July 29, 2009
NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
CONTACT:
Steven Brown
Director of Planning and Marketing
(805) 483-3959, ext 116

GOLD COAST TRANSIT DONATES RETIRED VEHICLES TO NON-PROFIT AGENCIES

Gold Coast Transit (GCT) has donated 14 surplus used sedans and paratransit vehicles
to non-profit and social service agencies in western Ventura County. At a time when these
vehicles would be retired out of active service, they can still be utilized to provide transportation
for clients of these agencies, particularly senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
In the past, retired vehicles were auctioned or transferred to other California transit agencies
that were short on fleet. In light of the poor economy and the growing needs of many non-profit
agencies Gold Coast Transit developed a new demonstration program to keep the vehicles in
Ventura County where they can help local agencies expand services to their clients that are
above and beyond the services that Gold Coast Transit’s ACCESS paratransit service is able to
provide. Recipient agencies are able to provide additional mobility for those who need it,
focusing on special needs of their clients and various programs that the agencies provide.
 
 
 
   
Upon the adoption of the donation program by the GCT Board of Directors, staff
developed an application process with guidelines to identify non-profit recipients that could
make the best use of the used sedans, vans and minibuses. When word of the availability of the
vehicles was circulated, several non-profit agencies came to view them.
  
 
 
“Many times these agencies are working on very limited budgets and cannot afford to
acquire new vehicles or even bid auction rate prices for used vehicles to serve their clients,”
said Dr. Tom Holden, Chair of the GCT Board of Directors and Mayor of Oxnard. “This is a winwin
program for the recipients and GCT. Local organizations get to use the vehicles to provide
extra service to their clients. and GCT benefits since the agencies will be supplementing
transportation that GCT normally offers through its ACCESS paratransit service.”
 
 
 
   
All the donated vehicles are fueled with compressed natural gas (CNG), providing the
recipients an extra benefit of being environmentally friendly.
 
The 14 used transit vehicles were awarded to:
    • ARC of Ventura County where transportation for job training and employment will supplement existing programs.

  • Centro Cristiano to provide medical and shopping trips to many seniors at the Camino del Sol senior apartment complex in Oxnard.

  • Nuevo Empezar to provide transportation for dialysis treatments and other essential medical services.

  • Victory Outreach and Iglesia Alcance Victoria to expand transportation to many destinations frequented by seniors such as social service agencies, grocery stores, medical facilities, and weekly worship services.

  • Urban Christian Assembly to transport seniors to worship services on the weekends and provide field trips for residents of the Glenwood Care Center.This group also provides transportation to the Lighthouse Recovery Home and for at-risk youths for basketball programs.

  • St. Paul’s Baptist Church to provide transportation for seniors to medical appointments, errands and church services. In addition, St. Paul’s provides transportation to tutoring and recreational activities for low-income children.

 

Each agency is responsible for fueling, maintaining and insuring the vehicles. Each will keep track of how the vehicles are used and it is hoped that this program will help slow the growth in demand for ACCESS paratransit service while providing greater scheduling flexibility and services for the non-profit recipients and their clients.
 
Gold Coast Transit is a joint powers authority governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction – the Cities of Oxnard, Ventura, Port Hueneme and Ojai and the County of Ventura.
 

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