Gold Coast Transit (GCT) has recognized three of its bus operators for joining the prestigious One Million Mile Club, which consists of professional drivers who have completed 25,000 hours of drive time (12.5 years) without a preventable accident, as defined by the strict guidelines of the National Safety Council.

To put this in perspective, one million miles is the equivalent of driving from Los Angeles to New York City – 360 times. It is a privilege to recognize the following operators for this hard earned honor:

• Operator Julio Zapata
    - Joined GCT/SCAT on July 8, 1996

• Operator Louis Beltran
    - Joined GCT/SCAT on October 14, 1991

• Operator Francisco Navarro
    - Joined GCT/SCAT on April 13, 1998



They join 12 other Gold Coast Transit operators that previously reached this milestone.

"In today's driving conditions, this is truly a remarkable accomplishment that demonstrates a high level of safety consciousness and commitment to the safety of passengers, fellow motorists, pedestrians and cyclists", said Andrew Mikkelson, Director of Operations.

In addition to being presented with a plaque before Gold Coast Transit's Board of Directors, the names of each of the operators will be inscribed on a community plaque in the GCT Operations offices

Gold Coast Transit provides safe, responsive, convenient, efficient, and environmentally responsible fixed-route bus and paratransit public transportation that serves the diverse needs of the cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura, and in the unincorporated County areas between the cities. Utilizing a fleet of 54 clean-burning buses, GCT carries over 3.5 million passengers annually on its 19 bus routes. GCT is a joint powers authority governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction.

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