Category Archives: Bus Ridership

VTrans offers free travel training program

Are you interested in riding the bus, but aren’t sure how? Let VTrans help you navigate public transportation.

VTrans offers a no–cost, one-on-one Travel Training program for seniors and persons with disabilities to assist them with learning how to use public transportation. Professionally skilled Travel Trainers will meet with you at home or another location to discuss where you want to go and your uncertainty with riding the bus.

Travel Training will show you how to plan out a route, get to the bus stop safely, pay the bus fare, identify landmarks, transfer to other buses, and proper bus etiquette. They will also accompany you on your route until you feel comfortable to take the trip on your own.

During training, the cost of bus fare is free to you and they will provide you with an incentive to continue riding the bus after training. Their trainers are familiar with various disabilities and will work with you to overcome barriers to riding public transportation. Group training is available to those interested in traveling with their friends.

Let VTrans show you how riding public transportation can work for you! Call them today to speak with a mobility specialist who can help you get to where you want to go. For more information please call  909-981-5099 or visit them on the web at www.vtrans.us.com.

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First trip on the Omnitrans New Flyer Xcelsior

This afternoon the first of the Omnitrans New Flyer Xcelsior buses hit the streets on its maiden voyage. Passengers on Route 14 were excited and happy to be the first ones to have the opportunity to ride. “We’re making history!” someone shouted from the back of the bus, and everyone laughed.

People loved the new fleet graphics and gave the bus high marks for coolness, comfort and roominess. They can’t wait to ride again!

Coach Operator Elaine Sanchez was at the helm of the New Flyer Xcelsior for the historic trip. Elaine was recently honored with the  Omnitrans Employee of the Quarter award for her outstanding customer service.

Omnitrans CEO Milo climbed aboard on his way to a meeting, always happy to get a chance to meet some of our passengers.

This mom and her new baby were among the first passengers to board.

Renee Compton was the first wheelchair passenger on the New Flyer Xcelsior

Mr. Jones was the first bike passenger to join us on the trip. He just recently starting biking and taking Omnitrans to save the expense of gas money.

Click here for more passenger photos.

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Enter our contest for a chance to win a free bike valued at $900!

You could win a 2012 Charge Zester Fitness Bike!

On Wednesday, August 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Omnitrans will hosting a community celebration to introduce its new brand identity. The event is at Omnitrans’ 4th Street Transfer Center San Bernardino, on the south side of 4th Street, between F & G Streets, in the Carousel Mall parking area. View details here.

The public is invited to view the latest additions to our fleet, the New Flyer Xcelsior buses, sporting updated vehicle graphics with our new colors and logo. A standout feature of the new buses is the much anticipated triple bike rack, which will allow the vehicles to transport three bikes instead of the normal two.

To celebrate, Performance Bicycle in Ontario is partnering with Omnitrans to sponsor a Rack ‘N Roll bike contest at the event, where participants will enter for a chance compete in a timed race to load a bike onto the rack.

Entry/practice time is between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.  Participants not selected to compete will be entered into a second chance drawing. You must be present at the time of the drawing in order to win.

Bike contest prizes include:

  • First Prize: 2012 Charge Zester Fitness Bike or equivalent exchange ($900 value)
  • Second Prize : $150 Performance Bicycle gift card
  • Third Prize : Two Omnitrans 31-Day Bus Passes ($94 value)
  • “Second Chance” Drawing Prize: $50 Performance Bicycle gift card
  • Entry Prize:  All entrants will receive an Omnitrans 1-Day Pass ($4 value)

About performance bicycles

Performance Bicycles is America’s leading multi-channel bicycle dealer, successfully serving cyclists’ needs for 30 years. With an unrivaled inventory of more than 10,000 products available through their catalog and website, and a continuing commitment to providing value, education, expert advice and professional service to the cycling community, they are the premier destination for people who love to ride bikes.

Travel Training Bus educates new riders

This month, Omnitrans launches its exclusive travel training bus which will be used for community outreach to help educate people in new rider basics. Features of the new bus include video screens, a PA system and new fare box.

