Proposed October 2019 Bus Service Plan

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    OCTA is proposing changes to its bus service in October 2019 and February 2020. If you would like to provide input on these changes, please share your thoughts in this survey.

    Reallocating Resources for Better Service

    As part of its commitment to improving public transportation in Orange County, OCTA is proposing changes to the OC Bus system beginning in October 2019.

    These changes are part of OC Bus 360º, a plan which reallocates service to meet demand, introduces and improves services, and optimizes the efficiency and effectiveness of overall bus service. Since OCTA introduced the plan in 2015, OC Bus 360º has:

    • Implemented newer and faster bus routes
    • Introduced college pass programs funded by state grants and student fees
    • Rolled out a mobile ticketing bus app that makes riding and paying easier
    • Created OC Flex, an on-demand microtransit shuttle service pilot program
    • Offered grant-funded shuttles to popular places to reduce traffic congestion

    To continue in this positive direction, OCTA is proposing additional adjustments through OC Bus 360º that will result in better service and greater efficiency in areas where demand is greatest.

    Proposed Service Changes for October 2019 and February 2020

    The proposed changes will take place in two phases during two service changes. Among the changes are extended service to popular locations and improved weekend service. Watch for these on Routes 59 and 79 in October 2019 and on Routes 54, 56, and 72 in February 2020.

    Minor service reductions may take place on Routes 53 and 89 in October 2019 and on Route 86 in February 2020. Due to low ridership, Routes 206 and 211 are proposed to be discontinued in October 2019. OCTA provides an alternative option, OC Vanpool, which offers a $400 monthly subsidy to eligible participants.

    The majority of route changes will be mixed, combining cutbacks with additional service in some areas to improve productivity by reallocating resources. Routes affected in October 2019 include 26 and 213. Routes that will change in February 2020 include 21, 24, 60, 129, 143, 153, and 560.

    In addition, OC Bus routes will be adjusted and added to accommodate construction (October 2019 – early 2022) near the OC Streetcar route between Santa Ana and Garden Grove. In the future, OC Streetcar will increase transportation options and provide greater access along its 4 .15-mile route (in each direction) along Santa Ana Boulevard, 4th Street, and the Pacific Electric right-of-way to Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove. Bus routes affected during construction include 55, 83, and 462. Route 462 will be discontinued and replaced with new Route 862. This new service will provide service between the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) and the Civic Center area.

    Community Hearings and Public Hearing

    Your input is very important to us. Your comments will be carefully reviewed and considered as a final proposal is developed. Contingent on the final approval by OCTA’s Board of Directors, the plan will be implemented in October 2019 and February 2020. Come to a meeting, hear details and share your comments.

    If you would like to receive this information in 中文, 한국어, فارسی, or any other languages, please call (714) 636-RIDE. Any person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation in order to participate in these meetings should contact the OCTA Clerk of the Board at (714) 560-5676 no less than two (2) business days prior to this meeting to enable OCTA to make reasonable arrangements to assure accessibility to these meetings.

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