Omnitrans is proposing a fare increase, the elimination of one freeway express route, and modifications to other routes, effective in September.
To gather public feedback regarding these changes, the transit agency will hold meetings across the San Bernardino Valley between April 2 and 10.
If approved, the cost of an Omnitrans bus ride would increase from $1.75 to $2 for full fare customers. A day pass would rise from $5 to $6, a seven-day pass would increase from $18 to $20, and a 31-day pass would go from $55 to $60.
Rates would also increase for riders who qualify for senior, disabled, Medicare, veteran and youth discounts and for customers using Access service.
“We have held fares steady for five years,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams. “The proposed increase will help Omnitrans maintain current service levels which our customers depend on to get to work, school, shopping and medical appointments.”
Freeway express Route 208, which travels on Interstate 10 between Yucaipa, Redlands and San Bernardino, is recommended for elimination due to low ridership. Local bus routes which connect those three communities will remain in service.
Omnitrans is proposing to modify local Route 11 to create a direct connection between Fontana and Rialto to Cal State San Bernardino. This new alignment also serves major employment centers, including Amazon warehouses and Renaissance Marketplace in Rialto. A minor change to local Route 22 is recommended to serve Renaissance Marketplace.
Omnitrans is also seeking approval to increase morning and evening frequency on local Route 83, primarily on Euclid Avenue in the cities of Chino, Ontario and Upland, based on a grant award received in partnership with the City of Ontario. This change would take effect in May of 2020.
Fare and service change proposals, including any adjustments made due to public comment, are expected to go before the Omnitrans Board of Directors for final approval on May 1.
Public meetings will be held at the Fontana Metrolink Station, 16777 Orange Way, on Tuesday, April 2 from 2 to 5 p.m.; Thursday, April 4 from 6 to 9 a.m.; and Monday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.