The shortage of Gold Coast Transit (GCT) bus operators to drive regularly scheduled bus routes is continuing into its third day, forcing GCT to cancel more service. The bus operators are responding to direction from their union, SEIU Local 721 taken at a meeting on Friday, July 29th.
Over the past few days, representatives of SEIU Local 721 have been distributing flyers at various bus stops. As a result, these flyers have generated confusion and misinformation among passengers. In an effort to clarify, GCT would like to share the following.
The flyers question GCT’s training policy and the use of security cameras on buses. The training of new bus operators is not an issue covered in the negotiations. GCT abides by all regulations for the training of new bus operators. New GCT bus operators receive a minimum of 5 weeks, fully 200 hours, of classroom and behind-the-wheel training and must pass a rigorous testing certification process. Additionally, all GCT bus operators receive monthly safety training throughout the year.
Because security cameras on GCT buses and how they are utilized is a current topic of negotiation, GCT will respect the contract negotiating process agreed upon by both GCT and SEIU Local 721 and will not discuss the details at this time. It is important to note however, that as with many companies, cameras are a significant tool to maintain safety and security. At GCT this includes the safety and security of passengers, bus operators and employees onboard all buses and at all GCT facilities.
GCT is maintaining a continuously updated list of routes and trips that are not operating, on Facebook and via Twitter several times daily. Passengers may also call 805-487-4222, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
GCT General Manager Steven Brown has posted a message on the GCT website home page that will be updated regularly and will provide as much information as possible about the progress to restore full service to the customers of Western Ventura County.
Gold Coast Transit is a joint powers transit agency governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction – Cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura and the County of Ventura.