Antelope Valley Transit Authority
AVTA business office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Located at 42210 6th Street West • Lancaster, CA 93534
661/945-9445 • Fax 661/729-2615
AVTA Electric Buses Slated for April Delivery
The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is excited to embark on a demonstration project to test out two BYD electric buses on local transit routes. Funding for the 12 month project is coming from a $1.9 million grant from Fifth District Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s allocation of Proposition A Local Return funds.
“We are extremely grateful to Supervisor Antonovich and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for their generosity in providing the funds,” stated Executive Director Julie Austin. “It’s very exciting to be out in front of such a revolutionary project.”
The demonstration project will analyze how well electric buses perform on Antelope Valley’s longer than average transit routes during various seasons. The Antelope Valley is known for its desert climate and is the perfect place to evaluate performance in excessive heat, wind, and snow, as well as mild temperatures. The analysis will provide AVTA with information necessary to evaluate the bus’s battery life and determine the best way to incorporate additional electric buses into the fleet. The AVTA also plans to use inductive WAVE technology to wirelessly charge the bus battery en route, enabling the buses to stay on the road longer and extending the life of the battery.
For AVTA Board Chairman Norm Hickling this is an exciting time to be leading the agency. States Hickling, “Our vision is to be a nationally recognized leader in transit and this type of endeavor is a major step toward that goal.”
AVTA staff is currently evaluating options for funding the incremental cost difference for future electric bus purchases. Fuel savings and a reduction in maintenance costs will partially offset the difference and AVTA is actively seeking discretionary grant opportunities. The AVTA recently hired a federal advocacy firm to help identify additional sources of funding. They are also evaluating leasing versus purchasing buses.
The AVTA serves 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. In 2013, the transit agency provided 3.5 million rides through its Local Transit, Paratransit, and Commuter services. AVTA’s 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. The service has also provided more options for AVTA commuters who prefer to return to the Antelope Valley earlier in the day. The North County TRANSporter operates nine runs a day between the Palmdale Transportation Center and the Metrolink Station in Newhall. A one way trip is $4.00 and a Metrolink ticket is accepted as valid fare. Discounts apply to seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities.
The AVTA is extremely proud of the North County TRANSporter and thankful to Supervisor Antonovich for the two year funding commitment which has helped the fledgling service become established.