August 4, 2010 - Gold Coast Transit (GCT), the largest public transportation provider in Ventura County, will be making adjustments to its bus service on Sunday, August 15, 2010. The 91 square mile service area of Gold Coast Transit lies within the Cities of Oxnard, Ventura, Port Hueneme and Ojai and the unincorporated County areas between these cities. Annually, GCT's fleet of 54 natural gas powered buses carry over 3.5 million passengers on 19 bus routes.
GCT has been working with its member agencies to develop a plan to improve transit service throughout the area. As part of this effort, community meetings were held in the Cities of Oxnard and Ventura to collect feedback from riders and community members about potential improvements to GCT service in those cities. Suggestions received from attendees of these meetings became the basis for proposing new and modified routing and schedules.
Answering the call locally for more efficient and widely available public transportation, while responding to decreasing tax revenues dedicated to funding public transportation services, Gold Coast Transit and its member agencies are making modifications to Routes 6, 10, 11, 16 and 40, with modified routes and updated schedules. Plus, GCT is proud to offer the new Route 19 serving the Oxnard Airport and Mexican Consulate. “The City of Oxnard is very pleased with the early positive response by the public to the new Route 19” commented Mayor Tom Holden noting that “ridership of over 200 passengers per day on a brand new route is a clear indication of how this new route is serving the needs of our residents and businesses here in Oxnard.”
To enhance transit service in a key travel corridor, Routes 6A and 6B have been modified so that all trips will operate on the current route 6A loop, with the area formerly served by the 6B loop being served by Routes 11 and 40.
Route 10, connecting the Ventura Transfer Center (VTC) with East Ventura will provide two-way service on Telegraph Road between the VTC and Wells Center. It will no longer serve Telephone Road or Main Street.
Route 11, linking the VTC, East Ventura and Saticoy, will provide two-way service on Telephone Road between the VTC and Wells Center. It will no longer serve Telegraph Road.
Route 16 which provides service to Ojai from the VTC via Thompson Boulevard, Ventura Avenue and Highway 33 will now provide service every 60 minutes, restoring service reductions that were made in April.
Route 40, serving the Market Street area in Ventura, has been expanded to make it more responsive to riders’ demands. The Route will almost double in length and will include the stops previously served by Route 6B between Johnson at Hummingbird and Telephone at Main.
Gold Coast Transit’s new Bus Book with updated route and schedule information will be distributed after Thursday, August 5, 2010. Bus Books will be available free of charge on every bus and at GCT’s Customer Service Center at the Oxnard Transportation Center (OTC). Gold Coast Transit’s customer service team is available for trip planning assistance by calling 805-487-4222 or 805-643-3158. Customer service hours are Monday – Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM. Updated information is also available online at www.goldcoasttransit.org.
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.