It is possible to navigate the Inland Empire without a car! Just ask Favian C., a long-time Omnitrans rider living in San Bernardino.
Every day, Favian rides his bike to the bus stop, where Omnitrans connects him wherever he needs to go, primarily to work at a local elementary school, where he is currently a teacher’s aide.
“I don’t own a car right now, so it’s convenient to ride the bus. I mostly go to work and back home. Occasionally, I ride to meet up with friends after work or on weekends, so I’m happy that sbX now runs on Saturdays. I’ve been riding since it launched in 2014, so I look forward to riding it on the weekend,” he says.
Favian has been an Omnitrans rider for six years, having lived in San Bernardino, Colton, and Redlands his entire life. The improvements and enhancements to our system since then have made riding the bus a viable transportation option for him.
“I remember the old bus stop hub near the Regal Cinema, before the San Bernardino Transit Center opened. It’s been a major help having everything in a centralized location now. Navigating and transferring is much easier, and the transit center makes a positive difference in the community.”
With the help of NexTrip real-time bus arrival information on the Omnitrans mobile app and bike racks on the buses, Favian can manage his time wisely while saving money on car expenses as he readies himself to go back to school next year. He has his sights set on California State University, San Bernardino.
“I will be going back to school at Cal State University, San Bernardino within the next year, so I know riding the bus will make a big impact in my education. I used to attend The Art Institute, so I know about the GoSmart program that allows students to ride free.”
Currently, Favian assists elementary school teachers in the classroom and works individually with 4-5 students per day. “I tutor the students who need the most help, which can be a challenge at times. Some may not want to do the extra work, so my job isn’t only to tutor, but also to motivate and inspire.”
“Since high school, I’ve wanted to become a teacher because they have the power to make a positive impact in the community. I would like to positively impact future students the same way my teachers impacted me,” he says.
“I love what I do. It does not feel like work. If you do something that you truly love, it hardly seems like work at all.”