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Omnitrans carries over 16 million riders

Omnitrans added a million riders in 2011-12 compared to the prior year, surpassing the 16 million mark for the first time since 2004. On an average weekday, the transit agency’s buses carried over 52,000 passengers, a 7.7% increase from fiscal year 2011.

“Transit ridership is growing across the country,” said CEO/General Manager Milo Victoria, “but Omnitrans is ahead of the trend. Nationally, ridership was up about 5% for the first quarter of calendar year 2012, while Omnitrans grew 8%.”

A key growth factor is the “Go Smart” college program that provides unlimited bus rides to students at participating colleges. A one-year pilot program generated over 1.4 million trips from students at California State University San Bernardino, Chaffey College, Crafton Hills College and Valley College. Over 25 percent of enrolled students hopped on board. The pilot program was funded by 15 local cities, the County, partner colleges and Omnitrans. This spring students at Chaffey, Crafton Hills and Valley Colleges approved student fees to continue the program for five years. CSUSB is hoping to fund another year of the pilot program. The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire joined the program in May.

The growth comes at a time when the transit agency has implemented only modest enhancements after service cuts were implemented in 2010 due to budget shortfalls. While ridership increased 7.4% on average among all routes and services, some led the way. OmniGo community shuttle routes continue to capture new riders, achieving a 34% upsurge year over year. Introduced in September 2010, OmniGo serves the cities of Chino Hills, Grand Terrace and Yucaipa using smaller 16-passenger vehicles more suited to these residential areas than traditional transit buses.

Express Route 215, which travels the 215 freeway corridor to connect San Bernardino and Riverside posted a 17% gain. “This bodes well for our sbX bus rapid transit line under construction,” said Director of Marketing Wendy Williams. “Commuters are looking for low cost alternatives that are time competitive with driving.”

While high gas prices are likely contributors to rising transit ridership, national studies also show that younger Americans are driving less. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that between 2001 and 2009 the average annual vehicle miles traveled by Americans ages 16 to 34 fell by close to a quarter, from 10,300 to 7,900 per capita. At the same time, the amount of bicycling, walking, and public transit ridership increased.

sbX construction update for July 2-6

Please note: Due to the Independence Day holiday, crews will not be working on July 4th, 2012

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: Install restroom windows; ramp grading activities

Parameters: New bus station location on campus
Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Specifics: Traffic control implementation; curb and gutter activities, utilities work on bus passenger platform
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: Sun. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
Specifics: Driveway, curb and gutter work continues (includes grading and removal in some locations); roadway cutting; storm drain activities; electrical activities; irrigation activities; traffic control implementation
LANE CLOSURE: Parking and lane nearest the curb along the east side of E Street between 10th Street and 6th Street has been eliminated.

Hospitality Lane
Parameters: Select locations between Diners Court and Tippecanoe Avenue
Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Specifics: Driveway, curb and gutter work continues (includes paving, grading and removal in some locations); concrete curing; landscaping activities; continued work on bus pads; electrical 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: Sun. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
Specifics: Irrigation activities; electrical activities; storm drain activities; platform structure grading, pouring and curing
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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Omnitrans Detour Alert for San Bernardino

Detour Alert beginning February 20th

Due to road construction in downtown San Bernardino, Routes 2 and 15 will detour from Second and E Streets to travel on Rialto Ave. and G Streets.The detour will be in effect starting Monday February 20 and will last until further notice.

sbX Construction Alert for February 13-17

E Street Construction Activities
Crews continue to work on the west side of E Street in select areas
between 10th Street and Hospitality Lane.

In order to establish a safe work environment for crews and the public,
traffic control measures have been implemented to close the lane nearest
the curb on the west side of E Street.

Activities include tree removal/relocation, saw cutting, potholing,
temporary relocation of traffic signals and street lighting, and paving.
Maintaining access to business in this area is of high importance and
signage has been placed throughout informing the public that businesses
are open during construction.


Water Meter Relocation Work
Mon., Feb. 13 to Thurs., Feb. 16; Mon., Feb. 20 to Thurs., Feb. 23
Nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

In an effort to minimize impacts to businesses during the day, water meter
relocation work will take place at night on E Street through select areas
between 10th Street and Hospitality Lane.

Water service interruption will be minimal and only take place when the
meters are ready to be connected to the main water line. Businesses will
be notified 24 hours ahead of an up to two-hour period to connect the line.

We appreciate your patience during construction. For more information,
please call the project helpline at (855) sbX-NEWS / 729-6397.

Omnitrans Sweethearts: Marianne & Larry

What’s the secret to a great marriage? “Don’t pay attention to each other and have a lot of patience,” advises Larry. The couple laughs.

“And always stay friends and have a good sense of humor!” adds Marianne. “We have these three words we always say to each other: ‘No matter what.’ Sometimes we say it with a smile and sometimes with a grimace, but we really mean it. We each married our best friend.”

These two Omnitrans coach operators have been married for more than 16 years. Larry has been a driver here for 15 years and Marianne for 7. They feel that working for the same company helps them to to understand each other better because they each know firsthand what it takes to do their jobs every day. Both Marianne and Larry Rose agree that Omnitrans is the best place they’ve ever worked. “Because of the size of the company, you have the chance to really get to know people,” says Larry. “We’re like a big family.”

“It’s true,” nods Marianne. “We’ve gone through a lot of challenges in our personal lives, and Omnitrans has always been very supportive of us. I’m so grateful for that.”

In 2009 Marianne was diagnosed with uterine cancer.  She went through 5 weeks of external radiation treatments followed by 42 hours of internal radiation and 5 months of chemotherapy. “At one point they implanted these radioactive rods in me under anesthia, and I had to lie on my back completely still in the hospital for three days,” said Marianne. “I was literally radioactive! There was a Geiger counter in the room measuring the levels. I could only have visitors for 10 mintutes at a time and they had to stay outside the door.”

Throughout it all, Larry worked his route at Omnitrans, took care of their autistic son, Jonathan, and looked after Marianne.  “I would be so down some days, and Larry would make me laugh and tell me that we’d get through this. He was my rock. I really believe God put angels in our lives to look after us, and we have had so much support from our work and from the people around us. We may not always get what we want, but we do always get what we need.”

Marianne is now paying it forward by talking to other cancer patients at Loma Linda Medical Center. On Valentine’s Day, she will be going in for a PET scan. Afterwards the couple hopes to enjoy a steak dinner together at home.

“Just having the gift of time together is the best Valentine’s Day present we could ask for,” said Marianne.

–Juno Kughler Carlson

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