The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has reached a historic milestone, announcing in July’s board meeting that the agency has been awarded $4.8 million in funding from the state transportation grant, known officially as Transit Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) and partially funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB1).
“We are very pleased with the success our agency, and our CFO Judy Vaccaro-Fry, has had with successful proposals to the TIRCP,” said AVTA Chairman of the Board Marvin Crist. ”Congratulations on your fifth grant out of five rounds!”
According to California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), the fifth cycle of TIRCP grants kicks off a period of historic investment to improve and expand public transportation throughout California while positioning the state to strongly compete for significant new federal funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Judy Vaccaro-Fry, AVTA’s CFO, presented a legislative update at July’s AVTA board meeting that included the announcement of the $4.8 million in funding for their request, entitled “Sweet Home Antelope Valley, Where the Skies are so Blue.”
“AVTA is one of the few agencies to win a grant from all five rounds of TIRCP,” stated Judy Vaccaro-Fry. “We are thrilled and excited for the projects this funding makes possible.”
AVTA will receive funding for six electric Microtransit vehicles and is planning to use the funds on a portion of a new solar charging facility that will power their all-electric battery powered, zero-emission bus fleet.
Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency, who participated in this grant proposal jointly with AVTA, will also receive funding for six electric school buses and will charge their electric fleet at this neighboring AVTA facility.
“Thank you for including AVSTA in this grant proposal,” stated Morris Fuselier, CEO of AVSTA. ”We are looking forward to continue the work of cleaning up the air in the Antelope Valley.”
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. Its total service area covers 1,200 square miles and it 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.