This hands-on training tool will allow people to experience firsthand what they can expect when boarding a bus for the first time and help ease the anxiety that sometimes accompanies new riders. The training bus and outreach trainer are available by request to local community groups including seniors, students and those with special needs. For more information or to reserve a booking, you may email our outreach specialist, Nicole Ramos at nicole.ramos@omnitrans.org.

We also invite you to join us for our Rebrand Launch on August 15th for the official unveiling of the travel training bus,  along with our New Flyer Xcelsior buses.  There will be music, food, giveaways and a  bike contest with some amazing prizes! The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Carousel Mall 4th Street parking lot between F & G Streets. Click here for details.

Community College Students Go Smart with Omnitrans

Chaffey, Crafton Hills, and San Bernardino Valley College

The popular Go Smart program will continue for Chaffey, Crafton Hills, and San Bernardino Valley College students this fall, enabling them to enjoy unlimited bus rides on Omnitrans with their student ID cards. Last spring these students voted to fund the program by assessing themselves a small transportation fee each semester as part of their regular student fees.

A list of currently enrolled student IDs  is provided to Omnitrans by these participating colleges. Students must contact their college directly if there is a problem with their ID  cards.

The Art Institute

The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire is currently participating in the Go Smart pilot program. Instead of ID cards, students at the Institute must obtain a separate pass from the campus store. Passes from previous quarters must also be renewed at the campus store in order to be valid. If you have any questions about the Go Smart program at the Art Institute, visit Student Affairs for more information.

Cal State San Bernardino

The CSUSB Go Smart pilot program ended on June 30th, and there is currently no program to replace it. If this program is important to you and you would like to see it renewed, please contact Associated Students Inc. (ASI) by calling 909-537-5932 or 909-537-5930. You can also email the ASI at asi-pres@causb.edu or visit them on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/asi.csusb. Thank you for your patience.

Omnitrans awarded $5.3 million for transit center

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Draft plan for the San Bernardino Transit Center. The design and construction of the transit center project is being led by the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). 

In a press release today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) congratulated Omnitrans on its award of a $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), for the construction of a new bus facility in San Bernardino, California. The funding, which is part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Bus Livability grants program, will be used to construct a 22 bus bay complex as part of the San Bernardino Transit Center.

“I congratulate Omnitrans for their efforts in securing this critical federal grant assistance,” said Rep. Baca. “I was proud to lend my support to this responsible grant request. Construction of a new bus bay at the San Bernardino Transit Center will help to reduce congestion for Inland residents, and improve the overall quality of life in our communities.”

The San Bernardino Transit Center will use the awarded funds to construct a bus facility comprised of 22 bus bays with shelters and real-time bus arrival information for passengers. The facility will also include a transit station building with public restrooms and meeting rooms, a bike station with secure bike parking and short-term rental services, food vending, bike and pedestrian paths, public art, and street improvements.

Rep. Baca sent a letter of support to the Department of Transportation in March of 2012, urging the Federal Transit Administration to successfully award Omnitrans’ grant request.

“Better investment in our nation’s infrastructure is imperative to the success of our economic recovery,” concluded Rep. Baca. “This funding will improve public transportation for all area residents, while also helping to get more cars off the road to ease congestion and improve air quality for Inland residents. I will continue to work so that Inland communities have access to vital grant assistance made available by the federal government.”

sbX Construction Update for July 16-20

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: Work on park-and-ride restroom continues
  • 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: Paving and concrete pouring activities continue, Work on bus passenger platform continues
  • 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: Driveway, curb and gutter work continues, tree relocation, storm drain activities, electrical activities, traffic signal activities, water service activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Parking and lane nearest the curb along the east side of E Street between 10th Street and 6th Street has been eliminated. Traffic control in effect on east and west side of E Street throughout the corridor.

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: Driveway, curb and gutter work continues, tree removal in center medians, cut and cap irrigation activities, landscaping activities, electrical activities, traffic signal activities, water service activities
  • 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: Mon. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
  • Specifics: Irrigation activities, storm drain activities, and platform structure activities
  • LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect at select bus stop locations.

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.

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