BLUE CUT FIRE: VVTA Route 15 B-V Link, 20, 21 return to regular service

August 23, 2016, 2:07 p.m.

Route 20 and Route 20 return to full service following Blue Cut Fire

Effective immediately, VVTA Route 20 and Route 21 return to regular service, following service disruptions caused by the Blue Cut Fire last week. Transit services that were disrupted by the wildfire have been restored. 


August 20, 2016, 1:14 p.m.

VVTA transports Blue Cut Fire evacuees to Red Cross evacuation centers

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Today, VVTA buses are transporting evacuees through the Cajon Pass for the first time since the Blue Cut Fire displaced them from their homes Tuesday. The experience through the charred landscape is “surreal,” and “the generosity of people has been comforting in very difficult time when many of us are at a complete loss.” The round trips throughout the day from the American Red Cross evacuation center in Fontana to the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds is connecting evacuees with vital support services that will help put their lives back on track.

 


August 19, 2016, 2:24 p.m.

Route 21 service to Phelan restored; Route 20 begins limited service in Phelan Saturday; deviation service in Phelan to be limited

Effective immediately, VVTA Route 21 service to Phelan is restored and will operate its regular Monday through Saturday route and schedule. Route 21 Sunday service to Wrightwood remains suspended until further notice due to the Blue Cut Fire. Sunday deviation service will be limited to road closures and active wildfire conditions. 

VVTA Route 20 service in Phelan begins operation Saturday. Route 20 service to Wrightwood remains suspended. Deviation service will limited be limited to road closures and active wildfire conditions. 

Highway 138 from Interstate 15 to Los Angeles County Line remains closed. Beekley Road from Phelan Road to Highway 138 remains closed. Highway 2 from Highway 138 to Los Angeles County Line remains closed.


August 18, 2016, 14:47 p.m.

Route 15 service restored; Route 20 service remains suspended; Route 21 service remains limited

Victor Valley Transit Authority Route 15 B-V Link service between Victorville and San Bernardino will be restored to its regular schedule beginning 7 a.m., Friday, August 19, 2016 to San Bernardino. 

VVTA Route 15 B-V Link service to San Bernardino Valley stops was suspended Tuesday due to the closure of Interstate 15 caused by the Blue Cut Fire in the Cajon Pass. Northbound and southbound I-15 traffic through the Cajon Pass has since been restored with limited service. According to the California Highway Patrol Inland Division, intermittent lane closures are expected while repairs are made. Therefore, passengers may experience delays during this time. Service between Victorville and Barstow was not affected. 

Route 21 service to bus stops between Hesperia Super Target and Mall of Victor Valley via Amargosa Road remains operational. Route 21 service to bus stops outside of this area, including service to Phelan, remains suspended until further notice. 

Route 20 service remains suspended until further notice due to ongoing road closures caused by active firefighting efforts in Phelan and Wrightwood. 

VVTA personnel and assets remain on standby in support of emergency service agencies. Since the fire began, VVTA staff and transit vehicles have assisted in evacuating residents and pets from mandatory evacuation areas besieged by the fire.

Route 15 B-V Link provides service between San Bernardino, Victorville and Barstow six days a week. Weekday service between Victorville and San Bernardino begins at 7 a.m. and runs every two hours. The last trip from the San Bernardino Transit Center departs at 6:18 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive at the Victorville Transfer Point on Lorene Drive and 7th Street at 7:40 p.m. and continues to the Barstow Library stop for a scheduled 9 p.m. arrival. 

Route 15 B-V Link averages approximately 250 weekday passengers. Route 15 B-V Link Saturday service began July 2016.


August 17, 2016, 11:27 a.m.

VVTA Route 23 between Lucerne Valley and Apple Valley is subject to delays caused by #BlueCutFire traffic congestion on Highway 247.


August 17, 2016, 11:07 a.m.

VVTA Route 21 service to bus stops between Hesperia Super Target and Mall of Victor Valley via Amargosa Road has been restored. Bus stops outside of this area are not being serviced due to the #BlueCutFire. 


August 17, 2016, 7:15 a.m.

Victor Valley Transit Authority Route 20, Route 21, and Route 15 B-V Link service between Victorville and San Bernardino are currently nonoperational due to the Blue Cut Fire and subsequent road closures. Route 15 B-V Link service between Victorville and Barstow remains operational.

Other routes within the transit system are currently on time. Though, delays are possible due to road closures and subsequent traffic congestion.

