In September, the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC) will celebrate one year of operation with a sidewalk chalk art contest, live music, refreshments and promotional giveaways on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
“Our vision for the SBTC is to be a busy regional transit hub and much more,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams. “We also hope it will become a vibrant community gathering place and source of civic pride. With the sidewalk chalk art contest we invite the community out to experience both the transit center and the talents of local artists.”
Approximately 5,000 passengers pass through the SBTC each weekday, making connections with 13 Omnitrans bus routes as well as routes operated by Mountain Transit and Victor Valley Transit Authority.
Connections at the SBTC will be expanding in the year ahead. On September 14, Beaumont’s Pass Transit will bring its Commuter Link Route 120 to SBTC. In spring 2017, Metrolink train service will be extended to the site. To coincide with the Metrolink extension, Omnitrans will launch a new freeway express Route 208 with peak-hour service between Yucaipa, Redlands and San Bernardino.
In recognition of the SBTC’s energy efficient design, the theme for the sidewalk chalk art contest is “Green Scenes.” Prizes of $250, $100 and $50 will be awarded for first, second and third place in the adult category. All children 13 and under who participate will receive a prize. Omnitrans will provide live music, promotional goodies and refreshments for all in attendance.
The SBTC offers an indoor climate controlled lobby with public restrooms, drinking fountains, and customer service desk, plus shaded outdoor waiting areas and digital bus arrival signs. Some of the “green” features include solar rooftop panels, sustainable greenery, high tech heating and cooling systems and water-saving drinking fountains.