Gold Coast Transit District Named Transit Agency of the Year
Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) was honored with the distinguished award of Transit Agency of the Year at the Small Operator Awards Ceremony hosted by the California Transit Association (CTA) as part of its 49th Annual Fall Conference and Expo in Monterey last week.
The award honors a California Transit Association Small Operator that has demonstrated excellence in the performance of their system that includes, but is not limited to: ridership, customer service, service expansion, or financial management.
GCTD staff receving their award. L-R: Cynthia Torres Duque, Communications and Marketing Manager, Steven P. Brown, General Manager, Vanessa Rauschenberger, Planning Manager, Steven Rosenberg, Director of Finance and Administration.
“Being selected for this award is a testament to the hard work of our dedicated staff to bring about positive change, resulting in improved and efficient service”, said Steven P. Brown, GCTD General Manger. “This recognition reaffirms our commitment to the residents of the communities we serve”.
GCTD has experienced considerable change and growth over the last year that significantly improved its service. Among its accomplishments in 2013-2014, GCTD:
- Celebrated its 40th Anniversary of public transit service in Western Ventura County
- Expanded service and added the highly successful Route 21
- Rolled out a new fare collection system with new electronic tickets and passes
- Installed new automatic passenger counters in all buses
- Began the design of the new Administration and Operations Facility and purchased the 15 acre site for the facility
- Partnered with Google Transit to have trip planning tools conveniently available to all
Additionally, ridership increased by 7% compared to the previous year and it continues to grow, with another 4% increase in the first quarter of this year. During all of these activities, GCTD worked with Assemblyman Das Williams to have AB 664 signed by the Governor. On July 1 of this year, the 40 year-old agency officially became the Gold Coast Transit District, allowing it to look beyond jurisdictional borders and more effectively allocate service to meet need and demand.
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-fueled buses, GCT carries over 3.8 million passengers annually on its 19 bus routes. GCT is governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction. For more information, visit our website: www.GoldCoastTransit.org.