Major Route Service Changes Become Effective October 1, 2017

As a result of the VVTA Comprehensive Operational Analysis, VVTA is making systemwide improvements effective October 1, 2017, which are summarized as follows:

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Fare Adjustments Become Effective October 1, 2017



VVTA will adjust systemwide fares October 1, 2017, which will align Victor Valley and Barstow fare structures, simplifying passenger travel between both areas. The adjustment will reduce the fare on some services, whereas on other services it may rise. While other transit agencies produce fare increases every two years, VVTA strives for consistency and has not adjusted fares in 10 years. VVTA remains the best value for its level of service, featuring some of the lowest fares in Southern California.

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VVTA services not available Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 4

Due to the Labor Day holiday, there will be no Victor Valley Transit Authority services available Monday, September 4, 2017. This includes VVTA transit, administration, customer service, operations, and routing and scheduling services.

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Barstow Walmart bus stop permanently relocates

Effective immediately, the VVTA bus stop (30139) at Barstow Walmart has been permanently relocated approximately 500 feet north of its original location on Montara Road. The new bus stop is now north of the Armory Road intersection and will feature a temporary bus stop sign until new construction is completed. The bus stop relocation affects VVTA Route 1 and NTC Commuter Routes 101A, 102A, 106A, 101B, 104B and 105B passengers.

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Route 1 & 2 detour during Barstow College construction

Effectively immediately, the Barstow College bus stop will not be served due to construction. Alternatively, passengers may use the temporary Barstow Road stop located at the south driveway to the college. Pending completion of construction, regular service will be restored Wednesday, July 19, 2017. During the detour, passengers requiring transfers between VVTA Route 1 and Route 2 must transfer at the stops on Rimrock Road at Barstow Road.

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CORRECTION: Any Government-Issued ID is Accepted by VVTA

VVTA Direct Access (ADA) certified riders are NOT REQUIRED TO PRESENT a VVTA-ISSUED PHOTO ID to ride Direct Access. Any government-issued photo ID is sufficient and must presented to the driver along with the VVTA Direct Access Card. However, a VVTA-issued Photo ID can be used alone and replace the need to show 2 different forms of identification to the driver (photo & ADA card). Additionally, VVTA Photo IDs can be used for identification purposes wherever you go. Complimentary VVTA Photo IDs can be obtained during regular business hours (M-F 8:30 – 4:30), at VVTA Hesperia (17150 Smoke Tree Street) At VVTA Barstow (1612 State Street) you can have a photo taken and a VVTA Photo ID will be mailed. Regular Direct Access fares apply if you chose to schedule a ride to VVTA offices.

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Special Barstow 2017 Independence Day service available Tuesday, July 4th

VVTA will provide free Independence Day bus service in support of the 20th Annual Barstow Fireworks Spectacular at the Robert A. Sessions Sportspark. The special service will run on a limited schedule Tuesday, July 4, 2017. No other VVTA services will be provided.

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Barstow Fixed Route 10-Ride Ticket sales to be discontinued July 1

Beginning July 1, 2017, sales of VVTA 10-Ride Tickets for Barstow Fixed and County Routes will be discontinued. Alternatively, VVTA Value Cards may be purchased in $5, $10, and $20 increments from the bus operator. VVTA 10-Ride Tickets will not be accepted as fare after September 30, 2017.

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VVTA services will not operate Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, 2017

Victor Valley Transit Authority services will not operate for the Memorial Day national holiday on Monday, May 29. All transit and administrative services will not be available during this time.

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VVTA-issued discount ID cards must be upgraded to new photo ID by July 1, 2017

Passengers using VVTA-issued Veteran, Senior, Disabled, Medicare, Student, and Direct Access discount ID cards will require replacement by the newly-designed VVTA Photo ID Cards, beginning Saturday, July 1, 2017. The old VVTA ID cards will become obsolete at that time.

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Passenger photo IDs required for discount fare beginning July 1, 2017

VVTA will require valid photo identification for all passengers requesting discount fare, beginning Saturday, July 1, 2017. VVTA passenger ID cards that do not feature photo identification will become obsolete at that time. Valid government- or school-issued photo IDs will continue to be accepted for discount fare. Excludes VVC Ram Pass.

