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  • Beginning in August 2022, GFI bus cardholders will be able to exchange their unused 31-Day and 10-Ride paper passes at the VCTC office by appointment and by mail. Click here for more info.

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Free Fare Programs

YOUTH RIDE FREE PROMOTIONAL PROGRAM

Beginning September 1, The Youth Ride Free Promotional Program will allow youth 18 and under and those over 18 enrolled in high school to ride any public transit bus in Ventura County for free, anytime, anywhere. High school aged youth should be prepared to show ID to board for free. The program will run through the 2022-23 academic year.

Click Here for frequently asked questions about the Youth Ride Free Promotional Program
Click Here to download the Youth Ride Free Flyer

COLLEGE RIDE PROGRAM

The College Ride Program will allow students enrolled at California Lutheran University, California State University Channel Islands, Moorpark College, Oxnard College or Ventura College to ride any public transit bus in Ventura County for free. Students will need to show the driver or tap their school ID in order to board for free. The pilot program will continue through the 2022-23 academic year.

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Youth Ride Free Promotional Program


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Youth Ride Free Promotional Program

Youth Ride Free Promotional Program

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program start?

September 1st, 2022

Who is eligible for the Youth Ride Free Promotional Program?

Anyone age 18 or younger or enrolled high school students who are older.

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

The Youth Ride Free Program is a promotional program that will last through the 2022-23 academic year.

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?

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.

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 traveling to a VCTC Zone 2 destination, do I have to pay an additional fare?

No, you do not.

Can I ride Metrolink or Amtrak for free?

No, the Youth Ride Free 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.

If I attend school in Ventura County, can I still ride free if I don’t live in the county?

Yes, you may ride free.

I live in Ventura County but attend a school outside the county; can I still ride the bus for free?

Yes, you may ride free.

Is this a school bus service?

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.

Do I have to ride with an adult?

Only kids 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Any questions? Please call 1-800-438-1112 or submit comments through www.goventura.org.

Please note: Riders are expected to follow the rules and codes of conduct established by each operator. Violations of the rules may result in removal from the bus and suspension of riding privileges.


GFI FARE MEDIA IS ENDING


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GFI FARE MEDIA IS ENDING

GFI Fare Media is Ending

Friday, December 30, 2022 is the last day to exchange a GFI pass for a VCbuspass!

Beginning in August 2022, GFI bus cardholders will be able to exchange their unused 31-Day and 10-Ride paper passes at the VCTC office located at 751 E. Daily Drive, Suite 420, Camarillo, CA – by appointment and by mail. In addition, walk-in buyback fairs will be held at the VCTC office on the following dates:

August 20: (Sat) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

September 17: (Sat) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

October 15: (Sat) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

November 19: (Sat) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

December 17: (Sat) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Please schedule your appointment today and don’t forget to bring or mail in all your GFI bus cards and photo ID.

FAQs:

  • What is a GFI pass? GFI passes are the paper passes that VCTC used to have before COVID.
  • Why is the program ending? VCTC has transitioned to the new VCbuspass program and we are phasing out the paper passes.
  • Which GFI passes are eligible for exchange? You can exchange all 10-ride passes (unused or partially used) as well as any unused 31-Day passes.
  • Can I get a refund instead of an exchange? No, refunds will not be issued
  • How do I make an appointment to exchange my pass? Call 1.800.438.1112 or email ridercomments@goventura.org to make an appointment
  • I can’t make it to your office. How do I exchange my passes? You can mail your passes to 751 E. Daily Drive, Suite 420, Camarillo, CA 93010. We highly recommend sending them with a tracking number. If the passes are lost we will not be able to issue an exchange.
  • I have more questions about this exchange. Call 1.800.438.1112 or email ridercomments@goventura.org for more information


Transit Integration and Efficiency Study

TRANSIT INTEGRATION AND EFFICIENCY STUDY

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Ventura County Transportation Commission is leading an exploratory effort to identify potential efficiencies in the delivery of quality local and regional bus transit throughout Ventura County.  There are currently nine bus transit systems throughout the County – VCTC Intercity, Gold Coast Transit District, Valley Express Bus, Simi Valley Transit, Camarillo Area Transit, Thousand Oaks Transit, Moorpark City Transit, Ojai Trolley, Kanan Shuttle, and Connect – ECTA InterCity Dial-a-Ride.  Each transit provider is a project partner working alongside VCTC to identify strategies that will most effectively improve passenger experience and better integrate the existing transit services throughout the County.

