This time next year, Hesperia is scheduled to be the permanent home of dozens of Victor Valley Transit Authority buses.


"It's going to be a bus maintenance and operations facility," VVTA General Manager Kevin Kane said Friday.


Although the new site will not be a bus terminal, there will be a new bus stop located outside.


Construction is already well underway at the new site, near the intersection of E Avenue and Smoke Tree Road. The site is already home to a natural gas refueling station for VVTA buses.


The depot will house "65 vehicles to start off with. This is designed to grow into over the next 25 to 30 years," said Kane. "Construction prices are the lowest they've been in years."


This is the first depot facility owned, instead of rented, by the VVTA, Kane said: The buses are currently housed at a "gravel lot at an old tool rental place."


"It will probably bring a few extra jobs [to the city], because we'll need facilities management," Kane said.


The depot is scheduled to be "substantially" completed by May 2011.


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