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The Pahrump Valley public transportation bus service is one of the essential businesses still operating in the valley.Horace Langford Jr./Pahrump Valley Times
VETrans, a free program that transports veterans for medical appointments, is another local service that has not been closed due to the coronavirus. Businesses in Nevada have been ordered to close by order of Governor Steve Sisolak unless they are deemed essential and One of the most essential services in any community is transportation.
Locally, Pahrump Valley Public Transportation has established a demand response bus service that for the past two years has been helping residents get around town and cross the hill into Las Vegas.
Coronavirus concerns may have hampered transportation to nonessential business and social occasions, but there are still many other reasons for area citizens to need a ride, ranging from a trip to or from work or medical appointments to shopping at the supermarket or carry out other essential errands.
“Yes, we are still fully operational,” Eric Whalen of Pahrump Valley Public Transportation responded on Friday, March 20 when asked about the status of the bus service. “In fact, we have increased our hours of operation to ensure seniors are better able to take advantage of the grocery shopping that Albertsons and Smith have offered.”
Whalen detailed that Pahrump Valley Public Transportation is regularly cleaning their vehicles throughout the day to help minimize the possibility of passengers being exposed to COVID-19.
“Our service is seeing a sharp increase in local travel cancellations, but the demand for our trips to Las Vegas has increased, as they are usually doctor visits,” Whalen explained. “We have suspended Sunday operations until further notice, as that was primarily of people attending the church and with the closing of the churches, there is no need to run. VETrans is still operating, according to Sandy Jennings. We will continue to make efforts to help the community during this crisis, unless we are ordered to cease operations. ”
“Schedule well in advance to secure your trips,” emphasized a post on the bus service’s Facebook page. “Our offices will remain open only for phone calls. Public access to our offices at 601 East Street will be suspended until further notice. ”
At this time, Pahrump Valley Public Transportation’s hours of operation are 6 a.m. at 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, with Sunday service temporarily suspended. The fare is $ 3 each way and must be paid when boarding. For seniors 60 and older, a $ 3 donation is suggested per one-way trip.
Pahrump Valley Public Transportation also offers hill trips to Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas. These trips are available Monday through Friday and must be scheduled at least two weeks, but no more than two months in advance.
Transportation to Las Vegas is $ 25 per round trip, which must be paid upon boarding. For seniors 60 and older, a donation of $ 25 is suggested per round trip.
To schedule a ride on Pahrump Valley public transportation, call 775-751-6860.
VETrans, the local transportation service operated under the umbrella organization NyE Communities Coalition, offers free transportation to veterans for medical purposes and is still operational.
“VETrans works from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. at 2 p.m. for appointments, “said Sandy Jennings, VETrans representative, on Monday, March 23.
VETrans is exclusively for veterans who need transportation to medical appointments or to the pharmacy to pick up their medications in Pahrump. Additionally, VETrans enters Las Vegas on the first and third Mondays and the first and third Fridays of each month.
“We encourage our veterans to call us, free of charge, for appointments,” said Jennings. Call 775-572-8387 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to schedule a trip. ”
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