelift. Riders will notice new seat upholstery with a brand new color and design. “After regular wear and tear since the sbX launch in 2013, it was time to re-do the seats,” says Omar.

Upgraded upholstery in sbX buses has transitioned from the original red seat covers to a bright blue pattern fabric.

Bike riders are also enjoying more reliable onboard bike securement racks, conceptualized and created in-house by our very own employees last spring. All sbX buses have now been retro-fitted and feature the new bike racks, making commuting by bike and bus simpler and safer for all onboard passengers.

The bike’s rear tires are positioned between the slots on the rack, and a lever bar is pulled up, then tightly secured on the rear tire. The original Velcro straps remain for added support in the center of the bike.

Omnitrans is proud to usher in these enhancement to our local-route and sbX fleet to better serve transit passengers in the east side of the San Bernardino Valley. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Guide to May 2018 Service Changes

Summertime and the living’s easy…Omnitrans is excited about new service enhancements just in time for the best summer ever! All service changes are found in the new Bus Book, effective Monday, May 7 – Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Click here for a Bus Book preview.

Last year, Omnitrans introduced Freeway Express Route 208 connecting Downtown San Bernardino and Yucaipa with limited stops along the way at popular destinations and connection points. With the new service changes, Route 208 is introducing two additional trips in the morning and evening – departing eastbound at 6:18 a.m. /7:02 a.m. westbound; and 5:00 p.m. eastbound/6:10 p.m. westbound.

Additionally, the wildly popular Summer Youth Fare is back this June and July! Students 18 and younger who are off of school for the summer can get out and explore for only $1 each way with proof of age. That means that shopping trips to the mall, movie screenings, outings to the park, lunch and coffee with friends are only $1 this summer!

Below is a list of all routes affected. As always, remember to plan ahead if your route schedule is changing.

Route 2: Arrival and departures adjusted at San Bernardino Transit Center, Saturdays and Sundays.

Route 3: Arrival and departures adjusted at San Bernardino Transit Center, Saturdays and Sundays.

Route 14: Minor runtime adjustments, weekdays only.

Route 15: Minor runtime adjustments, weekdays only.

Route 20: Minor runtime adjustments, weekdays only.

Route 61: Weekday times adjusted to improve connections with Route 14 at the Fontana Transit Center.

Route 66: Runtimes adjusted to weekday and Saturday schedules.

Route 82: Saturday service frequency and runtimes adjusted to 70 minutes to improve reliability and on-time performance.

Route 86: Weekday times adjusted for more transfer opportunities at San Antonio Regional Hospital.

Route 208: Two trips added: 6:18 a.m. eastbound/7:02 a.m. westbound; and 5:00 p.m. eastbound/6:10 p.m. westbound.

Route 215: Time adjustments on all days to improve travel and connections to the San Bernardino Transit Center.

sbX: Runtime adjustments to improve transfers at the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital.

Over at the Chino Transit Center, OmniGo Route 365 and Route 81 bays have swapped places. If it’s your stop, refer to map below for new bus stop locations:

No service holidays: Buses will not be in operation on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day, as well as on Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day.

CSUSB Coyotes ride Metrolink and sbX to class!

With Metrolink now connecting to Omnitrans and sbX in Downtown San Bernardino, Cal State University San Bernardino Coyotes have a seamless new way to get to class!

Check out the video below to see how Cody the Coyote and Maya, third-year biological psychology major, connect to sbX for a straight shot to campus after riding Metrolink into the downtown San Bernardino Transit Center.

They avoid traffic, parking permit fees, and squeeze in some extra studying time as they ride along and let Metrolink and sbX do the driving!

Visit MetrolinkTrains.com for train arrival times at the downtown San Bernardino Transit Center.

Ride sbX for views of the 2017 solar eclipse!

Word on the street is that something super exciting is happening this Monday, August 21st. Something about the sun…and the moon? Oh yeah, it’s the solar eclipse of 2017!  During a three-hour window, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, blocking all or part of the sun for up to three hours, something that has not been seen in the U.S. since 1979!

