Over 100 community members, artists, and transit-riders gathered at the San Bernardino Transit Center on Saturday, October 20, 2018 for a visual experience that took spectators “around the world” at the 3rd Annual SBTC Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest.
Twenty-three artists showcased their talents at the transit center this year, adorning the concrete sidewalks with chalk works of art reflecting the theme – A Trip Around the World.
“Since last year’s contest, the San Bernardino Transit Center has welcomed Metrolink and a Riverside Transit Agency connection to improve connectivity for San Bernardino area residents,” said Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos. “These partnerships with neighboring transit agencies open up the possibilities for travel destinations and experiences beyond the San Bernardino County region, and we wanted to integrate the transit center’s growth as a transportation hub in this year’s celebration.”
Contestants competed individually, and in teams of two or three, while kids enjoyed a free painting class by The Art Barn of Cherry Valley. HOT 103.9’s DJ Jeff Pope kept the crowd entertained with an interactive prize wheel, unique raffles, and the latest hits, of course!
After two hours of arduous handwork, three judges from the local arts community – including the City of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission and San Bernardino County Arts Connection – came together to deliberate and choose the top three winners, which was no easy task.
3rd Place: Rachael B. and Ashley J., winners of $100. The duo’s art featured an exquisitely-drawn hot air balloon revolving around a bird’s-eye view of the world. The “envelope” exterior of the balloon included several international flags.
2nd Place: Vivian L., winner of $150. Vivian’s creation featured a vibrant, colorful drawing of the Earth as the focal point, with excellent chalk handwriting and a decorative paper plane in flight accentuating her design.
1st Place: Isaac R., winner of the grand prize of $300. A two-time contest winner (Isaac previously took home the top prize at the inaugural event in 2016), Isaac’s impressive masterpiece featured four skillfully contoured and blended profiles of cultural icons around the world including: A Renaissance sculpture, a Japanese samurai, the Day of the Dead “Calavera Catrina”, and Buddha.
“We love showcasing the talents of local artists and seeing the transit center serve as a community gathering place along with being a busy regional transportation hub,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams.
Every day, an average of 5,000 passengers come through the San Bernardino Transit Center as they travel to work, home, health care appointments, and other destinations throughout the region. On Wednesday, February 22nd, however, customers were in for a special treat as the transit and classical music worlds collided for a special afternoon.
San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Ana Maria Maldonado and violinist Laura Rosky-Santori brought a taste of the arts and local culture to the transit center for two hours as they performed for riders, staff, and passers-by as part of the Fine Arts Lunch program.
“This was made possible through a two-year grant from the James Irvine Foundation,” says Anne L. Viricel, executive director of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra. “The grant seeks to test whether public perception of San Bernardino may improve through its fine arts community.”
Through the following months, musicians will conduct intimate public performances such as this at least three times each month in well-traveled areas around the city.
Ana, who began playing the cello in the sixth grade, has been a performer in San Bernardino since 1980 after relocating to Southern California to attend graduate school at USC. She decided to make this home and now teaches at cello lessons and music theory classes at different universities including Cal State San Bernardino and Chaffey College.
“The symphony here has really fine players and Southern California is a really good place for classical musicians. We’re so glad we got this grant, so that we could get out and perform for the community,” says Ana.
Mary, an Omnitrans rider, was pleasantly surprised to arrive at the transit center to the live performance. “I’m a classical music devotee, so this is a real treat,” she enthused.
For Santiago, another Omnitrans passenger, the soothing sounds of the cello and violin took him back to a pleasant moment in his childhood. “It brings back memories of my uncle who used to play music for me and my family when I was six or seven years old,” he said. “This is beautiful.”
A sizeable crowd gathered over the two-hour period, with transit regulars and local community members stopping by during their lunch hour to enjoy the talents of our local artists. Omnitrans had a promotional booth with information and giveaways, much to the attendees’ delight.
“Omnitrans is always happy to partner with wonderful organizations like the San Bernardino Symphony to bring positive experiences to our community. Our goal has always been for the SBTC to be a true community space, so this event was a great fit,” explains Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos.
It seems like it was only yesterday that the SBTC opened its doors for the first time. Now we’re gearing up for its one year anniversary and we want you to help us celebrate!
