AVTA Passes New Electric Milestone
On January 24, 2023, at the first board meeting of the year, Antelope Valley Transit Authority (Lancaster, CA) staff informed the AVTA board of directors that the agency’s electric fleet had accomplished another milestone, passing the 10 million electric mile mark.
AVTA Chairman of the Board Marvin Crist congratulated the agency, and highlighted some of the benefits to the community that are a result of the electrification of AVTA’s fleet.
“This is big. No one has come close to those numbers,” said Crist. “In those 10 million electric miles, approximately 2.5 million gallons of diesel fuel have been saved. That equates to a net savings of $3,375,000 in fuel costs after paying for electricity. Additionally, the 10 million all-electric miles represent a carbon footprint reduction of more than 59.4 million pounds of CO2, and 187,000 pounds of particulate matter.”
AVTA operates 57 buses in its local fixed route fleet, all of which are zero-emission, BYD electric buses, manufactured in the Antelope Valley. AVTA also has eight fully-electric vans and a fleet of 24 zero-emission, high-capacity, electric commuter coaches from MCI. This combined electric fleet continues to add up the electric miles serving residents of the Antelope Valley around Lancaster, Palmdale, and the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County such as Pearblossom, Littlerock, and Lake Los Angeles.
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. Visit avta.com.