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Put away your cash, a new contactless bus pass has launched in Ventura County

VCTC
A new contactless bus pass has been introduced in Ventura County

The new system should make travel by bus easier in the county.

No more scrambling to find the right change for your bus fare - now you simply touch-in with a contactless card called the VCbuspass – on any of the eight Ventura County regional bus systems.

“With the VCbuspass, VCTC’s regional fare media is moving into the 21st century, building upon our goal of improving mobility for Ventura County residents. By leveraging the latest technology, we are able to provide a more convenient and seamless transit experience across the county,” said VCTC Public Transit Director Martin Erickson.

To begin using the system and to purchase a pass, passengers can download the Umo Mobility app, go to goventura.org/vcbuspass or visit a transit pass ticket location.

An account is not required to use the system; however, riders are encouraged to register to receive alerts and take advantage of other customer features.

Riders who choose not to use VCbuspass can still use cash to pay fares when boarding.

The VCbuspass system is installed on over 160 vehicles across eight transit operator fleets, including Camarillo Area Transit, Gold Coast Transit District, Moorpark City Transit, Ojai Trolley, Simi Valley Transit, Thousand Oaks Transit, Valley Express Bus, and VCTC Intercity transit service.

Passengers may buy 31-day passes or add “stored value” that lets riders pay as they go.

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