National #GetOnBoard Day 2019

Representing California’s 35th District, Congresswoman Norma Torres (third from right) supports National Get on Board Day.

Today we celebrate National Get on Board Day, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Get on Board Day is a national awareness and advocacy day highlighting the many ways public transit provides economic, social, cultural, environmental, and safety benefits for all Americans.

Get on board for public transit and sign the online petition to pledge your support for investments in public transportation in the United States!

A message from Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, representing California’s 47th Assembly District:

Why you should #GetOnBoard for public transportation (click to enlarge):

Ride Omnitrans and Save $2 on National Orange Show 2019 Fair Admission!

The National Orange Show Fair is back for its 104th year in May! Join us to talk transit and all good things San Bernardino in between carnival rides, after enjoying a pig race, even over funnel cake or a refreshing lemonade. To add to the fun, Omnitrans has partnered with the fair once again to offer $2 off admission coupons for Omnitrans riders.

The fair kicks off Wednesday, May 1st and ends Sunday, May 5th. To save on admission, simply ride any of our East Valley routes (1-29, 208, 290, and sbX) and grab a $2 off coupon onboard behind the driver’s seat. This coupon guarantees a $2 discount on admission and is valid only on Saturday, May 4th. Click here for fair opening and closing times, plus regular cost of admission.

While at the fair, come hang out with the Omnitrans squad at our booth on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday next to the Citrus Building! Buster the Bus, our friendly mascot, will be there meeting and greeting kids – and grown-ups – of all ages, and our attractive 1958 GMC vintage bus Old Blue will also be on site for you to step into for a transit ride back in time. Snap a selfie and make sure to tag @omnitrans!

Omnitrans provides direct service to the NOS fairgrounds via Route 2 and the sbX Green Line.

  • sbX operates every 10 to 15 minutes on weekdays, and every 20 minutes on Saturdays.
  • Route 2 runs hourly on weekdays, every 55 minutes on Saturdays, and every 30 minutes on Sundays.

You can easily connect to these routes at the San Bernardino Transit Center, located just a mile north of the events center. For a personalized trip, check out our Trip Planner online or call 1 (800) 966-6428 for assistance.

The National Orange Show is located at 689 S E St., San Bernardino, CA 92408.

Guide to May 2019 Service Changes

Time to “spring” into spring – and while you enjoy the warm weather and fun, why not let Omnitrans get you where you need to go? We’re making a few service changes effective Monday, May 6, 2019 that are designed to streamline your ride:

  • Route 2:  Minor time adjustments have been made on Saturdays.
  • Route 3:  Minor time adjustments have been made on weekdays.
  • Route 14:  Run times have been adjusted every day.
  • Route 19:  Eastbound 6:58 am trip has been eliminated on Sundays.
  • Route 22:  An end-of-the-line time point has been added at Alder Ave. and Casa Grande Dr. A time point has been added at Riverside and Cactus Aves. A time point at Riverside and Easton Aves. has been removed. Run times have been adjusted every day.
  • Route 61:  Run times have been adjusted every day.
  • Route 66:  A time point has been added at Foothill Blvd. and Cherry Ave. Run times have been adjusted every day.
  • Route 82:  Tripper service to Oleander and Santa Ana Aves. has been eliminated. Minor time adjustments have been made on weekdays.

Please keep in mind that minor adjustments also may have been made to other routes, so definitely check your Bus Book before making a trip. See you on board!

Omnitrans offers free mobile day pass for Earth Week 2019

Don’t normally ride transit? Be kind (and overall awesome) to the Earth and ride Omnitrans free any day the week of Earth Day – April 22-26, 2019!

Our transportation use is responsible for 26% of greenhouse gases emitted in the United States. Riding Omnitrans for just one day, instead of driving your car, cuts carbon emissions by 20 pounds. Over a year, that translates to nearly 5,000 pounds of emissions! Our fleet of 178 transit buses is powered by natural gas, resulting in less pollution, which means cleaner air for us all to breathe.

If we’ve convinced you to go green for Earth Week, here’s how to redeem your mobile 1-day pass:

  • Download the free Token Transit app by texting TOKEN to 41411 or click here from your smartphone.
  • Once your account is created, visit www.tokentransit.com/omniearthweek2019 to access the free pass beginning on April 22. One per person.
  • That’s it. That’s the trick. You’re ready to save on gas and leave your car at home. Simply flash your paperless pass to the driver when boarding Omnitrans.

