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Old Blue at the Route 66 Rendezvous

Our beloved Old Blue was shined up and decked out with lights at the Route 66 Rendezvous over the weekend. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to climb aboard and say hello!

The Story of Old Blue

In 1998, Omnitrans began the search for an antique bus to be used for special events. The goal was to purchase and restore the vehicle in time for the agency’s 25th Anniversary in 2001. Omnitrans found Old Blue, a 1958 vintage GMC transit coach, in the care of a bus collector in New Jersey in 1999, and purchased it for $2,500. The agency has since learned that the bus began its life in service for the Los Angeles Regional Transit District, so it was actually brought “back home” to Southern California – via flatbed truck, since Old Blue wasn’t in very good shape when Omnitrans acquired it.

Work on the bus began in 1999, with major restoration efforts really getting underway in 2000. Old Blue needed a lot of TLC, and Omnitrans employees worked both on and off the clock to make necessary mechanical repairs. Once that was complete, the Maintenance Department asked some special vendors to help give the bus a much-needed facelift. McCray’s provided a new paint job, Complete Coach Works renovated Old Blue’s seats, Transit Care provided new window glass, and Firestone donated new tires.

Finally, Omnitrans selected a special coach number for the bus: 5876. The first two numbers represent Old Blue’s model year, and the final two represent the year Omnitrans was born, 1976.

At last, in February 2001, Old Blue debuted as the Omnitrans 25th Anniversary mascot. Old Blue has been the hit of community events both large and small, from local holiday parades to San Bernardino’s Route 66 Rendezvous, an event that draws nearly half a million auto enthusiasts each year.

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Save $77 with an Omnitrans 31-Day Pass

One of big reasons people choose to ride public transit is the money they save in car maintenance and gas.

But did you know that regular riders can save even more money by buying a 31-Day Bus Pass? It’s a discount of 61% over our daily full fare!

And when measured against other local bus agencies, Omnitrans is still the best value around at $47. In comparison, Riverside Transit Agency‘s 30-Day Pass is $50, while LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority‘s is $75.

So take advantage of our 31-Day Pass discount. Think of all the cool things you could do with that $77 you’ll save over daily fares!

Agency
Daily
Monthly Pass
Savings
Omnitrans
$4
$47 (31-Days)
61%
RTA
$4
$50 (30-Days)
58%
LA Metro
$5
$75 (30 Days)
38%