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Celebrating a 35-Year Journey at Omnitrans

Rudy H. was joined by colleagues and staff in the East Valley body shop to celebrate his 35th anniversary earlier this month.

In 1978, Rudy Hernandez was just a young adult in an apprenticeship at Omnitrans, trying to figure out a viable career path after high school. Three years later, that student program ceased, and Rudy had to seek an outside opportunity, but his sights remained set on Omnitrans. This month, Rudy celebrates a remarkable milestone – his 35th year working with the agency’s Maintenance Department.

“Omnitrans was always very supportive and encouraged me to continue my education, so I went on to junior college while working here in the student program,” says Rudy. “In 1981, the program ended after three years, so I went to work somewhere else. I worked there about three years, but there were a lot of airborne hazardous materials and chemicals at the worksite, and they did not take safety very seriously. I left after applying for a job opening back at Omnitrans and getting re-hired.”

In the late 1970’s, Omnitrans was an up and coming transit agency in the San Bernardino Valley. There was no bus wash in the bus yard back then – just water, a mop, and a broom. Depending on the direction the wind was blowing at that time of day, maintenance staff had to face the bus in the opposite direction to keep from being splashed as they hosed the buses at the end of their run!

“When I came back to Omnitrans in 1984 as a utility service worker, we now had a bus wash, a bigger crew and supervisors who were good leaders and trainers,” says Rudy. “Before that, there was less organizational structure and less guidance when it came to our tasks.”

Over the years, Rudy’s exceptional performance earned him job promotions to mechanic helper, and in 1990, he became an equipment mechanic, the position he has held since. He has always enjoyed doing work that is hands-on and gets satisfaction from finding solutions to new problems he encounters while working on buses. This is how Rudy defines his success and the reason why he has had a rewarding career with Omnitrans.

Although Rudy preferred a career working in the shop rather than pursuing a management role in the office, as a senior employee he has still had the opportunity to help guide and pass down first-hand knowledge and experience to new employees as they come into the shop and begin their own career journeys.

“Sometimes, younger employees come to work here, and they are so quiet that they may not even greet you,” says Rudy. “When I began working here, I attended a training session and the instructor told us to always greet people walking down the hall and to be welcoming. When you are cordial with your co-workers, that helps build relations and become family faster.”

“I developed that habit and have learned that it helps you become a team much quicker, but it takes gray hair to learn that,” laughs Rudy. “When I was younger, I was probably the same way, but eventually you realize that other people are just as important as you are. It’s one big machine and it takes everyone to keep it running.”

Maintenance Director Connie Raya (right) and Maintenance Manager Omar Bryant (left) presented Rudy (center) with a special award of appreciation for his years of service.

Rudy’s managers and peers describe him as a committed, diligent employee – so much so, that after 35 years at Omnitrans, he has a near impeccable attendance record, and never took a sick family day off despite having gone through several losses including his father and both grandmothers.

“Rudy is a reliable, trustworthy, and dependable team member,” says Maintenance Manager Omar Bryant. “He takes his work very seriously and has been a pleasure to work with over the years.”

“I have always been taught to go to work on time, stay focused, and do a good job every day,” says Rudy of his secret to career longevity. “When I had a paper route as one of my first jobs, we had to deliver each paper to each house within a certain timeframe. That’s where I learned the importance of timeliness. Show up on time and do a good job. It’s been that way ever since, and I’ll go out with that mentality.”

Congratulations, Rudy! Omnitrans is thankful for all your years of dedicated service.

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):

Omnitrans buses not operating on Christmas Day 2018 or New Year’s Day 2019

The holidays are just around the corner! As you plan your travel this month, keep in mind that Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25. Bus service will resume on Wednesday, December 26. Our administrative offices and customer service center will also be closed on Tuesday, December 25 in observance of the holiday.

The following week, buses will not be in service on Tuesday, January 1, 2018, New Year’s Day. Our administrative offices and customer service center will also be closed on this day. Bus service and office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2.

