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Coronavirus Updates



AVTA Office Shuts Down - July 7, 2020

Due to the recent rise of COVID-19 cases in the Antelope Valley, AVTA is acting in an abundance of caution to protect our staff and customers. All public areas are closed for the next 14 to 21 days. 

Service will continue as normal. All public areas at the AVTA office are closed. 

We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause. Please anticipate longer than normal wait times on our customer service phone line.

Thank you for your continued support.

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FTA Releases New Video to Thank the Transit Industry - June 16, 2020 

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has produced a video to thank the transit industry, and particularly our frontline workers, for all they are doing to keep America moving. The transit industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 public health emergency. But, every day, we continue to see the resiliency of the industry and the commitment of its workers.

During this public health emergency, the transit industry continues to provide essential transportation services for healthcare personnel and other workers who are critical to the COVID-19 response and our nation’s economic recovery. While transit ridership has decreased sharply because of the public health emergency, transit agencies across the country are continuing to provide approximately five million trips a day to lifeline services.

Transit workers are American heroes and the FTA, AVTA, and the Antelope Valley community wants you to know how much we appreciate your efforts.

Thank you!




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Regular Fares for both Local and Commuter Services Resume Monday, June 1, 2020 - May 28, 2020

Remember, regular fares for both local and commuter services will begin on June 1, 2020.

To promote social distancing behaviors and healthy personal space, AVTA will continue a policy of 50% reduced maximum seated occupancy and passengers will still be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering in order to board and ride the bus until further notice. 

In addition to normal Monday through Friday hours, the AVTA office will be open on Saturday, May 30, for June pass sales.

Contact AVTA customer service at 661.945.9445 with any questions.

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Transdev Transportation Recognizes AVTA Leadership for Handling of COVID-19 Crisis - May 22, 2020

On May 21, 2020, Rene' Alvarez, General Manager, Transdev Transportation, joined with other Transdev staff members to thank AVTA and recognize the AVTA leadership for their handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

See full release here.

Transdev Transportation Presentation of Plaque to AVTA
Transdev Transportation Presentation of Plaque to AVTA - (Left to Right) Rene' Alvarez, General Manager, Transdev Transportation, Martin Tompkins, COO, AVTA, Macy Neshati, CEO AVTA.

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Antelope Valley Transit Authority will once again #SoundTheHorn  – May 21, 2020

AVTA will once again #SoundTheHorn in honor of essential workers on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. AVTA is joining other transportation operators across the country to participate in the #SoundTheHorn campaign. On Thursday, May 21, at 12 Noon, all AVTA buses will simultaneously sound their vehicle horns twice to pay tribute to healthcare workers, first responders, childcare workers, grocery store employees, transportation workers, and all other essential workers.

AVTA is proud to participate with our partners and “sound our horns” in honor as we thank all of the heroes across the nation who continue their essential and heroic service. If you see or hear our buses sounding their horns Thursday afternoon, be sure to post audio or video of it on social media while using the #SoundTheHorn hashtag and tag AVTA1.

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AVTA Resumed Regular Local and Commuter Service Schedules – May 18, 2020

On Sunday, May 17, 2020, AVTA’s Local Transit Routes ran a regular Sunday schedule.

On Monday, May 18, 2020, AVTA executed their plan to resume regular local and commuter schedules. AVTA's local routes returned to regular schedules. Additionally, Commuter Routes 785, 786, 787, and the Transporter Route 790 returned to normal commuter schedules. 

Route 748 to Mojave Air and Space Port will return to regular service on June 1, 2020.

Route 747 to Edwards Air Force Base will resume service when the Air Force Base returns to normal operations. No date for this has been announced at this time.

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AVTA Resumes Regular Local and Commuter Service Schedules with Eyes on Safety – May 7, 2020

Lancaster – On May 06, 2020, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kathryn Barger and Dr. Barbara Ferrer, LA Public Health Department, announced that certain types of businesses and public spaces in Los Angeles County will be allowed to reopen with safety precautions on Friday, May 08, 2020.

