AVTA business office hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
42210 6th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-9445 / Fax (661) 729-2615
For personalized commute planning and Metrolink information, call the Customer Service Center at 800/371-LINK(5465). Recorded Metrolink schedules are available 24 hours a day and operators are available Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
ANTELOPE VALLEY TRANSIT AUTHORITY
100% Green in 2018
The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has set an ambitious goal to become the first fully electric bus fleet in the nation by the end of 2018. The AVTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt this goal as party of an ongoing effort to position AVTA as public transit’s national leader in zero emission bus deployment.
“This is a huge undertaking but one the agency has been preparing for over the past two years,” stated Chairman Marvin Crist. “The Antelope Valley has earned a worldwide reputation for its commitment to sustainability through solar power and it’s only fitting that we should be the first region to have a fully electrified bus fleet.”
AVTA has been aggressively seeking grant funding for zero emission buses through the State of California’s Cap and Trade program, which is dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The board’s commitment to a fully electrified fleet places AVTA in a strategic position to gain additional grant funds as state officials are interested in evaluating the performance of a totally electric transit system.
In June, the agency was awarded $24.4 million by the Californian State Transportation Agency to help purchase 29 electric buses and install electric charging infrastructure for up to 85 vehicles. With the inclusion of matching funds, the agency intends to invest nearly $40 million to purchase 13 60foot battery electric articulated buses and 16 battery electric commuter coaches. These zero emission buses would replace nearly half of AVTA’s diesel fleet.
Currently, AVTA is moving forward with plans to install wireless charging stations at Lancaster City Park and at the Palmdale Transportation Center, AVTA’s two main transfer locations.
“Not only are we “Leading the Way” with zero emission vehicles, but we are also on the cutting edge of wireless charging technology which will enable the bus’ batteries to last a full service day,” stated Executive Director Len Engel. “Our goal is aggressive but I believe our staff is up for the challenge and we have the board support we need to bring this vision to fruition.”
AVTA currently operates two electric buses and 73 diesel buses on 11 local routes and four commuter routes. The agency provides local, commuter, and dialaride service to a population of more than 450,000 residents in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County. Its total service area covers 1,200 square miles and it is bounded by the Kern County line to the north, the San Bernardino County line to the east, the Angeles National Forest to the south, and Interstate 5 to the West.
North County Transporter
The North County TRANSporter is a midday bus service connecting the Antelope Valley with Santa Clarita. It began operating in August 2012, and has been a huge success with more than 800 Valley residents using the service on a weekly basis.
The North County TRANSporter is being funded by Los Angeles County thanks to the efforts of Fifth District Supervisor Michael Antonovich who moved the project forward after residents expressed the need for more public transit into the Los Angeles basin. Prior to rollout of the TRANSporter service, transit options into Los Angeles were only available in the early morning and late afternoon hours.
Since service began, the North County TRANSporter has become a vital link for hundreds of resident providing freedom to travel throughout Los Angeles and beyond.
As Southern California’s premier regional rail system, we do everything in our power to provide high-quality, dependable, on-time service. This commitment to excellence is a promise our riders have the right to expect. Routes from the antelope Valley are available 7-days a week. Check the schedule for details.
METROLINK: Number of Trains / Avg Daily Ridership (A.V. Line only)
|Number of Trains||
Average Daily Ridership
|2014-2015||30||12 (Sat) 12 (Sun)||5,789||2,956 (Sat) 2,429 (Sun)|
|2013-2014||30||12 (Sat) 12 (Sun)||5,854||3,499 (Sat) 2,451 (Sun)|
|2011-2012||30||12 (Sat) 6 (Sun)||6,139||2,972 (Sat)
|2010-2011||30||12 (Sat) 6 (Sun)||5,540||2,485 (Sat)
|2009-2010||24||12 (Sat) 6 (Sun)||5,807||2,181 (Sat)
CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL
By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. Included in the project is a statewide rail modernization plan for existing infrastructure.
“It is part of our vision as an intermodal transportation hub unlike any place in the world, with two high speed rail systems, an airport, the High Desert corridor, Antelope Valley Freeway, Metrolink, Amtrak, and AVTA all converging in Palmdale.” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, Jr.
Bakersfield to Palmdale (B-P) Project Section
Connects the Central Valley to the Antelope Valley, closing the existing passenger rail gap over the Tehachapi Mountains. Route Details: 80-mile route (approximately) from Bakersfield to Palmdale.
Palmdale to Burbank (P-B) Project Section
Connects the Antelope Valley to the San Fernando Valley in order to bring high-speed rail service to the urban Los Angeles area.
Route Details: 40-mile route (approximately) from Palmdale to Burbank.
PROPOSED HIGH DESERT CORRIDOR
The High Desert Corridor (HDC) project is considering construction of a new multi-modal link between State Route (SR)-14 in Los Angeles County and SR-18 in San Bernardino County. This project would connect some of the fastest growing residential, commercial and industrial areas in Southern California, including the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster, Adelanto, Victorville and the Town of Apple Valley.
Goals of the project include:
Address current and future regional growth
Improve east-west mobility
Improved connections between regional airports and efficient movement of goods