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The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) developed this Bicycle Wayfinding Plan to help improve the convenience and safety of people traveling by bike in Ventura County.  Prepared collaboratively with county and municipal agencies, stakeholder groups and the general public, this plan serves as a toolkit for the development of a regional wayfinding network.

VCTC Bicycle Wayfinding Plan

Each year, VCTC staff facilitates an annual transit needs assessment to determine if there are any areas in the County where populations of less than 100,000 are not served by public transit to meet their daily transportation needs.

Unmet Transit Needs AssessmentUnmet Transit Needs CommentsAll Other Comments

In 2017, VCTC retained Moore & Associates, Inc. to conduct on-board passenger surveys to compile passenger information regarding fare payment methods as well as demographic information in support of federal Title VI requirements. VCTC is recently conducted a fare restructuring study. As such, current demographic and fare payment information was essential to ensure continued compliance with federal Title VI requirements.

VCTC Title VI Fare Survey Report

VCTC is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. No person or group of persons will be discriminated against with regard to fares, routing, scheduling, or quality of transportation service that VCTC furnishes, on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Frequency of service, age and quality of vehicles assigned to routes, and location of routes will not be determined on the basis of race, color or national origin.

VCTC Title VI Fare Survey Report

The Ventura County Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) provides strategies for improved regional coordination and connectivity, in an effort to establish a cohesive and consistent set of transit services. The SRTP also provides a framework for future growth with the primary goal of enhancing customer experience and increasing the viability of transit.
The SRTP incorporates input from VCTC staff, Ventura County Transportation Commission Transit Operators Advisory Committee (TRANSCOM) members, as well as community stakeholders and customers. The SRTP examines services provided by all transit operators in Ventura County and includes regional analyses to identify service gaps and prioritize investments. The SRTP was developed in conjunction with the VCTC Intercity Five-Year Plan.

Ventura County Short Range Transit Plan

The mission of the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) is to improve mobility within the county to meet transportation needs. VCTC began providing countywide intercity bus service, branded as Ventura Intercity Service Transit Authority (VISTA) in 1994. The number of VISTA routes increased from four to seven during the past 20 years. Route schedules have been expanded and modified to meet increased service demand and adapt to traffic and ridership patterns. In addition to schedule adjustments, the network of bus stops has become more extensive and complex over time. In 2015, VCTC began the process of rebranding VISTA as VCTC Intercity, in an effort to improve the visibility and familiarity of the organization.

VCTC Intercity Five Year Service Plan

The TDA Performance Audit included here is for VCTC as the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA). This audit was commissioned by VCTC and was conducted in accordance with the audit process established by the California Department of Transportation.  Ventura County is served by seven public fixed-route bus operators, five public dial-a-ride operators, and four paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities. Ventura County is also served by two Los Angeles-based bus operators (LA Metro and LA DOT), two rail operations (Metrolink and Amtrak), and several private carriers that serve portions of the county. These services are funded and operated by the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), the Gold Coast Transit District, the County of Ventura and individual cities within the county.

VCTC RTPA_TPA_Final Report 2017

The TDA Performance Audit reports were commissioned by VCTC and were conducted in accordance with the audit process established by the California Department of Transportation. The TDA Performance Audit reports included here cover the following fiscal years, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 for the following operators:

VCTC Intercity Bus
City of Simi Valley
City of Thousand Oaks
City of Ojai
City of Camarillo
Gold Coast Transit District
County of Ventura
City of Moorpark
Valley Express (cities of Santa Paula and Fillmore and County of Ventura)

This is the Draft Performance Audit report for Gold Coast Transit covering Fiscal Years 2010/11, 2011/12, and 2012/13. An audit is required triennially of every transit operator in the state of California to be eligible for Transportation Development Act (TDA) funding. This audit was commissioned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and was conducted in accordance with the audit process established by the California Department of Transportation.

2013 GCT Performance Audit DRAFT FIN May 2014

VCTC makes this report available on its website as part of the SB 203 legislation. This report includes a description of transit route changes, changes to services levels on transit routes, and ridership numbers for all transit routes operating within the county. This report also includes annual budget numbers for transit services provided by VCTC, Gold Coast Transit, other multiagency operators, and individual municipal operators. The purpose of this report is in response to the SB 203 reporting requirement, which remains in effect until January 1, 2019.