Join us on Saturday, September 10th at the SBTC for a fun Community Day of music, giveaways, food and the special “Green Scenes” Sidewalk Chalk Contest. If you’ve got a vision in mind that fits with our environmental theme, come on down and show off your chalk art skills. $250, $100, and $50 Visa gift cards will be awarded to our first, second, and third place winners in the adult contest. All kids 13 and under receive a prize just for entering!
To enter the contest, please use our easy registration form to sign-up today! More details on the contest and its rules can be found on our Rules page. The contest is open to the first 30 entrants, so don’t delay!
The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the contest will be from 9 – 11 a.m. At noon, the Green Scenes chalk art contest winners will be announced! There will be refreshments, and live music entertainment will be provided by San Bernardino Teen Music Workshop. In addition, all attendees will receive a free refillable water bottle to take home along with other giveaways. We hope to see you and your family there to celebrate the SBTC’s 1st anniversary!
The San Bernardino Transit Center is located at 599 W Rialto Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92410.
We recently sat down with our #mySBTC photo contest winner, 22-year-old Fontana resident Liz Anguiano, to talk with her about her photo and find out what she thinks of the new San Bernardino Transit Center.
“Can you believe it was actually my mom who pushed me to enter the contest?” Liz asks, smiling.
“My mom and I go to San Manuel Casino maybe once a month, whenever my dad can drive us. So we were both pretty excited when we found out that Omnitrans had made a route closer to the casino. We decided to give it a try, and took the bus to the new San Bernardino Transit Center that had just opened.”
Visiting The San Bernardino Transit Center
Liz and her mom were completely surprised at how nice the transit center was and the amenities it offered riders.
“I used to go to the 4th Street Transit Center when I was a student at San Bernardino Valley College. I took the bus there pretty early in the morning, and I always felt a little nervous. There were a lot of people there that were really rowdy. I could tell it was hard sometimes for the bus drivers who had to deal with it.
“I love the fact that the new transit center has so much security—you can see the security guards bicycling around area. It makes me feel very safe to be there.
San Bernardino Transit Center Security Officers utilize law enforcement grade bicycles as part of their patrols.
“Being able to see the departures and arrivals on the screens in the lobby is great because it lets me know if I have time to go to the restroom or get a drink from the fountain. Of course, being inside with the air conditioning is my favorite part—I don’t like the heat.
“My mom thought it was everything was really, really nice. She loved the fact that there were restrooms and that they were so clean. At 4th Street, you’d have to find a store somewhere with a restroom you could use.
“Also the people at the customer service window are wonderful. We were a little confused about how to get to the casino, so we had to ask for help. The girl there was really nice. She told us which route we needed, gave us a bus book and made sure we knew where to get off and everything. So we got there easily with no problem.”
While Liz and her mom were talking to the customer service rep, they spotted a contest poster inviting riders to Instagram photos of the San Bernardino Transit Center for a chance to win a $100 shopping spree and a 31-day bus pass. Liz’s mom urged her to enter.
“I didn’t think I’d win,” Liz says. “I took that photo seconds before I stood up to catch the bus.
Liz Anguiano won a $100 shopping spree and a 31-day bus pass when her photo of the San Bernardino Transit Center garnered the most votes on social media.
“Our trip to the casino was really fun! I won around $40 and paid for a buffet for my mom and me. Now that the bus actually goes there, we’ll be going to San Manuel a lot more often. Route 1 is the lucky bus for us!” Liz laughs.
Growing Up With Omnitrans
“It’s funny. I’ve been riding Omnitrans for as long as I can remember,” Liz told us. “We’re a two car family, but the cars are always in use because our family works different schedules. I have two older sisters, so we all have something going on pretty much all the time.
“When I was younger, my mom and I used to take it to the Fontana Swap Meet. I started riding even more when I was in high school. For a time we lived in another city, so I would take it from A.B. Miller to Rancho. It was just for a couple of months before the school year ended. After graduation, I started riding it to work and to volunteer at the Upland Animal Shelter.”
Liz tells us that volunteering is important to her and that she likes being able to make a difference for the animals at the shelter.
“I started off by walking dogs and trying to socialize animals. I try to get the dogs adopted. It’s hard because the shelter recently had its budget cut, and we’re trying to find ways to raise funds. To help, I set up @UplandAnimals on Twitter and am trying to get more followers for them. I post information about upcoming events, our new thrift store, and some of the animals who need homes.