But wait – there’s more! We want you to let the world know what you’re doing to honor it and help preserve it. Omnitrans will be giving away three pairs of Regal Cinemas movie tickets to randomly drawn winners. To participate:

  • Post a photo of your act of kindness to the planet on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, tagging @Omnitrans. This can be a selfie of you riding the bus or picking up trash at a bus stop or transit center, for example.
  • The picture must be shared during Earth Week, April 22-26, 2019. The three winners will be chosen and contacted on Monday, April 29, 2019.

For personalized trip planning assistance, use the online Trip Planner at Omnitrans.org, or give us a call at 1-800-966-6428. The free day pass is good on any of the Omnitrans bus routes, including sbX rapid transit and OmniGo community shuttles, but not on Access paratransit service.

If your transit commute requires train and bus, Metrolink is offering free rides on Monday, April 22, 2019. For those details, visit Metrolink.com.

How sbX Saturday Service Benefits Local College Student

For college students living on a tight budget, the cost of having a car can get a little steep. Luckily for Dominique E., Omnitrans and sbX rapid transit are at his service!

“I started riding Omnitrans in 2018, mostly to get to and from friends’ houses,” says Dominique. “These days, I use it mostly to get to school, work, and home. As a student at Valley College, I prefer the free ride. The bus gets you to and from your house and I can’t complain about that!”

With a nominal semester fee, Valley College students receive unlimited rides on Omnitrans through the GoSmart program, which Dominique says is a great benefit. Every day, he skates to the CSUSB platform where he rides sbX downtown to connect to Route 1 and get to campus.

“I’ve never been late to any of my classes,” he reveals. “I always plan ahead, so I typically have extra time to get to where I need to be. The biggest benefit I’ve received from riding is that transportation is not a strain on my wallet. It’s a big ease, especially as a student.”

Recently, sbX service expanded when Saturday service launched in January 2019. Having fast and frequent transportation on Saturdays has been a major advantage for Dominique, who lives near CSUSB and works at the Inland Center mall – both popular destinations along the sbX Green Line.

“sbX Saturday service has probably been the biggest leg up,” he says. “There is only a slight schedule change on weekends, but other than that, it’s a straight shot to work. It’s been huge, especially when it comes down to last-minute shift pick-ups. Before, I had to decline shifts on Saturdays, but now I can cover them and get to work quickly on sbX.”

While in school, Dominique has discovered his interest in talking with people and building relationships. He looks forward to transferring to Cal State University San Bernardino to get a bachelor’s degree in public relations and doing what he loves to do for a living – connecting with others.

In the meantime, he will continue to pursue his newfound hobby – photography – and riding the bus to class every day. “If I didn’t have the bus right now, I probably wouldn’t be able to go school,” he says. “I really appreciate Omnitrans. Without the reliable transportation, school would definitely be a bigger challenge.”

Ride the bus and get two free IE66ers baseball game tickets on Winning Wednesdays!

Root for the home team for free! We are partnering with the Inland Empire 66ers again this season to give Omnitrans riders two free tickets to any Winning Wednesday home game this season.

All you need to do is present your Omnitrans bus pass, ticket, or receipt* at the box office on Wednesdays to receive your admission to that day’s game. Token Transit mobile bus pass users are also eligible – just present your activated bus pass on your phone at the box office.

Winning Wednesdays Game Schedule:

  • April 10th vs. Modesto at 10:30 a.m.
  • April 24th vs. Rancho Cucamonga at 3:30 p.m.
  • May 1st vs. San Jose at 7:05 p.m.
  • May 22nd vs. Lancaster at 7:05 p.m.
  • June 5th vs. Lake Elsinore at 10:30 a.m.
  • June 26th vs. Lancaster at 7:05 p.m.
  • July 17th vs. Visalia at 7:05 p.m.
  • July 31st vs. Visalia at 7:05 p.m.
  • August 21st vs. Lancaster at 7:05 p.m.

Which of this season’s Winning Wednesdays will you be going to? Click here to plan your ride to San Manuel Stadium.

*Receipts are only provided for bus fare purchases made at ticket vending machines, not on board.

2019 Million Mile Club Coach Operators Recognized for Safe Driving Record

Omnitrans’ 2019 Million Mile Club drivers (from left to right): Mike Tarifi, Arturo Suarez, Peter Kerr, Albert Meraz, John Harrison (above), Karen Ramnarain, Samehesha Love, and Enrique Lipp. Not pictured: Sherron Filer.

Driving from here to the moon and back seems like an insurmountable distance. Now imagine doing that not once, but more than two times, without being in an accident! That is the equivalent of what it takes to join the prestigious Million Mile Club.

