Lancaster – The North County Transporter has reached a major milestone. The fledgling service has provided 50,000 rides to Antelope Valley residents over the past 17 months.
The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is celebrating this accomplishment as a major success and a tribute to Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich who championed the idea and is providing county funding for two years.
“This really is a significant milestone for the AVTA,” stated Board Chair Norm Hickling. “The success of the TRANSporter solidifies the Supervisor’s vision to implement an additional transportation program for the North County region, to all of Southern California. We are pleased to operate a service that provides additional freedom to Antelope Valley residents. The numbers tell the story and it’s a success story.”
The North County TRANSporter is a midday bus service connecting the Antelope Valley to the Newhall Metrolink Station. The service closes a transportation gap in the middle of the day which kept valley residents from being able to leave or return to the region using public transportation.
”It’s exciting to watch the ridership go up and up as residents discover the service,” stated Executive Director Julie Austin. “We’re starting to notice a large number of passengers using the TRANSporter to travel into the L.A. basin on Friday afternoon. We assume this is for recreational purposes and are pleased to see the service is meeting a variety of needs.”
The North County TRANSporter began operating on August 6, 2012. During its first week, a total of 399 passengers were served. The TRANSporter now boasts weekly ridership levels of more than 900 passengers and is expected to sustain itself after the initial county funding goes away in August of 2014.
AVTA provides local, commuter and dial-a-ride service to 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.
(Information via press release from the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.)