VVTA personnel and assets remain on standby in support of emergency services.

According to California Highway Patrol, the following major roads remain closed: Interstate 15 between Ranchero Road and Interstate 215; Highway 138 between the Los Angeles County Line and Highway 173; and State Route 2 between Los Angeles County Line and Highway 138.


August 16, 2016, 3:15 p.m.

Victor Valley Transit Authority Route 20 service in Wrightwood, Route 20 and Route 21 service in Phelan, and Route 15 B-V Link service between Victorville and San Bernardino is suspended until further notice due to the Blue Cut Fire at Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass.

However, today, Tuesday, August 16, 2016, VVTA Route 15 passengers stranded in San Bernardino and Fontana will picked up at scheduled stops at scheduled times by Omnitrans buses and brought to San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC). To ensure no passengers are left behind, Route 15 service from San Bernardino to Victorville will depart from SBTC at its regularly scheduled 6:18 p.m. departure time and will continue to its scheduled stops at Arrowhead Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, and Fontana Metrolink. From the Fontana Metrolink the bus will travel the safest alternate route possible to the Victorville Transfer Point at Seventh Street and Lorene Drive near Costco. The arrival time at the Victorville Transfer Point is unknown. 

VVTA Route 21 will only service stops between Hesperia Super Target and the Mall of Victor Valley.

VVTA personnel and assets remain on standby in support of emergency services.

According to California Highway Patrol, Interstate 15 between Oak Hills Road and Interstate 215, Lone Pine Canyon Road, and Cleghorn Road is closed. Highway 138 between Highway 2 and Summit Valley Road is closed. 

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, an American Red Cross emergency shelter has been established for evacuees at the Jessie Turner Community Center, 15556 Summit Avenue, Fontana. According to Hesperia Unified School District, an emergency shelter has been established at Sultana High School, 17311 Sultana Street, Hesperia.

Route 23 & 43 southbound stop on Central Road at Bear Valley Road temporarily closed

Due to construction on the west side of Central Road north of Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley, the bus stop used by southbound VVTA Route 23 and 43 will not be serviced until further notice. Alternatively, passengers may use the southbound bus stop on Central Road south of Sioux Road.

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Reuse of Route 15 fare media to board a second Route 15 segment is fare evasion

VVTA Route 15 B-V Link fare media may be used as fare on VVTA Victor Valley and Barstow Fixed Route and County Route buses within six hours of purchase at no additional charge. Attempts to reuse Route 15 fare media to board or receive a discount on a second Route 15 segment is fraud/fare evasion, which is subject to confiscation, prosecution, and fines.

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VVTA Route 32, Direct Access detour Tuesday, August 2 in Victorville

Due to a special event in Victorville and subsequent road closure on Civic Drive between Ramona Avenue and Seneca Road, VVTA Route 32 will be on detour Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Additionally, VVTA Direct Access will not service this area. 

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VVTA 44, 48 delays possible due to Main Street construction in Hesperia

Beginning Monday, July 18, 2016, there will be rolling construction on eastbound and westbound Main Street between I Avenue and Cataba Road, lasting approximately three to six months. As a result, VVTA Routes 44 and 48 may experience delays. During this time, buses should have access to all bus stops.

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Route 53 returns to regular Bear Valley Road route

VVTA Route 53 will return to regular route on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, following the completion of Bear Valley Road construction that began in April. The three stops that were missed west of Balsam Avenue, east of Cottonwood Avenue, and west of Cottonwood Avenue at Starbucks will return to regular service.

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VVTA Route 15 B-V Link Saturday service begins July 2, 2016

VVTA Route 15 B-V Link will begin new Saturday service on Saturday, July 2, 2016. The service will add four Saturday runs to its Victorville to San Bernardino segment and four to its Victorville to Barstow segments.

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No Regular Barstow Bus Service Monday, July 4 Independence Day Holiday

In observance of the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4, 2016, there will be no regular public Barstow Area Transit bus service in Barstow. Special free bus service provided by Transdev will run a limited schedule.

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No VVTA Bus Service Monday, July 4 Independence Day Holiday

In observance of the Independence Day holiday Monday, July 4, 2016, there will be no VVTA bus service available in the Victor Valley. These include VVTA Fixed Route, County Route, NTC Commuter, B-V Link, and Direct Access. Regular services will resume Tuesday, July 5. VVTA offices in Hesperia will be closed Monday, July 4. The office will reopen Tuesday, July 5.

