Oxnard, CA – Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) will implement its biannual service changes this Sunday, January 23rd. Passengers can expect to see more reliable service after months of canceled trips due to severe staff shortages and the ongoing impact of COVID-19.
After thorough analysis of the system’s performance over the last six months, combined with feedback and suggestions received from drivers and passengers, GCTD is making schedule adjustments to improve reliability, on-time performance, and connectivity. The span of service will remain the same, while also preserving in demand frequency during peak afternoon hours.
The following is a summary of the schedule adjustments:
o ROUTE 4A (North Oxnard): NEW separate weekday and weekend schedules (currently a daily schedule)
o ROUTE 6 (Oxnard – Ventura): Revised weekday and weekend schedules
o ROUTE 15 (Esplanade – El Rio – St. John’s Hospital): NEW separate weekday and weekend schedules (currently a daily schedule)
o Route 18 (School Tripper Service): Schedules adjusted to match new dismissal schedule
o Minor Adjustments to Routes: 1A/1B, 2, 3, 4B, 5, 8, 17, 21 & 23
o No Changes to Routes: 7, 10, 11, 16, 19
“GCTD has faced staff shortages since August and has had to make the difficult decision to cancel trips since then. Additionally, the current surge in COVID-19 infections and exposures have exacerbated an already difficult situation,” said Steve Brown, GCTD’s General Manager. “Our team has focused on analyzing all relevant data, prioritizing the service to avoid cancellations during peak hours, and adjusting times to make it more reliable. We regret the inconvenience that this has caused our passengers who depend on our service and ask for their continued patience as we navigate this challenging time.”
For the latest information on trip cancellations, please visit the Service Alerts page on our website.
Printed schedules, “Bus Books”, are now available on all buses, at the Customer Service Center, online, and various locations around the county. A bilingual information sheet summarizing the service changes is also available here. If you use trip planning Apps like the GOVCBUS app, schedule changes will appear by January 23rd.
Reminder: Masks are required when riding public transit. Please be sure to wear a mask on ALL GCTD buses. Masks are available on buses and at the Customer Service Center upon request.
Additionally, in an effort to help keep buses and flow of people moving, all passengers are strongly encouraged to use prepaid or contactless fare payment to pay the fare. GCTD will continue to offer free rides to people going to vaccine appointments (by showing your appointment or vaccine card) as well as free rides for seniors over 75, college students or young children under 45” tall. Reduced fares (1/2 off) are available forseniors65 and up. Formore information on services, fares, reduced fare programs, please call GCTD at 805-487-4222, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, or visit us online at www.GCTD.org.
About the District: Gold Coast Transit District 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 61 clean natural gas-fueled buses, and 26 paratransit buses and vans, GCTD carries 3 million passengers annually on its 20 bus routes. GCTD is the largest provider of public transit in Ventura County and is governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction. For more information or to plan your trip, visit www.GCTD.org