Omnitrans was placed in the media spotlight, specifically on the sbX bus rapid transit project that would provide a speedy transit alternative along a major local corridor in San Bernardino. Currently, Omnitrans Route 2 serves the north/south E-Street corridor; however, getting between the major destinations along the route is slow because its local stops are heavily used making longer distance bus trips slow. sbX will address this, emulating the Metro Orange Line through the higher density areas and Metro Rapid elsewhere. Much of the sbX debate now centers on whether choice riders would switch from their cars and use the bus and whether developers would be inclined to build and invest along the bus route with the abundance of street crime.
We’ll analyze the detailed reporting, remarks from those interviewed, reader comments, and constructive criticism from skeptics. Be sure to follow our Inland Empire Transit Blog for input this week to read updates.