Thank you for another wonderful ride this year. Omnitrans wishes you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

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CSUSB student rides Omnitrans to stay active, avoid parking costs

Jose S. of Rialto has been riding Omnitrans and sbX for four years while working toward his degree in Sociology at California State University, San Bernardino. Even when he used to drive a car to class, Jose preferred to leave it at the free Park & Ride lot at Palm & Kendall, and shuttle down to class on sbX, only a five-minute bus ride to campus.

“Doing this helped me save money on a parking permit and, although for some people it may not be expensive, it also saved me time. Finding parking at such a large university can be pretty hard, even with your parking permit. My first year here, finding parking was easy, but now, when I skate by the parking lot, people will ask me if I am leaving so that they can follow me and take my parking spot,” he laughs.

Those student drivers’ hopes and dreams of snatching that parking space and making it to class on time are crushed when Jose tells them that he’s simply riding his skateboard to the sbX platform.

“Because of GoSmart, I don’t have to pay every time I board. All my money usually goes to school, or food, so it’s neat not having to pay. I’m hyped that I have my student ID card to ride Omnitrans wherever I need to go,” he explains.

“The drivers are sociable and friendly. I appreciate that if I start a conversation, they will engage with me. I also like the features such as the online trip planner and NexTrip text message capability to know how long it will be until your bus arrives. It’s almost always precise, never off by more than a minute.”

Jose got in touch with us via Instagram a few weeks back, where he reached out regarding our student internship opportunities. On his page, he showcases action-packed videos of he and his friends skating and skillfully performing tricks at skate parks.

“This is what I love to do. It’s my passion. Almost 10 years ago, my mom bought me a toy skateboard from Wal-Mart and when we visited my mom’s friend in Fresno, her kids with years of experience got me into skateboarding. I took a spare board that was in their garage since mine was slow compared to theirs, and that’s how I got into it,” he shared with us.

Riding Omnitrans isn’t just for school or work – Route 22 also gets Jose to the skate park where he can live out his passion and stay active. Even his friends have joined in on the fun and convenience of riding Omnitrans to the park. Jose says they were surprised by how different riding the bus was from what they thought.

“Route 22 takes me from my house right to the front of Ferguson Skate Park, which is so convenient. Route 14 takes me to the other skate park in Fontana. I would’ve never thought there would be so many bus stops to my destinations besides school,” he says.

Skating to and from the bus stop not only combines his favorite hobby with transportation, but it helps Jose relieve the stress of college life, especially during final exams. “It’s my form of meditation. Even a simple short ride from class to the bus stop can clear my mind,” he explains.

“I just enjoy riding my skateboard to the bus. This probably sounds weird, but I love the feeling of pressing the yellow strip to request a stop because we’re approaching my destination!” he jokes.

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.

2017 Holiday Season Bus Schedule

The holiday season has arrived! As you plan your travel this month, keep in mind that Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25th. Bus service will resume on Tuesday, December 26th. Our administrative offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 26th in observance of the holiday.

The following week, buses will not be in service on Monday, January 1st, 2018 due to New Year’s Day. Bus service will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Thank you for another wonderful ride this year. Omnitrans wishes you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

For all the latest info & news, plus real-time bus arrival times via NexTrip, download the official Omnitrans mobile app for FREE on the App Store or Google Play!

Community input wanted for future service planning

To develop service that meets your wants, needs, and priorities, Omnitrans will be holding two rounds of public meetings this month. This is a component of the Omnitrans Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP), which sets policies related to bus routes, hours of service, frequency, types of service, fares and bus stop amenities for 2019-2025.

In this round of meetings, we invite you to our listening sessions to learn what the communities we serve desire in their transit provider. A second round of meetings will be held in spring 2018 to discuss proposed changes based on the comments the public provides in these meetings.

