Omnitrans launches Saturday sbX service

Free rides January 12, 19 and 26

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Photo Omnitrans: Passengers prepare to board sbX vehicle at the VA Hospital Station in Loma Linda.
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Omnitrans will expand its sbX bus rapid transit line service in Loma Linda and San Bernardino to include Saturdays beginning January 12, 2019.

sbX Saturday service will operate every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Free rides are offered on three Saturdays, January 12, 19 and 26, to encourage the public to take a test ride.

“We’re pleased to fulfill customer requests to add sbX service on weekends. Now people can enjoy sbX station amenities and faster trips on their way to Saturday shopping, sports and entertainment activities,” said Omnitrans CEO P. Scott Graham.  “It’s also a speedier option for those working weekends in the retail, hospitality, healthcare and logistics industries.”

Since the sbX BRT line began in April 2014, over 3 million passengers have hopped on board, with about 3,000 boardings on a typical weekday.  At the San Bernardino Transit Center, sbX connects with Metrolink, multiple Omnitrans bus routes, and four other regional bus agencies. The 16-mile line through San Bernardino and Loma Linda features 5 miles of dedicated bus-only lanes, 16 stations and four park-and-ride lots.

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On weekdays, the BRT line operates from 5 am until 11 pm with 10 minute frequency during peak morning and afternoon hours.  Weekday mid-day and early evening sbX frequency is 15 minutes and in early morning and late evening the line operates every 20 to 30 minutes.

The sbX fleet of 15 natural-gas-powered, 60-foot articulated vehicles offer onboard Wi-Fi, power outlets, interior bike racks, and space for two wheelchairs.  All sbX stations feature real time arrival signs, benches, lighting, security cameras, and public art. Regular sbX fares are $1.75 for a single ride or $5 for an all-day pass. Bus passes can be purchased on board, at ticket vending machine on station platforms or via the Token Transit mobile fare app.  Complete route and schedule information is available at: http://www.omnitrans.org/schedules/sbx-green-line/

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