Keeping You Safe On The GO

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Riding During COVID-19

Latest Information About:

  • Free rides to vaccinations
  • Mask requirements
  • Additional riding procedure changes and safety precautions

GCTD has taken several actions in response to COVID-19 and the continuing public health crisis, all in an effort to address the immediate and long-term impacts of the pandemic on our public transit services. 

In July 2021, the Board approved GCTD’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.  The purpose of this document is to detail Gold Coast Transit District’s efforts to assist in the revitalization of the health, social and economic fabric of our community and to have GCTD emerge as a more resilient organization following the COVID-19 pandemic.  The plan was developed with input from the public, employees and includes recommended actions aligned with the California Transportation Association (CTA) Future of Transit task force report.

Face Masks & Other New Rider Rules

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Face Masks Required

GCTD requires face masks upon boarding. Face shields are no longer allowed. Our team will enforce this mandate and support passengers in doing so. Our bus operators and Customer Service Center have extra face masks for passengers as needed.

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Socially Distanced Seating

Riders should observe social distancing rules when sitting down.  Passengers are advised to stagger the rows and sides of the bus where they sit from other passengers.

Learn About The Federal Mask Mandate

In order to reduce the potential risk of spreading COVID-19 on public transportation, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on January 21, 2021, promoting COVID-19 safety in domestic and international travel. In order to effectuate this executive order, the CDC released a public health order (“Order”) on January 29, 2021 requiring the use of face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation. The order took effect at 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2021 and will remain in effect until modified or rescinded. The Order defines “mask” as a material covering the nose and mouth of the wearer, and specifically excludes face shields from satisfying the mandate. In order to be properly worn, masks must completely cover the nose and mouth of the wearer and be secure to the head with ties or ear loops. Masks can either be manufactured or homemade, but should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures.

To learn more about the latest federal mask order, please visit the CDC's website directly for detailed information.

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Free Rides To Vaccination Appointments

Don't Wait, Vaccinate!

For a limited time, GCTD is offering free transportation to and from a vaccination site on its GO ACCESS vehicles for anyone with an appointment.

  • Individuals need to be at least 16 years of age
  • Have the name/address of the vaccination center out and ready
  • The vaccination site must be located within our service area
  • Schedule a ride at least one day in advance 805-485-2319 (reservation line is open 8am-5pm, 7 days a week)
  • It may be a shared ride; physical distancing and masks required

If you need more information on how to make an appointment for your vaccine, please visit Ventura County Recovers.

Fleet Care & Customer Service Changes

The District's administration office will be closed to the public until further notice.  Lost and Found items can be retrived by appointment only, please call 805-483-3959, dial 0 for Operator. Customers can continue to communicate via the call center, the website's comments page, and social media.

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Plexiglass Shields Installed

Clear, protective Plexiglass shields are now installed around the bus operator compartment on all buses as an additional safety measure to protect the Operators who have continued to provide essential transportation services.

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Cleaning Staff Expanded

GCTD has hired three full-time Fleet and Facility Cleaners to secure additional cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as grab bars, farebox, and bus operator compartment with disinfectant throughout the day both in the field and at the faculty each night.

Additional Safety Measures

Learn more about other measures being taken in response to the spread of COVID-19

The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority.  We are following the recommendations of health expert organizations, including the Ventura County Public Health department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are continuing to monitor the issue very closely.  As proactive measures, we are taking the following actions to ensure our customers and employees are prepared:

  • Established a multi-disciplinary task force to closely monitor events on a local, state, and federal level and follow the directives of the Ventura County Public Health office.
  • Placed visual alerts (signs and posters) provided by the CDC/ Ventura Public Health to help employees and customers reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Reviewing our facility's supply of hand sanitizer, gloves, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) and making plans to restock in the event of a shortage.