Ridership on the North County TRANSporter continues to grow as the Antelope Valley Transit Authority celebrates one year of operation for the midday bus service which connects the Antelope Valley to the Newhall Metrolink Station.
Closing a midday transportation gap which kept valley residents from being able to leave or return to the region using public transportation, the TRANSporter now boasts weekly ridership levels peaking at nearly 900 passengers.
“The fact the TRANSporter has been such a success is a testament to the great working partnership between the staff at AVTA and the county of Los Angeles,” said AVTA Board Chairman Norm Hickling.
The North County TRANSporter is supported by Los Angeles County for two years with funding initiated by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
”The TRANSporter’s connectivity with Metrolink has been a key component to the success of the service,” stated Executive Director Julie Austin. “Our data also indicates the service is widely used by students heading to College of the Canyons in the Santa Clarita Valley.”
In its first week in operation in August, 2012, a total of 399 passengers were served by the North County TRANSporter – and last week, a total of 943 customers took advantage of the service to travel to Santa Clarita and into the Los Angeles basin. Since January 2013, the service has seen a 38 percent increase in ridership and the growth rate has yet to show signs of leveling off.