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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 it's affordable. Give your kids a discounted 30-day youth pass or buy a three month Summer Youth Pass. They can use the bus and take themselves to the movies, the mall, the beach or even school.

A Smart Investment
Our youth pass program is priced right. OCTA offers youth ages 6 to 18, a 30-day pass for only $40.00 a month for unlimited use on all fixed-route buses. During the summer months, OCTA has the Summer Youth Bus Pass, good for the entire summer, which is specially priced, for just $60.00.

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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 youth 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 rest of their lives.

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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 our 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!

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 two one-day bus passes so they can try the bus first-hand with a friend or parent. It’s making a difference.

To learn more or schedule your appointment, email us at youthride@octa.net or call Lauren Thompson at 714-560-5349.

Laura Scheper

Project Contact

Lauren Thompson
Assistant Marketing Specialist
(714) 560-5349
youthride@octa.net

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