Ventura dignitaries were on hand to pick up the bus.
Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) has donated a paratransit vehicle to the City of Ventura homeless shelter, operated by Mercy House, to facilitate mobility options for its residents.
The District retired a few cutaway-style vehicles that had reached the end of their fleet service life. They kept a few vehicles to refurbish and donate. Ventura City worked through a few details of owning one and gladly accepted the gift.
The donated vehicle features a mobility lift that serves riders with mobility devices, such as wheelchairs, scooters and walkers. It is also environmentally friendly, as it is powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).
James Brook, the Orange County Programs Director of Emergency Services for Mercy House picked up the vehicle. He was joined by City of Ventura Councilmember and GCTD Board Chair, Cheryl Heitmann, Ventura City Manager Alex McIntyre, and Deputy City Manager Barry Fisher.