This study is a first step at identifying potential opportunities for transit integration and efficiencies in the County. Based on the outcome of the study, VCTC will engage with a broader set of stakeholders to further refine recommendations and establish a path toward implementation.


Metrolink Saturday Service

Metrolink Saturday Service

EXPLORE METROLINK SATURDAY SERVICE DESTINATIONS BETWEEN VENTURA AND DOWNTOWN L.A.

Take the train for $10 roundtrip on Saturdays between Ventura and Downtown L.A. for shopping, lunch, events and more. Kids (17 and under) ride free on weekends. Tickets can be purchased on the Metrolink mobile app or at ticket vending machines the day of travel.

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LOCATIONS

EAST VENTURA METROLINK

6175 Ventura Blvd.,
Ventura CA 93003

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Ventura Aquatic Center 3.3 miles
The Collection at Riverpark 2 miles

OXNARD TRANSIT CENTER

201 E 4th St,
Oxnard, CA 93030

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Downtown Oxnard 0.3 miles
Murphy Auto Museum 2 miles
Esplanade Shopping Center 2.3 miles
The Collection at Riverpark 3 miles

CAMARILLO METROLINK

30 Lewis Rd.,
Camarillo, CA 93010

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Old Town Camarillo 0.8 miles
Camarillo Premium Outlets 1.3 miles
Camarillo Ranch House 1.2 miles

MOORPARK METROLINK

300 High St,
Moorpark, CA 93021

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Underwood Family Farms 3.1 miles
America’s Teaching Zoo 3.4 miles
Arroyo Vista Community Park 2.0 miles
Historic Downtown Moorpark 0.2 miles

SIMI VALLEY METROLINK

505 E Los Angeles Ave,
Simi Valley, CA 93036

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Santa Susana Railroad Depot & Museum 3.2 miles
Rocky Pointe Natural Park 2.9 miles
Arroyo Simi Bike Path 1.2 miles

CHATSWORTH METROLINK

10045 Old Depot Plaza Rd,
Chatsworth, CA 91311

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Boulderdash San Fernando Valley 3.2 miles
Metro Orange Line 0.1 miles
Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park 2.9 miles

NORTHRIDGE METROLINK

8775 Wilbur Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 91324

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Northridge Fashion Center 1.2 miles
Boulderdash San Fernando Valley 1.8 miles
CSU Northridge 1.5 miles

VAN NUYS METROLINK

7724 Van Nuys Blvd,
Van Nuys, CA 91405

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Woodley Park 3.9 miles
LA Valley College 4.0 miles

BURBANK AIRPORT

3750 W. Empire Ave.,
Burbank, CA 91505

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Burbank Airport 1.2 miles
Burbank Empire Center 1.9 miles
Martial Arts History Museum 3.3 miles

DOWNTOWN BURBANK

201 N. Front St.,
Burbank CA 91502

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Burbank Town Center 0.9 miles
Autry Museum of the American West 3.4 miles

GLENDALE METROLINK

400 W Cerritos Ave,
Glendale, CA 91204

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Museum of Neon Art 1.6 miles
The Americana at Brand 1.5 miles
Griffith Park 3.5 miles
Glendale Galleria 1.7 miles

L.A. UNION STATION

800 N Alameda St,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

DISTANCE FROM STATION

Olvera Street 0.2 miles
Grand Central Market 1.0 mile
Angel’s Flight Railway 1.1 miles
Little Tokyo 0.5 miles
Broad Museum 1.1 miles
Walt Disney Concert Hall 1.0 mile

Pacific Surfliner has additional weekend service available.

Learn More Here

Click below for additional information on Metrolink Saturday Service.

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LOCAL BUS

Local transit operators throughout Ventura County provide community-based fixed-route and dial-a-ride services. Click on the website link or call the number listed for information about routes, fares, and schedules. To learn more about VCbuspass, the new regional transit pass for Ventura County, click here.

