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VVTA raises fares for the first time in 10 years on October 1

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Hesperia, Calif. (September 26, 2017) – Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) will adjust systemwide fares effective October 1, 2017. The alignment standardizes fares between Victor Valley and Barstow service areas, simplifying passenger travel for both regions. The adjustment will reduce the fare on some services, increase on others, and some will not change.

“While some transit agencies produce fare increases every two years, VVTA has not raised fares in 10 years, even though the level of service has improved and population has grown,” said VVTA Executive Director Kevin Kane. “VVTA remains the best value for its level of service, featuring some of the lowest fares in Southern California.”

The fare alignment between the two regions was a key recommendation in the VVTA Comprehensive Operations Analysis published in January and approved by its board in February.

Since its July 2015 merger with Barstow Area Transit, VVTA maintained a separate fare structure for each service area, easing the transition for operations and passengers. The alignment now brings equity to the overall system.

The Fixed Route Single Trip Regular Fare will become $1.50, which is an increase of 25 cents systemwide. The County Route Single Trip Regular Fare will be $2.50, which is an increase of 25 cents for Victor Valley routes and decrease of 25 cents for Barstow routes. Route 15 B-V Link Single Trip Regular Fare will become $6.50 between each segment, which is an increase of 50 cents. Route 200 Needles Link Single Trip Regular Fare will become $13, which is an increase of $1. Route Deviation Fare remains the same at $2.

NTC Commuter Route Single Trip Regular Fare will become $13.00, an increase of $1, and the MEGA Monthly Pass will become $180, an increase of $5. The Military Monthly Pass will remain the same at $255. Direct Access Single Trip Fare will remain $2.50, which is an increase of 65 cents for Barstow passengers.

A half-price discount is available for Veteran, Senior, Disabled, Medicare, Student passengers on most services. Photo ID must be presented to operator when boarding.

For additional information about fares, visit VVTA.org/fares.

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Motorcyclist airlifted after crash on Pawnee Rd and Highway 18 in Apple Valley

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A motorcyclist was critically injured in a Tuesday night crash on Highway 18. (Hugo C. Mary's Valdez, VVNG.com)
A motorcyclist was critically injured in a Tuesday night crash on Highway 18. (Hugo C. Mary's Valdez, VVNG.com)

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A motorcycle rider was airlifted following a crash Tuesday in Apple Valley.

It happened at the intersection of Pawnee Road and Highway 18 at 7:35 p.m. and involved a minivan and black 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

When firefighters from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District arrived on scene they requested one airship to land at St. Mary’s Medical Center for the motorcycle rider, who sustained major injuries. Witnesses reported the rider suffered a serious leg injury.

The rider was subsequently airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and a second ground ambulance was requested to the scene.

Westbound lanes of Highway 18 at Pawnee Ridge were shut down as authorities investigated the crash. Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Downed Power Lines Blocking Arrowhead Lake Rd in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Downed power lines are blocking a stretch of busy Arrowhead Lake Road near Randall Road in Hesperia.

At about 5:22 PM on August 11th San Bernardino County Fire responded to the scene and located the snapped utility pole with low hanging high-tension wires across the roadway. Firefighters requested law enforcement to expedite to the scene and shut down the roadway

Southern California Edison will respond to complete the repairs and at this time it’s unknown how long the roadway will remain closed for. According to CHP incident logs, officials are providing traffic control.

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Rollover crash in Hesperia shuts down 15 freeway Tuesday, 2 airlifted

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HESPERIA, Calif.(VVNG.com) — Traffic along the northbound I-15 freeway remains jammed after it was briefly shutdown to land two helicopters Tuesday.

It was reported at 11:53 a.m. on August 11, 2020, about a mile before Main Street in Hesperia.

For reasons still unknown, the four-door sedan rolled over and landed on it’s roof in a drainage ditch along the right shoulder of the freeway.

San Bernardino County Fire responded to the incident and located two people with critical injuries inside the tan colored vehicle.

Firefighters requested that the California Highway Patrol shut down traffic in order to allow the two helicopters to land on the freeway.

A Mercy Air helicopter landed first followed by a Reach helicopter and both occupants were airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

The Victorville CHP is handling the investigation and anyone with information is asked to call 760-241-1186.

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