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Guide to September 2019 Service Changes

Omnitrans Bus Book, September 2019
Omnitrans Bus Book, September 2019. Click image to view publication.

As we begin to bid farewell to summer nights, we usher in new connections and destinations with Omnitrans! Reap the benefits of our upcoming service enhancements, effective Tuesday, September 3, 2019. (Remember: Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019 is a no-service holiday!)

September service changes include minor transfer point enhancements and runtime adjustments, but most notably, three routes are undergoing big changes: Route 11, Route 22, and Route 208.

Route 12 will connect Fontana Metrolink, Rialto, and north San Bernardino/CSUSB. Click map to enlarge.

To connect riders traveling east from Fontana, Route 11 will become the new Route 12, providing direct access from Fontana Metrolink to the CSUSB campus. Route 12 will serve major employment centers along the way, including Amazon warehouses and the Renaissance Marketplace in Rialto, which opened in 2018, creating a multitude of jobs as well as destinations to eat, shop, and play. Note: Route 12 will not connect at the San Bernardino Transit Center.

Route 22 will now serve the Renaissance Marketplace in Rialto. Click map to enlarge.

Route 22 will slightly realign to provide bus service to visitors and employees of the Renaissance Marketplace along Linden, Renaissance Parkway and Ayala in Rialto.

As you might have already known, Freeway Express Route 208 connecting Yucaipa, Redlands, and San Bernardino will be eliminated due to low usage. Fortunately, service between Yucaipa and San Bernardino is still available via Route 19 (with transfer to Route 2) and Route 8.

Summary of all September service changes:

  • Route 1: 8:37 p.m. trip eliminated on Saturdays.
  • Route 3: 7:23 a.m. and 5:33 p.m. trips eliminated on Sundays.
  • Route 7: 8:23 p.m. and 9:23 p.m. trips eliminated on weekdays.
  • New Route 12: Replaces Route 11, with service to Fontana Metrolink, Rialto and north San Bernardino.
  • Route 14: Tripper to ISS eliminated.
  • Route 15: 5:39 a.m. and 8:13 p.m. trips eliminated on weekdays.
  • Route 22: Now serves Linden, Renaissance Parkway and Ayala.
  • Route 66: 5:45 p.m. trip eliminated on weekdays.
  • Route 208: Eliminated.

Run Time Adjustments

  • All Days: Routes 1, 3, 4, 12, 19, 22, 61, 85.
  • Weekdays: Routes 2, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15, 67, 80, 81, 83, 86, 88, OmniGo 325.
  • Saturdays: Routes 2, 5, 8, 61, 84.
  • Sundays: Routes 14, 61, 66, 83, 84, 88.

Don’t forget to plan your travel accordingly if your route is undergoing any changes, and don’t forget that fares are also changing as of Monday, September 2, 2019! For a detailed look at the new bus fares, click here.

September 2019 Bus Book Preview

Aaron Moore to Lead Special Transportation Services Department

This month, we are happy to welcome Aaron Moore to Omnitrans as Director of Special Transportation Services (STS)! Aaron succeeds current director Douglas Stanley, who will retire in August after 30 years at Omnitrans.

“We are fortunate to have Aaron on board. He brings tremendous experience in developing and managing successful special transportation programs in the region,” said Omnitrans CEO/General Manager P. Scott Graham.

A seasoned transit professional, Aaron most recently served at Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) as the Mobility Manager and Consolidated Transportation Service Agency Director. In his new role at Omnitrans, Aaron will oversee 14 employees, the contracts which deliver Access and OmniGo services, as well as manage programs for seniors and persons with disabilities. Such programs include: travel training, the volunteer driver reimbursement program, taxi/LYFT subsidy program, and paratransit eligibility certification.

“My favorite part of the work I do in public transit is helping people and seeing the positive effects of the programs which I help to create and operate are having on improving the quality of life for people,” said Moore. “Though many served by our programs are from the vulnerable demographics, public transit has the potential to be a benefit to everyone in the community and also to the environment.”

Welcome aboard, Aaron! To learn more about our STS department, and how qualifying riders can take advantage of programs offered, visit Omnitrans.org.

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.

