By Courtney Mata |Staff Writer|
Omnitrans is creating a new $191.7 million sbX transit line that will create faster transportation.
According to The Press Enterprise, “About a third of the route has bus-only lanes, and there will be an average of one stop every mile. That along with signals from the buses to turn traffic lights green, will cut travel time from Cal State to the VA hospital from 64 minutes on a regular bus to 39 minutes. Buses will pick up passengers at stations every 10 to 15 minutes.”
The new sbX is intended to encourage residents and students to take the bus instead of drive.
Students can still get free bus rides with their Coyote ID cards.
“Go Smart program will still be effective for the new bus. I hope it will encourage the students to ride the bus,” said David Rutherford, public relations representative for Omnitrans.
The new sbX bus will have fewer stops, allowing for faster travel.
The sbX will be able to have control of the traffic signals as well. The lights will always be green for the sbX bus, explained Rutherford.
“I would ride the bus if the route was faster and time convenient for my school schedule,” said student Fallon Tepper.
Students are skeptical about public transportation in San Bernardino.
“Public transportation is better in the east coast. I would rather drive my car here in San Bernardino. I think locations are too far apart here,” said student Cindy Todorovich.
Omnitrans is hoping to prove that public transportation can be a success and may improve the economy.
“We are hoping to encourage students of CSUSB, Loma Linda and other residents to take advantage of the new sbX. We hope that it will attract people to the downtown San Bernardino area,” said Rutherford.
The sbX transit bus line will have fewer stops than other buses, which may discourage some riders.
Bus riders are going to need to plan the routes to make sure the bus stops at convenient stops for them.
“I do not think I would ride in the new sbX bus because with fewer stops, I am going to have to walk further. The new bus might not stop at the places I need to get to,” said student Kathleen Leon.
One of the sbX stops will be at CSUSB and will link to some downtown areas as well as Loma Linda.
Students that take the bus will have access to Wi-Fi and outlets for their electronics.
One problem the Omnitrans might face is the fact that CSUSB is a commuter school which means that most students would require the service.
Senior Jolene Castanon travels from Yucaipa to San Bernardino.
“Unless the bus can pick me up in Yucaipa, I won’t have much use for it. I’ll use my car because I will have control of my traveling time,” said Castanon.
CSUSB transportation and parking officials have no comment on the new sbX express, because of lack of details from Omnitrans and the new sbX bus line is expected to have a grand opening in late April.
Contact Omnitrans at (909) 379-7100 for more info on sbX bus transit bus line.