Written By Charolette Iradjpanah
Attention Coyotes … Those of you that live in the high desert – Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Barstow, etc. – the Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) has a new stop added to help us commute straight to campus, and afterward, back home.
Beginning last quarter, on October 1st, 2018, route 15 started coming here every two hours – approximately 7:50AM, 9:50AM, 11:50AM, 1:50PM, 3:50PM, and 5:50PM.
Now that we finally have public transportation assisting CSU students north of the Cajon Pass, all Coyotes need to help those Coyotes up there by contacting the VVTA, and campaigning for … 1) more frequent rides 2) punctual rides 3) FREE rides and 4) safe rides.
For Coyotes that have classes that end at 5:45PM or 5:50PM, there is no way to catch to bus timely. Also, if you have a night class that ends at 9:45PM, there is no option but your own vehicle, Uber, or Lyft … All can be costly. As a rider myself, now for a year, the buses have had times where they have had to stop and change midway because of air pressure in the tire(s), window wipers, and more. Safety is key!
VVTA charges $6.50 each way, or $3.25 for disabled. However, on their inner-city buses, students with valid IDs that attend Barstow Community College (BCC) or Victor Valley Community College (VVC) ride free. The odd thing in this is … their ID has no bar code to validate their present enrollment like ours.
Let’s howl Coyotes and let our whole pack know that a new route is available, and use it wisely. Contact VVTA and let them know that it was about time such a service was provided. We are grateful but need more accommodations – more pickups, free rides, timely rides, and SAFE rides. They have an upcoming Board meeting this month on Tuesday, January 22nd at 9:30AM. Attend … Call … Write … Email … Make your opinion count!