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Omnitrans Honors America’s Veterans

On Veterans Day, our country pays tribute to more than 26 million brave Americans who have served in our armed forces. We owe the many freedoms we often take for granted to their collective sacrifice and dedication. Without them, our nation and world would be an entirely different place. To those who served, we say thank you.


Military veterans often possess the skills and training that match jobs in public transportation. Veterans and others interested in a career at Omnitrans can sign up to receive notifications of future job openings through the OmniAlerts section of the Omnitrans website, Current openings and general information about working at Omnitrans are posted online at

Omnitrans Employs Vets in Many Roles.

Omnitrans is privileged to have 90 employees who are also military veterans, whom we have listed below. Just as they served our country in a variety of ways, these veterans are deployed in a variety of roles at Omnitrans, from Coach Operator to Equipment Mechanic, Department Director and more. One employee is currently on active duty and two are active reserve. We are proud to have them on our team.

  • Kevin Allen
  • Rick Alverez
  • Carol Angier
  • Joe Armenta
  • Darrell Bell
  • Patrick Belton
  • Mike Bonacio
  • Robin Bose
  • Salvador Botello
  • Allan Bowman
  • Byron Brown
  • Jon Bryant
  • Fausto Bustos
  • Diane Caldera
  • William Carnall
  • Craig Chance
  • Jami Cisneros
  • Edward Cooney
  • William Collins
  • Aron Cook
  • Joanne Cook
  • Kevin Copeland
  • Paul Coussa
  • Thomas Dahlin
  • Joseph Day
  • Leonard Diaz
  • Mark Donley
  • Dennis Eaves
  • John Ellis
  • Raymond Ellis
  • Xavier Estrada
  • Ronald Freeland
  • John Gavin
  • La’ Vern Gerald
  • Terrence Gipson
  • Andres Gomez
  • Scott Graham
  • William Hall Jr
  • Jerry Henry
  • Alejandro Hernandez
  • Daniel Hernandez
  • Manuel Herrera
  • Bryant Hogan
  • Brian Hoppie
  • Roy Hoskinson
  • Dion Igyarto
  • Verretta Johnson
  • Dennis Jones
  • Eric Keeney
  • Michael Kevorkian
  • Joseph Krolik
  • Effie Lee
  • Ralph Ligon
  • Elliot Lipsey
  • George Lizama
  • Ray Lopez
  • Daniel Luna
  • Glennvanni Maiquez
  • John Martinez
  • Albert Matthews
  • Herald Mc Coy
  • Dennis Mc Neir
  • Harold Mc Rant
  • Alan Mooney
  • Robert Neilson
  • Jack Oliver
  • Lionell Olley Sr.
  • Alfred Orozco
  • Gregory Owens
  • Robert Peters
  • Michael Plunkett Jr.
  • Dwaun Roberson
  • Archie Rockwell
  • Alex Rosas
  • Derman Redman
  • Phillip Sosa
  • Joseph Sozanski
  • John Stafford
  • Douglas Stanley
  • John Steffon
  • Hosia Stokes
  • Krafton Stoll
  • Wallace Tatum
  • Willie J Thomas
  • David Torres
  • Emilio Torres
  • Forrest Tucker
  • William Valle
  • Art Villagran
  • Donald Walker
  • Allen Wild
  • Paul Wichman
  • Clarence Wingfield
  • Martin Yedwalsky

PLEASE NOTE: Omnitrans buses will be running as scheduled on Monday, November 12th. However our administrative offices will be closed in observance of the Veterans Day holiday

Omni Kids Go Green!

Tori B. shared this colorful bus with us, complete with driver and passengers. We love the green leaf on the wheel!

At Omnitrans, we support our environment by going green wherever possible. Our bus fleet runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of diesel which reduces particulate matter (PM) emissions by more than 80%. Our agencey Green Team is constantly looking for new and more efficient ways to help our offices reduce, reuse and recycle.

Recently children of some of our employees sent us drawings they made that showed Omnitrans as an earth-friendly agency. We thought we’d share them with you. Enjoy!

Has your child created an Omnitrans themed drawing? We’d love to see it. You can share with us on Facebook at or email us at

Samantha G. shows how Omnitrans green practices are helping to create a happy and environmentally healthy world.


Tori B. turned our new logo into a nicely rounded tree!Tori B. also came up with her own green-themed “O” for “Omnitrans.”


Buses run, offices closed Columbus Day

All Omnitrans offices will be closed for Columbus Day Monday, October 8th, but buses will continue to run as scheduled. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

First sbX bus arrives at Omnitrans

Omnitrans Planning Director, Rohan Kuruppu, and the new sbX bus

The first of the new sbX articulated buses arrived at Omnitrans the end of last month. It’s so new, in fact, that it still has shrink wrap on the front and paper covers on the carpet. We thought we’d take you on a tour of what you can expect to see the first time you board when the sbX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) begins in early 2014.

When viewing the sbX bus from the outside, you’re immediately struck by how long the vehicle actually is. At 60-feet, it’s a full 20-feet longer than our regular, fixed-route buses.  It also has five doors, two on the driver’s side and three on the opposite side. Five doors are necessary for the express vehicles in order to accommodate both center platform stations and curbside service.

Bus passes and fares will be the same for both the Omnitrans fixed-routes and the Sbx express service, and bus pass vending machines will be available at selected stations. There is a fare box at the driver entrance and two scanners at rear entrances.  Simply swipe your pass and you’re good to go.

The inside of the bus feels bright, spacious and comfortable. There are 41 passenger seats and a standing capacity of 65.

