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MOUNTAIN TRANSIT SEEKING MEMBER-AT-LARGE BOARD POSITION

The Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority (Mountain Transit) provides public transportation for the local mountain communities. Mountain Transit’s Board of Directors is comprised of two City Council Members from the City of Big Bear Lake, two County Supervisors representing Districts 2 and 3 or their designee, and one Member-at-Large representing the local mountain communities. Mountain Transit’s Board of Directors invites mountain residents interested in serving on the Board as the Member-at-Large to submit a letter of consideration containing pertinent qualifications and reason for desire to serve. Letters should be submitted to the Secretary of the Board, P.O. Box 1501, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 by August 6, 2018. The Member-at-Large serves a two-year term. Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. and alternate between Big Bear Lake, Crestline, and Skyforest. Candidates will be interviewed at the Board Meeting to be held August 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., at the City of Big Bear Lake, Training Room, 39707 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA.

Free Ride Promotion Ends June 24th

We know you’ve enjoyed the past month of 5 free trips. Let’s be honest, some of our most loyal riders have probably enjoyed even more than 5.

And that’s great! We’re glad our community was able to take advantage of our offer and we look forward to more ways to continue serving the mountains we love!

While the current program ENDS SUNDAY JUNE 24th, we do have another exciting opportunity coming in July.

TRANSIT TUESDAYS

For more information check out the picture above or give us a call.

New Seat Belt Law Effective July 1st

What: Passengers of Mountain Transit must use seat belts while riding buses equipped with seat belts.

Drivers will inform passengers of the new law.

Passengers who fail to use seat belt may incur a fine equal to $20 for the first infraction and $50 for any additional infractions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mountain Transit and we will do our best to explain the change.

***Law effective from July 1, 2018***

3/22/2018 Big Bear Off the Mountain route diverted due to rock slides

Due rock slides and the Caltrans road closure of State Route 18 (SR 18) between Snow Valley Ski Resort and Big Bear Dam, Mountain Transit’s Big Bear Off-the-Mountain (OTM 2) from San Bernardino was re-routed to highway 38 and will be arriving late to the Sandalwood Drive stop (behind Vons).

Big Bear Off-the-Mountain (OTM 3) will not make the downhill run, however, passengers coming up the hill from San Bernardino on the OTM 3 will be picked up and brought up via Hwy 38.

Please check www.mountaintransit.org for further updates regarding the OTM schedule for Friday, March 23, 2018 or call (909) 878-5200.

Always monitor road closures and conditions before you travel via Caltrans Quick Maps at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

New Big Bear Off the Mountain Route 13 begins March 1, 2018!

The NEW Big Bear OTM 13 will provide access to Major Shopping Centers, Medical Appointments, Employment Opportunities, Victor Valley College, SB County Courthouse in Victorville and Victor Valley Transit Center.

To Download a printable Schedule click here:

BIG BEAR- LUCERNE – APPLE VALLEY – VICTORVILLE
Stop ID# DOWNHILL Monday through Friday
Big Bear – Zone 1
352 Sandal Wood Dr. (Behind Vons) 5:30 AM 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
471 Mitsubishi Cement Plant 6:00 AM 12:30 PM 4:30 PM
Lucerne – Zone 2
472 Lucerne Valley Market 6:12 AM 12:42 PM 4:42 PM
Apple Valley – Zone 3
478 Apple Valley Rd & Bear Valley 6:44 AM 1:14 PM 5:14 PM
473 Jess Ranch Road& Apple Valley Rd By Request By Request By Request
474 Victor Valley College 6:52 AM 1:22 PM 5:22 PM
Victorville – Zone 4
475 Hesperia Rd& Bear Valley Road 7:00 AM 1:30 PM 5:30 PM
476 Victorville Transit point (VVTA Dock 9) 7:15 AM 1:45 PM 5:45 PM
VICTORVILLE – APPLE VALlEY – LUCERNE – BIG BEAR
Stop ID# UPHILL Monday through Friday
Victorville – Zone 4
470 Victorville Transit point (VVTA Dock 9) 7:30 AM 2:00 PM 6:00 PM
477 Hesperia Rd & Silica Dr. 7:40 AM 2:10 PM 6:10 PM
Apple Valley – Zone 3
479 Victor Valley College 7:46 AM 2:16 PM 6:16 PM
480 Bear Valley & Apple Valley Rd 7:53 AM 2:23 PM 6:23 PM
Lucerne – Zone 2
481 Lucerne Valley Market 8:25 AM 2:55 PM 6:55 PM
Big Bear – Zone 1
482 Mitsubishi Cement Plant 8:36 AM 3:06 PM 7:06 PM
448 Sandal Wood Dr. (Behind Vons) 9:06 AM 3:36 PM 7:36 PM
BIG BEAR- LUCERNE – APPLE VALLEY – VICTORVILLE
Stop ID# DOWNHILL Saturday and Sunday
Big Bear – Zone 1
352 Sandal Wood Dr. (Behind Vons) 8:30 AM 4:00 PM
471 Mitsubishi Cement Plant 9:00 AM 4:30 PM
Lucerne – Zone 2
472 Lucerne Valley Market 9:12 AM 4:42 PM
Apple Valley – Zone 3
478 Apple Valley Rd  & Bear Valley 9:46 AM 5:14 PM
473 Jess Ranch Road &  Apple Valley Rd By Request By Request
474 Victor Valley College 9:52 AM 5:22 PM
Victorville – Zone 4
475 Hesperia Rd & Bear Valley Road 10:00 AM 5:30 PM
476 Victorville Transit point (VVTA Dock 9) 10:15 AM 5:45 PM
VICTORVILLE – APPLE VALLEY – LUCERNE – BIG BEAR
Stop ID# UPHILL Saturday and Sunday
Victorville – Zone 4
470 Victorville Transit point (VVTA Dock 9) 10:30 AM 6:00 PM
477 Hesperia Rd & Silica Dr. 10:40 AM 6:10 PM
Apple Valley – Zone 3
479 Victor Valley College 10:46 AM 6:16 PM
480 Bear Valley & Apple Valley Rd 10:53 AM 6:23 PM
Lucerne – Zone 2
481 Lucerne Valley Market 11:25 AM 6:55 PM
Big Bear – Zone 1
482 Mitsubishi Cement Plant 11:36 AM 7:06 PM
448 Sandal Wood Dr. (Behind Vons) 12:06 PM 7:36 PM

