Congresswoman Capps Announces Recovery Act Grant of Nearly $3.2 Million for Gold Coast Transit
January 26, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Lois Capps today announced that Gold Coast Transit will be receiving an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT) totaling $3,197,980. The grant provides funding for remodeling Gold Coast Transit's Maintenance and Operations facility. The Recovery Act funds will also be used for paratransit operations and Transit Enhancements that will include improved bus stops and the installation of shelters throughout the region.
“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act continues to bring much needed financial resources to Ventura County, creating and saving jobs in our communities,” said Capps. “Gold Coast Transit will be able to use this funding to enhance their facilities, making it more convenient to access public transportation, especially for seniors and those with disabilities. This is a win-win for Ventura County residents who can save valuable time and money by utilizing public transportation.”
This latest Recovery Act funding is in addition to an earlier Recovery Act grant for $4,393,000 for Gold Coast Transit that was awarded in late June, 2009. Gold Coast Transit used that initial funding to purchase 8 new 35-foot Clean Natural Gas-fueled Buses, new supervisory vehicles, and new Fareboxes for the entire fleet.
“Gold Coast Transit is pleased with the announcement today of the approval of this amendment to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant that will fund vital infrastructure improvements and help create and preserve jobs in Western Ventura County,” said Deborah Linehan, General Manager of Gold Coast Transit. “This funding will allow Gold Coast Transit to undertake a remodel project of the maintenance facility, adding additional maintenance service bays, increased storage areas for parts and equipment, new offices and remodeled restrooms. Additionally, Gold Coast Transit working with its member jurisdictions will be improving bus stops throughout the service area adding shelters, benches and new information signs. Additional support for operating ACCESS paratransit service for seniors and people with disabilities who can't use regular fixed-route bus service will help ensure this vital service continues."