Interior view of the sbX bus from the rear seat

On either side of the aisle in rear entrance of the sbX bus are two interior bicycle racks that can hold up to 4 bikes apiece.

The ramps on the sbX bus provide almost level docking for greater ease in the boarding of bicycles and wheelchairs.

The front of the sbX bus has fold-up seats to accommodate up to four wheelchairs, two of them forward-facing and two rear-facing, depending  upon the rider’s preference.

sbX uses  Q’Straint Wheelchair securement, one of the the world’s most effective wheelchair passenger safety solutions for public transportation

When you are riding sbX BRT, you never have to worry about your cell phone, tablet or computer running out of juice. Just plug your device into one of the electrical outlets available overhead. Each sbX bus also has wifi capabilities.

And finally, if you really want to have fun, grab one of the four seats available within the articulated section of the bus. There’s lots of leg room and you get a bit more sway in your ride!

Twelve more of the sbX vehicles are due to arrive over the next 12 months, and service  is scheduled to begin in early 2014.

For more photos, visit us on Flickr!


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!

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From jungle to city, Omnitrans rider loves to travel

Omnitrans customer Jennie Aceves loves to travel, from daily trips around the city to exploring the world. Her favorite experience was a trip to Guatemala where she worked for a time as a missionary.

“I loved being able to hike through the jungle and swim in the lake with the fish,” said Jenny. “It was beautiful, and I liked the feeling of making a difference. I was in charge of the youth group and some of the elderly there and it was my job to make sure they were all served hot meals each day. Being in that environment makes you appreciate what you have, and I feel very blessed with the life I’ve been given.”

When her car broke down two years ago, Jennie decided it was just too expensive to buy and maintain another vehicle. She was comfortable with public transit and had been riding Omnitrans off and on since she was in high school simply because it was so convenient. Making the switch to being a full-time rider seemed the obvious choice. She would still be able to easily get to all her normal destinations and for much less than it used to cost her in gas!

“My favorite thing about Omnitrans is how easy it is to transfer. I almost never have to wait long between buses because of the way the schedules are set up. I can usually get to wherever destination I need within a half hour to an hour total travel time. It’s convenient for me.”

This week Jennie was one of the first passengers to ride one of the twenty new Xcelsior model buses that Omnitrans has added to its fleet. She was impressed. “The new bus was really nice,” said Jennie. “It felt very spacious and comfortable. And I like that Omnitrans is keeping up with the times to provide good, efficient transportation that is also healthy for the environment.”

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sbX Business Profile: Daddy Joe’s Soul Food

As early as 9:30 a.m., the Rev. Robert Bolton can be seen in the kitchen of Daddy Joe’s Soul Food Take Out, preparing ribs, chicken, oxtails, greens, rice, baked beans and other southern cravings for the day’s lunch menu.

But that’s not all the Mentone resident does at his storefront restaurant at 1357 Kendall Drive in San Bernardino (a short walk from the future southbound sbX station under construction at Little Mountain Drive). He’s also a notary and an ordained minister who provides marriage counseling, often while he cooks.

“I’ve had a couple get married right here in the store,” Bolton said. “These days, you gotta do what you gotta do with the time and resources available.”

Bolton can’t wait until the Omnitrans bus rapid transit service is up and running. “If it helps my business, I’ll convert this place from a take-out to a sit-down restaurant,” he said.

Actually, the place is named after Bolton’s grandfather, Joseph Bolton, who took his grandchildren with him throughout Los Angeles as he built barbecue pits with bricks from the ground up. To test out the grills, Daddy Joe would teach them how to season meat, make the sauce and cook the food just right. The recipes to this day remain a family secret.

For $5.99 to $8, customers can get a half-portion lunch option, with a side dish and cornbread. They include rib combos, smothered pork steak with rice, hotlink sandwiches, Swai fish and shrimp. Daddy Joes also offers a diverse dinner menu, ranging in price from $7.99 to $13.99. It includes a full portion and two sides, such as potato salad, greens, string beans with potatoes, yams, and white rice with gravy. Bolton also serves up cakes, sweet potato pie and peach cobbler for dessert for $3-$3.50.

Daddy Joes is open 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed Monday. Catering is available. For details, visit their website: or follow them on Facebook.

–David Rutherford


Omnitrans New Flyer Xcelsior bus features

Yesterday, Omnitrans unveiled its New Flyer Xcelsior buses, and the public response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. These new buses are expected to go into service sometime next week, East Valley routes only. Below is a detailed list of some of the features included in the New Flyers. It’s a great time to climb aboard Omnitrans!

  • These 40-feet long buses have a passenger capacity of 40 seated and two wheelchair positions.
  • Bike racks have been expanded to accommodate up to 3 bicycles.
  • Stop request sign is centrally located for easier viewing.
  • Interior noise has been reduced to 72 decibels.
  • Special heat guard glass blocks 95% of UV rays.
  • Climate control system provides improved cooling and heating for both passengers and drivers.
  • Mobility device loading ramp ratio improved for easier boarding and more precise curb alignment.
  • Conversion from analog to digital instrumentation improves visual driver operations.
  • Tinted sunroof  allows more light in the back of the bus.
  • Non-skid flooring helps protect against slips and falls.
  • Contactless Acoustic Sound System (CLASS) detects people and objects near exit doors with enhanced ultrasonic transducers.
  • Four-wheel disc brake system provides smoother braking with greater efficiency, and potentially saves $13,000 in maintenance costs over the life of the coach.
  • Fiberglass exterior panel construction is more dent resistant than aluminum construction.