|Rider||Type of Fare||As of July 2007|
|Full Fare Rider|
|Seniors and Persons with Disabilities|
|(includes Measure I subsidies)||Day Pass||$1.60|
|(Youths taller than 46" who||Day Pass||$3.50|
|are 18 or under, and in school)||7-Day Pass||$10.00|
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 by 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, and the final of the three hybrid buses is being tested. The bus utilizes the latest in alternative fuel technology to drastically cut smog producing emissions. The Omnitrans hybrid buses are 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 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. Our 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, is scheduled for completion 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, 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. Future transit operators that may stop at this facility include Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Riverside Transit Agency (RTA). Rail service has also been identified as a possibility linking the Transit Center to the Pomona Metrolink Station to the north along an existing rail spur.
90% Customer Satisfaction In February, 2004 Omnitrans customers gave the transit agency their seal of approval in a recent Attitude an Awareness Study, 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 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.
3 of the TMC RTS buses were sent out on an emergency lease to Valley Metro of Phoenix from February 2007 to May 2007 to cover for a bus shortage.
|Vehicle Type||Manufacture Date||Number in Fleet||Vehicle Length||Seats Available||Fuel Type|
|New Flyer Hybrid||2000||3||40.8'||37||Gasoline/Electric|
|El Dorado Aerotech||2004||10||23.1'||16||Gasoline|