This month, the Omnitrans Board of Directors recognized our new members of the Club for their driving safety achievements. These dedicated coach operators have reached the prestigious million-mile mark by logging 25,000 driving hours over 12 years without a preventable accident. Our Two Million Mile Club drivers have completed 50,000 driving hours over the span of 25 years without a preventable accident.

“This is a tremendous milestone for these drivers,” says Director of Operations Shawn Brophy. “The criteria to hit the Million Mile Club is multi-faceted, and not an easy achievement. Safety is very important to the organization and to the public that we serve, and these drivers represent the best of the best when it comes to delivering on our mission to provide safe and reliable transportation.”

Each 2019 inductee received a special plaque, jacket, hat, belt buckle, certificate, a silver name plate, a day off with pay, and $500 in recognition of their great feat. The 2 Million Mile drivers received this, plus a bonus five-day cruise to Mexico including paid time off.

Congratulations to these drivers for setting the standard of excellence! We appreciate their commitment to safety as they connect our community.

Million Mile Club

  • Sherron Filer
  • John Harrison
  • Peter Kerr
  • Enrique Lipp
  • Samehesha Love
  • Albert Meraz
  • Karen Ramnarain

Two Million Mile Club

  • Arturo Suarez
  • Mike Tarifi

Rate Your Omnitrans Experience for a Chance to Win!

As your public transit provider, your feedback is crucial to our growth. Last year, your responses to the Customer Satisfaction Survey garnered us an 83% overall customer satisfaction score. This year, you can let us know how we are doing for another chance to win one of our exciting prizes (below).

Click the following link to complete our survey & be entered to win:

Click here to complete the survey (English)
Haga clic aquí para completar la encuesta (español)

Submit your survey anytime through the end of the day on Sunday, April 14, 2019 to be entered into a prize drawing for one of five gift packs, which include:

  • One $10 Subway gift card; and
  • One full-fare 7-day bus pass

Thank you for your participation and providing your constructive feedback. Your honesty helps us to better serve you!

Omnitrans and several other mid-sized agencies in North America form the American Bus Benchmarking Group (ABBG), established in 2011 to measure performance and share best practices. The information gathered from your surveys this spring will help provide a comprehensive overview of the bus rider experience nationwide.

Omnitrans and Partners Host Girl Scouts Classroom to Career Day

Following a successful event in 2018, Omnitrans proudly partnered with the Women’s Transportation Seminar of the Inland Empire, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, Metrolink, and the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council to host a Classroom to Career event for middle school girls from Rialto, Colton, and Grand Terrace.

The Classroom to Career Day in February spotlighted potential transit industry career paths for students, with emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mechanics (STEM) curriculum. Like last year, the day began at the San Bernardino Transit Center. Fourteen women working in various roles at Omnitrans led a tour that showcased the transit center’ s features, and its role in connecting our community through the multimodal options offered.

The Classroom to Career program takes girls into the community to meet with professionals and be exposed to career paths related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), areas in which females are traditionally underrepresented. Omnitrans staff from various departments including Planning, Operations, Maintenance, and Rail Operations served as tour guides for the day.

At the tour’s conclusion, students boarded a Metrolink train for a short ride to the Santa Fe Depot, where they learned about the region’s transit network and heritage at the San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum. They participated in a hands-on STEM activity that stimulated their minds to envision what the future of transportation looks like from their perspective.

“As middle school girls prepare for the transition to 9th grade, an intentional educational roadmap is key,” says Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Vice President of Development Knew Hawley. “This preparation is essential to their success, not only to make strategic choices in their high school education, but as a jumping off point for higher education and lucrative careers. Classroom to Career opens doors into new experiences and provides positive adult and peer interactions that bolster these girls during a pivotal season in their lives.”

“Omnitrans is committed to being a positive and impactful asset to the community we serve,” said Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos. “It was a pleasure to further build on this partnership after a successful inaugural event last year, which has expanded to transit agencies in other regions of Southern California.”

In honor of #NationalGirlScoutDay today, Omnitrans tips its hat to this generation of girls and all the work they do to benefit the broader community, including serving all girls, no matter what. So, the next time you take a bite out of a delicious Girl Scout cookie, know that by supporting them, you are supporting their efforts to make the world a better place.

Omnitrans Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Fare and Service Changes

Omnitrans welcomes your input on proposed fare and service changes at our upcoming public hearing and outreach sessions, scheduled April 2-10, 2019 throughout the San Bernardino Valley (schedule below). Proposed changes coincide with regularly scheduled service changes in September 2019 and May 2020.

