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Public Transportation is an Essential Service and Will Continue to Operate
On March 20, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide "stay at home" order, allowing certain exemptions for essential services. Additionally, Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin issued a similar emergency order, ordering all residents of the Count of Ventura to stay inside their residences, limiting all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.
Public transportation is an essential service and will continue to operate to the furthest extent possible. Please reserve travel to essential, life sustaining trips only such as essential work duties, medical related appointments, and grocery store visits. Otherwise, please adhere to the order and stay home. Fore more information and details about ther order (available in Spanish) visit the VC Emergency page here. We must all do our part.
March 25th Update - GCTD Announces Temporary Service Reductions Starting Sunday, March 29, 2020
Effective, Sunday, March 29, 2020, GCTD will implement a temporary reduction in service in response to COVID-19. Most routes will be reduced to Sunday-level service, seven days a week. In addition, in order to enhance physical distancing on the bus, elimination of fare collection and rear door boardings will remain in effect until further notice. The front door is reserved for seniors and passengers with disabilities.
These temporary modifications are being made in light of significantly reduced ridership, staffing levels, and to enhance the health and safety of our employees and the communities we serve. The new schedules will be uploaded into the new GoVCbus mobile app so passengers can continue to plan trips and track the buses during this period of modified service.
The bilingual passenger flyer can be viewed and downloaded here.
Schedules have been notated to highlight the reductions in trips. Click here to find the revised schedules.
Enhanced Social Distancing Measures will be Implemented on GCTD's Fixed Foute Bus Service Starting March 19, 2020.
Based on expert health guidance to establish social distancing, GCTD will forego fare collection effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 through April 1, 2020. All passengers will be advised to use rear doors when possible. Front doors will be reserved for seniors and people with disabilites. Please read the following for more important details:
No Fare Collection on Fixed Route Buses and Rear Door Boardings
Effective March 19, 2020, fixed route bus service will forgo fare collection until further notice. All passengers are advised to use rear doors when possible. Front doors are reserved for people with disabilities. We will reasses the need for continuance of this effort on April 1, 2020.
Customer Service Center (CSC)
GCTD Administration Office
Effective March 19, 2020, the District's administration office will be closed to the public until further notice. Lost and Found items can be retrived by appointment only, please call 805-483-3959, dial 0 for Operator. Customers can continue to communicate via the call center, the website's comments page, and social media.
Learn more about other measures being taken in response to the spread of COVID-19
The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. We are following the recommendations of health expert organizations, including the Ventura County Public Health department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are continuing to monitor the issue very closely. As proactive measures, we are taking the following actions to ensure our customers and employees are prepared:
- Established a multi-disciplinary task force to closely monitor events on a local, state, and federal level and follow the directives of the Ventura County Public Health office.
- Placed visual alerts (signs and posters) provided by the CDC/ Ventura Public Health to help employees and customers reduce the risk of transmission.
- Additional cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as grab bars, farebox, and bus operator compartment with disinfectant each night.
- Reviewing our facility's supply of hand sanitizer, gloves, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) and making plans to restock in the event of a shortage. At this time, the CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear masks.
We encourage all residents to practice good public health hygiene, as this is also the height of the flu season. There are simple preventative actions you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
- Get a flu immunization to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
- If you are sick, stay home to keep from spreading illness to others.
All GCTD services are running on regular schedules. Starting Monday, March 16th, the school tripper service will be cancelled until further notice. We are monitoring the situation very closely and following all recommendations from the local, state, and national health organizations. We will continue to provide updates if and when circumstances change. Detours and service interruptions are posted here. For the lastest updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Preparedness information and up to date news about the situation in the County of Ventura can be found at here.
The current bilingual passenger notice is available here.