Monthly Archives: October 2012

Levi Lane, Navy Vet & Omnitrans Rider

Levi Lane served in the Navy on the USS Kitty Hawk as a Culinary Specialist. He’s been an Omnitrans rider for more than a year, and rides the Route 2 to the Veteran’s Center in Loma Linda five days a week, where he attends self-help group meetings. “I’d prefer to drive,” he said frankly, “but I can’t right now. So I bike or take Omnitrans wherever I have to go. It’s good to have the bus to fall back on whenever you need it.”

Levis is looking forward to the new sbX BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) service which is scheduled to begin in early 2014. It will cut his travel time in half, and he believes it will help eliminate bus overcrowding for those traveling the regular fixed route as well. As a cyclist, he’s also excited that the new sbX BRT line has interior bike racks which will make it more convenient to board and disembark. “I can’t wait!” he laughs.

When we spoke to him at the bus stop, Levi talked about how proud he was of his service as a vet, and the opportunity it gave him to help others. It’s a legacy he continues to pay forward today. “Several years ago, I suffered from depression and went to get help,” he said. “I saw there was a big need for people who could offer support, so I stuck around and began volunteering as resource counselor for adults suffering from mental illness and addiction. Helping others actually helped my own depression.”

Bob Sudal, former Mental Health Clinic Supervisor for San Bernardino County, believed in Levi and helped make it possible for him to continue his work. “Bob passed away a few months ago,” said Levi emotionally. “I really miss him. He believed in me. He sent me to school for free to get certified as a family and peer advocate. He helped others too—I wasn’t the only one.”

In 2007, Levi was awarded Honorable Mention for his work as a family and peer advocate by the County of San Bernardino. He is proud to have made a difference in the lives of so many people.

– Juno Kughler Carlson

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sbX Construction Update for Oct. 29- Nov. 2

The sbX weekly construction update lists the places, dates, times and details of construction activity currently taking place in San Bernardino in preparation for the sbX bus rapid transit project.

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: Grading Activities, landscaping activities, electrical activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: No traffic control in effect


  • Parameters: New bus station location on campus
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Specifics: NA
  • LANE CLOSURE: No traffic control in effect.

Marshall Blvd. Park-and-Ride Facility

  • Parameters: Northeast & northwest corners of E Street and Marshall Blvd.
  • Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Specifics: Work on bus pads continues, parking lot construction, electrical activities, lighting activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect

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: Mon. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
  • Specifics: Utility relocations, driveway, sidewalk, curb and gutter work, domestic water work, storm drain activities, traffic signal activities, electrical activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect in some areas along E Street between 10th Street and Hospitality Lane.

 Hospitality Lane

  • Parameters: Select locations between E Street and Tippecanoe Avenue
  • Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Intermittent Day Work
  • Specifics: Electrical activities, traffic signal activities, landscaping removal activities, irrigation activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect along Hospitality Lane between E Street and Tippecanoe Avenue.

 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: Mon. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
  • Specifics: Platform structure activities, curb and gutter work, storm drain construction, bus pad construction, utility activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect at some locations.
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.

About sbX

The sbX Bus Rapid Transit (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.

Visit the Omnitrans sbX Facebook page!

Omnitrans Heroes Rescue Kitten

Yesterday Omnitrans building maintenance mechanics, John Palintino, Ron Freeland and Ray Ellis along with Job Corps intern, James Haynes, came to the rescue of a tiny kitten who had fallen into a sewer pipe. A customer heard the kitten’s cries when she was walking on the sidewalk on her way to her car and alerted Omnitrans Security.

The  men discovered a little grey kitten had fallen about 5 feet down a small outdoor pipe and was unable to get out. Thinking quickly, they dropped a soft thick rope down the pipe in hopes that the kitten would grab it. Unfortunately the terrified little cat only backed further into the pipe, hissing.

James Haynes and Ray Ellis with the rescued kitten

At that point the men  left the rope dangling in the hole and decided to start digging out the pipe instead. Once uncovered, they would be able to cut an opening for the kitten to climb out.  A few minutes later James noticed the rope was moving slightly and realized the kitten had grabbed the other end. The men carefully pulled the tiny cat out to safety and gave it food and water.

The kitten now has a new home with the woman who first alerted Security. And the crew has fashioned a cover for the pipe to prevent any further mishaps.

Three cheers for our good Samaritan and our Omnitrans heroes!

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E Street Bus Stop Closures

ROUTES 4, 10 & 11 RIDER ALERT – 10/24/2012

The City of San Bernardino is finishing improvements to the 4th  Street Transfer Center at the Route 14 stop today. They are now beginning improvements on 4th Street westbound.