INTERCITY MAP

To learn more about VCTC Intercity Routes, click here

REGIONAL MAP

To learn more about our regional transit partners, click here

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Routes & Schedules


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ROUTES & SCHEDULES

VCTC Intercity is currently experiencing driver shortages. Click here for the latest rider alerts regarding trip changes.

What's new at VCTC?

Learn more about the schedule change, health and safety measures, contactless payment, half fares, and connectivity with regional transit here.

HWY 101

Routes 50 – 55

Serving Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Conejo Industrial Park, Thousand Oaks, and Woodland Hills (Warner Center)

HWY 126

ROUTES 60 – 62

Serving Fillmore, Santa Paula and Ventura

EAST COUNTY

ROUTES 70 – 73X

Serving Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Conejo Industrial Park

CROSS COUNTY LIMITED

ROUTE 77

Serving Simi Valley, Moorpark, Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura

COASTAL EXPRESS

ROUTES 80 – 89

Serving Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta and UCSB

CHANNEL ISLANDS

ROUTES 90-99

Serving C St. (Centerpoint Mall), Oxnard Transit Center, Camarillo Outlets and CSUCI

REAL TIME TRANSIT INFORMATION


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METROLINK

METROLINK SCHEDULES AND RIDER INFORMATION

800.371.LINK (800.371.5465)

VCTC Amtrak

AMTRAK

Amtrak provides passenger rail service to 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. In Ventura County, Amtrak offers two routes:

  • Pacific Surfliner: Twelve daily round-trips between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. Additional information and resources can be found below.
  • Coast Starlight: Once daily service between Los Angeles and Seattle. Stops only at Oxnard and Simi Valley stations.

AMTRAK SCHEDULES AND RIDER INFORMATION

800.USA.RAIL (800.872.7245)

STATIONS AND CONNECTIONS

DOWNTOWN VENTURA

(AMTRAK)

Harbor Blvd. and Figueroa St.

Connects with:
Gold Coast Transit
VCTC

EAST VENTURA

(METROLINK)

6175 Ventura Blvd.

Connects with:
Gold Coast Transit

OXNARD

(METROLINK & AMTRAK)

201 E. Fourth St.

Connects with:
Gold Coast Transit

CAMARILLO

(METROLINK & AMTRAK)

30 Lewis Rd.

Connects with:
Camarillo Area Transit
Camarillo Trolley
VCTC

MOORPARK

(METROLINK & AMTRAK)

300 High St.

Connects with:
Moorpark City Transit
VCTC

SIMI VALLEY

(METROLINK & AMTRAK)

5050 Los Angeles Ave.

Connects with:
Simi Valley Transit
VCTC

Early Morning Train Service to Santa Barbara and Goleta

New early morning train service makes it possible for Ventura County residents to ride Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® to work in Santa Barbara and Goleta. Relax and enjoy beautiful ocean views instead of battling traffic on the 101. Grab a hot coffee from the Café car. Stay connected with free wi-fi and power outlets.

The early morning service began in April 2018 through a partnership between the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), the California State Transportation Agency and the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency.

Free 10-ride trial passes for the train are available here. Passes are accepted on VCTC Intercity service buses.  Use the train and bus schedules below or the VCTC trip planner to plan your trip.

More InfoView Train ScheduleVCTC Coastal Express Schedule

BUS/RAIL TRANSFER PROGRAMS

Metrolink and Amtrak tickets are accepted as free transfers on VCTC and Gold Coast Transit and Simi Valley Transit.


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Welcome

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), is a regional transportation planning agency committed to keeping Ventura County moving!

Meetings & Agendas

Please note:  A posting of the VCTC Commission Meeting Agenda will be posted at the Camarillo City Hall Administration office located at 601 Carmen Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010.  If you have any questions, please contact VCTC’S Clerk of the Board, Roxanna Ibarra via phone at 805-642-1591 ext. 101 or via email at ribarra@goventura.org.

Commission Meeting – December 2022

December 2, 2022 9:00 am

Give Your Input on the Future of the 101

VCTC has embarked on a project to improve U.S. 101 between Thousand Oaks and Ventura and we need your input. Community meetings begin April.

Learn More and give your opinion on the future of the 101