The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) recently rolled out new bus routes in the region as part of an early action pilot program to close gaps in current service and create new pathways to increased employment and entertainment opportunities in the Antelope Valley.
While one of the new routes will service local sporting venues, others will service local employers, including the Mojave Air & Space Port, a civilian aerospace test center located in Mojave, California. AVTA Executive Director and CEO Macy Neshati stated, “These types of innovative partnerships with other local organizations, help us to provide our customers with new opportunities to get where they need to go. By working together, we can create mobility solutions that many people can benefit from.”
In addition to these new routes, earlier this year AVTA began bus services to Edwards Air Force Base, where roughly 10,000 people commute to work each day. AVTA Board Chair Marvin Crist said, “We are very excited to be starting this service to Edwards Air Force Base, providing base employees with an environmentally friendly option to them that is also cost-effective. We are honored to be working with the men and women who serve our country, and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Edwards Air Force Base leadership.” As base personnel transition to utilizing AVTA’s bus services, heavy base traffic should decrease, resulting in faster commute times, as well as reduced emissions. Mr. Neshati added, “The interest from all levels has been so great that we are already looking for future bus routes to other parts of Edwards Air Force Base.”
AVTA’s mission is to become a fully electric, zero-emission bus fleet, eventually reaching a fleet size of approximately 85 buses in the next few years. Less than two years ago, AVTA made history by becoming the world’s first transit agency to operate a 60′ all-electric articulated bus in revenue service.