Good news! Youth Ride Free on Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD), Ventura County's largest public transit agency serving the cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura, and the County areas in between the cities.
The Youth Ride Free program will be honored on all transit operators in Ventura County. Participating operators include Camarillo Area Transit, Gold Coast Transit District, Kanan Shuttle, Moorpark City Transit, Ojai Trolley, Simi Valley Transit, Thousand Oaks Transit, Valley Express, VCTC Intercity Transit Service.
The program covers free rides to youth 18 years old and under, or older youth currently enrolled in high school. ID's will not be required in most cases, but older students should be prepared to show an ID to verify eligibility. GCTD provides free YOUTH ID's upon request for free.
For trip planning, GCTD offers a variety of tools. Our bilingual Customer Service Center team is available to help plan your student's trip and answer your questions. Online tools are available by visiting utilizing GCTD's Trip Planner on the homepage and entering your origin and destination information, or utilizing one of several planning apps including, GOVCBus app, Ventura County's official transit app.
Reminder, wearing masks on board is recommended, but not required.
Some helpful links to get your started:
The Customer Service Center is open Monday - Friday, 8am-6pm. Se habla español.
Anyone age 18 or younger or enrolled high school students who are older.
The Youth Ride Free Program is a promotional program that will last through the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years.
Participating transit operators include Gold Coast Transit District, Camarillo Area Transit, Kanan Shuttle, Moorpark City Transit, Ojai Trolley, Simi Valley Transit, Thousand Oaks Transit, Valley Express, VCTC Intercity Transit Service.
Drivers will let anyone who looks 18 or younger board the bus for free but high school aged students should be prepared to show ID. GCTD provides YOUTH ID for free upon request. Contact the Customer Service Center.
No, you do not. You can travel anywhere, for any reason on any bus operator in the county.
Yes, you may ride free.
Yes, you may ride free.
No. Buses will only take students to predetermined fixed-route bus stops. Students can ride the bus to the stop nearest their school then walk or use alternate transportation.
College students ride free too! Under a separate pilot program, students can ride free on all public transit buses in Ventura County for free. A valid, current ID is required upon boarding. Eligible schools include Oxnard/Ventura/Moorpark Community Colleges, Cal State Channel Islands, CAL Lutheran, UC Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara City College.