California Transit Association

Member Profiles

Omnitrans

<p>Omnitrans bus yard at day break.</p> (Year: 2015)

Operating Revenue

$75,465,190

Operating Expenditure

$75,465,190

Capital Revenue

$75,465,190

Capital Expenditure

$13,229,455

Fleet Inventory

157 40 foot (local and freeway express fixed route) 14 60 foot (BRT) 110 cutaways (ADA paratransit service and community shuttle routes)

History

Year Founded

1976

Context for Year Founded

Omnitrans was formed to combine services provided by city of San Bernardino Transit System and County of San Bernardino Transportation Department's Public Transit Division.

Governing or Corporate Structure

Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) Governed by Omnitrans Board of Directors, a 20-member board made up of elected officials representing each of the 15 cities served plus all 5 county supervisors.

Significant Historical Milestones

Established in 1976, Omnitrans has grown from a fledgling transit agency with 29 vehicles and 60 employees to an award-winning agency with 281 vehicles and 650 employees. In fast-growing southern California, the service area population has doubled from 700,000 to over 1.4 million and Omnitrans annual ridership has tripled from 5 million to 15 million. Omnitrans was a leader in embracing alternative fuels, rolling out its first CNG buses in 1997 and completing the transition to a 100% CNG fleet by 2009. In 2014, it launched a state-of the art Bus Rapid Transit line known as sbX.

Notable Leaders

Paul G. Marsh, General Manager 1976-1979 Robert E. Chafin, General Manager 1979-1993 Durand L. Rall, CEO/General Manager 1993-2009 Milo Victoria, CEO/General Manager 2010-2013 P. Scott Graham, CEO/General Manager 2013-Present

Notable Achievements

1976: Omnitrans formed as transit agency to serve the San Bernardino Valley 1978: Agency moves to new headquarters to site of former car dealership in San Bernardino 1985: New logo and fleet graphics introduced 1986: Hayes Transit Center, a Maintenance and Operations Facility opens, in Montclair to better serve west valley area. 1992: New administration building completed at San Bernardino Headquarters 1995 and 1999: APTA Outstanding System Achievement Award 1995: National Safety Council Sweepstakes Award winner, Greater LA Chapter 1996: Bike racks added to buses 1997: First CNG buses go into service. Fleet became 100% CNG by 2009. 2000: www.omnitrans.org agency website launched 2002: 18 coach operators, 2 mechanics, 5 buses participated in Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. 2005: Chino Transit Center opens 2009, 2012, 2014: APTA AdWheel grand prize awards 2012: California Challenge Award winner 2012: "Go Smart" university pass program established with local colleges 2012: New logo and agency rebranding rolled out 2014: sbX green line BRT service launched serving San Bernardino and Loma Linda 2015 Discounted fare category for US military veterans implemented

Public Transit and Commuter Rail Agencies

Number of Employees

650

Annual Ridership

14,595,277

Number of Bus Routes Provided

32

Number of Rail Lines Served

0

Major Planned Investments

San Bernardino Transit Center: multi-modal facility set to open in September 2015. Will connect Omnitrans local and freeway express bus routes, sbX BRT green line, Metrolink commuter rail, pedestrians, bicyclist) Future BRT/Rapid Line "West Valley Connector Corridor" is currently in the design phase. 25-mile line will connect five cities (Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Montclair, Pomona). Projected to launch in 2018-19. Plan to transition paratransit vehicle fleet to CNG beginning in 2015.

Year: 2015

Omnitrans bus yard at day break.

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Year: 1976

Buses line up in downtown San Bernardino for a special event celebrating the newly formed Omnitrans transit system.

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Year: 1985

In 1985, Omnitrans introduced a new logo, left.

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Year: 1997

In 1997, Omnitrans introduced its first buses powered by compressed natural gas. By 2009, the entire fleet had converted to CNG.

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Year: 2012

In August 2012, Omnitrans rebranded with a new logo, tagline, fleet graphics and updated mascot, Buster.

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Year: 2014

The sbX bus rapid transit line was launched by Omnitrans in April 2014.

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