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VVTA Board Embraces Battery Electric Buses

The Victor Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors recently approved the purchase of its first Battery Electric Buses (BEBs), the New Flyer Xcelsior XE models, moving forward on the agency’s commitment to operate an all-electric by 2040.

At its May 21, 2018 meeting the VVTA Board approved Resolution Number 18-04 declaring “its commitment to operate a 100% all electric fleet and establish a goal to meet this objective by 2040.”

“The move into battery electric technology is the right move at the right time,” said VVTA Board Member and Barstow Council Member, Rich Harpole. “In FY 18-19 VVTA plans to replace seven (7) CNG buses which have surpassed their service life. By procuring Battery Electric Buses (BEBs), VVTA places itself in a position to have Southern California Edison (SCE) provide all the required electric infrastructure as part of their SCE Charge Ready Transit Bus Program. This alone could save VVTA approximately $2.2M in the cost of bringing power lines and enough electric power to its Hesperia facility.”

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will be enacting its proposed Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) rule later this year. In response, VVTA plans to get out in front of the regulation to take advantage of all the incentives that are available prior to actual regulation deadlines. For instance, the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), provides for a rebate of up to $150,000 per bus ordered before the state mandate takes effect. This helps offset the cost differential between a CNG bus and a BEB.

“VVTA analysts have carefully considered its zero-emissions options, reviewing an enormous amount of research and performance data from a number of different agencies to address the critical climate and operational challenges in VVTA’s service area,” commented VVTA Director of Maintenance & Facilities, Ron Zirges. “Factoring in all the unique variables, the steep hills, long distances, extreme weather, and traffic patterns, we are confident in the package we have selected and the limited number of routes these buses will successfully serve.”

With a range of approximately 140 miles between charges, VVTA plans to deploy New Flyer Xcelsior XE models, which will include five 35-foot and two 40-foot buses. Projected operational savings over the 12-year life of these vehicles is expected to be over $125,000 in maintenance savings over conventionally-powered vehicles.

Victor Valley Transit route 31 expands to serve University Prep

In the continuing mission of VVTA to better serve the needs of residents of Victor Valley, the Route 31 has been adjusted to directly serve University Prep in Victorville.

The new bus stops include: the stop (50331) on westbound Seneca Road at El Evado Road; and the stop (50332) on westbound and the stop (50333) on eastbound Seneca Road near the University Prep School crosswalk. The stop (50274) on Palmdale Road at El Evado Road will no longer be served.

These adjustments will allow students of University Prep to take Victor Valley Transit directly to their destination and travel to school with confidence of their arrival time.

VVTA launches a new website!

Thanks for visiting VVTA’s new website, promoting the Victor Valley Transit fixed route services, as well as the flexible transit services offered by VVTA and its many local partners.

On the homepage find three useful rider tools

  • Google Transit Trip Planner
  • Real-time arrivals by stop
  • Service alerts in effect by route

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