By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Access to retail shopping, dining and entertainment in the Jess Ranch Marketplace will be easier once the Town and Victor Valley Transit Authority install and relocate bus stops on the south side of Bear Valley Road, along Apple Valley Road, as well as on Jess Ranch Parkway. Additionally, some of the stops will get shelters, new benches and accessible pathways.
“The seniors that live in Jess Ranch are now able to board a VVTA bus instead of taking an ADA bus,” explained Shelly Cable, Contract Compliance Administrator for VVTA. “We are getting ready to put some new benches and shelters in those locations to help keep riders out of the sun and give them a place to sit.”
According to Cable, recent alterations and additions to bus routes are a welcome change to senior and disabled riders who often had to walk long distances to get to some of our town’s best shopping, restaurant and entertainment locations.
Buses operate all over the Victor Valley from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Fares per ride range from 60¢ for qualified seniors, veterans or disabled riders to $2.25. Daily fairs for multiple rides are offered and monthly passes are available for purchase from the cashier at Apple Valley Town Hall. Busses are not available on most major holidays.
Extended routes are available to take passengers as far north as Barstow and as far south as the Fontana area. Cable noted that these routes have been very beneficial to Victor Valley residents who need transportation to major medical facilities such Barstow Community Hospital, Kaiser Permanente in Fontana and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. It also delivers riders to select Metrolink rail stations.
For more information on bus routes, fares or other public transportation options, visit www.vvta.org or call (760) 948-3030.