IVT was created in 1989 as “Imperial County Transit”. It began as a 5 route system with 3 buses running Monday through Friday. The passenger ridership averaged approximately 3,000 passengers a month. Today the service has a new name and a new look and the passenger ridership averages approximately 23,000 passengers a month.
The service is operated by First Transit, Inc., administered by the Imperial County Department of Public Works and funded by the Imperial Valley Association of Governments (IVAG). The IVAG Regional Council members respresent each city and the County.
Funding is provided annually through the adopted IVAG Transit Finance Plan. The sources of the funding include, State Transit Assistance (STA), State Transportation Development Act (TDA), Federal 5311 and 5307 funds and local fare revenue.