Gold Coast Transit District provides public fixed-route and paratransit service in the cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura and the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. With nearly 4 million passenger trips provided each year, GCTD is the largest public transportation operator in Ventura County. The fleet includes 56 buses and 24 paratransit vehicles all powered by clean natural gas supplied by an on-site CNG fueling station.
GCTD's mission is to provide safe, responsive, convenient, efficient, and environmentally responsible public transportation that serves the diverse needs of our community.
GCTD was founded in 1973 as "South Coast Area Transit" when the cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and San Buenaventura executed a Joint Powers Agreement that created "SCAT" to develop and operate local and intercity public transportation in western Ventura County.
Prior to 1973, Ventura Transit City Lines operated local service in Ventura and Ojai, and Oxnard Municipal Bus Lines served Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Following a national trend, the bus systems that flourished through the mid-century began to decline in the 1960's. The outlook for public transit systems in California brightened in 1971 when the State Legislature created a source of dedicated transportation funding through passage of the Transportation Development Act (TDA). The availability of TDA funds to local governments provided an impetus for forming a single regional transit entity to operate coordinated transit services across municipal boundaries and in some unincorporated areas of western Ventura County. The County of Ventura joined SCAT in October of 1977. By February of 1980 the transit functions in western Ventura County were consolidated into a single administrative, operating and maintenance facility on a three-acre site at 301 East Third Street in Downtown Oxnard.
In the 1990's SCAT began operation of ACCESS, a regional paratransit service providing curb-to-curb transportation for people with disabilities and senior citizens.
In June 2007, SCAT's Joint Powers Agreement was amended to rename the agency from South Coast Area Transit to Gold Coast Transit. The change in name was intended to help distinguish the agency from the 11 other agencies named SCAT around the nation and to better connect the service to the community it served.
In October 2013, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill AB 664, which formed the Gold Coast Transit District. The district legislation was initiated in response to Senate Bill SB 716, which required that all TDA funds in Ventura County be used solely for public transit purposes. Formation of a transit district allows GCTD’s Board of Directors and staff greater flexibility in implementing service improvements by looking beyond jurisdictional borders in order to efficiently and effectively meet the public’s transit needs.
In 2014 Gold Coast Transit District was named Small Agency of the Year by the California Transit Association. In 2015, GCTD unveiled a new logo and bus paint scheme to coincide with the purchase of replacement buses. The new colors reflect GCTD’s commitment to quality public transportation, and evokes the agency’s vision of a more modern, clean and efficient future.
In 2016 the District broke ground on a New Operations and Maintenance Facility that will allow GCTD to continue to meet the growing transit needs of the community. It is expected to open in early 2019,
- Service Area: Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura & County of Ventura
- Population Served: 375,000
- Average Daily Passengers: (approx.) 12,000
- Fixed-Route Annual Passengers: (approx.) 4 million
- Fixed-Route Annual Revenue Miles: (approx.) 2 million
- ACCESS Paratransit Annual Passengers: 90,000
- 56 - fixed-route buses
- 24 - paratransit buses and vans
- Fuel Type: 100% Clean Natural Gas
Board of Directors
Gold Coast Transit District is governed by a Board of Directors. Each of GCTD's five member agencies appoints one elected official from its governing body to serve on the Board of Directors and a second to serve as an alternate member. The Board of Directors regular monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Click Here to view Agendas and Minutes
GCTD’s General Manager is appointed by, and reports to, the Board of Directors. The General Manager is charged with carrying out the Board’s policies and directives, and has full charge of the operation of GCTD’s services, facilities, and administration of business affairs. GCTD's Management Team is comprised of:
- Steven P. Brown, General Manager
- Reed Caldwell, Assistant General Manager
- Vacant, Director of Finance
- Debbie Williams, Director of Human Resources
- Vanessa Rauschenberger, Director of Planning and Marketing
- James Beck, Acting Director of Operations and Maintenance (Interim)
GCTD has nearly 200 employees, the majority of whom operate or maintain buses. Service Employees International Union Local 721 represents all bus operators, most maintenance employees and five administrative staff members. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 186 represents supervisors. GCTD Contracts with MV Transportation for the operation ACCESS Paratransit.