On October 9, OCTA will introduce improvements and roll out extensive changes to the OC Bus system including more frequent service and better connections. In some areas where ridership is low, routes have been reduced or discontinued. Resources from these low-demand areas have been reallocated to reduce travel time and to move more people. Options are available to help riders reach their destinations using other bus routes, vanpools, or new transportation alternatives such as local shuttles and buses funded by Measure M. These changes are part of OC Bus 360°, a plan to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall bus system.
In October, convenient mobile ticketing will be available via the OC Bus app for purchasing regular fares and college passes for travel on fixed-route buses, with other passes available soon. Mobile ticketing eliminates the hassle of paper tickets and makes it simple to buy a ticket anytime, anywhere using the “buy ticket” feature on the OC Bus app. There is no need to carry cash or exact change, only a smart phone. Upon boarding, simply show the phone to the coach operator with the pass displayed. The OC Bus app and ticketing equipment were partially funded by the State of California Transportation Agency, the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) and Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. The OC Bus app will be available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play on October 9. See how easy it is to use the OC Bus app here.
Discounted Day Pass
Beginning October 9 for a six-month promotional period, the OC Bus Day Pass will be discounted by $1, allowing riders to travel on all OC Bus fixed-route buses all day all over Orange County for only $4. These discounted passes will be available for purchase onboard, with the OC Bus Mobile Ticketing App, and at retail outlets. The cost of reducing the day pass is funded by California State Transportation Agency’s Low Carbon Transit Operations Program, a part of the Cap-and-Trade Program, which seeks to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions through transformative rail and transit capital improvements.
Routes 26 and 37 will offer more trips with service increased to every 15 minutes during peak hours. Routes 47, 71, 72, 79, 206, 211, and 463 have been improved.
Service on Routes 82, 85, 87, and 167 has been reduced. Service on Routes 20, 175, 187, 188, 191, 193, 464, 757, and 758 has been discontinued. Routes 701, and 721 have been changed. Where available, alternative transit options are listed on the individual route descriptions.
Vanpools save time and money for those traveling to the same destination and may be a convenient travel option for those whose bus routes have been discontinued or changed. OCTA assists individuals and businesses in finding existing vanpools and setting up new ones. Find out more about vanpools and how OCTA can help here.
OCTA has been working with the cities to develop new transportation services to replace and supplement routes that have been discontinued and changed. Made possible through a Measure M-funded program that helps cities develop solutions that complement regional bus and rail services to meet needs in areas not served by regional transit, the new services will help residents adapt to the changing bus system and provide alternate ways to get around Orange County. Measure M is Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
Mission Viejo Circulator
Beginning October 10, the Mission Viejo Circulator will operate in a loop from the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station to the Murray Community Center, stopping at schools, shops, and businesses. Service will operate Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on non-school days) with departures every 45 minutes.
San Clemente Rideshare Service
Tentatively scheduled to begin in October, the San Clemente Rideshare Service will be available along routes formerly served by discontinued OC Bus Routes 191 and 193. Service will be provided weekdays and weekends from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, click here.
Westminster Little Saigon Circulator
Beginning October 31, the Westminster Little Saigon Circulator will travel in a loop around Magnolia Street, Bolsa Avenue, Brookhurst Street, and Bishop Place stopping every 15 minutes at local schools, stores, businesses, and restaurants. The free service will run weekdays and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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