Cynthia Bushaw has ridden Omnitrans since she first moved to San Bernardino in November. The 59-years-young former kindergarten teacher is a cancer survivor and proud grandmother of 9. She stays active with volunteer work and enjoys assisting one of her daughters who runs a home school.
Having ridden public transit in metropolitan cities like Los Angeles and Miami, she gives Omnitrans high marks for its clean buses, frequent service and helpful drivers. Occasionally it’s a challenge finding priority seating at the front of the bus because Cynthia has a disability that is not obvious to the other passengers. “Because I don’t use a walker or wheelchair, they don’t realize I have a need. When that happens, the drivers are good about asking people to move. Overall my experience has been excellent.”
As a regular rider, Cynthia relies on the bus daily. “I use Omnitrans for family visits, doctor appointments, church, shopping, and the laundromat. I will also be volunteering for elderly respite and hospice work soon and will ride the bus to those appointments as well.”
She has worked in hospice assistance before and found the experience to be both rewarding and challenging. “I like knowing that I can help these families. Not everyone can deal with death. I’m able to give the caretakers a break away from the situation and provide whatever support is needed.”
Still, she admits, it’s not an easy thing to do. “Anyone entering into a hospice program has 6 months or less to live. You do get attached to the people and their families. The important thing is simply to be there for them. My own mom passed away two years ago at age 87. Even when death is expected, it is never easy for those left behind. I like the feeling that I can help make a difference.”
– Juno Kughler Carlson
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