Mountain Transit to Introduce Route Improvements

Big Bear, California – November 7, 2017– Mountain Transit is introducing changes to service in an effort to provide additional routes, shorter trips and more frequency on routes throughout the Big Bear Valley starting Monday November 13, 2017.

Sandy Benson, Assistant General Manager of Mountain Transit explained, “These changes come from listening to our customers and monitoring service over the last two years.  Winter service along Big Bear Blvd and into Moonridge gets severely impacted with snow and traffic.   We hope to mitigate some of that by creating shorter routes that connect with each other at the Sandalwood shelter behind Vons, instead of having all the buses traversing the same routes and sitting in the same traffic.” 

With shorter trips and more frequency, Mountain Transit is hoping to save you from chaining up, slipping and sliding or searching for parking this winter.  Highlights of these route revisions include:

  • The changes will provide increased (30 minute) frequency on Route 1, the newly created Route 11, and the Weekend Trolley Winter Schedule.
  • Revised coverage on Route 3 to the Moonridge Loop and increased service 7 days a week.
  • More common transfer points: All three routes will service the hospital, Kmart, Vons and Stater Bros. Free transfers will be available for customers to change from any fixed route (1, 11, 3 and weekend Trolley) to another fixed route for up to one hour.

Benson adds, “We hope these changes will entice more locals and visitors to use Mountain Transit to travel to the ski resorts, village and shopping areas.  The more people we move on the bus, the less cars will be sitting in traffic and sliding around in the snow and ice.”

Mountain Transit Summary of Route Changes Effective November 20, 2017

FIXED ROUTE 1
Will circulate between Boulder Bay and Sandalwood (VONS)
Service to Bear Mountain only between 5:56 am-10:46 am and 5:46 pm-6:46 pm
(See Route 3 below for more service to Bear Mountain)
Will run 7 days a week

FIXED ROUTE 11
Will circulate between Erwin Lake and Sandalwood (VONS)
No service to Bear Mountain (See Route 3 Below)
Will run 7 days a week

FIXED ROUTE 3
Will circulate between Mountain Meadows/Village and Sandalwood (Vons)Will provide service to Bear Mountain
Will run 7 days a week

Off The Mountain-OTM 5 No changes

Weekend Trolley The winter schedule will also support more frequency with a shorter thirty minute “express” loop that circulates between The Lodge at The Lake and the Sandalwood stop behind Vons.  The trolley will service the Moonridge loop as well as several hotels and businesses including The Best Western on Moonridge Road, the Big 5 stop (located near several overnight accommodations), The Copper Q in the Village and several other hotels and motels.  The Trolley does not service the hospital, Stater Bros or Kmart.

Additional information on Mountain Transit:

Mountain Transit services are managed by Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority, a rural transit agency that was formed December of 1993 under a joint powers authority between the City of Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino County.

Mountain Transit provides Dial-a-Ride and Fixed Route service throughout the rural San Bernardino Mountain communities of the Big Bear Valley, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, and Running Springs.  Mountain Transit also provides Off-the-Mountain commuter service between these communities and the city of San Bernardino, making connections with Omnitrans, Metrolink, Greyhound, and other various stops. Mountain Transit operates Weekend Trolley service providing transportation between local restaurants, hotels, ski resorts, and shopping venues throughout the City of Big Bear Lake.

Reporting Agency: Mountain Transit

Contact: Tiffany Millburn, Community Outreach

Phone: 909-963-7416

Email: tmillburn@mountaintrantit.org

Website: www.mountaintransit.org  #BE DRIVEN

Mountaintransit.org Gets Realtime Maps and a New Look

The Mountain Transit website still contains up-to-date route and schedule information, trip planning, and agency information, however routes now feature interactive, real-time maps from DoubleMap so you can track your bus and see estimated arrival times for all stops.

Check out any route to see this feature in action. When a route is currently in-service, a small icon will display on the map to show the position of any buses. You can click on a particular stop to get realtime arrival estimates, and zoom in to get a detailed look at the route path.