The Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission (GCRPC) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas created by the Regional Planning Act of 1965. GCRPC started providing rural public transportation services in 1986 and was authorized in 1995 by Texas Transportation Code Chapter 458 as a rural transit district (RTD). The Golden Crescent region encompasses Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, and Victoria Counties. GCRPC also serves as an urban transit district (UTD) for the Victoria urbanized area (UZA).
As an RTD, GCRPC provides the demand-response service RTRANSIT to rural areas of the eight counties, and seven commuter routes. In DeWitt and Victoria Counties, GCRPC directly operates the RTRANSIT service. RTRANSIT service in other six counties is operated by five subcontractors— Calhoun County Senior Citizens Association, Inc., Goliad County, Gonzales County Senior Citizens Association, Inc., Friends of Elder Citizens, and Lavaca County. In addition, GCRPC contracts with Medical Transportation Management, Inc. to provide non-emergency medical transportation for eligible Medicaid participants. GCRPC also partners with local organizations, such as Yoakum Community Hospital, to provide transit services to their clients.
As a UTD, GCRPC operates a small-urban transit program, Victoria Transit, providing fixed-route and paratransit services within the city limits of Victoria. Victoria’s city limits cover 96.7 percent of the population and 81 percent of the land area of the Victoria UZA according to the U.S. Census 2010. GCRPC’s RTRANSIT program does not deny trips that are requested for the UZA outside the service area of Victoria Transit because of GCRPC’s dual status.
Valley Transit Company, Inc. operates private intercity bus service in GCRPC’s service area. GCRPC can provide connections to the service.
The policy-making bodies of GCRPC include a board of directors and a general assembly. Each member city of GCRPC appoints two representatives to the general assembly and then designates one delegate from the two representatives to sit on the board of directors.
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