We will relocate both Routes 4 & 14 to our old bus stop area adjacent to the Carousel Mall parking structure heading east on 4th Street between F & E Streets. We anticipate Route 14 returning to its normal parking location on F Street within a few days, but the Route 4 will remain at the temporary location for a few weeks while the concrete bus parking pad is completed.

We are also adjusting the stop location for Routes 10 & 11 for a few days due to traffic control cone zone while the work is being completed at the Route 14 stop. The Route 10 will just be backed up about north about 100 feet and the Route 11 will move further north on F to the same area that we have been using as
the temporary stop for Route 14. This will also be for only a few days while the original Route 14 stop is completed.

Information has been posted  at the Route 4 stop and bus stop signs have been adjusted.

Outreach Center buys bus passes to change lives

“People do not know how a simple bus pass can make a difference at the right time and on the right day,” said Helen Hunt, Director of Missions for Temple Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino.

As  Women’s Outreach Director for the Temple Community Outreach Center for more than 20 years, Ms. Helen has seen firsthand how something as basic as a bus pass can mean a life-changing opportunity to a person in need.

It can help a senior citizen get to a doctor appointment so he can receive the help and treatment he needs. It ensures that a single mother can get to parenting classes that will provide her with the support and education to build a good life for her family. It provides a man who has been out of work for months with the means to make it to that all important job interview.

Although that $1.50  bus fare may sound insignificant to most of us, for many of the people served by the Center it’s everything in the world.

“People have come back to us and told us that the bus pass we bought for them made it possible for them to turn their lives around,” Ms. Helen said. “We can’t afford to hand them out to everyone. We use  them only for emergency situations where we know it meets an important need. But we have seen it make a big difference.”

The Temple Community Outreach Center primarily serves people in need within the San Bernardino , but no one is ever turned away. Omnitrans Director of Internal Audit Services, Dr. Samuel Gibbs, has served as a Trustee for the Center for the past four and a half years.

“The services the Center is able to provide for the community are so important,” said Dr. Gibbs. “People come to us for personal counseling, 12-step drug programs, food and clothing. We also have classes on topics like parenting, health, and job preparedness. These critical life skills help people get back on their feet so they can build better lives for themselves and their families. Recently we even held a health fair where we offered health screenings and free flu shots.”

Temple Community Outreach Center is located at 1777 Baseline Road in San Bernardino. For more information about the Center and how you can help, contact Ms. Helen at 909-383-9588.

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Shakeout Earthquake Drill planned Thursday

News release from the San Bernardino County Fire Department:

This Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 a. m., the Omnitrans bus fleet will slow or stop all over San Bernardino County as a part of the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

A mock emergency announcement will be made to passengers, and if it is safe, buses will slow and pull over as they would in an actual earthquake. During the simulated magnitude 7.8 earthquake along the San Andreas Fault, Omnitrans coach operators will practice safety procedures that would be followed in the event of a major earthquake.

Omnitrans, the County’s largest transit provider, will be conducting other simultaneous company-wide earthquake preparedness activities on October 18th including:

  • Conducting a DROP, COVER and HOLD ON drill for their employees at all their facilities at 10:18 a.m.
  • Displaying an Omnitrans Travel Training bus to instruct children on bus safety during an earthquake as a part of the ShakeOut event at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands.
  • Distributing refresher awareness material to Omnitrans Coach Operators on the proper procedures to be taken if an earthquake strikes while they are on the road.

“The important thing is for our riders not to panic, but to remain calm and follow the instructions given by their coach operator and/or transit supervisor on-scene until a higher level of authority arrives,” says Mark Crosby, Security & Loss Prevention Supervisor. “While the bus is shaking during an earthquake, passengers should stay seated and protect their head and neck.”

This year’s ShakeOut exercise focuses on commuter preparedness by encouraging commuters who drive themselves or use public transportation to take steps today to prepare should a major earthquake occur during
their commute.

If an earthquake occurs while you are driving:

  • Safely pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake.
  • Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards.
  • Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.
  • If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.

For more information about the Great California ShakeOut and to register your participation, visit

The San Bernardino County Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services reminds you to prepare now so you can get back to normal sooner after the next major earthquake.

Read more about the important role Omnitrans plays in emergency disaster preparedness:

Omnitrans participates in disaster planning exercise

Photo of the Omnitrans moblile command center

Mark Crosby, Security & Loss Prevention Supervisor and Ray Lopez, Safety & Security Director, stand outside the Omnitrans Mobile Command Center

Cirque du Soleil discounts available

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OCTOBER  24 -28, 2012

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