AVTA electric buses reach two-million-mile mark

Jan. 16, 2020
More than 55 percent of the authority’s active buses in December were electric.

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s (AVTA) 49 electric buses collectively accumulated two million service miles on Dec. 24, 2019. The authority passed the one million service mile mark in May 2019. AVTA says the feat is a step toward its goal to become the nation’s first all-electric bus fleet. 

“Thus far, approximately 512,821 gallons of diesel fuel have been saved with the new battery-electric fleet. This equates to a net savings of $801,190 in fuel costs after paying for electricity,” said AVTA Chairman of the Board Marvin Crist. “Even more impressive, those two million all-electric miles represent a carbon footprint reduction of more than 12 million pounds of CO2 and 29,063 pounds of particulate matter."

The AVTA Board of Directors awarded a five-year contract for electric buses to BYD in February 2016. The buses are charged using wireless inductive charging systems. AVTA says the use of these technologies has created a smarter, greener and more interconnected transit system, which serves the Antelope Valley and areas extending south into the Los Angeles basin and north to Edwards Air Force Base and the Mojave Air and Space Port.

“AVTA actively operated 88 buses during December 2019, over half of which are zero-emission buses,” stated AVTA Executive Director and CEO Macy Neshati. “Those 49 BYD electric buses, manufactured right here in the Antelope Valley, just completed two million miles of travel. Our goal from the start was to be the first transit agency to implement electric bus technology on a broad scale, and we have met that goal.”

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Editor in Chief

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the magazine’s editorial direction and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.