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An Omnitrans bus at the 4th Street Transfer Center in San Bernardino, CA
Slogan Connecting our community.
Parent San Bernardino Associated Governments[citation needed]
Headquarters 1700 West Fifth Street,
San Bernardino, California
Locale Greater San Bernardino Area, Pomona Valley
Service area San Bernardino Valley, Pomona Valley[1]
Service type

Multi-Modal regional transit
network consisting of:


Operates the following

  • 34 bus routes [2]
  • 1 BRT line (Green Line)
Hubs Downtown San Bernardino
Stations 16 BRT stations
Fleet 267[2]
Daily ridership 43,836
Fuel type CNG, diesel
Operator First Transit (paratransit only)

Omnitrans is a public transportation agency in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The largest transit operator within San Bernardino County, it serves the San Bernardino Valley.[1] The agency was established in 1976 through a joint powers agreement[1] and today includes 15 cities and portions of the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. In addition to the southwestern corner of San Bernardino County, Omnitrans provides service to parts of Riverside and Los Angeles Counties. Omnitrans currently carries about 14 million passengers per year, and although the system has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, the trend has leveled off and ridership has actually declined slightly in the most recent 24-month period. Omnitrans currently operates 27 fixed routes as well as a general public dial-a-ride service, “Omnilink,” and a paratransit service for the disabled, “Access.” Omnitrans operates throughout the urbanized area of southwestern San Bernardino County: south of the San Bernardino Mountains, from Upland, Montclair, and Chino in the west to Redlands, California and Yucaipa in the east. The Omnitrans service area covers approximately 456 square miles (1,180 km2). Major destinations within the Omnitrans service area include transportation centers, medical centers, educational facilities, shopping malls, business parks, and community centers.


Fixed route[edit]

The fixed-route services consist of 28 local fixed routes including one peak-hour only service, two peak-hour trippers, and one regional express route. Routes are operated with 40-foot (12 m) buses (and 12 30-foot buses) running primarily along major east-west and north-south corridors. Headways vary from 15-minute to hourly service, with approximately 18 hours of service on weekdays, 13 hours on Saturdays, and 12 hours on Sundays. Omnitrans recently had major changes in the West Valley by adjusting routes to run more North to South (80s) and East to West (60s).

Fixed Route List[edit]

  • Route 1: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) - Downtown San Bernardino - Del Rosa - San Manuel Casino
  • Route 2: Kendall & Palm - Cal State - E Street - Loma Linda
  • Routes 3/4: Downtown San Bernardino - Baseline - Highland
  • Route 5: Waterman & Barton Rd - Del Rosa - Cal State
  • Route 7: San Bernardino Transit Center - Sierra Way - Cal State
  • Route 8: San Bernardino Transit Center - Redlands - Mentone - Crafton Hills College
  • Route 10: San Bernardino Transit Center - Baseline Rd. - Fontana
  • Route 11: San Bernardino Transit Center - Muscoy - Cal State
  • Route 14: San Bernardino Transit Center - Foothill Blvd. - Fontana
  • Route 15: Fontana - Rialto - SBTC - Highland - Redlands
  • Route 19: Fontana - Colton - Redlands - Yucaipa
  • Route 20: Fontana Metrolink - Hemlock Ave. - Kaiser Hospital (South Fontana Transit Center)
  • Route 22: North Rialto - Riverside Ave - Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
  • Route 29: Kaiser Hospital - Valley Blvd. - Bloomington
  • Route 61: Fontana - Ontario - Pomona
  • Route 66: Fontana - Foothill - Montclair Transcenter
  • Route 67: Fontana - Baseline - Chaffey College
  • Route 80: Ontairo - Ontario Convention Center - Chaffey College
  • Route 81: Chino Transit Center - Ontario - Ontario Mills - Chaffey College
  • Route 82: Rancho Cucamonga(Victoria Gardens) - Fontana - Sierra Lakes
  • Route 83: Upland - Euclid - Chino
  • Route 84: Upland - Mountain Avenue - Chino
  • Route 85: Chaffey College - Montclair Transcenter - Chino
  • Route 86: San Antonio Hospital - Ontairo - S. Ontario
  • Route 88: Montclair Transcenter - Chino - Chino Hills
  • Route 215: San Bernardino - Centrepointe Shopping Center - Riverside
  • Route 290: San Bernardino Transit Center - ARMC - Ontairo Mills - Montclair Transcenter