SB 203 Annual Report

The Naval Base Ventura County Joint Land Use Study (NBVC JLUS) is a cooperative planning effort led by local communities and agencies promoting greater partnership with military installations.  The dual goal of a JLUS is to develop land use policies that preserve the ability of a military installation to perform its assigned mission by preventing the encroachment of incompatible land uses and to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the surrounding community.

JLUS Executive SummaryJLUS Study ReportJLUS Background Report

Based on the financial evaluation in VCTC’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan, with current revenues it is likely to take 30 years to complete proposed freeway improvements.  VCTC considered the possibility of implementing high-occupancy toll lanes to provide an additional mobility option for auto drivers, to maximize the utility of any additional freeway capacity, and to provide an additional funding source that could expedite freeway improvements.  More specifically, VCTC hired the firm of CDM Smith to carry out a financial feasibility analysis of HOT lanes on US-101. The analysis scope consisted of two phases, with the first phase being a sketch-level analysis using existing data, and the second phase being a more detailed analysis.  Based on the results of the first phase, summarized here, VCTC elected to not proceed with the study’s second phase.

VCTC US 101 HOTLanes Summary Report

Recognizing that Ventura County’s Unmet Transit Needs process is outdated and could serve the public better, the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) asked COH & Associates, Inc. and Ayars & Associates to review the existing VCTC Unmet Transit Needs definitions and process with the goal of creating recommendations for improvements.

2014 Final Ayars Report TDA

The VCTC approved the Heritage Valley Transit System Study as a blueprint for the future of local transit services in the Cities of Santa Paula, Fillmore, the community of Piru and the environs.

Study

The Final CTP is a long range policy document, built from community-based, local priorities and community-expressed need to enhance regional connections.  It is aimed at ensuring mobility and enhancing the quality of life for all Ventura County residents.  The CTP also fully examines various funding strategies and options from the federal, state, regional and local levels. It is intended to provide a framework for future community-based planning and collaboration and inform Ventura County’s long range transportation decisions.

The Final plan will be submitted to the commission on September 6, 2013 for final approval.
If you have comments of questions please email VCTC at: sdegeorge@goventura.org

CTP Final

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) staff conducted on-board passenger surveys on all VISTA routes in June 2012. Surveys were conducted in-house, as in past years, and its questions reflect the suggestions of our VISTA committees. Surveys were handed out throughout the work week as well as on Saturday and/or Sunday, depending on the route. Approximately 1,110 surveys were issued over the weeklong survey period, 721, 64%, were returned.

VISTA OnBoard Survey 2012_0

This document was completed in April, 2017, to  augment, but not replace, the extensive work done in VCTC’s original plan dated April, 2007.  As with the original plan, the update documents the transportation needs for individuals with disabilities, older adults, and people with low incomes.  It also reports on the status of implementing the original plan’s recommendations.

VCTC Coord Plan Final_032917_0

Adopted in July 2000, The Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plan for Ventura County is intended to protect and promote the safety and welfare of residents near the military and public use airports in the county, as well as airport users, while promoting the continued operation of those airports.  Specifically the plan seeks to protect the public from the adverse effects of aircraft noise, to ensure that people and facilities are not concentrated in areas susceptible to aircraft accidents and to ensure that no structures or activities encroach upon or adversely affect the use of navigable airspace.

Airport Land Use For Ventura County

In April 2009, VCTC conducted surveys onboard its VISTA intercounty bus services (Coastal Express and Conejo Connection) to determine whether ridership at the time would support a fare increase on those routes. A one-dollar fare increase was passed in July 2009, which was designed to be implemented via two fifty-cent fare increases. (October 2009 and October 2010)

VCTC, as the designated Congestion Management Authority (CMA) for Ventura County, is responsible for coordinating land use, transportation planning, and air quality to mitigate traffic congestion.  Every two years, VCTC prepares an updated Ventura County Congestion Management Program (CMP) to provide local government agencies and private developers with the resources necessary to positively impact traffic congestion throughout Ventura County.

In 2008, VCTC began a process whereby transit needs as identified by Ventura County residents and transit operators alike were prioritized.  A key finding arising from this study was a strong desire for better coordination among the nine transit operators within the county.  The Transit Investment Study documents existing conditions county-wide, prioritizes transit projects, and sets forth criteria for evaluating future transit needs.