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Passenger photo IDs required beginning July 1, 2017

Victor Valley Transit Authority will require new photo identification cards for all passengers using discount passes, including Veteran, Senior, Disabled, Medicare, Student, and Direct Access, beginning Saturday, July 1, 2017. Current passenger ID cards will become obsolete at that time. Current discount pass holders may begin replacing their existing IDs on Monday, April 3, 2017. There is no replacement charge for upgrading to a new photo ID card. Passengers may begin the replacement process online at VVTA.org/pass or via email at Info@VVTA.org.

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Barstow ADA identification required for Direct Access service beginning July 1

Effective July 1, 2017, all passengers using Barstow Direct Access paratransit service will require ADA certification. An ADA certification card and government-issued identification will be required when boarding. This requirement matches the entire VVTA System service policy. To begin the four- to six-week ADA eligibility certification process and obtain an ADA certification card, passengers must submit an application at ADARide.com or call 1-877-ADA-RIDE. Fixed Route Senior Disabled Medicare (SDM) identification does not qualify for use of ADA Direct Access service. Complementary to fixed route bus service, VVTA offers curb-to-curb paratransit bus service to individuals who meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and are certified. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that persons with disabilities receive comparable mass transportation service opportunities everyone else receives. For those who have received ADA certification, VVTA Direct Access provides paratransit services as an alternative to its more affordable bus services.

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VVTA will operate modified holiday schedule

Due to the holidays, VVTA will not operate any services on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, and New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1. VVTA will operate its regular Saturday service schedule on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

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Routes 1, 3, NTC Commuter 101B, 104B, 106B detour Friday, December 2, 2016

Due to the Christmas on Route 66 Holiday Street Fair in Barstow, VVTA Routes 1, 3, and NTC Commuter Routes 101B, 104B, and 106B will detour from 3 p.m. to end of service on Friday, December 2, 2016. During this time, the following bus stops will not be serviced: the stop (30053) on northbound 2nd Avenue at Cozy Avenue; the stop (30054) on southbound 2nd Avenue at Cozy Avenue; the stop (30093) on westbound Main Street at 6th Avenue.

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Barstow route transfer clarification

Passengers boarding County Routes 4 or 5, who pay the cash fare or use a 10 Trip Ticket, can request a single trip transfer from the driver to use on any of the routes 1 through 5 (except the route they originally boarded). Transfers are only valid for 2 hours from time of issuance. Passengers boarding Routes 1, 2, or 3 who pay the cash fare or use a 10 Trip Ticket must pay the difference, when transferring to County Routes 4 or 5. Transfers are only valid for 2 hours from time of issuance. 

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VVTA services not available on Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 24, 2016

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, VVTA services will not be available Thursday, November 24, 2016. This includes Barstow and Victor Valley transit services and administration offices, customer service, and routing and scheduling. VVTA transit services and routing and scheduling will be available Friday, November 25, but the administration offices will be closed, reopening Monday, November 28.

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Route 1 will serve Excelsior hourly one direction only; call-in requests are discontinued

Effective immediately, VVTA Route 1 weekday schedule will only provide hourly service to the State Street bus stop near Excelsior Charter School at 11 minutes after the hour, during the outbound trip to Barstow College. The stop is not served on the inbound trip to the Barstow Library. State Street deviation requests are no longer available for the State Street stop.

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Route 1, 2, 15 detour Saturday, October 29 for Barstow Mardi Gras Parade

VVTA Routes 1, 2, and 15 will detour Saturday, October 29 in Barstow due to the Mardi Gras Parade. The detour will affect bus stops on Barstow Road between Main Street and Mountain Avenue, Williams Street between Barstow Road and 1st Avenue, and Main Street between 1st Street and Coolwater Lane. Bus stops within this area will not be serviced.

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Route 1 Barstow begins hourly weekday service to Excelsior on State Street Monday, October 31

Beginning Monday, October 31, the VVTA Route 1 weekday schedule will begin hourly service to the State Street bus stop near Excelsior Charter School at 11 minutes after the hour.

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If you have any questions, please call VVTA Routing & Scheduling Department at (760) 948-3030 or first dial 711 for Telephone for the Deaf (TDD) service.

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