OmniTrans = Independence
Yes, Yes, I know, the bus can’t possibly be like driving a car, but for me, it allowed me to be independent. I’ve always imagined, ultimately, that’s what driving a car must feel like…the ability to get from one point to another. I always remember how inexpensive it was for a day pass, and because I also had the disability identification card, it cost even less. I always ask if there’s a disability discount and Omni has always had that option. Granted it did take time to get places, even using the Omnibus, but now they have the very nice sbX bus that bus is faster, has fewer stops, and is just plain awesome!
I work at the local university and they have a great rideshare program that has allowed me to catch a ride to work with one of my dearest friends. I’m a counselor who works with physically and visually-impaired students and I’m always talking to them about public transit options. Luckily, I get to provide information about the Omnitrans Access Service for people with disabilities and now the sbX bus. Lack of transportation and providing information for individuals with visual impairments is one of the reasons why I started my blog, So, I’m Legally Blind.
Through my blog, I recently met Juno Carlson, a wonderful lady who does the Omni blog and we spent the morning on the sbX bus. I loved it! It has easy wheelchair access and tie downs for the wheelchairs. It also has several outlets where you can charge your phone, tablet and laptop. Very convenient! The machine where you pay is easy to read with large letters, has voice capability and is in Braille. I really liked the large letters on the overhead board that provides transit info, etc. Now, if I wanted to move, I could just catch the sbX and get to work faster. Granted, the stops are fewer, but the sbX has stops in my area. Every Omni bus driver I met couldn’t have been nicer.
I’m so grateful that Omnitrans was available to me when I was going to school and work. Now if I need to use the bus in the future….sbX awaits!
|On the sbX bus|
|Pointing to the 24 hour call box|
|Ticket station has numbers in Braille|
|Looking at the fare box with a day ticket|
|Looking at the outlet that's on the sbX for laptops, phones, tablets etc|
|With the sbX bus driver|
Link is a brief video clip of me talking about the ramp that you can use to walk onto the sbX bus.
Link is a brief video clip of me talking about the STOP button on the sbX bus.
Here is the OmniNews blog post I did. Check it out!