Avila to Lead Omnitrans Board, Dutrey New Vice Chair

Omnitrans Board of Directors Chair Rudy Avila

Yucaipa Mayor Pro Tem David Avila (left) will become new chair of the Omnitrans Board of Directors in July 2019.  Montclair Mayor Javier “John” Dutrey was elected to fill the Vice Chair position. Both will serve a two-year term.

Avila succeeds outgoing Board Chair Ron Dailey, a Loma Linda Council Member. The 19-member Omnitrans Board consists of elected officials representing each of the 15 cities Omnitrans serves and four San Bernardino County Supervisors.

“Omnitrans plays vital role in our community, transporting thousands of people to work, school, shopping, medical appointments, recreation and safely back home again,” said Avila. “As Board chair, I want to ensure that we continue to meet customer needs while also being fiscally responsible.”

Avila joined the Omnitrans Board in January 2017 and has served on the Board’s Administrative & Finance and Executive Committees.  He also represents Yucaipa on the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) Board of Directors.

A 30-year resident of Yucaipa, Avila has served on the City Council since 2014. He had a 32-year career with Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) before retiring as a battalion chief.  He received his Associate of Science degree from Crafton Hills College and his BA from California State University, Fullerton.

Omnitrans Board of Directors Vice Chair Javier “John” Dutrey

Dutrey (left) was appointed to the Omnitrans Board in 2017 after serving as an Alternate since 2003.  He joined the Montclair City Council in 1996 was and elected Mayor in 2018.

“I look forward to helping set the course for Omnitrans to adapt to our evolving multi-modal transportation landscape,” said Dutrey.  “An effective, integrated transportation network is critical for our growing region.”

Dutrey also represents Montclair on the SBCTA Board and serves on the Tri-City Gold Line Joint Powers Authority Committee.  He holds a BA in Political Science and a Master’s in public administration, both from California State University, San Bernardino. He is employed with the City of Rialto, serving as a Project Manager in the Development Services Department.

CONTACT: Wendy Williams, Director of Marketing & Planning
Office: 909.379.7151
E-mail: wendy.williams@omnitrans.org

$1 Summer Youth Fare Returns with an Additional Month of Summer Fun!

This summer, the sun will shine bright, and the rides will be cheaper. With more free time on your hands, Omnitrans makes it easy to get out and explore with $1 bus rides! Due to rising popularity among young riders, the Summer Youth Fare deal returns during June, July, and, new this year, August.

Riders 18 and under may take advantage of the summertime promotion on any Omnitrans route, including: Freeway Express, sbX, or OmniGo community circulators (regularly $1.75 for one-way rides) from June 1 through August 31, 2019. That’s one extra month of discounted rides to summer fun than in prior years.

The discounted fare is also available on smartphones using Token Transit mobile ticketing. To get started, download the free Token Transit app and go paperless. Pay using a debit or credit card then flash your activated pass on your smartphone to the driver when boarding.

Riders should be ready to show bus drivers proof of age or school ID card to confirm eligibility for discount, if asked. To plan your ride, use our online Trip Planner, type in your origin and destination, and you’re off to a summer adventure!

Click here for a list of fun summer destinations you can get to with Omnitrans!

Omnitrans Earns Top Industry Honors in Transit Safety and Security

Omnitrans accepts APTA Bus Safety & Security Gold Awards in Louisville, Kentucky. From left: Omnitrans Director of Operations Shawn Brophy, Director of Maintenance Connie Raya, Safety & Regulatory Compliance Specialist Terry Morocco, Fleet Safety & Training Instructor Kimberly Perkins, Maintenance Supervisor Victoria Chesney, APTA President & CEO Paul Skoutelas.

Omnitrans snags the gold! We are proud to be recognized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for improvements made to the safety and security of our customers and employees. The Bus Safety & Security Excellence Gold Awards were presented in a ceremony held in Louisville, Kentucky on May 21.

“These awards recognize our team’s efforts to build a strong safety and security culture through constant vigilance and continual innovation,” said Omnitrans CEO P. Scott Graham. “The public entrusts us with transporting them safely and securely wherever life takes them, and that remains our top priority.”

Winning transit agencies were selected by APTA based on four criteria: project effectiveness; benefits accrued directly from the positive impact of the program; innovation; and project transferability that allows other transit systems to replicate the success.