This announcement has made way for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), to begin plans for resuming regular local and commuter schedules to service those in the AV community that count on AVTA to get them where they need to go.

On Sunday, May 17, 2020, AVTA’s Local Transit Routes will run a regular Sunday schedule. On Monday, May 18, 2020, AVTA’s Local Routes will return to their regular schedule. Additionally, Commuter Routes 785, 786, 787, and the Transporter Route 790 will return to normal commuter schedules. 

Route 748 to Mojave Air and Space Port will return to regular service on June 1, 2020.

Route 747 to Edwards Air Force Base will resume service when the Air Force Base returns to normal operations. No date for this has been announced at this time.

See full release here.

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U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Thanks Transit Employees for Their Service. – May 4, 2020

On May 4, 2020, the Federal Transit Administration released the following thank you video from Secretary Elaine L. Chao to the thousands of public transit employees that are still on the job in communities all across the country.


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AVTA Requiring Face Masks – April 16, 2020

It is no longer optional in Los Angeles County. As of Midnight last night, Los Angeles County's Safer At Home Order For Control of COVID-19 (California Health and Safety Code § 120295; California Penal Code §§ 69, 148(a)(1); Los Angeles County Code § 11.02.080) requires face masks or coverings be worn to enter a public place. This means that AVTA will now require face coverings in order to ride our buses.

In March, AVTA instituted a requirement of boarding through bus rear doors and implemented free fares on our local fixed routes to help with this practice. The practices of rear boarding, social distancing, and now face coverings are required to enter an AVTA vehicle.

Please be courteous to fellow riders and the bus operators as we all strive for safe habits and a healthy transit experience.

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AVTA Will #SoundTheHorn – April 16, 2020

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) will #SoundTheHorn in honor of essential workers on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. AVTA is joining other transportation operators across the country to participate in the #SoundTheHorn campaign.

On Thursday, April 16, at 12 Noon, all AVTA buses will simultaneously sound their vehicle horns twice to pay tribute to healthcare workers, first responders, childcare workers, grocery store employees, transportation workers, and all other essential workers. AVTA is proud to participate with our partners and “sound our horns” in honor as we thank all of the heroes across the nation who continue their essential and heroic service.

If you see or hear our buses sounding their horns Thursday afternoon, be sure to post audio or video of it on social media while using the #SoundTheHorn hashtag and tag AVTA1.

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AVTA Tracks COVID-19 Cases – April 15, 2020

AVTA is working closely with the Los Angeles County, City of Lancaster, City of Palmdale, and local public health officials to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak as it relates to our employees, contractors, and transit system. This information is shared for the purpose of ensuring safety among employees, contractors, and our riders. 

                At this time there are zero confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Safety is AVTA's top priority. Staff will continue to closely monitor and record any confirmed positive cases throughout the agency. In the event of a reported case, AVTA will not reveal the identity of any cases listed. The agency respects the privacy of the individuals and their families.

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AVTA Recognized By Teamsters For Safety Efforts During COVID-19 Pandemic - March 26, 2020

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) leadership is acutely aware that many residents of the AV community consider AVTA’s transit services essential to their daily lives. AVTA’s leadership is dedicated to the health and safety of both their riders and employees. During this time of national crisis, AVTA’s commitment has become even more important to ensure that operations continue as smoothly as possible. 

This week, Teamsters Local 848 recognized the AVTA Board of Directors, executive management, and entire staff at AVTA for their considerable efforts to care for the frontline workers in the transit industry.

“I want to commend Martin Tompkins, Macy Neshati, Chairman Marvin Crist, everyone on the Board of AVTA, and the staff of AVTA, for taking care of the Transdev workforce during this tragic pandemic crisis,” stated Eric Tate, Secretary Treasurer of the Teamsters Local 848. “I will be bragging to all the transit agencies about how AVTA stepped up for its frontline responders in the transit industry in Lancaster and Palmdale.”

