Welcome to the project website for the Antelope Valley Strategic Mobility Plan. Learn more about the project, the process, the timeline and updates. This website will be updated throughout the course of the project, so check back often.

About the project

AVTA operates fixed-route public transportation in the Antelope Valley, serving communities in Lancaster, Palmdale, Littlerock, Lake Los Angeles, and Pearblossom. AVTA also operates dial-a-ride service providing curb-to-curb rides for persons with disabilities and for residents outside of the urban zone. AVTA operates commuter services to major employment destinations like downtown Los Angeles, West LA, Santa Clarita, and recently, Edwards AFB.

Despite adding more service throughout the network, this hasn’t translated into growth in ridership. In fact, AVTA has lost ridership in recent years. A fresh approach is needed. This project will look to improve transit service and develop the right service in the right markets. That may mean more frequent service along key corridors to speed up travel and reduce waiting times. That may also mean reductions in service or ending service in areas where fixed-route transit isn’t attracting enough ridership. In those low-density communities, new technology and other opportunities can expand the choices for AVTA and customers beyond large buses operating on a fixed schedule.

Project methodology

This project will be completed in five phases:

Where are we?

The project was launched in January 2019 and should be completed later this year.

Currently, we are:

What we’ve found so far

  • Most of the Antelope Valley lacks the population and job density to support frequent and productive fixed-route transit. Most housing is spread out, and retail opportunities are auto-oriented. Streets like the recently redesigned Lancaster Blvd., which can encourage walking and public transit trips, are rare in Antelope Valley.
  • Service along major corridors is infrequent, schedules are complex and simply put, service is spread too thinly to generate major ridership. In other words, AVTA attempts to serve many communities with limited resources, which ends up diluting service in places where fixed-route transit could be more successful, such as in parts of Lancaster and Palmdale. Another approach could be to focus service along more productive routes while providing coverage solutions via microtransit or on-demand service in areas like Lake LA and Pearblossom.
  • Commuter services operate with mostly empty buses on most trips. Work patterns have changed and congestion has gotten worse in the LA region. As such, commuter services may be less attractive than they once were because they aren’t competitive with private vehicles. AVTA could look to develop transit-only infrastructure to enable quicker trips, as well as connect to non-surface transit in the LA area, such as Metro subway and busway stations.
  • Dial-a-ride service demand keeps growing—this service is nearly four times more expensive to provide on a per trip basis than fixed-route service. Expanding accessible infrastructure for persons with disabilities, implementing travel training for fixed-route services, and implementing a family of services delivery model can help dial-a-ride customers use fixed-route services for more trips, helping improve travel flexibility and dignity while reducing the strain on dial-a-ride services and freeing up resources for those who need it most.

Next steps include:

  • Meeting with current customers on buses and at transit stops to discuss important issues and needs.
  • Conducting an online survey of customers to understand how the system is currently being used and any unmet needs.
  • Talking with former customers or people who have never used AVTA services to understand how they travel and how service could be designed to encourage occasional journeys on AVTA.
  • Studying travel patterns and future development to ensure our plans align with regional priorities.
  • Initiating an early action plan to enhance service along route 1 Lancaster/Palmdale.