VVTA awarded CalACT Outstanding Coordination Award


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Hesperia, Calif. (May 25, 2017) – Victor Valley Transit Authority was awarded Outstanding Coordination Effort Award of the Year by the California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CalACT), the largest state transit association in the United States. The award was presented at the CalACT 2017 Spring Conference and Expo in Lake Tahoe, California CalACT’s annual awards event where the association honors transit agencies that has made positive contributions to transportation and other CalACT members. Accepting the award was VVTA CTSA Director, Aaron Moore.

VVTA launches new Route 24 Oak Hills bus route Monday

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Hesperia, Calif. (October 20, 2016) – Victor Valley Transit Authority begins new fixed route bus service to Oak Hills on Monday, October 24. VVTA Route 24 will become the first route to serve the unincorporated area Oak Hills and will connect residents to education opportunities as well as medical, social service, retail services, and entertainment venues.

County Court System to offer Needles Residents services August 1

VVTA Route 200 Needles Link Bus at Victorville Transfer Point

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Hesperia, Calif. (July 14, 2016) – Beginning August 1, 2016, the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, Barstow District, will begin hearing Small Claims, Traffic, and Landlord Tenant matters from the Needles jurisdiction. The court is scheduling hearing dates for Needles residents to coincide with Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) Route 200 Needles Link, which provides Friday bus service between Needles, Barstow, and Victorville.

The collaborative effort between San Bernardino Superior Court, VVTA, and San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood is part of an ongoing effort to restore services that were reduced due to the state budgetary constraints of recent years.

“It’s great to begin rebuilding the region and connecting residents to essential services,” said Lovingood. “Through launching this service last month, we learned the value of these connections. The route opens up new options for medical, dental, social, and retail services. For veterans, elderly, and children on Medi-Cal, there are no dental services available in Needles. School teachers have shared with us how this bus service bridges that gap between Needles and these readily available services in Barstow.”

“For residents with limited transportation, the route offers independence,” said VVTA Board Chair Barb Stanton. “Needles Link delivers access to opportunities that do not yet exist in that region of California. For a reasonable fare, residents can now access major grocery stores, shopping centers, and medical services in Barstow and the Victor Valley.”

VVTA Route 200 provides round-trip service that begins in Needles with curb pickup for Needles residents who have made advanced reservations. The bus departs the G Street stop near the Needles Chamber of Commerce at 6:15 a.m. It arrives at the Barstow Library near the Barstow Court House at 9:30 a.m., the stop across from the Victorville Court House at 10:15 a.m. and the Victorville Transfer Point at 10:30 a.m., where connecting service to San Bernardino is available via VVTA Route 15 B-V Link for an additional fare. The return trip departs the Victorville Transfer Point at 2:30 p.m., the Victorville Court House at 2:45 p.m., the Barstow Library a 4 p.m., and arrives at G Street in Needles at 7:15 p.m.

Last week, Needles Link provided round-trip service for 12 passengers. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended and may be scheduled from two weeks in advance to the day prior to service before 5 p.m. Needles residents may reserve curb-to-curb pick up and drop off service within city limits.

Regular one-way fare is $12. Discount fare is available to veterans, those 60-years of age or older, and those with disabilities. Up to three children age five and under may ride free per adult fare. The $6 discount fare requires identification. Needles Link fare media may be used as fare on VVTA and Barstow Fixed Route and County Route buses on the same day of purchase at no additional charge. Carry-ons are limited to two packages and must remain in passenger lap or under seat.

All Needles Small Claims and Landlord Tenant case cases filed prior to August 1, 2016 will remain assigned to the Joshua Tree Courthouse. For more information, contact the Court Executive Office at 909-708-8746.

