Building a unified public transit system in West Ventura County

Ventura County’s disjointed public transit system has always been difficult for bus riders.  In 2009, CAUSE and our allies hosted a forum that explored major unmet transit needs in the region and identified the root of the problem: cities were not using all of their funding for public transportation for that purpose.  We realized that part of the solution to the county’s transit funding problems was to create a county-wide transit district.  Without a district, each city individually funds bus services, limiting resources for public transit and making coordination of routes and times difficult.  Bus riders travel between cities work, school and other needs, but Ventura County lacks a comprehensive regional transit system.  Over the next few years, CAUSE continued to engage bus riders around the need for a county-wide transit district, highlight unmet transit needs in the county, and advocate for a district with local elected officials.

That vision is now becoming a reality with legislation written by Assemblymember Das Williams, endorsed by CAUSE, ASERT and the Ventura County Bus Riders Union and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown that creates a Gold Coast Transit District in western Ventura County.  Thanks to years of advocacy, the transit district will allow better coordination of routes and more efficient use of resources to improve service for bus riders.  CAUSE will continue to advocate for the cities of the Santa Clara Valley and East County to join the district to create a comprehensive countywide transportation system.

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