Valley Transit (Wisconsin)

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Valley Transit
Valley Transit logo.png
Slogan Connecting the Fox Cities
Parent City of Appleton[1]
Commenced operation 1930; 88 years ago (1930)
Headquarters 801 S. Whitman Ave,[2] Appleton
Locale Appleton/Fox Cities, Wisconsin
Service type Bus & Paratransit
Routes 20[1]
Stations

3

Depots 1
Fleet 30[3]
Daily ridership ~3,488
Annual ridership 1,273,311[1]
Website appleton.org/valley-transit

Valley Transit is a city bus and paratransit commission operated by the city government of Appleton, Wisconsin.

The system operates across the Fox Cities and serves the cities of Appleton, Kaukauna, Menasha, and Neenah, as well as the towns of Buchanan and Grand Chute; and the villages of Fox Crossing, Kimberly, and Little Chute.

Through an agreement with the Appleton Area School District. Valley Transit allows all students enrolled in an AASD middle/high school to ride the bus unlimited for free during the school year.[4]

Public transportation in the area originated with streetcar systems, which operated from 1886 to 1930 when they were completely replaced by buses operated by a company called Fox River Bus Lines. Toward the end of the 1960s, the city began to subsidize the company, until it bought and took over operations on New Year's Day 1978.

History[edit]

Wifi[edit]

Full bus wrap to advertise free wifi.

In early February 2011, Valley Transit announced a partnership with Open Range to provide free wifi on the buses to advertise being new in the area. This service ended in November 2011 after only 8 months.

Routes[edit]

Valley Transit’s operations comprise 18 fixed bus routes all routes exept #10 are roundtrip meaning they begin/end at the same place. In addition, they operate multiple seasonal (Tripper) routes which typically only run a limited number of times daily to connect most of the AASD middle/high schools to the Appleton Transit Center. Valley Transit also operates a paratransit service (contracted out to a local bus company), which shuttles elderly passengers from their homes to regular-route bus stops and functions much as a taxi service for disabled passengers. The company operates 25 buses between 5:45 AM and 10:30 PM on Weekdays, and 7:45 AM to 10:30 PM on Saturdays, with no service on Sundays.

Number Name Notes
1 Midway
2 Prospect
3 Mason
4 Richmond
5 North Oneida
6 Meade Evenings and Saturdays only
8 Tululah Replaced by #19 on evenings and Saturday
9 The Link
10 Neenah/Oshkosh Operated by GO Transit
11 East College/Buchanan Replaced by #19 on evenings and Saturday
12 Fox Valley Tech
15 West College Replaced by #6 on evenings and Saturday
16 Northeast Evenings and Saturdays only
19 Southeast Evenings and Saturday only
20 Heart of the Valley
30 Neenah/Menasha
31 East Neenah
32 West Neenah
41 West Fox Valley

Facilities[edit]

Terminals[edit]

  • Appleton Transit Center - 100 E Washington St, Appleton, WI 54911 (Contains an indoor climate controlled waiting area with public washrooms. All routes except 10, 31, and 32 start/end here)
  • North Transfer Point - Located behind the Northland Ave. Piggly Wiggly (Routes 5, 6, and 16 offer service)
  • Neenah Transit Center - 141-199 West Doty Avenue (small booth at the corner of South Church Street and West Doty Avenue. Routes 10, 31, and 32 start/end here.)

Storage[edit]

  • Valley Transit Operations Facility - 801 S Whitman Ave, Appleton, WI 54914 is a bus garage and maintenance facility. Valley Transit holds their offices/operations center here.

Fleet[edit]

Valley transit operates a fleet of 30 buses:[3][5]

Year Bus type Fleet Numbers Amount Seats
1994 Orion V 0311 1 35
1994 0351-0354 4 44
2004 Orion VII 0401-0416 16 31
2005 0451-0454 4 39
2010 ARBOC Mobility 0501-0502 2 20
2017 New Flyer Xcelsior 1701-1703 3 Unknown

The Connector[edit]

A shared-ride taxi service operates during the hours of 4 AM until midnight Monday through Saturday that connects public transit users with jobs. This service requires advance reservations but allows users in remote or newly developed areas of the Fox Cities get to and from work.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Valley Transit 2012 Fact Sheet
  2. ^ Welcome to Valley Transit
  3. ^ a b "Valley Transit Strategic Plan". Appleton.org. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Transportation Information - Appleton Area School District". www.aasd.k12.wi.us. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  5. ^ News, FOX 11. "Valley Transit purchases wheelchair buses". WLUK. Retrieved 2018-05-12. 

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