By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Throughout the High Desert, many of our frontline workers are traveling to their jobs each day to keep the community running. From medical personnel, first responders, grocery store workers, transit operators, and more, these people are exposing themselves daily to Coronavirus, and Victor Valley Transit has created a special bus to honor these individuals.
This week, a bus wearing a protective COVID-19 face covering will be on display beginning Wednesday at their Victorville Hub, located at Seventh and Lorene behind Costco. This bus was created as a salute to all of the frontline workers throughout the High Desert. This bus will be moved throughout the community over the coming days and weeks.
Kevin Kane, VVTA Executive Director shared, “Putting this giant COVID-19 mask on the front of one of our buses is meant to garner attention from the community and our riders as to how important it is to protect ourselves and others from contamination during this pandemic. It is also a salute to VVTA team members on the front lines.”
In addition,Victor Valley Transit continues to promote social distancing on all area buses, by closing off certain seats. This will allow our essential riders an extra measure of safety while getting to their jobs, shopping, medical appointments and caring for loved ones. VVTA has been proactive in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak by instituting measures not only for the safety of their passengers but operators as well. Some of these measures include rear boarding, fare suspension, sanitizing teams for buses and stops, plus various outreach efforts in the community.
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.