Demand response[edit]


Access provides public transportation services for persons who are physically or cognitively unable to use regular bus service (ADA certified and/or Omnitrans Disability Identification Card holders). Access operates curb to- curb service with minibuses or vans, complementing the Omnitrans fixed-route bus system. The Access service area is defined as up to 3/4 mile on either side of an existing fixed route. Service is available on the same days and at the same times that fixed-route services operate.


Omnilink is a general-public, demand-response service that operates in Yucaipa and Chino Hills. This service circulates through a defined, low-density service-area with minibuses picking up and dropping off passengers. Every hour, the bus returns to a timed-transfer point, for direct, timed connections to the fixed-route system. This type of service is a more efficient way to provide coverage in low-density areas compared to traditional fixed-route service. Service operates approximately 11 hours on weekdays, 10 hours on Saturdays, and six hours on Sundays.

Bus Rapid Transit[edit]

Omnitrans developed a bus rapid transit route titled sbX (San Bernardino Express) that will traverse the San Bernardino Valley from north to south.[3][4][5]

With the construction of the first line (Green Line) complete, the 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It includes 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities. Service started in April 2014.

Highlights of the Green Line[edit]

  • 16 Stations – Art inspired and reflects the culture & heritage of the community it serves. Shelters provide protection from sun, wind, rain and snow (in northern San Bernardino).
  • Center-Running Stations
  • Side-Running Stations
  • 4 Park & Rides – Verdemont Transit Center; Marshall Boulevard (2 lots), E Street/Court Street & E Street/Rialto Avenue (city hall parking structure); and Anderson Street/Redlands Boulevard.
  • 14 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), 60-foot articulated trams
  • 10-minute headway during peak hours; 15-minutes off-peak hours
  • Wheelchair accessible boarding platforms
  • Interior bike racks

Omnitrans has begun making upgrades to its East Valley vehicle maintenance facility located in San Bernardino, including modifications to its parking lot, service bays bus wash and fueling facility, to accommodate 60-foot trams.


OmniGo is a general-public circular fixed route service for the low density/ low demand cities of Chino hills, Yucaipa, and Grand Terrace.[6]

OmniGo Route List[edit]


Omnitrans offers both standard daily fares and discounted multi-trip and multi-day passes. Special fares are also offered to seniors, persons with disabilities, and students.[7]

Rider Type of Fare As of September 2013
Full Fare Rider
Cash $1.75
Day Pass $5
7-Day Pass $18
31-Day Pass $55
Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
Cash $0.75
(includes Measure I subsidies) Day Pass $2.25
7-Day Pass $8
31-Day Pass $27.50
Cash $1.75
(Youths taller than 46 inches (120 cm), Day Pass $5
under 19, and in school) 7-Day Pass $14
31-Day Pass $41

Children under 46 inches (120 cm) ride free of charge. (Limit 2 per fare-paying adult)


Net ridership is a standard measure to determine how the service is performing on the street. It is also an indicator of how the economy is doing. Ridership changes are measured based on the increase/decrease over the same month in the previous year. An increase of 2% each year is desirable.

Year Ridership %Change
2000 15,118,778 +2.5%
2001 16,754,115 +9.2%
2002 16,925,613 +1.0%%
2003 16,671,990 -1.5%
2004 15,902,857 -4.6%
2005 15,420,783 -3.0%
2006 15,497,166 +0.5%
2007 15,480,043 -0.1%
2008 14,826,501 -4.2%
2009 15,452,794 +4.2%
2010 14,652,000 -5.1% Projected
2011 14,254,000 -2.7% Projected

Events and accomplishments[edit]

