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You have until May 5 to nominate your rideshare program for a Diamond Award

Is your rideshare program so good it stops traffic? We want to hear about it! Nominations are being accepted until May 5 for the Diamond Awards, which honor outstanding rideshare programs in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.

“Promoting ridesharing at the worksite can sometimes feel like a thankless task. These awards are a chance to show our appreciation to ETCs for the important work they do,” says Alan Holmes with Ventura County Transportation Commission, one of the event’s sponsors.

New categories this year: 1) Innovator Awards for creative ideas large and small for running or marketing a rideshare program and, 2) Ambassador Awards, highlighting the achievements of commuters who help spread the rideshare word

To apply:
Los Angeles: Diamond Award nomination form  or Ambassador's Award nomination form
Orange County:  Nomination form
Ventura County: Nomination form

Winners will be invited to attend a luncheon on May 29 at the historic Fred Harvey room in Union Station..


5 fun facts about the new sbX

The newly-launched sbX in San Bernardino is the first-of-its-kind express bus service in the Inland Empire, spanning 15.7 miles between the cities of San Bernardino and Loma Linda. A few things to know:

1. sbX buses breeze past traffic thanks to dedicated bus lanes and the ability for each bus to send a signal at intersections to extend a green light or cause it to turn green earlier.
2. It runs 6 a.m.-8:45 p.m. Monday through Friday (every 10 minutes peak hours; 15 minutes off-peak).
3. Free Wi-Fi and power outlets are available on board.
4. sbX accepts the same fares and passes as Omnitrans local route service.
5. Buses include four interior bike racks.

Find out more at estreet-sbx.com and omnitrans.org.

405World’s longest carpool lane to open this month… here in Southern California

The freeway improvement project that brought us Carmageddon and Jamzilla is about to bring Southern Californians something quite different: the opening of the longest stretch of carpool lane in the world.

The five-year I-405 Sepulveda Pass project is expected to be completed this year. In addition to new ramps and widened overpasses, improvements include a 10-mile carpool lane that runs between the 10 and 101 Freeways. Once that’s open to ridesharing motorists, they’ll be able to travel along the 405, from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley and North County area.



OCTA’s one-stop shop for all things digital

Orange County Transportation Authority’s new Go Digital webpage is a one-stop shop for the 40% of OCTA riders who use their smartphones to access bus information. Customers can now easily find digital tools that include text alerts, ebusbook, trip planning, mobile apps, social media and the Text4Next service that lets riders know bus arrival times.

The Go Digital webpage is at octa.net/Bus-Transit/Digital-Tools/.

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