LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority is expanding its North County TRANSporter route further south to give residents greater connectivity to the Santa Clarita Valley.
Starting Monday, April 7, three of the 10 TRANSporter runs will stop at the new McBean Regional Transit Center.
“The route expansion is a direct response to the increasing number of passengers using this service every week,” stated Board Chair Norm Hickling. “When Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich first brought this service forward two years ago it was with the intent of improving travel options for North County residents. We are pleased to position AVTA in support of this goal.”
The North County TRANSporter, a midday bus service connecting the Antelope Valley to the Newhall Metrolink Station, was created in August 2012. The service closed 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. Today, more than 900 passengers ride the TRANSporter weekly, and that number is expected to increase after the route is expanded to the McBean Regional Transit Center.
“The new transit center is a major transportation hub with a large convenient park and ride lot adjacent to the facility,” stated Executive Director Julie Austin. “By extending this route, passengers can conveniently reach popular locations like Six Flags Magic Mountain or seek employment in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The April 7 service change will also include the addition of a tenth run to the TRANSporter schedule. Most of the departure times have been modified to maintain connectivity with Metrolink, which also plans to roll out its newest service adjustments on Monday, April 7.
Visit www.avta.com for schedule details.