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SBX Bus Lane Opens With Good Attendance, One Crash

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SBSun.com-The first day of service was marred by an accident Monday afternoon when two people in an SUV driving in a bus only lane were hit by an sbX bus.

SAN BERNARDINO >> They were going to court, going to lunch, going to work, going to the VA hospital or just going out of curiosity.

On the first day San Bernardino’s bus rapid transit line was open to the public, passengers answered the question of many skeptics — “who’s going to ride a bus from Cal State to Loma Linda?” — with enthusiasm.

“I can see us using it pretty frequently,” said Nancy Presser, a north San Bernardino resident riding the length of the route with her husband

Larry to see what it was like. “It only took us about 10 minutes longer to get lunch than it would have by car, and we didn’t have to pay for gas or deal with the hassle. I really hope this is a sign of progressive improvements in the city.”

Several peak-hour buses were close to packed, while later buses also generally saw 10 or more passengers each along the 15.7-mile bus rapid transit route also called the Green Line, which is free until Friday.

“We’re still counting, but overall we had a good number of people and very positive reactions,” said Omnitrans spokeswoman Wendy Williams.

But the day had its mishaps as well.

Two people were injured when an SUV driving in a bus-only lane was hit Monday by an sbX bus, on the first day of passenger service.

The crash occurred at about 4 p.m. today on E Street just south of Mill Street, when the bus had about 10 people on-board, Williams said.

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