The rare occasion is surely a sight to be seen, and you can take part in the event easily with sbX rapid transit running every 10-15 minutes on weekdays. Our friends at Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) will set up solar telescopes and pinhole projectors on the CSUSB Library Lawn the morning of the eclipse, and visitors are welcome.

RIDE SBX TO VIEW THE ECLIPSE!
The eclipse begins at around 9 a.m. and lasts for nearly three hours, however, the best time for viewing will be between 10 and 11 a.m. Simply board sbX, ride northbound toward CSUSB, and avoid the hassle of parking and permit fees! There is a free Park-and-Ride at Kendall/Palm nearby, where you can leave your car and ride sbX to campus.

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Don’t forget to tag @omnitrans in your astronomically stunning photos!

Enjoy a Free Ride During Rideshare Week 2016 & Enter to Win Prizes!

Did you know that the average Inland Empire commuter spends almost 60 hours each year in traffic? That’s like a week and a half of vacation time!

California celebrates alternative modes of transportation during Rideshare Week, happening October 3-7 this year! It’s the perfect opportunity to change up your daily commute to work or simply enjoy a leisurely outing around town in a new way.

Omnitrans is making it easy for you to participate this year and reduce your time in traffic with a FREE ride on our buses, redeemable any day and any time during Rideshare Week! This offer is redeemable on Omnitrans, sbX, or OmniGo.

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If you haven’t already, download the Omnitrans mobile app on your device and click the ‘Free Ride’ tab to obtain the digital coupon. Simply show your bus driver the coupon when you board any day between October 3 and 7. The driver will then issue you one free day pass which you may use for unlimited rides on that day only. Digital app coupons may be redeemed one per customer.

Print Coupon
You may also download and print the Omnitrans free ride coupon directly from our website. Hand the coupon to your bus driver upon boarding any day between October 3 and 7, and they will issue you a free day pass for unlimited rides that day. Print coupons may be redeemed one per customer.

Rideshare Week Prize Drawings
IE Commuter, the Inland Empire’s one-stop shop for transportation information, is a great resource for information about ridesharing and the benefits of sustainable transportation methods including riding the bus, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, walking and telecommuting.
When you ride during Rideshare Week, you may enter to win prizes including an Ashley Furniture living room set, a one night stay at Palm Springs’ Ace Hotel & Swim Club, gift cards, and more! Simply visit www.IEcommuter.org to pledge your rideshare today, and you will automatically be entered into the drawing.

Ridesharing has proven to positively impact the individual’s finances and quality of life, as well as promote environment sustainability. Take the pledge today, enter to win prizes, and enjoy your free ride on Omnitrans this Rideshare Week 2016!

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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.

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The sbX Park and Ride in Loma Linda

It’s early in the morning, and I’m snapping photos at the sbX station at the Loma Linda Park & Ride. The sky has a warm glow and the station is freshly washed and prepared to welcome the first riders of the day.

San Bernardino resident Mary Ann Morales is the first passenger to arrive. She is on her way to the Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Office where, for the past nine years, she has worked as a surgery scheduler.

Due to expansion construction, the Faculty Medical Office has recently lost a large amount of parking outside its building.

To accommodate the displaced employees, Loma Linda University (LLU) partnered with Omnitrans to implement a “GoSmart” style program. A negotiated fee paid for by LLU makes it possible for the Faculty Medical Center staff to ride Omnitrans fixed routes, sbX Rapid Transit and OmniGo at no charge, simply by swiping their ID badge.

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The sbX Redlands Blvd. Station at the Loma Linda Park and Ride

I’m interested in finding out what Mary Ann’s experience has been with us so far, and she agrees to an interview.

“How do you like sbX?” I ask her.

“It works for me,” she says. “The Park and Ride is actually pretty nice, and it’s convenient.

“Is it different from what you expected?”

She nods. “Oh yes!”