We look forward to seeing you and taking your constructive feedback! The schedule for the listening session meetings is as follows:

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017
San Bernardino

6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401

Redlands
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Redlands Mall Transfer Center
100 Redlands Mall, Redlands 92373

Highland
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Highland
Highland & Boulder Bus Stop, Highland, CA 92346

San Bernardino
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Omnitrans East Valley Office
1700 W. Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017
Montclair
6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Montclair Transit Center
5091 Richton Street, Montclair, CA 91763

Rancho Cucamonga
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Chaffey College Transit Center
5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737

Chino
2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Chino Transit Center
6th st. & Chino Ave, Chino, CA 91710

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
Fontana
6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Fontana Transit Center
Sierra Ave & Orange Way, Fontana, CA 92335

Colton
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Transfer Center
400 N Pepper Ave, Colton, CA 92324

Ontario
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Ontario Senior Center
225 East B St, Ontario, CA 91764

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
Ontario
6 a.m. -9 a.m. at Ontario Civic Center Transfer Center
Euclid  Ave. and Holt Blvd., Ontario, CA 91762

Ontario
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Ontario Mills Transfer Center
1 Mills Cir, Ontario, CA 91764

Montclair
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Montclair Transit Center
5091 Richton Street, Montclair, CA 91763

FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
San Bernardino
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017
Chino
6 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Chino Transit Center
6th st. & Chino Ave, Chino, CA 91710

Yucaipa
4 p.m – 7 p.m. at Yucaipa Transit Center
5th St. & Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa, CA 92399

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017
San Bernardino
7 a.m. – 10 a.m. at San Bernardino Transit Center
599 W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92401

Rialto
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Rialto
Foothill & Riverside Bus Stop, Rialto, CA 92376

Fontana
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Fontana Transit Center
Sierra Ave & Orange Way, Fontana, CA 92335

If you are unable to attend any of our public meetings, you may submit your comments via e-mail to tembi.tovar@omnitrans.org or by phone at 909-379-7150.

Buses not in service Memorial Day

Omnitrans offices and customer service call center will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day, and buses will not be in service. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30th and buses will return to normal operating schedules.

We remember and honor the sacrifices of all who have served, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who are still fighting. We thank you for your service.

Ride Omnitrans and Save $2 On National Orange Show Citrus Fair Admission!

Orange you glad the Citrus Fair is back?! We definitely can’t wait to eat all the fair food, enjoy some carnival rides, and explore the local artisan creations of San Bernardino while celebrating our hometown heroes!

The 2017 Citrus Fair: Citrus Strikes Back at the National Orange Show is back for not one, but TWO weekends this year and it’s all going down on May 4-7 and 11-14. Omnitrans has teamed up with the fair once again this year, and we are happy to announce that our $2 discount coupons are back to save the day!

To obtain the discount, simply ride any of our East Valley routes (1 – 29, 290, sbX) starting today and grab a coupon at the front of the bus (available while supplies last). The coupon guarantees a $2 discount on NOS Citrus Fair admission. Coupons are valid on any day of the two-weekend fair.

We will be joining the fun along with Buster the Bus and our vintage bus “Old Blue” every Friday-Sunday both weekends. Swing by our booth and snap a selfie/photo, post to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, use the tag #OMNIHERO, and you could be randomly selected to win one of five $20 Target gift cards! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest.

Take Route 2 (any day of the week) or sbX (on Thursdays and Fridays) directly to the National Orange Show located at 689 S E St., San Bernardino, CA 92408. You can 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.

Omnitrans Introduces “Don’t Touch the Driver” Safety Campaign

In partnership with WeTip, Inc., Omnitrans is introducing a new safety information campaign, “Don’t Touch the Driver,” on its buses and at transit centers to remind the community that any violence against bus drivers may be a felony offense.

“Driver assaults are infrequent at Omnitrans. Unfortunately they are trending upward. In partnership with WeTip are taking a proactive role to protect our employees and customers,” said Omnitrans Security & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Mark Crosby.

Campaign materials feature a simple graphic and the information that any assault against a bus driver may result in arrest and prosecution. Anyone who has information that leads to the arrest and conviction of someone responsible for such an incident is eligible to receive a WeTip reward of up to $1,000.

WeTip, Inc. offers an anonymous nationwide crime reporting hotline, 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463). Operators are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, to take information on crime, including any related to public transit. Calls are completely anonymous.  Tips may also be submitted online at www.wetip.com.

“Don’t Touch the Driver” decals are being placed in each Omnitrans bus, and signage also will appear at transit centers and on the agency website.