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Be a safety “Xpert” & win a free lunch!

Enter for a new chance to win! 

Think you know what do as a motorist, pedestrian or transit rider on the new bus rapid transit corridor in San Bernardino and Loma Linda? Take the safety challenge – you might win a free lunch.

Omnitrans will launch passenger service of the sbX Green Line in late April, and there are many exciting new changes along the corridor. Are you ready? Here’s a chance to test your sbX safety savvy and be rewarded with a $25 gift certificate to one of the many fine eateries along the route! Omnitrans wants to test your knowledge of sbX safety on the Green Line and will conduct weekly drawings on Fridays through April 4th. Who’s eligible? Residents of San Bernardino County who correctly answer the safety trivia questions appearing on its project Facebook page.

One question will be asked each week on the project Facebook page related to the corridor safety of pedestrians, motorists and/or transit riders. The questions will vary in nature, from true/false, multiple choice or simply filling in the blank. The goal is to make sure people who use the sbX route become familiar with the new changes and make proper decisions on the road.

On four consecutive Fridays (March 14, 21, 28 and April 4) the name of a lucky contestant will be drawn for a $25 gift certificate to one of a variety of eateries on the sbX corridor. Winners will be notified by e-mail. One entry per person per contest. Contestants may enter each contest until selected a winner.

Good luck and be safe!

Be an sbX safety expert

sbX Construction Activities Coming to A Close

Major roadway construction is now complete as streets have been paved and striped along the sbX corridor.

The New Year brings great excitement for the Omnitrans sbX team. Just under two years since the start of construction, major roadway construction is complete. Final work on the construction crew’s to-do list includes installation of station artwork, map cases and graphics of the new system, station seating, plus final landscaping and sign installation to make navigating the corridor easy. We’re so close to start of service that next month you will begin to see buses being tested on the road. With this new activity, it is especially important for motorists to pay close attention to the new rules of the road and to stay out of the dedicated bus lanes.

-Robert Chevez

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Major sbX testing to begin in January

In preparation for the start of service in April 2014, early testing has begun and will increase through the New Year. In January and February, the public will see the 60-foot articulated sbX XN60 buses being tested daily on the road – and keeping you safe is a top priority for Omnitrans.

The testing phase is needed so that operations management can simulate operating conditions and test communication systems such as the traffic signal prioritization system. With new rules of the road comes a great responsibility for Omnitrans and we encourage all motorists and pedestrians along the corridor to “Be a Safety Xpert” and “Xpect Changes.” This starts with learning our top three safety tips to follow during testing:

1. Pay attention. sbX buses will be on the road daily.
2. Don’t cross the double-yellow line. That is a dedicated bus-ONLY lane.
3. Watch for new signs and obey at all times.

Safety education does not stop at 1,2,3 – for more information about how to stay safe during the testing phase, please click on the detailed Safety Infographic below.

Check out our latest public education piece – an infographic to keep you safe during the testing phase!

– Kelly Koehler

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SBPD SWAT team gets familiar with sbX

Special Weapons and Tactics team members from the San Bernardino Police Department survey the inside of a five-door sbX bus to prepare emergency-response strategies.

The mission was short and simple: learn more about the new five-door, 60-foot vehicles that will soon grace the E Street corridor; strategize what to do in the event of a dangerous situation on board; and execute drills to assure the safety of passengers.

Those goals were accomplished November 6, 2013 by the San Bernardino Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team near the police shooting range at Perris Hill Park. The event was put together by Omnitrans’ Operations and Safety and Security departments.

San Bernardino SWAT team rehearses a drill designed to storm a sbX bus under siege. The training was facilitated by Omnitrans’ Operations and Safety & Security departments in preparation for a transit emergency on a 60-foot vehicle.

“This is a coordinated effort between Omnitrans and the San Bernardino Police Department to partner with local first responders on emergency response,” said Security and Loss Prevention Supervisor Mark Crosby.  “We wanted them to become familiar with the new sbX buses and its features so they are prepared to respond to  potential life-and-death situations.”

The elite law enforcement team was shown locations of surveillance cameras, points of entry and other intricate details so they could assess various scenarios, from armed passenger threats to terrorist activity to hostage situations.

“In the end, if lives can be saved and injuries avoided, anything we can do to help first responders become familiarized with Omnitrans equipment and services is beneficial to the passengers we serve,” Crosby said.

–  David Rutherford