8/30/2012 4:59:00 PM Transit Agency to celebrate 35 years
Special to the Times
BLYTHE - The Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (PVVTA) is looking for members of the community to be part of the 35th Anniversary Planning Committee.
If you have ever been a part of the local transit system sometime in your life, a current user of transit service, or a community-minded individual, PVVTA needs your help. In January 2013, the Agency will celebrate 35 years of public service to the Palo Verde Valley. This planning committee will be in charge of creating and recommending celebration activities to honor past and present members and milestones of the local transit system.
If you are interested in being part of this committee and local history, submit a simple request for participation by Sept. 14, in person, at 125 W. Murphy Street, by phone 760-922-4900, or by email at email@example.com, for more information visit pvvta.com.
Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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Really, January 28, 1978 to be exact. Since that time transit services has been operated in many different forms throughout the valley. From inception, PVVTA had two fixed routes operating primarily in the city of Blythe, the “Roadrunner” which covered Chanslorway and 14th Avenue via Intake and Lovekin and the “Jackrabbit” which stayed on Hobsonway. In 1981, services transitioned to door to door rides for seniors and then over the years focused on persons with disabilities through Dial-A-Ride. In 2003, the system was overhauled to accommodate the growth of students and commuters taking service from 4000 rides yearly to 48,000 rides yearly. Transit in California, in general, primarily started in the late 1970’s due to the lessons learned from the Oil Embargo of that era. Changes to specific services throughout the years were made primarily in response to changes in law and legislation. It is quite an honor for this little town to have a transit system with such history that is still intact and successful. This history includes taxis, casino vans, school buses, medical cars, a grey dog and a whole host of other types of transportation services and local folks who made getting around a lot easier throughout the years. My hope is that more people add their positive memories to this picture so our local history lives on, thanks for your interest. For more on PVVTA history “Palo Verde Valley Times Transit” in Google News Archives.
Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
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Where have I been? I have lived here for 35 years and the only transportation system I remember back then was Morelock's taxi and Blythe Ambulance. I don't remember seeing any transportation buses until the past few years....Well, happy anniversary, I guess.