See full release here.

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AVTA Institutes Free Fares on Local Fixed Routes and Boarding through Rear Doors Only - March 23, 2020

Lancaster – Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) continues to uphold the health and safety of our passengers and employees as our top priority. In order to promote social distancing, and for the safety and well-being of our operators and the riding public, as of 03.24.20, all boarding will be through the rear doors of our buses whenever possible. Passengers using mobility devices that require the use of our bus ramp will be allowed to board through the front doors.

All local fixed routes will now be fare-free until further notice in order to facilitate mandatory rear-door-only boarding. 

See full release here.

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Safer At Home: Service Changes Effective March, 23, 2020     

On March 19, both the County of Los Angeles and the State of California issued a Stay at Home Order for control of COVID-19 that dictates the temporary closure of events and gatherings of 10 persons or more and of non-essential businesses and areas.

Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), and all public transportation, is defined as an essential service exempt from the order. Many people are dependent on AVTA to get to medical appointments, the grocery store, or to essential service jobs throughout the area. AVTA will continue to comply with social distancing requirements where we can. 

AVTA’s Local Transit Routes will continue running, however as Monday, March 23, 2020, all local transit routes will change to a reduced Saturday Schedule for all days, Monday through Sunday, until further notice.

Additionally, all Commuter Routes are cancelled, including routes 747, 748, 785, 786, 787, and the Transporter Route 790. Route 8 is also cancelled.

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Will AVTA’s service change? March 19, 2020

AVTA is working in partnership with local governments and public health officials to respond quickly to developing public health guidelines. We will continually update our customers through www.avta.com and social media channels when appropriate. If it is necessary to change service, AVTA will notify the community of changes.  For even better communication, sign up to receive AVTA Rider Alerts. This service is free, and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you already have a Rider Alert account, make sure your settings are up-to-date.

If you have questions about purchased and unused passes, please contact customer service at 661.945.9445 or email your question to info@avta.com.


Will AVTA shut down service?  

No, at this time there are no plans to cease operations. AVTA is acutely aware that many people are dependent on our services. We are committed to keeping our operations running as smoothly as possible. We understand that our riders need to get to where they are going. Often that includes those who work in hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores, and other places that are too important to close right now. 

We may make some adjustments to services on certain routes. If this happens we will update our website and notify the community through social media and Rider Alerts.


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AVTA Reducing Maximum Occupancy On All Buses by 50% Until Further Notice - March 16, 2020

AVTA’s top priority is the health and safety of our passengers and employees.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 (the coronavirus) is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another.

In order to promote healthy personal space and social distancing, AVTA has made the decision to reduce maximum occupancy on all our buses by 50% until further notice. While this may present some inconvenience, please use this as an opportunity to take the CDC’s advice and avoid close contact with others.

For additional first-hand information from experts on reducing the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus), please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.

La principal prioridad de AVTA es la salud y la seguridad de nuestros pasajeros y empleados.

Según el Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), se cree que COVID-19 (el coronavirus) se propaga principalmente entre personas que están en contacto cercano entre sí.

Con el fin de promover un espacio personal saludable y el distanciamiento social, AVTA ha tomado la decisión de reducir la ocupación máxima en todos nuestros autobuses en un 50% hasta nuevo aviso. Si bien esto puede presentar algunos inconvenientes, aproveche esto como una oportunidad para seguir los consejos del CDC y evitar el contacto cercano con otras personas.

Para obtener información adicional de primera mano de expertos sobre la reducción de la propagación de COVID-19 (el coronavirus), visite www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.

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AVTA Strives to Promote Healthy Transportation and Asks for Community’s Participation - March 11, 2020
  
Lancaster – Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has always held the health and safety of our passengers and employees as our top priority, and given the current environment, the agency is acutely aware that with so many people dependent on our services, that commitment has become even more important to ensure that operations continue as smoothly as possible. Click here for full post.