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In FY2019, Gulf Coast Center evaluated the separation of their public transportation division Connect Transit to form a new stand-alone transit district. The benefits of separation included transit-focused governance, administration, management, alignment of vision and mission strategies, elimination of conflicting policies, and reduced administrative complexity. Local transit stakeholders that continue to contribute financially or otherwise to public transportation in Brazoria and Galveston Counties formed a task force to oversee the separation study. The stakeholders reviewed pertinent items centered around the separation which included Connect Transit services, performance data and finances, ongoing capital, and equipment projects. These meetings have been well attended by elected and appointed officials representing jurisdictions in both counties. The Commissioners' Courts of Galveston and Brazoria Counties approved the formation of the Gulf Coast Transit District (GCTD) in May of 2020. The City Councils of Texas City, La Marque, Dickinson, Lake Jackson, Angleton, Clute and Freeport joined in June 2020. The first GCTD Board of Directors meeting was held on July 14, 2020.

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