Youth Program - Overview

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  • Need help riding the bus? Request a "How to Ride" presentation for your teens. Our presentation is lively, informative, and participants will receive a one-day bus pass to ride the bus with a friend or parent.

  • A Youth Bus Pass Means Independence!

    When it is time to give your kids some independence, our youth pass programs offer an alternative to them waiting around or asking you for a ride. Bus travel is one of the safest ways to get around Orange County, and our Youth Ride Free Program allows youth 6-18 to ride OC Bus for free. They can use the bus to get to the beach, skate park, an amusement center, summer job, library, or even school. If you have younger children, up to three kids (age 5 and under) may ride FREE with each fare-paying customer.

    Just Ask Kids and Teens

    As part of our youth outreach program, OCTA conducted youth focus group research throughout Orange County (ages 11 to 18). The research was compelling

    • The bus gave youth freedom or independence.
    • They are most likely to ride the bus when parents felt that riding the bus was both advantageous and safe.
    • After riding the bus, they thought the process was easy.
    • Most rides are for leisure-time activities.
    • Travelling with a friend or group increased sense of safety.

    Teaching kids how to ride the bus and encouraging them to ride fosters a greater sense of independence at this critical stage of their development. Navigating around the community by bus also builds a sense of confidence young people can use for the rest of their lives.

    Bus Riding 101

    If you’ve never ridden the bus, you might be a little nervous about figuring out how to get where you’re going. Don’t worry – it isn’t rocket science. If you can read, use a computer or dial a phone you can plan a bus trip.

    To get started, visit ou online trip planner. Got a question about riding the bus, bus fares or passes? Visit our How to Ride section or contact us directly and we'll get an answer for you!

    Youth boarding bus
  • We’ll Even Come to You

    That’s right. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) offers a free program for Kids and Teens on "How to Ride the Bus" for both schools and youth organizations.A professional from OCTA will come to your location, at a time you select, to teach youth groups and teens how to ride the bus. Our presentation is lively and informative, and at the end, participants receive one one-day bus passes so they can try the bus first-hand with a friend or parent. It’s making a difference.

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