The last several months have been an unusual and challenging time for all, and Omnitrans is no exception. Weathering the COVID-19 pandemic has been no easy task, from reducing bus service and operating on an emergency plan, to adjusting the way we ride and making necessary safety enhancements, it has been a time of quick change and adaptation. For this, we would like to say thank you to our San Bernardino Valley community. Your patience, understanding, and cooperation is much appreciated!
As we do each fall, Omnitrans will be implementing significant service changes taking effect on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Per the ConnectForward service plan, which was presented earlier this year for public input, new routes will be introduced, and some eliminated to streamline service. Most importantly, however, frequency will be restored on some of our most popular bus routes after reducing service due to COVID-19 and related stay-at-home orders earlier this year. Before you travel, get familiar with the service updates coming in September. Take a seat and grab some coffee – it’s a long list!
By popular demand, bus frequency will be added to the following routes: 1, 3, 4, 14, 61, and 66. Freeway express Route 290 is also returning, with peak service in the early morning and late afternoon.
As part of the service changes, Route 81 will now serve the Ontario-East Metrolink station to provide a connection to train commuters, and the new Route 87 will extend into the Riverside County line to serve the Eastvale Amazon distribution warehouses along Goodman Ave.
The routes which will be eliminated include: Routes 5, 7, 20, 80, 86, 308/309/310, and 325. New routes launching in September include:
- Route 6, which combines parts of the previously existing Routes 5 and 7, serving San Bernardino.
- Route 87, which combines parts of the previously existing Routes 80 and 86, serving Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, and Eastvale.
- Route 305, which combines parts of the eliminated Route 5 and OmniGo Route 325 in Grand Terrace.
- Route 319, which combines the eliminated OmniGo Route 309/310 in Yucaipa.
Additionally, Omnitrans is pleased to introduce OmniRide – the San Bernardino Valley’s first-ever “microtransit” service. OmniRide will provide on-demand service to residents and commuters within the Chino and Chino Hills region, previously served by the eliminated OmniGo Route 365. A modified Route 365 will will provide school tripper service when in-person teaching resumes.
OmniRide fare is $4 per ride (includes an Omnitrans day-pass for transfer to fixed-route buses or Metrolink) and reservation are made using the OmniRide On-Demand mobile app, like Uber or Lyft. As a special treat, Omnitrans has a special buy one, get one free offer during September! Learn more about OmniRide at Omnitrans.org/OmniRide.
Other Omnitrans bus routes have been slightly rerouted, eliminated, or placed on temporary hiatus due to school closures. See the full list below and plan before you travel!
Summary of all September service changes:
- Route 5, now partly served by new Routes 6 and 305.
- Route 7, now partly served by new Route 6.
- Route 20, now partly served by Route 82.
- Route 80, now partly served by new Route 87.
- Route 86, now partly served by new Route 87.
- OmniGo Routes 308/309/310 in Yucaipa, now served by new Route 319.
- OmniGo Route 325 in Grand Terrace, now partly served by new Route 305.
- Route 6, which combines sections of eliminated Routes 5 and 7.
- Route 87, which combines sections of eliminated Routes 80 and 86.
- Route 305, which combines sections of eliminated Routes 5 and OmniGo 325.
- Route 319, which combines eliminated OmniGo Route 309/310 in Yucaipa.
- OmniRide, a new microtransit service, which will serve much of the area of eliminated OmniGo Route 365 in Chino and Chino Hills.
Routes with Restored/Increased Frequency
Service frequency will be restored or increased on these routes.
- Route 1
- Route 3
- Route 4
- Route 14
- Route 61
- Route 66
- Route 290 (Freeway express route with peak morning and afternoon service.)
Routes Temporarily Suspended
Temporarily suspended routes will tentatively return in January 2021, pending any new COVID-19 developments.
- Route 67
- Route 365 (school tripper service in Chino Hills)
- Route 312, previously Route 12.
- Route 329, previously Route 29.
Routes with Map or Frequency Changes
These routes have had routing or frequency changes.
- Route 1
- Route 2 (frequency change, no routing change)
- Route 81
- Route 82
- Route 83
- Route 84
- Route 329 (previously named Route 29)
OmniAccess Service Changes
- The boundary for OmniAccess paratransit service has changed. The window of time reservations has also changed. Now, OmniAccess reservations will need to be made between 1 and 3 days before the desired trip to reduce the amount of no-shows. Beyond-the-boundary service has been eliminated. For more information, please call 1-800-966-6428.
Omnitrans is proud to continue providing essential workers with transportation during these challenging times and has adopted enhanced cleaning procedures, as well as new amenities onboard to ensure that your ride is as safe as can be. See more in the video below.