“What did you anticipate?”

Mary Ann hesitates. “Scary people. I was a little nervous. But it wasn’t like that at all. They’re actually just regular people. And sometimes we all talk. That’s another thing about sbX that’s a positive. You meet a lot of people you probably would never have met just taking a car. I even met my supervisor’s daughter-in-law that way, which was cool.”

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Just then the coach pulls up to the station. We board together and continue our conversation. I’m curious about how adding sbX to her commute compares to simply using a car.

“Our office opens at 8:00,” Mary Ann tells me. “So I used to get here at 7:45. Now I try to get to the Park and Ride around 7:00—just to be on the safe side.

One of the reasons I chose sbX over taking the Sheraton shuttle to work is because the shuttle has such a long wait time. They want to fill the shuttle, so a lot of times they just sit there for 15-20 minutes until more people arrive.  I shouldn’t have to wait around like that. SbX is fast and doesn’t wait for people to arrive—it just goes. I think a lot more people will be opting to ride it because of that.”

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Mary Ann reaches across the aisle to push the stop button, letting the coach operator know we want to get off at the Loma Linda University station. We disembark and walk towards her office.

“This is my little workout in the morning,” she laughs. “It’s a little bit of a walk but good exercise.  On my late night shift, it’s a little different.  I won’t take the bus if it means walking alone in the dark. I’ll either call a cab or get a ride with someone.”

Sometimes Mary Ann is able to connect with other co-workers who ride sbX. There are two medical assistants who also leave late and, if she can, she joins them. It’s more fun and gives them time to catch up.

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“Even having you walk with me makes me feel more comfortable,” she tells me. “There’s power in pairs. And it is kind of nice just to talk. I’m very sociable and friendly with people, so that comes easy for me.

I think my personality also helps with my work. I believe in treating people the way you would like to be treated. I try to treat patients who come in as if they could be my mom, my dad, my kids or my grandbabies. That’s my motto, you know? I do my best to try to make a difference.”

After a 5 minute walk, we arrive at the office.  Mary Ann smiles and poses for a quick photo.

“It’s was nice meeting you,” she says. “It’s great that Omnitrans wants to do a story on this. I like sbX and would recommend it to anyone who’s thinking about riding.”

– Juno Kughler Carlson,  juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

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The sbX Loma Linda University Station

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Food Fest vendors offer sbX free ride coupon

San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest

Are you a foodie? Are you crazy about gourmet food trucks?  Then you won’t want to miss the San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest!

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Specialty drinks from Mocha-Lotive

This popular downtown event is held next to City Hall the third Thursday of each month from 11:00-2:00.

Cupcakes from My Delight Cupcakery

Cupcakes from My Delight Cupcakery

This week, on March 19th, you can get a get a coupon for a free sbX ride with every meal purchased from participating Food Fest vendors.  Offer good while supplies last.

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Enjoy sweet and savory crepes from Crepes Bonaparte, ranked as one of the top 20 food trucks in America by QSR magazine. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a Blue Crab Burrito from Street Foods Co.? You might want to try Argentine food from Piaggio,  featuring extraordinary empanadas, superb sliders and mouthwatering Milanesa Sands. Yum!

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Don’t forget to save room for dessert! Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Lemonade cupcakes and other signature flavors from My Delight Cupcakery.

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Need a mid-day pick-me-up? Mocha-Lotive offers coffees, teas and smoothies to give you that extra boost of energy you need to make it through the work day.

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There are so many more culinary delights you won’t want to miss: the Mac & Cheese sandwich from The Grilled Cheese Truck, Asian style chicken from Belly Bombz, and  healthy brats or veggie dogs from Bratworks.

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Treat yourself and a friend to an unforgettable food experience this Friday and get your coupon for a free first-class ride on the sbX rapid transit line. You deserve it!

Blue Crab Burrito from Street Foods Co.

Blue Crab Burrito from Street Foods Co.

For more info visit the SB Third Thursdays Food Fest Facebook page.