See our vision for Thousand Oaks Transit at 5 upcoming community workshops!

We are excited to announce five upcoming public workshops to introduce our preliminary recommendations for transforming Thousand Oaks Transit into the right system for our community, both today and tomorrow!  We listened to your comments from the first round of public meetings as well as input from community and rider surveys and stakeholder roundtables.  The new Thousand Oaks Transit is designed to offer more frequent service, service to new areas, and connectivity like our community has not seen before.

You are invited to attend five upcoming workshops that will be held throughout the Thousand Oaks Transit service area during early April.  Workshops are expected to last two hours and will include light refreshments.  You don’t need to stay the whole time – stop in for a few minutes whenever you have the opportunity and learn about the exciting improvements on the horizon.

Workshop #1 – Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Center Community Room (403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks)

Workshop #2 – Friday, April 1, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks City Hall Board Room (2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks)

Workshop #3 – Saturday, April 2, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at California Lutheran University, Swenson Center, Room 103 (141 Faculty St., Thousand Oaks)

Workshop #4 – Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Newbury Park Library (2331 Borchard Rd., Newbury Park)

Workshop #5 – Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Borchard Community Center, Stage Room (190 Reino Rd., Newbury Park)

Spanish translation will be available, and each workshop location is accessible via Thousand Oaks Transit.

We’re excited about our proposed improvements and we’re looking forward to sharing them with you!

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A greener, more connected future through public transportation

Ventura County Star
Posted: Nov. 23, 2015

The City of Thousand Oaks, in an extension of its Visioning 2064 program, which brought together residents to plan the ideal community of the future, is embarking on its most comprehensive transit planning process in its 51-year history.

For over 40 years the City has provided public transportation services through a variety of bus services as well as on-demand transportation services for seniors and those with disabilities. But the support of transit goes beyond just bus and dial-a-ride services. The city has invested millions into programs and facilities to promote carpooling, to make accessing a bus easier throughout the city, and to make the community a more bike and pedestrian-friendly place to live and work. As a founding member of the East County Transit Alliance, the City of Thousand Oaks is part of a group of agencies working to provide more integrated transportation options to area residents.

“Singularly, this is the most important planning element for transit the city has undertaken that will set the foundation for how transit services are delivered for the next 20 years,” said Mike Houser, the city’s transit manager. “We have seen unprecedented growth and demand for transit services in the past decade and we can envision a future where the cities in eastern Ventura County come together and form a seamless and integrated transit system that reflects the needs and values of the area: sustainable, environmentally responsible, inclusive and cost effective.”

Utilizing a California Department of Transportation grant, the city is developing a Transit Master Plan with the assistance of a consultant and the Southern California Association of Governments. Mailers will be distributed to the majority of households in the Conejo Valley in November inviting comments and participation in an on-line community survey. A special website, http://www.TOTransitMasterPlan.com has been set up with information about the project.

In December, a series of at least 10 public outreach workshops will provide transit users and non-users a once-in-a-generation opportunity to express what type of transit services are best for the community and to address existing service issues and shortcomings. In addition to the public outreach sessions, over 100 stakeholder groups will be contacted to get their perspectives and opinions on the future of transit in Thousand Oaks and beyond.

This public testimony and feedback, along with analysis of existing services and in-person interviews conducted on-board transit services, will be compiled and presented to the City Council in summer 2016 for consideration and adoption.

“This will be the most impactful process for the delivery of transit services since the creation of Thousand Oaks Transit 31 years ago,” said Houser. “While only 8 percent of the community uses public transit now, we see that growing to nearly 50 percent by 2035. This is a critical time for the future of transit and we want to see the limited dollars available to us spent in a meaningful way.”

http://www.vcstar.com/sponsored/A-greener-more-connected-future-through-public-transportation-351930651.html

You are making a difference!

If you took the time to do our community survey, thank you!  If you were unable to complete the survey, you can still tell us about your mobility needs, transportation priorities, and vision for transportation in Thousand Oaks.  Email us at TOTransit.org.

Si has tomado el tiempo para hacer nuestra encuesta sobre la comunidad, gracias!  Si no pudo completar la encuesta, usted todavía puede decirnos acerca de tus necesidades de movilidad, prioridades de transporte y visión para el transporte en Thousand Oaks.  Escríbanos a TOTransit.org.

Community Workshops held in December

Thank you if you attended one of the ten free community workshops held in December 2015.  If you were unable to attend a workshop, you can still provide your input by leaving a comment here or emailing TOTransit@toaks.org.

Gracias si asististe a uno de los diez talleres de comunidad libre celebrados en diciembre de 2015.  Si no pudo asistir a un taller, todavía puede dar su opinión dejando un comentario aquí o un correo electrónico a TOTransit@toaks.org.

Learn About the Plan

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The City is developing a Transit Master Plan to address short- and long-term service needs of the Conejo Valley. To develop an effective Plan, the City will be undertaking a variety of community activities including surveys and public meetings. Resident input will help ensure the Plan is representative of the community’s needs. The City is working with a consulting firm to develop the Transit Master Plan.

This project is funded by a grant from Caltrans in coordination with the Southern California Association of Governments.

Why is the City doing this?

The City’s goal is to create a sustainable transit system that addresses the mobility needs of the community while enhancing the quality of life in Thousand Oaks. The City will explore ways to improve regional transit services and reduce traffic, which may in turn decrease pollution.

When is the City doing this work?

The City began the planning process for this in September. Goal-setting and data collecting is happening throughout the remainder of this year, concluding in the first quarter of 2016. Several public workshops will take place during December 2015 (see the Events page for more details). The draft Plan will be presented for review and comment in Spring 2016. The Transit Master Plan will be finalized and presented at a public hearing for adoption by the City Council in Summer 2016.

How can I participate?

You can participate by attending community workshops, taking the online community survey, reviewing project materials, and providing your comments.  The more feedback we receive from the community, the better the Plan will reflect the community’s mobility needs and priorities.

What if I have questions?

This page will be updated throughout the project, so check back frequently or follow us to get all the latest information.  Be sure to click on the Documents tab to view project-related files and documents. You may also submit comments and questions to TOTransit@toaks.org or call (805) 449-2499.