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Notice of Public Hearing

The Victor Valley Transit Authority is currently in a 30-day notice process to hold a Public Hearing at their monthly Board of Director’s meeting on Monday, June 21, 2021, at 9:30 AM at Victor Valley Transit, 17150 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia CA 92345. The purpose of this meeting is to hear testimony on relocating the current Transfer Center from Lorene Dr to 16838 D St, Victorville, CA in August 2021.  

This Hearing is available for the public to attend to provide comments on the proposed Transfer Center relocation.  Interested parties are encouraged to attend this public hearing.  Consideration will be given to views and comments expressed at the public hearing as well as to all written comments received.  

Written comments will be accepted via email at info@vvta.org or sent to Victor Valley Transit Public Hearing Comments, 17150 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia CA 92345.

The Vaccine Xpress Improved Service!

Victor Valley Transit Authority has partnered with the Town of Apple Valley, City of Victorville, and San Bernardino County to provide a temporary free door-to-door shuttle service called the Vaccine Xpress. This interim route is for individuals 65 and older with vaccine appointments to the Hook Community Center or Our Lady of the Desert Catholic Church in the Town of Apple Valley. The Vaccine Xpress is available to all of VVTA’s current service areas. 

           “VVTA is proud and honored to be able to respond on such short notice to meet the public’s need for transportation to and from their vaccine appointment,” stated VVTA Executive Director Kevin Kane. “We wish everyone to be healthy and safe.”

            VVTA’s Board Member, Liz Beccera, expressed, “As a Council member for the City of Victorville and a VVTA Board Member, it’s with great pride that I am a part of an extraordinary team that cares and serves for our High Desert residents. Victor Valley Transit continues to commit to helping our community while their employees work safely and tirelessly, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of the complimentary Vaccine Xpress shuttle.”

           Interested and qualifying residents must first book a vaccine appointment with the Hook Community Center or Our Lady of the Desert Catholic Church at sbcovid19.com/vaccine/locations. Following the vaccine appointment booking, residents then contact VVTA at (760) 948-3030 and inform the scheduler that they would like to schedule a ride for the Vaccine Xpress. This service will be available Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Participating residents will be picked up and dropped off from their homes to and from their vaccine appointment.

            “VVTA has always quickly adapted to the High Desert needs, and getting our neighbors to this life-saving vaccine is no exception. The quicker we get the vaccine, the faster we can get back to normal,” shared Curt Emick, VVTA Board Chair and Mayor of the Town of Apple Valley. “Being a pharmacist  and on the Town Council of Apple Valley, health and safety is a high priority. I am grateful to VVTA and its employees for their dedication during these trying times. They continue to keep our riders safe while providing a critical service.”

All residents are encouraged to use the Vaccine Xpress shuttle service to their appointments to ease traffic around vaccine location sites. Vaccine Xpress buses are cleaned and sanitized daily, and face coverings are mandatory on all trips.

The Vaccine Xpress is Here!

Great News for our community! Vaccines are now available for Victorville Residents 65 & Over, and Victor Valley Transit has the free shuttle to get you there, the Vaccine Xpress! Don’t hassle with the traffic, let us get you there and back for Free.

Just make your appointment for Hook Community Center at sbcovid19.com/vaccine/locations and at least 30 minutes before your appointment time, come to our Transit Hub at 7th & Lorene and look for the Vaccine Xpress Bus Stop Sign, and one of our friendly drivers will take care of the rest!

Victor Valley Transit Authority Unveils Umo Mobility App and Pass for High Desert riders

As the High Desert continues to grow and evolve, how people utilize transit also continues to change. In the latest move to provide additional options and flexibility to their riders, Victor Valley Transit rolled out a new service, UMOTM

Umo, a flexible suite of products from Cubic Transporation Systems, enables riders to conveniently pay fares and plan trips across public and private modes, earn rewards for riding public transit, and access real-time information to optimize their mobility experience.   

Designed to give riders the ability to travel safely, seamlessly, and stress-free around their city or town, Umo simplifies travel by integrating all of their service area transportation options, from VVTA Fixed Route Buses to rideshare options, all in one place. Umo’s scalable platform-based approach is designed to benefit agencies of all sizes, from the smallest bus operator to larger towns and cities. As the areas that Victor Valley Transit serves continue to grow, the Umo Platform will evolve in the same manner.

