I caught up with 26-year-old Jose when he was boarding sbX with his bike on Dump the Pump Day. It was his first week riding sbX and he was pretty jazzed about the experience.
“It usually takes me two hours to get from Loma Linda to Highland on the regular bus,” he told me. “With sbX it’s only about an hour and a half, so now I’ve made it part of my normal routine. I work three jobs, so getting to work on time is important. I always try to leave an hour early to leave myself room just in case, and I usually bring my bike along because it’s faster for me to ride in certain areas. I like sbX because I can roll my bike on board with me.”
He laughed, “My boss jokes about me taking the fancy bus with the icy cold air conditioning. And he’s right. It’s really nice.”
Jose’s goal is to save up enough money to get a car. He has three kids, ages 4, 7 and 10 and one more on the way. For him it is all about providing for his family and making memories they can look back on in the years to come.
“Memories are important to me. I associate places with the things that happened there.” He gave me an example. “My son lost his first tooth at an IHOP when he was biting into a pancake. It made us all laugh, and we ended up getting unlimited pancakes. The tooth fairy was very good to him that night.”
He shook his head smiling. “I usually get Sundays off which is when I can hang out with my family I’ll take them out to eat and we’ll cruise around on the buses or maybe go to Inland Center Mall. I also like going out to Victoria Gardens out there in Rancho. I like to mix it up and do different things with them.”