Victor Valley Transit Authority Receives ‘Spirit Of The High Desert’ Award

Shown, left to right, are Keolis GM Jeff Guidry, Keolis Operations Manager Jonathan McDowell, VVTA Senior Marketing Manager/PIO Chris Ackerman, VVTA Chief Maintenance Officer Dustin Strandberg, VVTA Grants Manager Marie Downing, VVTA CEO Nancy Goff, VVTA Operations Manager Sylvia Harris, VVTA Director of Operations Roderick Goldman, and VVTA Procurement Manager Christine Plasting. (Photo courtesy of VVTA)

Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA-Hesperia, CA) recently received the “Spirit of the High Desert” Award at the annual Accolade Awards, hosted by the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce. The award, presented to businesses actively contributing to the community’s well-being, highlights VVTA’s contributions and dedication to enhancing the quality of life in the High Desert region.

Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Creffield commented, “Victor Valley Transit has not only demonstrated exceptional growth and innovation, but their success reflects the dynamic and resilient spirit that defines our thriving business ecosystem. This Accolade Award for Spirit of the High Desert is well-deserved, and we applaud their leadership, vision, and impact on the business landscape.”

Accepting the award on behalf of the agency, Victor Valley Transit CEO Nancie Goff expressed gratitude, stating, “This award is not just recognition of our Agency’s achievements, but a celebration of the commitment to actively participate in the well-being and prosperity of our communities.”

“As VVTA commemorates its 30th Anniversary this year, the agency reflects on three decades of steadfast commitment to the region. From its inception, VVTA has evolved into a comprehensive transit provider, offering essential services such as Fixed Route Bus Service, ADA Paratransit Service, specialized Commuter Service for Ft. Irwin Military personnel and staff, Micro-Link door-to-door transportation services, and the 11th largest Vanpool service in the nation,” according to a press release. “These vital services underscore VVTA’s pivotal role in providing access to health care, education, food, and employment, contributing significantly to the region’s well-being.”

Beyond transit services, VVTA actively engages in community outreach initiatives, including the Students Ride Free Program, Trona and Big River Senior Programs, and partnership with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department. The agency also annually partners with nonprofits like the Rescue Alliance of the Victor Valley for the “Stuff the VVTA Bus” campaign. Visit

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