Buses running, offices closed Monday

Omnitrans salutes America's Veterans

Holiday Schedule
Omnitrans buses will be running as scheduled thoughout the Veterans Day holiday. However our administrative offices will be closed on Monday, November 12th.

Our Proud Veterans
 If you see your any of your coach operators wearing one of these buttons over the weekend, you will know that they are one of the many military men and women employed by Omnitrans. Over the next few days we will be sharing some of their personal stories with you on our blog.

To all who have served in our nation’s military over the years, we salute you and thank you for your service.

Route 2 Parade Detour November 10th

Celebrations will be in full swing for the 13th Annual Cruizin ‘E’ Street Veterans Day Parade & Car Show on Saturday, November 10th! Due to this popular event, our Omnitrans Route 2 buses will be detouring that day as follows:

Route #2 – Northbound Detour

  • From 5th Street
  • Left on D Street
  • Left on 18th Street
  • Right on E Street

Route #2 – Southbound Detour

  • From E Street
  • Left on 18th Street
  • Right on D Street
  • Right on Baseline
  • Left on E Street

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


Cruizin E St. Veterans Day Parade & Car Show

Presented by: Juan Pollo; hosted by E St. Cruizers Car Club and Inland Empire Military Museum

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 10th

Where: Original McDonald’s Museum, 1398 N. E St., San Bernardino

Admission: Free

Parade details: Starts 10 a.m. at San Bernardino High School, 1850 N. E St., and continues south past Original McDonald’s Museum to Base Line


October Bus Ridership Highest on Record

San Bernardino, CA–People climbed aboard Omnitrans buses in record numbers during October, with over 1.5 million trips tallied. Along with surpassing the previous top ridership month mark set in October 2001, the transit agency also set a new high for a single day on October 3 with over 68,000 boardings.The month began strong, boosted by promotional efforts tied to Southern California “Rideshare Week” (October 1 -5) which happened to coincide with spiking gasoline prices in California. Boardings jumped 17.5 percent in that first week compared to 2011.  In the end October 2012 finished 9.4 percent ahead of last year.

“We offered a free ride coupon online for Rideshare Week, the same as we have done since 2009,” said Director of Marketing Wendy Williams. “But this year coupon redemption nearly tripled.”

Even after gasoline prices eased and the free ride promotion ended, passenger boardings have remained brisk.  Omnitrans weekday ridership averaged 58,928 for the month.  November seems to be keeping pace with over 65,000 passengers transported on the first day of the month.

“I believe our record ridership demonstrates that people are looking for economical and environmentally friendly transportation.  When people try Omnitrans, they find out we offer great service—on time, friendly drivers, clean buses—and then they keep riding,” said Omnitrans CEO/General Manager Milo Victoria.

Route and schedule information is available online at www.omnitrans.org or by phone at 1-800-966-6428.

Top Five Ridership Months

Month/Year Fixed Route Ridership
October 2012 1,547,378
October 2001 1,543,869
October 2002 1,484,943
October 2008 1,466,470
August 2001 1,440,920

October Ridership 2008-2012

Month/Year Fixed Route Ridership
October 2012 1,547,378
October 2011 1,414,348
October 2010 1,268,644
October 2009 1,315,612
October 2008 1,466,470

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 http://facebook.com/omnitrans or email us at juno.carlson@omnitrans.org.

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.”


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!

Do you like this story and want to use it for your blog or newsletter? All our stories may be freely re-posted and shared with others!

Do you have a great Omnitrans story to share? Let us know!
Email Juno Kughler Carlson at  juno.carlson@omnitrans.org