Transportation coalition to discuss work on AV rail line
LANCASTER — The North Los Angeles County Transportation Coalition will hold its quarterly meeting in Lancaster on Tuesday, when directors will hear an update on proposed improvements to upgrade service on Metro Rail’s Antelope Valley Line.
According to a Metro study, the current cost to operate and maintain the Antelope Valley line is $34.5 million, with 15 daily round trips using six trains sets and Antelope Valley Transit Authority bus support.
The study identified a phased implemental plan for improving service on the Antelope Valley Line if funding is available. Under scenario three, the most cost-effective scenario identified in the plan, the Antelope Valley line could move to 30-minute bi-directional service to Santa Clarita.
New or available round trips can be filled by Metrolink or Union Pacific Railroad, or future potential operators such as Amtrak, California High Speed Rail Authority or Virgin Trains USA.
According to the study, daily trips could increase from 6,500 in fiscal year 2019-20 to 15,000 by fiscal year 2030-31. The projected growth is 9% per year through 2042.
The North Los Angeles County Transportation Coalition is a Joint Powers of Authority between the Los Angeles County 5th District, represented by Supervisor Kathryn Barger, and the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster and Santa Clarita to improve the movement of people and goods in the North Los Angeles County region.
The Coalition will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Antelope Valley Transit Authority community board room, at 42210 6th St. West.