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VVTA Bus Routes resume regular service Thursday following early Palmdale Road construction completion

VVTA Routes 15, 31, 32, 45, and 45X will return to their regular routes and schedules on Thursday, June 23, following a detour caused by the Caltrans Slurry Seal Project on Palmdale Road, which completed early. Bus stops that were missed because of this detour will also return to regular service.

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Direct Access Scheduling Software Arrives Thursday, June 23

VVTA will launch a new Direct Access scheduling software on Thursday, June 23. The new system is simple, efficient, and makes scheduling easy for ADA-certified passengers. Normal operating procedures will continue to apply. You may notice a difference in your usual negotiated scheduled pick-up times. We thank you in advance for your patience and support during this transition.

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VVTA 43, 45, 53, 55 delayed due to traffic accident Bear Valley Road at Ridgecrest Road

Victor Valley Transit Authority Routes 43, 45, 53, 55, are delayed due to a traffic accident on westbound Bear Valley Road before Ridgecrest Road. Traffic is heavy in both directions. The estimated time to clear the accident and return to schedule is several hours. 

VVTA Bus Routes on Detour During Palmdale Road Construction

Victor Valley Transit Authority Routes 31, 32, 45, and 45X will be on detour from Monday, June 20 to Friday, June 24 due to Caltrans Slurry Seal Project road closures on Palmdale Road from El Evado Road to Green Tree Boulevard. Bus stops within this area will be missed. Delays are expected and may affect other routes within the transit system.

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Transit services return to Victorville Transportation Center on Monday, June 20

The Victorville Transportation Center on D Street in Victorville will reopen to transit services Monday, June 20, 2016. Victor Valley Transit Authority Route 22, 41, 101-B, 102B, 103A, 103B, 107A, and 107B service will be restored to the scheduled stop. VVTA Vanpool participants may begin using the Park & Ride location for parking and to make commuter carpool connections when reopened.

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VVTA services closed for Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 30, 2016

EFFECTIVE MAY 30, 2016: Due to the Memorial Day national holiday, there will be no service for all Victor Valley Transit Authority services in Victor Valley and Barstow, including Fixed Route, NTC Commuter, B-V Link, County, or Direct Access buses on Monday, May 30, 2016. VVTA Customer Service and Routing and Scheduling services will also be closed.

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Victorville Transportation Center construction closure affects multiple bus routes, Vanpool, and Park & Ride

The Victorville Transportation Center on D Street in Victorville will temporarily close for construction. Beginning Monday, May 9, 2016 until Friday, July 1, 2016, Victor Valley Transit Authority Route 22, 41, 101, 102, 103, and 107 and VVTA Vanpool will not stop at this location. 

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VVTA Route 53 Westbound Begins Bear Valley Road Detour Wednesday

Due to road construction in Victorville, Victor Valley Transit Authority Route 53 will detour from Bear Valley Road westbound beginning Wednesday, April 27, 2016. The detour will remain in effect until further notice and temporarily miss three westbound Bear Valley Road bus stops, including west of Balsam Avenue, east of Cottonwood Avenue, and west of Cottonwood Avenue at Starbucks. A temporary stop will be placed on Balsam Avenue north of Tokay Street. All other stops will remain unaffected, including all eastbound Bear Valley Road stops.

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Route 15 B-V Link Same Day Discount Now Available with Omnitrans & MARTA Fare Media

Omnitrans or Mountain Transit (MARTA) passengers with valid fare media now receive a $1.00 discount when paying Victor Valley  Transit Authority (VVTA) Route 15 B-V Link fare at stops departing San Bernardino Valley during same day of travel. VVTA Route 15 B-V Link fare media is sold at VVTA Administration in Hesperia, on VVTA and Barstow buses, and at San Bernardino Transit Center.

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Route 15 B-V Link Fare Media Accepted as Fare on VVTA & Barstow Fixed & County Route Buses

For passenger convenience, Victor Valley Transit Authority Route 15 B-V Link fare media may be used as fare on VVTA and Barstow Fixed Route and County Route buses within six hours of purchase at no additional charge.

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Victor Valley College Bus Stop Order to be Realigned Monday, April 18

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To improve on-time system performance, Victor Valley Transit Authority will modify the bus stop lineup order at the Victor Valley College Upper Campus Transfer Point on Jacaranda Avenue. The realignment will take effect the morning of Monday, April 18. Heading southbound on Jacaranda Avenue, the stop lineup will be as follows: 55, 45 Victorville, 45X, 45 Hesperia, and 43/53.

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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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