Proposals for Consideration

  • To maintain bus service levels as operating costs rise, Omnitrans recommends a fare change effective September 2019. It has been five years since the last fare increase, in 2014. The chart below details the proposed fare changes:
  Current Fare Proposed Fare
Single Ride
Full-Fare $1.75 $2.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $0.75 $0.90
10-Pack of Single Rides
Full-Fare $16.00 $18.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $7.00 $8.50
1-Day Pass
Full-Fare $5.00 $6.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $2.25 $2.75
10-Pack of 1-Day Passes
Full-Fare $45.00 $54.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $20.00 $25.00
7-Day Pass
Full-Fare $18.00 $20.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $8.00 $9.00
Youth $14.00 $15.00
31-Day Pass
Full-Fare $55.00 $60.00
Senior/Disability/Medicare/Veteran $27.50 $30.00
Youth $41.00 $45.00
  • Eliminate sale of 7-Day passes onboard the bus to improve passenger boarding time and avert delays. 7-Day still would be available for sale at the San Bernardino Transit Center, at bus pass outlets (see Bus Book pg. 2 for list of outlets), and digitally on the Token Transit app. (September 2019)
  • Eliminate Freeway Express Route 208 connecting Yucaipa, Redlands, and San Bernardino due to low ridership. (September 2019)
  • Adjust routing on Route 22 to serve the new Renaissance Marketplace in Rialto. View Map (September 2019)
  • Adjust routing on the current Route 11, and rename to Route 12. The route adjustment would directly connect Fontana Metrolink Station and Cal State University, San Bernardino, and serve major employment centers, including Amazon warehouses and the Renaissance Marketplace. Route would no longer connect at the San Bernardino Transit Center. View Map (September 2019)
  • Increase morning and evening frequency of Route 83 from 60 to 30 minutes. (May 2020)

Public Hearing Schedule

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino
Routes: sbX, 1, 2, 3/4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14,
15, 208, 215, 290

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Redlands Transfer Mall
Redlands Blvd. & Orange Ave.
Routes: 8, 15, 19, 208

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Fontana Metrolink Transit Center
16777 Orange Way, Fontana
Routes: 10, 14, 15, 19, 20, 61, 66, 67, 82

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Montclair Transit Center
5091 Richton Rd., Montclair
Routes: 66, 85, 88, 290

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Chino Transit Center
6th St. & D St., Chino
Routes: 81, 83, 84, 85, 88, 365

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Chaffey College Transit Center
5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga
Routes: 67, 80, 81, 85

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ontario City Council Chambers
303 E. B St., Ontario
Routes: 61, 83, 86

Thursday, April 4, 2019
6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Fontana Metrolink Transit Center
16777 Orange Way, Fontana
Routes: 10, 14, 15, 19, 20, 61, 66, 67, 82

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Yucaipa City Council Chambers
34272 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa
Routes: 19, 208, 308, 309, 310

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Yucaipa Transit Center
34216 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa
Routes: 19, 208, 308, 309, 310

Friday, April 5, 2019
7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
sbX VA Hospital Station
Barton Rd. & Benton St., Loma Linda
Routes: sbX, 2, 19, 325

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Ontario Mills Bus Stop
1 Mills Cir, Ontario
Routes: 61, 81, 82, 290

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Montclair Transit Center
5091 Richton Rd., Montclair
Routes: 66, 85, 88, 290

Monday, April 8, 2019
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fontana Metrolink Transit Center
16777 Orange Way, Fontana
Routes: 10, 14, 15, 19, 20, 61, 66, 67, 82

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Omnitrans East Valley Office
1700 W. 5th Street, San Bernardino
Routes: 14

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton
Routes: 1, 19, 22, 290

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Foothill Blvd. & Mountain Ave. Bus Stop, Upland
Routes: 66, 84

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Boulder Ave. & Base Line St. Bus Stop, Highland
Routes: 3/4, 15

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino
Routes: sbX, 1, 2, 3/4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14 15 , 208, 215, 290

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Rialto City Council Chambers
150 S. Palm St., Rialto
Routes: 22

If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled public hearings or outreach sessions, you may provide your feedback via phone, mail, or email. Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2019.

By mail: Omnitrans Planning Dept., 1700 W. Fifth St., San Bernardino, CA 92411
By e-mail: planning@omnitrans.org
By phone: (909) 379-7150