On October 1st, the Omnitrans Board of Directors approved a fare change policy to provide a discounted fare for veterans and a free fare for active duty military and uniformed police and fire officers. The new fare goes into effect beginning January 2015, and will be accepted on all Omnitrans, sbX and OmniGo buses. It is not valid for Access ADA service.
New Fare Policy
Under the new policy, veterans are required to show a valid Veterans ID card while boarding in order to receive discounted fare. Acceptable ID cards include:
- County of San Bernardino Military Veteran ID Card
- US Department of Veterans Affairs ID Card
- Department of Defense Retired ID Card
- Transit Agency Veterans ID Cards (RTA and VVTA)
Active duty military personnel must wear the appropriate uniform at the time of boarding and present a valid U.S. Unformed Services ID card indicating active service or a Common Access card indicating uniformed services or active duty.
Police and fire personnel must be in full Class A uniform at the time of boarding.
Price of New Veterans Fare
Veterans will be able to purchase special veterans passes for 50% less than the full fare. These passes will be accepted on all Omnitrans, sbX and OmniGo buses. No veteran fare will be offered on Access curb-to-curb service. The cost of the new veterans passes will be:
- Cash $0.75
- Day Pass $2.25
- 7-Day Pass $8.00
- 31-Day Pass $27.50.
Public feedback on the new veterans fare has been overwhelmingly positive.
Osvaldo Maysonet, Veterans Specialist for VetLink, a strong supporter of the new veterans fare, believes it will enable many in the community he serves to get back on their feet again.
“Thank you on behalf of all Veterans who come January will be able to access their community in a very affordable, reliable, and dignified way,” said Maysonet.