Welcome to the project website for the Antelope Valley’s Strategic Mobility Plan, Mobility Forward. In January 2019, we launched this project to develop a plan for enhancing mobility and accessibility in the Antelope Valley. Through the project process, which included data collection and analysis, identifying needs and opportunities, and talking to riders, the AV community, and many local stakeholders and community groups, we developed service strategies and recommendations to improve mobility. By combining new ideas with what’s already working well in AVTA’s system, we developed a refreshed network to better serve the needs of the AV and helps current riders get to where they need to go faster and more directly while expanding travel options for the AV community.
Where are we?
In January 2020, AVTA’s Board of Directors adopted the plan, which you can find here (Please note, some recommendations are in the process of being adjusted). Now, we are working to refine our strategies and begin the implementation of the refreshed network as well as public engagement to inform riders about the changes.
Antelope Valley Transit Authority seeks to:
- Improve the types, levels, and quality of service to our community
- Strengthen AVTA’s core transportation services
- Focus service resources on where the potential for ridership is the strongest
- Deliver innovative transportation services where the potential for ridership is the lowest
What we’ve found so far
The results of our rider and community survey helped guide our recommendations and service changes. Some major findings from this and our other outreach activities include:
- 45% of riders ride five or more days per week and 60% have been riders for over three years.
- 82% percent of riders have a positive impression of transit services in the AV, and 56% of riders are either extremely satisfied or satisfied with the overall quality of AVTA’s services. While it is encouraging that over half of respondents are satisfied, there is room for improvement.
- Overall, riders are most satisfied with the fare they paid and least satisfied with the amount of time spent waiting for a bus. You’ll find that buses are set to arrive more often under our new proposed network so that riders do not have to wait as long for their bus to arrive and can reach their destinations faster.
- Why aren’t non-riders riding? We heard comments like “it takes a long time to reach the destinations, “service is not convenient and a hassle,” and it “takes a long time to get to bus stops with nowhere to sit or shelter.” Overall, non-riders said their top reason for not choosing AVTA is that their trip would take too long. Under AVTA’s new network, more frequent service along major corridors together with route changes that provide more direct access to major destinations could mean shorter trip times for you!
- We’ve heard from customers from Lake LA, Pearblossom, Littlerock, and other rural areas served by routes 50, 51, and 52 that the long waits between buses can sometimes result in missed medical and other appointments. When asked, community members were generally in support of a replacement on-demand service, but stressed that “these riders are very dependent on AVTA’s services, so the on-demand option would need to provide service at the same level or exceeding current services.” We propose slowly phasing in on-request services at a later date after relaunching the rest of the network.
- Here are some comments we saw during outreach that we incorporated into our new network and service changes:
So what’s the plan?
We’ve taken what’s been working well and combined it with fresh ideas for things that haven’t been so successful. Our new network aims to expand access for AVTA users and provides service to new developments and destinations in the AV while preserving access to popular destinations AVTA already serves. The new network takes a layered approach to service, with more frequent service along major corridors connecting popular destinations and large trip generators, and less frequent local and community routes providing coverage to less-dense and residential areas of the AV while providing easy and direct connections to mobility hubs and more frequent service. Finally, an on-request layer is proposed to first operate together with and eventually, upon approval, replace routes 50, 51, and 52, where riders will have shorter wait times and direct connections to mobility hubs, where customers can request rides as needed through a smartphone app or by a phone call.
Next steps include:
Stay tuned for more updates, including information regarding the route changes and opportunities to provide feedback!