Victor Valley Transit Authority

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Victor Valley Transit
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ParentVictor Valley Transit Authority
Headquarters17150 Smoke Tree St.
Hesperia, California
Service areaVictor Valley [1]
Service typebus service, paratransit
Hubs1 maintenance, 1 bus storage facility
Fleet64 active[2]
Daily ridership2795
OperatorNational Express Transit

Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA), the second largest transit operator in San Bernardino County (with over 1,020,119 passengers a year), is a transit agency providing bus service in the Victor Valley, California area.[3] [4]

Origins of the VVTA[edit]

VVTA operates local fixed-route, county commuter (discontinued in 2005), and ADA complementary paratransit bus services in the Victor Valley area. It has a maintenance facility located in Hesperia. The service structure consists of 23 local fixed and deviated routes, 3 County routes and ADA complementary paratransit service. VVTA was established through a Joint Powers Authority in 1991. The JPA includes the four cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville and certain unincorporated portions of the County of San Bernardino including Oro Grande, Helendale, Lucerne Valley, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Wrightwood. Service is also provided to Barstow and Fort Irwin. The Fort Irwin service is branded as the NTC Commuter. The Board of Directors includes council members from the above cities and the San Bernardino 1st District Supervisor. Since 1998, the Board has held a management contract with McDonald Transit Associates, Inc. for administration of the system. In January 2005, the operations contract for all transit service in the Victor Valley area was consolidated under a separate contract with ATC (later Veoila, now Transdev).[5] In 2018, National Express Transit became the system operator.[6]

Barstow Area Transit[edit]

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ParentCity of Barstow, San Bernardino Associated Governments
Headquarters1612 State St.,
LocaleBarstow, CA
Service areanorthern Mojave desert[1]
Service typebus service, paratransit
Annual ridership144,000[7]
OperatorMV Transportation
WebsiteBarstow transportation [permanent dead link]

Barstow Area Transit formerly ran the transportation service in Barstow and surrounding areas of San Bernardino County, including the communities of Hinkley, Lenwood, Grandview, Yermo, Harvard, Daggett and Newberry Springs. It was merged into VVTA in 2015.[8][9]

MV Transportation, Inc. was contracted by the city to operate Barstow Area Transit. Barstow Area Transit operated Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and on the weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m; the system carried more than 144,000 passengers each year.

The system featured three routes: Central Barstow, which was called Route 1 while running as a clockwise loop and Route 2 while running counterclockwise; West Barstow/Grandview/Lenwood, which was called Route 3 while running clockwise and Route 4 while running counterclockwise; and Hwy 58 which traveled crosstown as Route 5.


VVTA routes are grouped into two different categories: Deviated routes, and County routes. Deviated routes serve a pre-determined route and stops, but can deviate as far as 3/4 mile off that route to pick up passengers with advanced reservation. County routes are similar to Deviated routes, but they serve outlying rural areas and charge a higher fare. County routes do not charge a deviation fee for deviated trips to designated locations within outlying communities. 3-digit numbers (101 to 107) are typically reserved for weekdays, especially during rush hours.


The VVTA operates 99 active and spare buses in its system as of June 2012, which uses El Dorado, NABI, New Flyer and Ford buses, and MCI for their Fort Irwin Service.


Victor Valley Transit Authority is administered by a Board of Directors, consisting of five Members (each with an alternate). The four board members from the cities are elected council persons assigned to VVTA by their respective city councils. The fifth Board member is the San Bernardino 1st District Supervisor (generally a staff person or the supervisor represents the County as the alternate). The Board is required under the JPA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)to meet at least one time each quarter of each fiscal year. Board meetings are generally held every month . All meetings are held in compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act. Board meetings are presided by the Board-appointed Chair. The Board of Directors is responsible for such acts as adopting the budget, approving route and schedule changes, holding the yearly unmet needs hearings, public hearings as required, appointing the CEO/General Manager, appointing a technical advisory committee, establishing policy, and adopting rules and regulations for the conduct of business. The VVTA Technical Advisory (TAC) committee is the working group for the VVTA Board. It is composed of a staff member from each of the cities and County who is generally appointed by the City Manager, County Supervisor. The TAC takes direction from the Board to make recommendations on policy issues. In addition, TAC reviews monthly all suggested Board agenda items and decides on what actions to recommend to the Board for approval.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2009-09-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "page 21 in report" (PDF). Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  3. ^ "VVTA – Public Transit for Victor Valley". Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  4. ^ "look in page 44" (PDF). Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  5. ^ "look in page 23" (PDF). Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  6. ^ "BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Meeting Agenda – August 20, 2018 – VVTA". Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  7. ^ San Bernardino Associated Governments information on Barstow Area Transport Archived December 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "VVTA, Barstow Area Transit Merger Formalized". Mass Transit. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  9. ^ Staff Reports. "VVTA / Barstow Area Transit Merger Formalized, Two New Board Members Join VVTA – High Desert Daily". Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  10. ^ "board members". Retrieved 22 June 2019.

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