The Antelope Valley Transit Authority serves a population of over 450,000 residents of the Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County. AVTAs total service area covers 1,200 square miles and is bounded by the Kern County line to the north, the San Bernardino County line to the east, the Angeles National Forest to the south, and Interstate 5 to the West. The fixed route service area consists of approximately 100 square miles.
AVTA contracts with Transdev to provide Fixed Route and maintenance function and contracts with IntelliRide for its Dial-A-Ride bus operations, effective January 1, 2012.
AVTA operates a network of 13 local transit, four commuter routes, and one supplemental school route during the week. Local bus service is operated on weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday service is operated from 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. and Sunday service operates from 6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Commuter routes operate Monday through Friday from 3:45 a.m. to 7:40 p.m. AVTA also operates a midday service, known as the TRANSporter, that connects the Antelope Valley with the Santa Clarita Valley on week days. This service begins operating at 8:00 a.m. and continues until 5:50 in the evening. AVTA also provides urban and rural Dial-a-Ride service. Service within the urban zone and rural zone 1 is available to elderly persons and persons with disabilities. Service within rural zone 2 is open to the general public. Buses operate weekdays 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and weekends 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
AVTAs basic adult cash fare for fixed-route service is $1.50. Seniors (65 plus) and persons with disabilities pay a discounted half-price fare. Free transit service is offered to Medicare card holders, active military, and veterans. The fare for ADA paratransit service operated is $3.00 for Zone 1 and $6.00 for Zone 2.
AVTA operates a fleet of 75 buses for transit service with 45 buses for local service and 30 for commuter service. The current peak requirement for local service is 38 vehicles and commuter service is 25 vehicles.
AVTAs FTA-funded administration, operations, and maintenance facility opened in April 2004. A solar canopy covers a portion of the parking area. Construction began on Phase II of the facilitys expansion in September, 2011. AVTA has transfer centers in Lancaster and Palmdale. These were built with local funds.