Omnitrans, the largest public transit provider in San Bernardino County—and identified as an essential service during the COVID-19 crisis—recently announced enhanced daily bus maintenance protocols.
“In addition to daily cleansing with all-purpose cleaners, our utility service workers and custodians have been utilizing industrial-grade disinfectant products to help minimize spread of COVID-19 onboard Omnitrans vehicles and facilities—this includes disinfecting of high-touch areas in our vehicles,” the transportation provider announced.
Omnitrans is also depending on its riders to help keep all who utilize this mode of transportation safe from COVID-19 transmission by adhering to the following:
- Always avoid riding Omnitrans when feeling sick. Stay home!
- Reduce your use of public transit to essential trips only.
- Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds before and after riding the bus. Utilizing hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol is also recommended.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or use the inside of your elbow to cover yourself.
- Practice social distancing (at least 6 feet between people) whenever possible. If there are too many people at a bus stop, consider taking the next bus. In instances of overcrowding, Omnitrans operators will call into dispatch to deploy another vehicle to the affected route.
- Do not stand near the bus operator or in the restricted securement area. All customers must board and exit using the rear entrance—unless you are traveling with a mobility device.
- Consider adjusting trips to off-peak periods—non-commute periods—especially, if it is not work-related.
- Limit carry-on items and keep aisles clear—no items can be placed in restricted areas.
- Be courteous to other riders and the bus operator by following the CDC’s COVID-19 precautionary tips.
Omnitrans is reducing additional service routes beyond those implemented last month which remains in effect. The additional changes will be implemented beginning Monday, April 13th:
|7||San Bernardino||Eliminated permanently (was previously planned for elimination in September 2020).|
|12||San Bernardino, Rialto,
|Will utilize OmniAccess minibuses (pictured). The schedule remains unchanged.|
|20||Fontana, Unincorporated County||Eliminated permanently (was previously planned for elimination in September 2020).|
|29||Fontana, Bloomington||Will utilize OmniAccess minibuses (pictured). Schedule remains unchanged.|
|67||Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga||Temporarily eliminated due to low ridership.|
|80||Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario||Temporarily eliminated due to low ridership.|
|290||San Bernardino, Colton, Ontario,
|Temporarily eliminated due to low ridership.|
|308||Yucaipa||Eliminated permanently (was previously planned for elimination in September 2020).|
|309/310||Yucaipa||Route 309 and 310 will operate every 60 minutes on weekdays. No changes to weekends.|
|365||Chino Hills||Will temporarily operate on a Saturday schedule Monday through Saturday. Sunday schedule will continue unchanged.|
For those who ride OmniAccess minibuses please note they are currently transitioning from a red/blue to a green/blue branding color scheme, therefore, you may see either of the two minibuses pictured here—they will begin to temporarily serve Routes 12 and 29.
If you are personally left without any transportation service for essential needs as a result of the service reduction, please contact Omnitrans at 1-800-966-6428.
Omnitrans riders are reminded to do their part to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 by limiting travel on Omnitrans to essential trips only.