This year’s OC Fair Express service saves fairgoers time with more frequent service and an added stop
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is getting people to the OC Fair quicker than ever with more frequent OC Fair Express bus service and an additional stop in Anaheim this year.
The OC Fair Express will provide non-stop weekend service from nine locations to the OC Fair from July 17 to Aug. 16. Buses will run every 20 minutes from Fullerton and Huntington Beach, every 30 minutes from Santa Ana and every 40 minutes from the two Anaheim stops, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Orange and San Juan Capistrano. Service runs between noon and midnight on Fridays and 10 a.m. and midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.
The bus service costs $2 each way and riders will receive a coupon valid for $3 admission to the fair — a savings of $9 off the regular ticket price.
The express service begins with a kick-off celebration at 10:30 a.m. July 17 at the Irvine Transportation Center, 15215 Barranca Parkway. Attendees will have the opportunity to win prizes and the first 100 people can catch the 11:25 a.m. OC Fair Express for free from the event.
The OC Fair Express provides an affordable way for riders to visit the fair,” said OCTA Chairman Jeff Lalloway, also the Mayor Pro Tem of Irvine. “It allows riders to get to the fair without having to spend time looking for parking and helps alleviate traffic on the busy streets around the fairgrounds.”
In 2014, the OC Fair Express, which ran hourly, recorded nearly 77,000 boardings, a 31 percent increase in ridership over the previous year.
To purchase tickets in advance, riders can download the OC Fair Express app, which also provides bus service schedules and routes.
Riders can catch an OC Fair Express from nine locations:
Anaheim: Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, 2626 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim Canyon: Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station, 1039 N. Pacificenter Drive
Fullerton: Fullerton Park-and-Ride, 3000 W. Orangethorpe Ave.
Huntington Beach: Goldenwest Transportation Center, 7301 Center Ave.
Irvine: Irvine Metrolink Station, 15215 Barranca Parkway
Laguna Hills: Laguna Hills Transportation Center, 24282 Calle de los Caballeros
Orange: The Village at Orange, 1500 E. Village Way
Santa Ana: The Depot at Santa Ana, 1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd.
San Juan Capistrano: Junipero Serra Park-and-Ride, I-5 Freeway and Junipero Serra Road
The OC Fair Express is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee. The committee provides subsidies for cleaner transportation alternatives.
For more information, visit www.octa.net/ocfairexpress.