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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.