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VVTA Opens New Facility on Route 66 in Barstow

Victor Valley Transit opens a new Barstow facility on Route 66 to meet the growing needs of riders and provide greater access to jobs, schools, medical services, and shopping. 

Victor Valley / Barstow – In the continuing evolution of Victor Valley Transit, the organization opened  its doors to a new 5.5-acre facility in Barstow, California, located on Route 66. Since VVTA merged with Barstow Area Transit in 2014, the previously leased facility was utilized beyond its design capability. As the need for transit has continued to grow year-after-year in Barstow, the new space was needed to facilitate current and future expansion and promote a livable, sustainable, and economically viable community in the Barstow area. Designed by MZT Architects and Building Designers, the building of the 9,998 sq. ft. facility began in June 2019, with doors officially opening on August 11, 2020. 

Barstow Councilmember and VVTA Board Member James Noble with VVTA Utility Worker Dwayne Strandberg.

City of Barstow Councilmember James Noble immediately saw the benefits of the new facility. “I am pleased the new location is in an area where residents can utilize its services easier, and in talking with the staff here, it meets their needs with new modern equipment.  This facility looks fantastic!”

The new facility has already brought numerous benefits to VVTA staff as well as the community. One of the most significant benefits is that the facility is adjacent to the Liquified Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) and gas station, making it easier and quicker to fuel Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and gasoline operated vehicles.  Previously, drivers had to travel approximately 12 miles roundtrip to refuel the buses, adding 38,880 unnecessary miles annually.  The relocated fueling stations will save more than $100,000 annually for the community. The facility was also approved for the SCE Charge Ready Transport Program, which will help save thousands in costs and allow Victor Valley Transit to introduce zero-emission battery-electric buses into the Barstow fleet. The new facility is also equipped with the proper flammable gas detection and ventilation system requirements for working on Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles.

On the technology side, the facility includes Wi-Fi in the service bay and yard, allowing mechanics to utilize tablets for inspections and repair manuals while working on the vehicles. In addition, this provides the opportunity for buses to utilize yard Wi-Fi to upload surveillance video footage instead of using mobile data.  

The location also includes a 2,515 sq.ft Westmatic Viking Bus Wash that features a water reclamation system designed to achieve the highest economical level of water recycling without using any chemical additives, recycling approximately 85% of used water. Other benfits include three modern service bays, updated equipment, backup generator for power outages, a  Driver’s Lounge, workout room, plus a brand-new lobby for the public to get route information, purchase TouchPass cards, passes, and more. 

“I love the facility,” stated Curt Emick, Chairman of the Victor Valley Transit Board of Directors, “The employees will love it as well, as it helps to have a new and updated workplace. The facility will help VVTA serve our community better here in Barstow.”

The lobby located at 2641 W. Main St. on Route 66 is now open for customers with proper health mandates in place such as required face coverings and 6 ft social distancing. Lobby hours are 8 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday and can be reached at 760-256-0311.

An official Grand Opening is planned for the coming months, once COVID-19 mandates have relaxed. For more information please contact Chris Ackerman, VVTA Marketing Manager/PIO at 760-559-5185 or email CAckerman@vvta.org.

Free 4 Me at VVC Returns!

The Fall Semester for VVC Students begins Monday, August 31, so now is the time to get your Fall Student ID, and ride Victor Valley Transit for Free!


Even though you may be taking your classes remotely, you can still use your Fall Student ID to ride our County and Fixed Route Buses at no cost. Just show your Fall ID to the Driver and off you go!


VVC Student Services are doing IDs by appointment only, Monday – Thursday, 9am to 5pm. Students can call (760) 245-4271 x2395, to make an appointment.

Covid Ridership Survey

As a valued rider of Victor Valley Transit, we want to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your need for riding the bus now, how you may ride in the future, and what we can do to improve your experience riding with us.

You may complete the survey out anonymously or fill in your name, along with a phone number and/or email, and have an opportunity to win one of five 31-Day TouchPass cards as our way of saying Thank You for taking the time to fill out this survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vvtransitsurvey

Saturday Service Continues

Due to recent pullback from the State, Victor Valley Transit has elected to hold back on our planned return to full service, scheduled for August 10th. We are monitoring the situation carefully and will continue to operate on a Saturday Service Schedule until we feel it is safe for everyone concerned to return to full-service operations. Thank you for understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

SATURDAY SERVICE RETURNS JULY 6

As we roll out the next phase of our return to service, Victor Valley Transit is proud to announce on Monday, July 6, our routes will be moving from Sunday to Saturday service (7am – 7pm) Monday – Saturday.  Riders, please look at your bus schedules to plan accordingly. All other COVID-19 mandates remain in place at this time.

VVTA Begins Phase II of Restoring Service June 1

Beginning June 1st, Victor Valley Transit will resume front door boarding, fare collections and will reopen their lobby to the public to continue their next phase on the way to full-service restoration.

Victor Valley / Barstow –  In an effort to move toward restoring full service and keeping in line with County and State mandates, Victor Valley Transit will resume front door boarding, and fare collection on Monday, June 1, 2020. This decision is the second part of a four-phase plan to have full transit service return across the board beginning August 2020.

This next phase will allow passengers to resume boarding the bus from the front doors, and with far collections returning, will encourage those violating stay-at-home orders to not use unnecessary transit, which will enhance the safety and well-being of other passengers and operators. 

Understanding the country is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, VVTA will be installing protective vinyl barriers between the driver area and the farebox to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. In addition, social distancing will continue to be promoted with specific seats closed off, exit by the rear doors only, and all passengers must still wear a mask or face covering while on the bus.  Customers are still encouraged to use Victor Valley Transit for essential trips only. 

Also returning June 1st, the Victor Valley Transit lobby and Customer Service window will re-open to the public for purchases of passes, route assistance, and information.  Masks or proper face coverings will be required to enter. To help curb the spread of COVID-19, VVTA is encouraging the public to use this re-opening phase to purchase their fares using the TouchPass Mobile App, where passes can be purchased and used on all buses.The TouchPass is easy & convenient and will reduce interaction at the farebox protecting both passengers and bus operators.  Downloading the app is easy at the Apple Store or Google Play Store.   You can purchase fares from 1 trip to 31-day passes. Once set up, passengers simply point their smartphone to the farebox and board.

“VVTA has led the way into making sure our service is as safe as can be under these unusual circumstances. It seems our precautions are paying off, thankfully there have been no cases of the coronavirus throughout the entire VVTA organization including bus operators” stated VVTA Executive Director Kevin Kane.  “VVTA will continue to be vigilant and greatly appreciates our passengers understanding and cooperation as we all learn how to keep safe and healthy during this pandemic period.”

Victor Valley Transit executues these safety measures by conducting rigorous cleaning of all buses, stops, shelters, and facilities daily, plus all staff continues to be tested for symptoms of COVID-19 every day before the start of shifts. 

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VVTA was established through a Joint Powers Authority in 1991. The JPA includes the three cities of Adelanto, Hesperia and Victorville, the Town of Apple Valley, and the certain unincorporated portions of the County of San Bernardino.  VVTA operates local fixed-route, deviated, and ADA complementary para-transit bus services in the Victor Valley area.  Its commuter service operates from the cities of Victorville and Barstow north to the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin and provides inter-city service from Barstow-Victorville/Apple Valley to San Bernardino/Fontana.  The service structure consists of 21 local fixed routes and 4 local deviated routes, 7 County deviated routes, 2 inter-city route, 1 commuter route, vanpool service and paratransit service.

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