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Hesperia, Calif. (October 19, 2017) – Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) community stakeholders and senior staff returned from the 2017 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Annual Meeting & EXPO last week with keen insight and a glimpse into future improvements that await the High Desert public transportation agency.

The event, which amassed over 12,000 industry professionals from around the world, served as a one-stop shop to glean knowledge from transit agencies, manufacturers, suppliers, policy makers, and regulators. In addition to senior staff, VVTA Chair and Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia, and VVTA Board Member and Apple Valley Council Member Barb Stanton attended.

“The great value of such events is connecting with key industry solutions experts and learning from the many conference learning sessions,” said Garcia. “It’s also encouraging to hear conference attendees mention VVTA as a leader in adopting new technologies, introducing innovative mobility programs, and generally taking a leadership position in transit among smaller agencies.”

APTA’s triennial event in Atlanta, Georgia featured more than 800 exhibitors, covering transit operations, information technology, maintenance, safety, security, emergency preparedness, and passenger comfort.

“The event was a deep immersion into transit solutions that will play a vital role in addressing future changes in the transit industry that will impact how we do business at VVTA,” said Stanton. “Within the next year, the VVTA fleet will install the advanced Syncromatics technology system, designed to improve system performance and reliability as well as passenger experience. In addition, a mobile ticketing / smart card web based and mobile system for fare collection will be introduced.

The EXPO Learning Zones featured educations sessions that addressed a wide range of trending topics, including innovations, livable and sustainable communities, emergency preparedness and disaster relief, federal funding, procurement, public-private partnerships, passenger comfort, and workforce development.

According to APTA, approximately nine out of 10 public transit trips directly impact the economy by providing access to employment or connecting communities to retail and entertainment venues.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao served as keynote speaker at the APTA Annual Meeting’s Closing General Session.