Trans­porta­tion coali­tion to dis­cuss work on AV rail line

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By JULIE DRAKE Val­ley Press Staff Writer

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.

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