This page contains all the background material that went into producing Mobility Forward.

  • Task 1: Background and Best Practices Review
    • To kickoff the project and begin developing a roadmap for AVTA to enhance mobility in the AV, we began with a review of background documents and best practices not only to understand what’s happening in the AV, but also compile a collection of strategies that have worked elsewhere. This report focused on summarizing plans and documents that will be influential in shaping transportation and mobility in the AV, such as SCAG’s 2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy and the most recent general plans for the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, as well as a review of industry best practices, such as transit-oriented development, complete streets, and first/last mile connectivity strategies. Read the full report here.
  • Task 2: Existing Conditions
    • After understanding the environment in which AVTA operates, the next step was to understand AVTA’s current service. The Existing Conditions report provides an in-depth look at all of AVTA’s services, including local, commuter, and supplemental service. We looked at how each route is currently performing, as well as how network performance has changed over time and how AVTA’s service compares to other public transit agencies. Our analysis also identified initial service issues, needs, and opportunities, laying the groundwork for AVTA’s new network and recommendations presented here for your review. Read the full report here.
  • Task 3: Public and Stakeholder Engagement
    • Input from the public and community stakeholders are necessary components of any plan, as hearing firsthand from the people who use AVTA’s services provide important insights we can’t get from looking at data. Our Public and Stakeholder Engagement report outlines our engagement activities and major themes and findings we found from talking to riders, the AVTA community, and stakeholders such as healthcare providers, AVTA’s Community Advisory Group, and AVTA customer service representatives and bus operators. You can read our full report on community and stakeholder engagement here.
  • Task 4: Needs and Opportunities
    • Building off the initial needs and opportunities to improve AVTA service identified in the existing conditions analysis and during public and stakeholder engagement, our next task was to dig deep into these initial findings, focusing on how well AVTA’s current service meets the needs of its riders, and what can be done to better accommodate the demand of the AV population and improve the customer experience now and into the future. These major themes form the basis used to develop recommendations and service improvement strategies. Read the full report here.
  • Task 5: Service Concepts, Strategies, and Performance Measures
    • Based on the analysis, feedback, needs and opportunities assessment, we developed a series of service concepts and strategies aimed at achieving the objectives of the regional mobility plan for the AV. The overall goal of the strategies and objectives presented in this report are to help AVTA play a more substantial role in the mobility of the AV, ultimately helping the AV to become a more sustainable and equitable community. We also provide performance measures that aim to track the progress of implementing the mobility plan, as well as measures to track the success of AVTA’s network. Together with the final plan (Task 6), this document provides AVTA and the AV a framework for improving transit and building a community that better supports transit. Read the full report here.
  • Task 6: Final Plan – Mobility Forward
    • The Mobility Forward Plan presents AVTA’s new proposed network, which was built around the guiding principle of AVTA strengthening its core services and focusing on where ridership is strongest while exploring different service delivery models where ridership is lowest. These design decisions, along with land use and urban design recommendations are based on best practices, data analysis, and input from customers and non-riders alike. Explore these new service concepts here, read the full report here.