“Sometimes I post pictures on my Instagram, and I’ve posted a couple of videos to YouTube and Facebook. Since I’m new at it, they’re not that great yet. But I’m working on it.”
A Look Ahead
“I just got a new job,” Liz continues, “Which I’m very happy about. I’ll be working the night shift at Target. I start really late at night, so my dad will take me to work. I’ll get off around 4 or 5 in the morning, which is when the first buses start running, so I’ll take Omnitrans home.
“Actually I’ve encouraged other friends to ride Omnitrans too. A lot of times they worry that it’s too hard. How do you find the bus times and know what bus goes where? I tell them that it’s really easy and help show them which buses to take. I know my regular routes so well I never need a bus book or anything like that. But if I need to get to someplace I don’t normally go, I’ll just go to the website and look it up. I also use the Omnitrans app a lot. It’s actually pretty reliable for me.”
“What’s my long term goal?” Liz thinks for a moment, smiles and shrugs. “I want to keep working and volunteering and riding the bus.”
The San Bernardino Transit Center will open in September, and crews are hard at work on all the final details. Here’s a behind-the-scenes photo tour of this new facility so far.
Solar panels installed on the roof of the San Bernardino Transit Center power the building. Omnitrans is applying for LEED Gold status of the facility.
The transit center will include connections between the sbX Green Line and 12 of Omnitrans’ other bus routes (including the new 290 freeway express route), as well as other regional services such as MARTA Over-the-Mountain routes and the VVTA BV-Link.
Lobby entrance. Public hours for the Transit Center building will be 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The customer service window will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Meridian fencing and designated crosswalks are in place at the transit center to prevent bus-pedestrian accidents.
Seating outside the lobby entrance
Lobby with view of the customer service desk. The lobby will have TV screens featuring customer information for all routes as well as Metrolink, MARTA, and VVTA information.
The customer service desk, located in the lobby, will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
View of outside of the security monitoring station from the lobby
Inside the security monitoring station, security guards have a full view of most of the grounds. Cameras placed throughout the transit center property are monitored 24/7.
Patrons can enter the L-shaped lobby from multiple directions. They also have access to public restrooms.
Public water fountains in the lobby offer purified water as well as a dispenser to fill up water bottles.
The public men’s bathroom off the lobby
The public women’s bathroom off the lobby
The drivers’ bathrooms are very similar to the public bathrooms. In addition to sinks and toilets, these bathrooms include lockers and a shower.
The drivers’ break room, still under construction. The area beyond the glass is a small patio with a zen garden
The sink area in the drivers’ break room
A Zen garden on the patio outside the drivers’ room features bubbling, recirculating fountains and drought resistant plants
Back patio outside drivers’ room. The slotted awning and dividers run all along the side of the building.
The serene outdoor areas around the building feature seating as well as drought tolerant plants and trees.
Plaza in front of the building
Large walkways are lined with tall lights that keep the property well lit in the evenings. Omnitrans hopes to partner with a developer for transit-oriented development in the vacant field at the corner of E Street & Rialto
One of the art features of the transit center is a large, working sundial sculpture .
Brilliantly colored drought tolerant plants brighten the landscape
San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) oversaw the design and construction of the project. The constructions manager is Parsons Brinckerhoff and the contractor is Kemp Brothers.
By late 2016, SANBAG is expected to complete the extension of Metrolink service to the Transit Center site. The Metrolink platform will be adjacent to and accessible from the Omnitrans bus waiting areas. Future Redlands Rail will also connect to this transit center around 2021.
For more photos of the San Bernardino Transit Center visit our Flickr page.
See more photos of the San Bernardino Transit Center on Flickr.
View artist renderings of the finished project here.
Construction is moving along on schedule and on budget for the San Bernardino Transit Center. The project, which is managed by San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), will be complete in July 2015. The facility is LEED Gold, with solar panels on the roof, drought-tolerant landscaping, and a highly efficient heating and cooling system in the building. It will include a customer service/pass sales office, public restrooms, and shelters with real-time bus arrival signage.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is the construction manager, Kemp Brothers is the contractor, and HDR was the designer. The $21 million project is being paid for through a combination of federal transit, federal highway, and state and local funds. The majority are federal transit grants that were awarded to Omnitrans for Bus Facilities.
Sundial art installation at the San Bernardino Transit Center
View artist renderings of the finished project here.
See more photos of the San Bernardino Transit Center on Flickr. Photos by Janice Kuhn