New Friday Bus Route Links Needles to Barstow and Victorville

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Needles, Calif. (June 15, 2016) – Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) is announcing a new bus route, designated the “Needles Link” which will be providing transportation from Needles, to Barstow and Victorville, on Fridays, beginning June 17th.  The route is in response to a request from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair, Robert Lovingood. Lovingood says, “The Needles Link is a cost-effective local solution for veterans, seniors and the general public.” He adds that the new route, “is an innovative way to help desert residents deal with the state’s funding cuts to courts in Needles and Barstow.” The reason for the Friday route is that courts have agreed to create a special Needles Calendar; most cases will be scheduled on Fridays.

VVTA Begins Testing Electric-Powered Transit Bus

Hesperia, Calif. (March 17, 2016) – Victor Valley Transit Authority begins testing its first electric-powered transit bus Friday. Using a demonstration bus provided by Complete Coach Works, the effort is part of the agency’s quest to meet proposed California Air Resource Board standards for zero-emissions transit fleets. The 10-day period will enable the agency to test and demonstrate the technology on 16 of its 34 routes, which provide connections from San Bernardino, through Barstow, and to Fort Irwin for its commuter service.

VVTA Fleet Analyst Earns California Transit Association’s Transit Professional of the Year Award

Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) Fleet Analyst, Dustin Strandberg, accepted the 2015 California Transit Association (CTA) Transit Professional of the Year award, during the Small Operator Awards Breakfast in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday.

Hesperia, Calif. (December 7, 2015) – Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) Fleet Analyst, Dustin Strandberg, accepted the 2015 California Transit Association’s (CTA) Transit Professional of the Year award during the 50th Annual Fall Conference in Pasadena, Calif. The award is given to a transit professional who demonstrates exceptional leadership and makes significant contributions that benefit public transit.

VVTA Releases System Update to Google Transit Trip Planner, Real-Time Mobile App

Hesperia, CA (November 11, 2015) – Victor Valley Transit Authority today released its latest bus route and schedule update to Google Transit, the trip planner available through Google Maps. The update features enhancements to all city, county, and commuter bus routes for the Victor Valley and the Barstow area.

VVTA Facility Earns LEED Gold Certification For Environmental Design

Hesperia, CA (October 30, 2015) – Victor Valley Transit Authority this week earned the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The High Desert transit agency earned the award for the environmental-friendly design and construction of two separate buildings on its 10-acre facility.

VVTA / Barstow Area Transit Merger Formalized, Two New Board Members Join VVTA

Hesperia, CA (September 9, 2015) – At its April meeting, the Victor Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors approved its merger with Barstow Area Transit. The July VVTA Board meeting welcomed two new Board members: San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos and City of Barstow Councilmember Richard Harpole.

VVTA Launches 45X Express Route Featuring Non-Stop Service to Victor Valley College

Hesperia, CA (August 14, 2015) – Victor Valley Transit Authority will launch the region’s first express route, providing non-stop bus service between Victor Valley College and the Victorville Transfer Hub at Costco. The service begins Monday and will feature three morning runs to VVC and three afternoon runs to Costco. The 45X Express Route will reduce passenger crowding and improve on-time performance for the popular 45 and 55 routes. 

Victor Valley College Students Now Ride VVTA Buses Free With Student ID

Hesperia, CA (September 17, 2014) – The Victor Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors voted Monday to fund the Victor Valley College Ram Pass pilot program, reinstating the free student bus pass until January 2015, when a sustainable VVC transportation fee is expected to take effect.

VVTA Honors High Desert Veterans With New Discounted Bus Pass

Hesperia, CA (April 16, 2014) – Recognizing those who have served the nation’s military, the Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) will honor veterans with the launch of its reduced-fare VVTA Veterans Pass. The reduced rates, which approximate half the regular fare rates, will be available for all VVTA Fixed Routes, County Routes, and BV-Link San Bernardino Lifeline Service, beginning April 21.

VVTA Donates Bus To Deliver Mobility To VVCSC’s New Freedom Program

Hesperia, CA (April 9, 2014) – Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) logged a major milestone in its initiative to mobilize the High Desert, donating a paratransit bus to Victor Valley Community Services Council’s (VVCSC) New Freedom Program on Monday. The event marks a partnership that will dramatically extend services to mobility-impaired senior citizens and those with disabilities.

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