LANCASTER – Antelope Valley residents will get to voice their opinions on service changes that are under consideration by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority(AVTA). The agency is seeking public comment through a series of outreach efforts this month.
Public input will be incorporated into a set of final recommendations that will be presented to the Board of Directors during a public hearing on May 24. If approved, the service changes would go into effect July 25, 2016.
“Our primary goal at AVTA is to provide excellent customer service to the residents of our community,” stated AVTA Board Chair Marvin Crist. “We are constantly evaluating our routes to identify areas for improvement that better meet the needs of our residents. The feedback we receive from our customers is invaluable as it guides us in the right direction so that our route changes are effective.”
In response to initial community feedback, AVTA developed service change recommendations aimed at improving route directness and shortening travel times. One of the agency’s top priorities is to increase the number of buses servicing Route 1 so that customers can catch a bus every 20 The agency is also considering increased service for Route 1 on Saturdays, with evening service extended until 10 p.m.
Additional service change proposals include adjustments to schedules on Routes 4 and 5, with a realignment proposed for Route 7. Route realignments are also under consideration for rural routes serving Littlerock, Pearblossom, and Lake Los Angeles. All proposed changes for these routes would maintain schedule frequencies and connectivity along current corridors. Adding service on major holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving is also under consideration.
Public meetings scheduled
AVTA will be holding a series of public meetings to present the proposals and take input from the community. The schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday, April 5, 1 p.m. – AV Senior Center
- Wednesday, April 13, 2 p.m. – Legacy Commons
- Thursday, April 14, 12 p.m. – Littlerock Town Council Meeting
- Wednesday, April 20, 6 p.m. – Antelope Acres Town Council Meeting
- Thursday, April 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lancaster City Park Transfer Center
- Thursday, April 21, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Palmdale Transportation Center
- Tuesday, April 26, 7 p.m. – Lake LA Town Council Meeting
- Wednesday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – University of Antelope Valley
Proposed service changes are printed in English and Spanish and can be viewed at www.avta.com.
[Information via news release from the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.]