Monthly Archives: June 2012

Buster’s Destinations: Hooray for Hollywood

Hooray!  It’s Dump the Pump Day and Buster is already out and about, sending photos of his adventures back to us in the office today.  Since Buster had a meeting in Los Angeles, he thought it would be a great idea to show everyone how easy it is to use public transportation to avoid what can be a very challenging commute.  Buster is very ANTI road rage.

Buster’s hopped on Omnitrans Route 1, to get to the San Bernardino depot.  Normally when boarding Omnitrans, Buster would flash his 7-Day or 31-Day pass, but today he used his Dump the Pump FREE RIDE coupon, good for today, June 21 only.  He caught an early morning Metrolink train to Los Angeles’ Union Station, which cost only $23.50 for a round trip ticket. By accessing Metrolink’s schedules on his cell phone, he was able to plan his trip ahead of time.  During the journey to L.A.’s Union Station, Buster made the most of his time by doing some work on his laptop.   Riding in the “quiet car” made it easy.

At L.A.’s Union Station, Buster transferred to MTA’s Red Line to get to his destination.  Since Metrolink train tickets are good for a free transfer to any Metro light rail or Metro bus, Buster saved even more money on his trip, which allowed him to purchase a souvenir map to several celebrity homes, using public transportation of course.  Along the way, he noted the interesting stops:  Civic Center, 7th & Figueroa, Hollywood & Highland and more.  Buster realized he could easily visit the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, catch a Lakers or a Kings game at Staples Center or take in a play at the Pantages Theater-all using public transportation.  What fun!

After work, Buster will use the Red Line and transfer at Union Station to Metrolink.  Since his commute time is smack dab in the middle of the dinner hour, Buster has informed us that he will disembark at the Montclair Transfer Center and grab dinner at The Hat in Upland, using Omnitrans Route 66.

He’s promised to bring back a “Los Angeles in Winter” snow globe us.

–Janice Kuhn

Omnitrans is pleased to participate in the 7th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. Dump the Pump is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association to encourage the public to give up their car for the day and use public transportation. In recognition of Dump the Pump day, Omnitrans will offer free rides on all fixed routes on June 21 (free ride coupon required).  To download your free ride coupon, visit us on omnitrans.org.

 

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Omnitrans free ride coupon for June 21st


Looking for ways to save money? Why not ditch the car for a day and give public transit a try? Thursday, June 21st is national Dump the Pump Day. To celebrate,  Omnitrans is offering a coupon redeemable for unlimited free bus rides that day on all their local fixed routes. Visit our website to download your free ride coupon!

Imagine what you could do with an extra $9,436 a year.

  • A two-person household can save, on average, more than $10,000 a year by downsizing to one car.
  • A 31-Day Bus Pass is $47. Unlimited bus rides for one year is only $564!

By saving an extra $60 a week, you could go for dinner and a movie.

  • The average American spends approximately $75 on a tank of gas each week.
  • With a 7-Day Bus Pass you receive unlimited bus rides for one week for only $15!

Taking the bus keeps you fiscally AND physically fit.

  • A recent study by the Center For Disease Control found that people who take the bus on a daily basis log 25 minutes of exercise each day by walking to and from the bus stop.
  • If you walked at a brisk pace, you’d burn over 100 calories.
  • Doing this four times a week could result in a 6 pound weight loss each year – without changing your diet one iota!

Lose the stress and  join the ranks of relaxed commuters.

  • Just think how great you’d feel not having to fight traffic, deal with aggressive or unpredictable drivers, or worry about parking.
  • You can relax, read, listen to tunes on your iPod, or leisurely catch up with emails or paperwork.

Check out the new sbX page on Facebook!

Looking for the latest information on the sbX Bus Rapid Transit Project? Visit the new sbX page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/omnitrans.sbx. You’ll find construction updates, news and stories about destinations along the E-Street Corridor.

Fun facts about sbX:

  • The sbX fare at start-up will be the same as the Omnitrans fixed route fair.
  • The sbX vehicles will run every 10 minutes so you never have to worry about long waits.
  • Each sbX vehicle can accommodate 41 people seated and 65 people standing. It can also hold up to 4 bikes and 2 wheelchairs.

About sbX

The sbX BRT Project is the first-of-its kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. It is the beginning of an intermodal public transit system in the San Bernardino Valley that will help reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.

The 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities.

sbX Construction Update for June 18-22

To establish a safe work environment for crews and the public, the construction crew has implemented traffic control measures that allow for at least one lane in each direction to be open during construction. Maintaining access to businesses is a high priority as part of this project. As such, signage is placed throughout the corridor to inform the public that they are open for business.

Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue Park-and-Ride-Facility
Parameters: South of Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue intersection
Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Specifics: Concrete paving, asphalt paving
LANE CLOSURE: NA

CSUSB
Parameters: New bus station location on campus
Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Specifics: Cut and cap irrigation activities, tree and landscape removal, traffic control implementation, potholing, roadway concrete cutting, roadway leveling
LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control to be placed Monday, June 18

E Street
Parameters: Select locations between 10th Street and Hospitality Lane
Day Work: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Night Work: Sun. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
Specifics: Driveway, curb and gutter work continues, roadway concrete cutting, storm drain activities, electrical activities, traffic control implementation
LANE CLOSURE: Parking and lane nearest the curb along the east side of E Street between 10th Street and 6th Street has been eliminated.

Hospitality Lane
Parameters: Select locations between Diners Court and Tippecanoe Avenue
Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Intermittent Day Work: Sat. June 16 and Mon. June 18 near the intersection of Hospitality Lane and Waterman Avenue
Specifics: Driveway, curb and gutter work continues, continue work on bus pads, electrical activities, paving and asphalt work
LANE CLOSURE: North side of Hospitality Lane nearest the curb is closed.

Various Bus Station Locations
Parameters: Little Mountain Drive, Shandin Hills Drive, Marshall Boulevard, Highland Avenue, Baseline Street
Day Work: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Night Work: Sun. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
Specifics: Irrigation activities, electrical activities, foundation activities, underground utility work
LANE CLOSURE: North side of Hospitality Lane nearest the curb is closed.

 

About sbX

The sbX BRT Project is the first-of-its kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. It is the beginning of an intermodal public transit system in the San Bernardino Valley that will help reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.

The 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities.

Rider Alert: Route 9 Detour in Redlands

 

 

 

Due to construction Route 9 will be detouring in Redlands.
Fifth Street will be closed between Wabash and Crafton.

From Citrus @ Wabash:
Continue east on Citrus
Right on Crafton
Left on 5th/Sand Canyon
Resume normal route.

Reverse on the westbound trip. The expected duration is about 6 months.

Buster’s Destinations: Library Adventures

Everyone enjoys a good summer book or two to read by the pool and Buster is no different.  After all, he does spend a lot of time at the Ruben Campos Community Center, getting some sun by the pool, and reading the Bus Book cover to cover might get old even for Buster.  So, one sunny day he boarded the Route 15 and traveled to the Sam J. Racadio Library in Highland to stock up on reading material.

After perusing the children’s books, he settled on a few favorites:  I Need My Monster, Where the Sidewalk Ends and his favorite Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.

After checking out the library’s calendar, he was amazed to learn that there’s more happening in the library than just books.  For instance, there is the Animal Ambassadors program, Fridays 3:30 – 4:00pm, where children can learn, touch, and feel rescued animals and insects.  Oh my!  And Movie Nights with a different featured film every Tuesday!  He also thought the “Better Biking With a Biker” program, happening the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM, would be right up his alley, since Buster uses his bike and Omnitrans to get around town.

Buster was so excited about the library that he hopped back on the Route 15 and visited the A.K. Smiley  Public Library in Redlands.  He was just in time for Library Days on June 15 and 16, which features a special exhibit of rare items and treasures about Redlands, the local area, and Southern California from 10am to 5pm.  He wanted to take part in the “Library Discovery” game, and perhaps sit in on the readings for kids from rare children’s stories of Old.  He might even go back for Pajama Story Time on Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. The choices!

Buster’s trip library trips were so fun that he made a note in his travel diary to visit other libraries in the Omnitrans service area.

Omnitrans is pleased to participate in the 7th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. Dump the Pump is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association to encourage the public to give up their car for the day and use public transportation. In recognition of Dump the Pump day, Omnitrans will offer free rides on all fixed routes on June 21 (free ride coupon required). To download your free ride coupon, visit us on omnitrans.org.

–Janice Kuhn

Metro Trip Planner: great alternative to Google Transit

When Apple  launches its new iOS 6 software this fall, you will no longer find any connection to Google maps. Instead, it will be replacing its Android-making competitor with its own in-house maps that feature Siri as your guide offering turn-by-turn directions.

But what’s missing from the new Apple maps is the transit and pedestrian information that so many mass transit users have come to depend upon. Users will now have to rely on third-party developers for that information.

Metro Trip Planner
Omnitrans riders looking for an good alternative to Google Transit might want to consider Metro Trip Planner. This is the app that our call center uses. Simply plug in your location, destination and desired travel time, select bus and it pulls up your route information. If you click on the photo below, you will see that it even offers more specific details than Google Transit, including times, distance and fares for each leg of the trip. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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