Buster and the crew were on hand to surprise the one millionth Go Smart rider, Daniella Elia, as she was getting off the Route 80 bus at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga this morning. The 19-year old student lives in Montclair and is studying to become a registered nurse. She also works as a medical assistant.
She was excited to be greeted by Buster as she stepped down from the bus. The crew presented her with balloons, an Omnitrans tote bag stuffed with goodies and framed gift certificates totaling $100.”I wanted those balloons the moment I saw them!” laughed Daniella giving the mascot a hug. “You guys have made my day!”
This is Daniella’s first semester at Chaffey College, and she is a big fan of the Go Smart program which gives her unlimited rides with her student ID. She relies on the bus not only for school, but for work as well. “I was so excited when I found out I could ride for free. It’s pretty cool, because I always had to pay for a bus before,” she said. “It saves me a lot of money. And I can get my class reading done while I ride!”
Over the next two weeks, students at Chaffey College will be voting on whether or not to approve a $7.50 student transportation fee that will enable the Go Smart program to continue for the 2012/2013 school year. For more information, visit the Omnitrans website.
To view more pictures from our One Millionth Go Smart Rider celebration, visit us on Flickr.