Gold Coast Transit District Awards Contract for Construction of New Facility
Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD), Ventura County’s largest public transportation provider, announced that its Board of Directors voted unanimously to award the construction contract to build the District’s new Administration and Operations Facility to ICON West, Inc. a Los-Angeles based construction company.
“After many years of planning and hard work, we are excited to have reached this milestone, and now look forward to breaking ground this spring”, said GCTD General Manager Steve Brown. “Building this new facility is critically needed in order for transit services in Ventura County to be expanded and sustained into the future.”
GCTD’s maintenance and operations offices, along with its fleet of 56 buses, are currently housed on a three-acre facility near downtown Oxnard. Limited space and its residential location have posed many expansion challenges over the last forty years since it first opened its doors. The new 15-acre site near Auto Center Drive and Paseo Mercado in Oxnard will allow GCTD to maintain a fleet of up to 125 buses in the future. The state-of-the-art facility will include an administration and operations building, fleet maintenance and repair building, a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel station and bus wash. The facility will enable GCTD to better serve its customers, residents, employees, visitors, and future transit riders.
After a competitive bid process, ICON-West was selected for the $35-million contract. Bernard Ashkar, ICON’s CEO, spoke at the February Board of Directors’ meeting and stated, “I speak for my entire team in saying that we are greatly looking forward to this partnership and building a functional, environmentally-sustainable facility that will allow GCTD to serve its community into the future.” The contract includes a geographic preference requirement which stipulates that a minimum of 20% of all construction hours performed on the project shall be performed by residents of Ventura County.
The cost of the new facility is provided by a combination of state and federal grants, including a $15-million U.S. Department of Transportation grant and $11-million in Prop 1B Safety and Security grants. Designed by architects RNL and Maintenance Design Group, the building will also be environmentally friendly, meeting all CalGreen requirements and is expected to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. It is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2018.
About the District: Gold Coast Transit District provides safe, responsive, convenient, efficient, and environmentally responsible fixed-route bus and paratransit public transportation that serves the diverse needs of the cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura, and in the unincorporated County areas between the cities. Utilizing a fleet of 56 clean natural gas-fueled buses, and 26 paratransit buses and vans, GCTD carries nearly 4 million passengers annually on its 20 bus routes. GCTD is the largest provider of public transit in Ventura County and is governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction. For more information or to plan your trip, visit www.GoldCoastTransit.org.