Who is eligible for the College Ride Pilot Program?

Any students enrolled at one of the following schools:

  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University at Channel Islands
  • Moorpark College
  • Oxnard College
  • Ventura College

When does the program start and how long does it last?

The College Ride Program is a pilot program that will be in effect for the 2018-19 academic year. It starts August 20, 2018 and will last until May 18, 2019.

Can I use any bus in Ventura County?

Yes, all following operators are participating:

  • 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

How will the driver know to let me on the bus for free?

You will need your student ID with a valid semester sticker or date in order for the driver to let you board for free.

Do I have to be going to/from school?

No, you do not. You can travel anywhere, for any reason on any bus operator in the county.

I’m travelling to a VCTC Zone 2 destination, do I have to pay an additional fare?

No, show the driver your valid student ID and you may board the bus for free.

Can I ride Metrolink or Amtrak for free?

No, the College Ride Pilot Program only lets you ride public buses in Ventura County.

Can paratransit users ride dial-a-ride services for free?

No, other than Valley Express and Camarillo Area Transit (CAT) dial-a-ride services, passengers will have to pay the full fare.

What if I already bought a pass, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, no you cannot.

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