“These award-winning public transportation programs are models of excellence in the areas of safety and security,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “The implementation of these initiatives demonstrates the ongoing commitment to improving safety and security for their passengers, employees, and communities in the public transit industry.”

On the security front, Omnitrans was lauded for its innovative creation of an amateur radio service that ensures our ability to communicate with emergency responders throughout our service area during emergency events, when cellular/mobile and landline telephone services are lost.  The Inland Valley Emergency Communications Service HAM radio group has grown from 8 members in 2015 to 22 members in 2019.

On the safety side, Omnitrans was commended for implementation of technology, equipment, and training program improvements which contributed to a 32% reduction in preventable accidents since 2012.  Efforts included the addition of audible turn signals on buses and new-generation mobility device securement equipment to all buses. Currently, Omnitrans is also piloting automated collision-avoidance technology.

Safety training innovations include a state-of-the-art bus driving simulator used by coach operator trainees to supplement classroom and behind-the-wheel training.  Omnitrans also employs two Fleet Safety Trainers who are DMV Certified Examiners, which streamlines the process to complete mandated DMV required testing needed to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License.

Omnitrans is appreciative of all the dedicated employees whose contributions have led to this prestigious industry recognition! Below is a video highlighting the improvements that garnered us this “nation’s best” award.

Jeremiah Bryant to Lead New Strategic Development Department

After 12 years of increasing responsibilities at Omnitrans, Jeremiah Bryant has been promoted to Director of Strategic Development at the transit agency.

Functions of the newly-formed Strategic Development Department will include service planning, development planning, stops and stations management, grant writing, and business intelligence analysis to help us better serve riders.

“We believe Jeremiah’s skills and experience will help Omnitrans strategically adapt to a rapidly changing landscape within transit and in the San Bernardino Valley,” said Omnitrans CEO/General Manager P. Scott Graham.

“I appreciate the investment Omnitrans places in its employees,” said Jeremiah. “Nearly 12 years ago, I joined Omnitrans and hoped to use my analytical abilities to aid the agency. Over the years, Omnitrans has invested in training, development and provided opportunities for growth.”

Bryant began his career at Omnitrans as a Marketing Analyst in 2007 and was promoted to Planning and Scheduling Manager in 2010.  He has represented Omnitrans on numerous regional committees and served as the Agency’s primary contact with the American Bus Benchmarking Group, a national industry peer group. He recently graduated from the inaugural Omnitrans Leadership Development Academy.

“I look forward to leveraging the investment the agency has made in me by leading the Strategic Development Department as we move to enhance Omnitrans’ service in the future,” said Jeremiah.

Omnitrans Celebrates Bike Month with Free Rides on Saturdays and a Bike Pit Stop!

This May, it’s all about the bikes! That’s correct – it’s National Bike Month, and Omnitrans is offering FREE rides to passengers on bicycles every Saturday in May. To take advantage of this offer, simply board with your bicycle.

Not only does a multi-modal commute integrating bicycling contribute to a more active lifestyle, it also benefits the environment and the air we breathe. Per the EPA, commuting by car produces nearly a pound of pollution for every mile, whereas riding a bike produces none. You do the math.

Omnitrans 40-foot buses hold two or three bicycles in the securement racks attached to the front exterior of the bus. The 60-foot sbX rapid transit vehicles will hold up to four bikes inside the rear section of the coach. Every year, Omnitrans transports approximately 250,000 bicycles, connecting cyclists from Omnitrans to Metrolink trains and neighboring transit agencies.

The free ride offer is subject to bike rack space availability and is applicable to all 35 Omnitrans bus routes including Freeway Express, sbX rapid transit, and OmniGo community shuttles. It is not applicable to Access paratransit service riders. To learn more about riding with your bike, visit Omnitrans.org.

Bicycle Pit Stop Event

Within Bike Month, there is Bike to Work! This year it is celebrated May 13-19, 2019. We invite bike commuters to pedal past traffic and swing by the Omnitrans “pit stop” on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 between 7-9 a.m. at the San Bernardino Transit Center!

The Inland Empire Biking Alliance (IEBA) and IECommuter will join Omnitrans in offering bike resources, refreshments, and swag to celebrate Bike to Work Week. The SBTC Bike Hubitat will also open up shop during the event to provide low-cost bike repairs and tune-ups. We look forward to seeing you (and your bikes) there!

 

 

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.