Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) commissioned AECOM to perform a Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) and a Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) of the Victor Valley Transit Authority. The study looked at the current performance of Victor Valley Transit services as well as development in the Victor Valley area to determine how effective the current services are and what service modifications will be needed to serve the Victor Valley community in the coming years.
This COA addresses the needs of VVTA based on the growth of the system. In September 2015, Barstow Area Transit (BAT) merged with VVTA. In the year leading up to the merger, VVTA operated BAT through an intergovernmental agreement which began shortly after the previous COA ended. A goal of this COA was to create a seamless VVTA that incorporates the current VVTA services and the services in Barstow. Also, this COA addresses improvements to current services to improve on-time performance and provide enhancements to the system. This COA also presents a staffing and capital plan that will support growth of the system. Growth of the system has to be done in a financially constrained environment and recommendations in the COA are phased and designed to be flexible to meet funding realities.
Analysis of Services
The transit service baseline and ridership analysis provides a description of Victor Valley Transit, services that are provided by VVTA, and an analysis of these services. The transit service overview provides a description of VVTA governance, budget, services, service trends, service changes, and fare policy. The service descriptions provide an overview of the services provided by VVTA and the operating statistics of the services including span, frequency, ridership, revenue hours, revenue miles, operating expenses, fare revenue, and fare payment. An analysis of on-time performance for bus routes was conducted based on information provided by the Avail and TransTrack systems. Maps of the current services are presented on Figure ES-1 through Figure ES-3.
Service and financial indicators that were used to analyze VVTA’s services are as follows:
- Passengers per Hour
- Passengers per Mile
- Cost per Hour
- Cost per Mile
- Cost per Peak Vehicle
- Revenue per Passenger
- Farebox Recovery
A profile of each route was developed. The route profiles show ridership patterns, both by time of day and by location; analysis of the route based on the aforementioned service and financial indicators; and include on-time performance/running time analysis.