By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– In an effort to move toward restoring full service and keeping in line with County and State mandates, Victor Valley Transit will resume front door boarding, and fare collection on Monday, June 1, 2020. This decision is the second part of a four-phase plan to have full transit service return across the board beginning August 2020.
This next phase will allow passengers to resume boarding the bus from the front doors, and with far collections returning, will encourage those violating stay-at-home orders to not use unnecessary transit, which will enhance the safety and well-being of other passengers and operators.
Understanding the country is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, VVTA will be installing protective vinyl barriers between the driver area and the farebox to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. In addition, social distancing will continue to be promoted with specific seats closed off, exit by the rear doors only, and all passengers must still wear a mask or face covering while on the bus. Customers are still encouraged to use Victor Valley Transit for essential trips only.
Also returning June 1st, the Victor Valley Transit lobby and Customer Service window will re-open to the public for purchases of passes, route assistance, and information. Masks or proper face coverings will be required to enter. To help curb the spread of COVID-19, VVTA is encouraging the public to use this re-opening phase to purchase their fares using the TouchPass Mobile App, where passes can be purchased and used on all buses.The TouchPass is easy & convenient and will reduce interaction at the farebox protecting both passengers and bus operators. Downloading the app is easy at the Apple Store or Google Play Store. You can purchase fares from 1 trip to 31-day passes. Once set up, passengers simply point their smartphone to the farebox and board.
“VVTA has led the way into making sure our service is as safe as can be under these unusual circumstances. It seems our precautions are paying off, thankfully there have been no cases of the coronavirus throughout the entire VVTA organization including bus operators” stated VVTA Executive Director Kevin Kane. “VVTA will continue to be vigilant and greatly appreciates our passengers understanding and cooperation as we all learn how to keep safe and healthy during this pandemic period.”
Victor Valley Transit executues these safety measures by conducting rigorous cleaning of all buses, stops, shelters, and facilities daily, plus all staff continues to be tested for symptoms of COVID-19 every day before the start of shifts.