  • September 2005: Omnitrans Maintenance Team places 7th in American Public Transportation Association (APTA) international bus roadeo and mechanical skills competition.
  • September 2005: Omnitrans Marketing won a first place award in the APTA AdWheel competition for its “Omni Says” radio commercials.
  • February 2006: Fiscal Year 2005 financial audit receives unqualified opinion.
  • March 2006: Employee survey results indicated a 73% job satisfaction rating.
  • April 2006: Overall public perception of Omnitrans improved from 44.2% positive in 2004 to 57.5% positive in 2005 (San Bernardino Annual Survey)
  • May 2006: Omnitrans received WeTIP 2006 Transit Partner Award for our participation in the TransitWatch program.
  • May 2006: Planning Dept. received Advocacy Award from the American Planning Association, Inland Empire Section for the E Street Transit Corridor sbX Rapid Transit Project.

East Valley and West Valley LCNG Stations Omnitrans began operation of both its new, odorless liquefied compressed natural gas (LCNG) fueling stations at the San Bernardino and Montclair operations facilities in June 2002. The stations fuel the agency's alternatively fueled fleet of more than 100 buses. The east valley station houses two 30,000 gallon, double-walled storage tanks and the west valley station houses a 20,000 gallon double-walled storage tank. The tanks store liquefied natural gas (LNG) at - 250 degrees Fahrenheit, using vacuum pressure and insulation to keep the fuel cold. As needed, the liquid is pumped out of the tanks and passed through a vaporizer, which changes the fuel from a liquid to compressed gas state for transfer to the bus fuel tanks. In order to keep up with approximately 11,000 gallons of fuel demand daily, and to ensure that tanks are "topped off," LNG is delivered to the facility six days per week via tanker truck.

Environmental Review of Omnitrans Facilities In March 2004, Komex H2O Science completed a study to evaluate any potential environmental and health impacts of Omnitrans' three fueling facilities, located at 1700 W. Fifth Street, 234 South I Street in San Bernardino, and 4748 Arrow Hwy. in Montclair. The study was mandated by legislation (SB1927) authored by State Senator Nell Soto, and its purpose was to determine whether or not Omnitrans’ fueling facilities pose a health threat to surrounding neighborhoods. It was found that the risk from Omnitrans does not exceed risk management guidelines set out by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Hybrid Vehicles In November 2002, Omnitrans put the nation’s first electric/gasoline hybrid transit bus into service. Since then, an additional bus has become operational. The bus utilizes the latest in alternative fuel technology to drastically cut smog producing emissions. The Omnitrans hybrid buses were the first in the United States to feature the ISE Research Thunder Volt TB40-H drive system, combining unleaded gasoline with electricity instead of diesel or compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel. According to a study conducted by the California Air Resources Board, this combination provides a significant reduction in smog producing emissions, over and above both diesel and comparable alternatively-fueled vehicles. The final vehicle currently being tested has been awarded the Air Resources Board’s first – and only – non-diesel hybrid certification for use as an alternative fuel system in California’s transit vehicles. Simply replacing one diesel bus with another that utilizes the Siemens-ISE-Ford Thunder Volt hybrid system (as Omnitrans’ does) has the same effect on emissions as removing more than 200 cars per year from the road.

The Board’s certification opens the door to the widespread use of this electric/gasoline hybrid system, which combines unleaded gasoline with electricity instead of diesel or compressed natural gas (CNG). This combination has proven to create the lowest emission system of any type for a 40-foot (12 m) vehicle. In terms of nitrous oxides (NOx) emissions, for example, Omnitrans’ electric/gasoline hybrid bus releases 4 grams per mile, compared to 30 grams per mile for a diesel bus and 14.34 grams for a CNG bus. Similarly, when measuring particulate matter (PM) emissions, Omnitrans’ electric/gasoline hybrid bus releases NO measurable particulate matter, in comparison to nearly 0.25 grams per mile of emissions from a diesel bus, and 0.03 grams for a CNG bus.

