Jan. 20--VICTORVILLE -- The Victor Valley Transit Authority is set to discuss the need for related services associated with the increase in ridership.
On Tuesday, the VVTA board will discuss the cost, location and obstacles surrounding the installation of bathroom facilities on Lorene Drive, across from the VVTA Main Bus Transfer Center.
For several years, merchants have complained that bus riders have been "using and messing up" their restrooms, which are for customers only, a VVTA report said.
About two years ago, the VVTA and the City of Victorville looked at a variety of bathroom solutions after VVTA, the city and Veolia Transportation received complaints. One possible solution included a local tire store that offered the VVTA a location for a portable restroom, across from the bus stop.
According to the VVTA agenda, the business owner couldn't meet the city's code requirements and the issue was shelved. But as ridership increased, the need for restrooms was placed back on the table.
"With the increase in riders (there will) be an increase in those needing to use bathroom facilities," Angela Valles, VVTA director said. "We can't put the burden on local businesses so we need to look at the alternatives."
A March triennial performance audit of the VVTA said total passengers jumped 50.1 percent between 2008 and 2011.
According to Barb Stanton, vice chair with VVTA, ridership has increased since 2011, especially after the transit authority began offering Sunday rides in October.
After talking with the City of Victorville officials, Valles said it was agreed that the bathroom issue belonged to the VVTA because it catered to the needs of the entire High Desert.
Stanton said the issue may be VVTA's, but the cost of the restroom facilities should be split between the municipalities using the service.
The VVTA will be looking at a prefabricated brick and mortar, single or multi-user public restroom that meets all ADA requirements, according to the board agenda.
A quote from the Universal Trailer Cargo Group to the VVTA lists a three-module unit for $42,281.05, which includes tax and shipping. A fact sheet from Romtec buildings includes information on a double-unit package starting at $19,000.
Stanton said the bathrooms must be safe and precautions must be taken to repel those who would use the bathrooms for illegal activities.
"I don't want this issue to be shelved again -- we need to take action now and move on," Stanton said. "Our riders deserve to be taken care of."
Tuesday's VVTA board meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at the VVTA Board Room, 17150 Smoketree St. in Hesperia.
Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.
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