“Cities are undergoing a paradigm shift for transportation, with COVID-19 capping a decade in which the transit ecosystem fractured into a complex landscape of new private modes alongside public networks,” said Mick Spiers, general manager of Umo. “With Umo, our vision is to improve quality of life in towns and cities around the world through optimized mobility. Our platform is accessible to all types of travelers and provides the tools people need to travel without congestion, without delays, and ultimately, without stress.”

Chris Ackerman, Public Information Officer for Victor Valley Transit, is equally excited about Umo. “I am most impressed by how our passengers can plan their complete trip in just a few seconds. You simply enter your starting and ending location, and let Umo do the rest! It will give you a variety of route options, with live GPS bus tracking, so you know precisely when your bus will arrive at your stop. On top of that, you have contactless payment options, reporting capabilities, and so much more.”

Umo: Your Travel Companion

Umo comprises multiple distinct travel solutions, each one a powerful standalone tool that becomes even more productive when combined with other offerings in the Umo platform. The first two Umo products, Umo App and Umo Pass, are already available for VVTA customers: 

TouchPass, the previous platform used by VVTA, was purchased by Cubic and was completely redesigned and rebranded from the ground up to Umo. “For our customers who currently use the TouchPass Smart Card or App, you can still use this service for the next few months, but I am not sure why anyone would want to,” shared Ackerman. “There are so many great options already built into the Umo App, with more arriving in the coming months!” 

CDC requires wearing of face masks while on public transportation and at transportation hubs

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in the United States, CDC is implementing provisions of President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel and will require the wearing of masks by all travelers into, within, or out of the United States, e.g., on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares. The mask requirement also applies to travelers in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and seaports; train, bus, and subway stations; and any other areas that provide transportation.  Transportation operators must require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Operators of transportation hubs must require all persons to wear a mask when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub.

This action is to further prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and to further support state and local health authorities, transportation partners, and conveyance operators to keep passengers, employees, and communities safe.

Today’s order from CDC is part of a comprehensive, science-driven, U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One component of the whole-of-government response is taking actions related to reducing virus spread through travel.  Transmission of the virus through travel has led to—and continues to lead to—interstate and international spread of the virus.

“America’s transportation systems are essential,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH.  “Given how interconnected most transportation systems are across our nation and the world, when infected persons travel on public conveyances without wearing a mask and with others who are not wearing masks, the risk of interstate and international transmission can grow quickly.”

Traveling on public transportation increases a person’s risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 by bringing people in close contact with others, often for prolonged periods, and exposing them to frequently touched surfaces. Face masks help prevent people who have COVID-19, including those who are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic, from spreading the virus to others. Masks also help protect the wearer by reducing the chance they will breathe in respiratory droplets carrying the virus.

“CDC recommends that non-essential travel be avoided; however, for those who must travel, additional measures are being put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Walensky.  “Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely and consistently used by all people in public settings.”

This order will be effective on February 2, 2021. For more information on the Order or to view frequently asked questions, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html

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Service Adjustment 12-27-20

 Effective Sunday, December 27, 2020, the operation of Routes 21P/W and 108B will be changed. 

Routes 21P/21W 

  • 21P Eastbound – All trips will now end at Main & Cataba 
  • 21P Westbound – All trips will start at Main & Cataba.
  • 21W Eastbound – All trips will now end at Main & Cataba. 
  • 21W Westbound – The first trip at 5:55 AM will begin at the Mall. 
  • 21W Westbound – All other trips will start at Main & Cataba.
  • Stops at the Mall will remain the same. 
  • Monday, December 28 Only: No Service Due to Heavy Snowfall

Route 108B 

  • Depart time from the Fort Irwin Bus Lot will now be 6:10 PM
  • After all stops on the base have been serviced, operators will stop and discharge only at the stops needed. Please alert the driver of your stop.
  • This exception only applies to 108B. All other PM routes must continue to make all stops.

Please call 760-948-4021 if you have any questions.

Christmas Service Hours

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As we gather to celebrate Christmas this week, we remind our passengers of our adjusted service times so our Operators and Staff can be with their loved ones. Please adjust your travel schedules accordingly.

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