Bus Rapid Transit Major Investment Study In response to the community’s growth and the increasing demand for faster, more convenient transit service, Omnitrans is in the process of implementing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. A BRT system is based on a light-rail transit principle, but instead of trains and tracks, it uses buses that are integrated with key components of the automobile transportation infrastructure, such as roads and right-of-way, intersections, and traffic signals. The first step to incorporate the technologies is to conduct a comprehensive Major Investment Study of the E Street Corridor. This Study which began in Fiscal Year 2003, was completed in Fiscal Year 2006.

Future Transit Investment Study A Future Transit Investment Study (FTIS) was created in fiscal year 2003 to develop transit, and related funding, to meet the needs of the growing number of people and jobs in the San Bernardino Valley. The FTIS includes programs designed to accommodate the expected population and employment growth, and an increasingly aging population. It was also the first step to identifying the future BRT corridors for the San Bernardino Valley. The renewal of Measure I in November 2004 was the necessary step to make this study a reality.

Fontana Transit Center Expansion In fiscal year 2003, Omnitrans, in coordination with the City of Fontana, completed a renovation and expansion of the Fontana Transit Center, located at Orange Way and Sierra Avenue in the City of Fontana. The renovation/expansion added 4 bus bays and permits easier transfers between bus routes and Metrolink, as now all bus transfers occur within the Center, and not on the adjacent streets.

Chino/Ontario Agricultural Preserve Transit Plan In fiscal year 2004, Omnitrans, the City of Chino, and the City of Ontario were awarded a grant by Caltrans to develop a specific transportation plan for the newly developing Agricultural Preserve areas of Chino and Ontario. This area in particular presents a unique opportunity in that it is the largest undeveloped area left in Southern California. By integrating transit into the design initially, a community can be built around multiple modes of transportation, rather than just the automobile, giving the residents the opportunity to choose how they like to travel, rather than restrict them to the automobile. The benefits of performing the transit planning tasks before development goes in is that the infrastructure that needs to be in place to support transit such as right-of-way, easements, sidewalks, curb cuts and bus turnouts can be planned and designed during the development review period and the engineering phase rather than after the fact. Advanced planning will result in fewer costs to the agencies involved and more expeditious delivery of service to the occupants of the area.

Chino Transit Center Construction of the Chino Transit Center was completed in January 2005. This facility is located on Sixth Street in between Chino Avenue and “D” Street. There are seven bus bays with shelters, information kiosks, and a Coach Operator restroom facility. In February 2005, Foothill Transit Line 497 started providing service from the Chino Transit Center, to the Chino Park-and-Ride, City of Industry Park-and-Ride, and Downtown Los Angeles. Transit operators that stop at this facility include Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Foothill Transit.

90% Customer Satisfaction In February, 2004 and 2008, Omnitrans customers gave the transit agency their seal of approval in separate Attitude an Awareness Studies, more than nine in ten riders gave Omnitrans a positive performance rating. Since the agency learned its first 90 percent customer satisfaction rating in its 2000 Awareness Study, this is its second and third consecutive customer service milestone.

Facility Expansion In March 2003, new office space was created at the Omnitrans Montclair Facility. This expansion was necessary to accommodate the growth that has occurred in the west end of Omnitrans service area, and necessary staff additions to meet this growth. With a complete overhaul, new office space, dispatch office, drivers lounge, workout room, and kitchen were created. Prior to the expansion, many spaces had to perform double duty. Additional expansions are planned in the coming years, as the future mid-valley facility in Rancho Cucamonga becomes funded and additional space is required at Omnitrans East Valley facility in San Bernardino.

Active Fleet[edit]

Omnitrans currently operates a fleet of 167 fixed route vehicles and a fleet of 101 Omnilink/Access vehicles. The table below gives information related to the different coach types currently in Omnitrans’ fleet. In addition to its Revenue Vehicle fleet, Omnitrans also has an original 1958 GM TDH 4801, which has been restored with Omnitrans original paint scheme and logo and is used for local events.

Omnitrans also operates a Restored Vintage Coach (named Old Blue) which is a 1958 GMC diesel bus on special occasions.[8]

Here is complete roster of Omnitrans bus fleet excluding the 101 Omnilink/Access vehicles.

