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LANCASTER — An electric bus charging station at Antelope Valley College delayed nearly two years by Southern California Edison will move forward under another contractor, according to a contract approved by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s board of directors during the May 24 meeting.

The AVTA Board of Directors in June 2020 awarded a contract to Fast-Track Construction Corp. of Culver City for charging stations. Southern California Edison has delayed the project until May due to a power relocation, according to a presentation from procurement and contracting manager Lyle Block at the meeting.

Fast-Track has since requested to withdraw from the project due to financial losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. AVTA will grant the company‘s request once the purchased materials have been returned. The transit agency will receive approximately $26,389 in addition to the returned materials.

In April, the transit agency issued a tender for the installation of two 250-kilowatt high-power inductive chargers along with two Level III car chargers at West 30th Street and J-Ave. 12, at what will be the new main entrance to AV College. main campus. Charging infrastructure improvements include relocation of a water main, underground electrical service, concrete pads for electrical equipment, transformer pad, installation of electrical equipment, bus shelters and related improvements, according to a Block staff report.

Of the 189 companies that received notification of the tender, only one company, Taft Electric Co. of Ventura, submitted a bid that met the minimum requirements. AVTA’s board approved the estimated $1.15 million offer on a 5-0-1 vote, with alternate director Kathy MacLaren abstaining.

“We used Taft a lot,” said director Michelle Flanagan.

The project will be paid for with grant funds from the Transit and Intercity Rail program.

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