Picture Year Numbers
(Quantity Ordered)
Fuel Propulsion Assigned Depot Notes
GMC Old Look 1958 5876
(1 bus)
  • Known as "Old Blue"
  • Restored coach
  • Used only on special occasions.
NFI C40LF 2000 0001-0044
(44 buses)
  • John Deere 8.1L CNG
CNG 0001-0034, 0042-0043-East Valley

0035-0044(?)- West Valley

  • Originally had Cummins C Gas Plus.
  • Some retired
NFI GE40LF 2000 0045-0047
(3 buses)
  • Ford Triton V-10
    • ISE Thundervolt hybrid system
Hybrid East Valley
  • Gas-Electric Hybrid test buses
  • Uses ISE Thundervolt Hybrid System
  • 0045 & 0047 retired
NFI C40LF 2001 0101-0127
(27 buses)
  • John Deere 8.1L CNG
CNG 0101-0119 - West Valley 0120-0127 - East Valley
  • Originally had Cummins C Gas Plus.
NFI C40LF 2001 0131-0141
(11 buses)
  • John Deere 8.1L CNG
CNG East Valley
  • Originally had Cummins C Gas Plus.
NFI C40LF 2003 0151-0172
(32 buses)

0161-0169 - West Valley
0151-0160, 0170-0172 - East Valley

Thomas Dennis SLF230 2004 501-512
(12 buses)
CNG West Valley
  • 502 retired
NFI C40LF 2005 0175-0198
(24 buses)
CNG East Valley
NFI C40LFR 2009 1201–1227
(28 buses)
CNG East Valley
NFI C40LFR 2011 1231-1247
(17 buses)
CNG West Valley
NFI XN40 2012 1251-1270
(20 buses)
CNG 1251-1270 East Valley;1261,1262,1263,1264,1265,1266,1267 West Valley.
  • Features new Blue and Green livery.

Retired fleet[edit]

Picture Year Numbers
(Quantity Ordered)
Fuel Propulsion Formerly Assigned Depot Retired Notes
1957-1958 5101-5104
(4 buses)
  • Ex-Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines
1967 800-814
(15 buses)
  • Ex-San Bernardino Municipal Transit System
1975 1000-1015
(16 buses)
  • Ex-San Bernardino Municipal Transit System
1975 101-104
(4 buses)
  • Ex-San Bernardino Municipal Transit System
1975 20700-20719
(20 buses)
Tradesman 300 Van
1975 20720-20723
(4 buses)
1977 700-706
(7 buses)
1977 1100–1118
(19 buses)
1980 400-440
(41 buses)
Diesel 2000
  • Renumbered 1400-1440
1989 600-633
(34 buses)
Diesel 2003
1992 640-683
(44 buses)
Diesel 2005
  • Renumbered 1640-1683
1993 684-698
(15 buses)
Diesel 2009
  • Renumbered 2684-2698
1996 700-723
(24 buses)
CNG East Valley 2009
1997 9701-9707
(7 buses)
CNG 2008
SVMC Trolley
2003 1101-1103
(3 buses)
  • Formerly used on Redlands Trolley


Omnitrans is administered by a Board of Directors, made up of the Mayor or Council Member from each member-City and all five Supervisors of the County of San Bernardino. Each City has one alternate Board Member who is designated by the City Council. The County representatives have no alternates. The alternates vote only in the absence of the official representatives. It is required under the JPA that the Board of Directors meet at least one time each quarter of each fiscal year. The Board of Directors holds its regularly scheduled meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. in Omnitrans Metro Facility (San Bernardino) Board Room. All meetings are held in compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act. Board meetings are presided by the Board-appointed Chair. In addition, a Vice-Chair is elected by the Board. The CEO/General Manager is the Secretary to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for such acts as adopting the budget, appointing the CEO/General Manager, appointing a technical committee, establishing policy, and adopting rules and regulations for the conduct of business.

Cities served:Alta Loma, Bloomington, Calimesa, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Highgrove, Loma Linda, Mentone, Montclair, Muscoy, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, Riverside, San Bernardino, Upland, and Yucaipa, California Areas.


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