October 2016 Service Change

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  • 2016 October Service Change


    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.


    Improvements Include Mobile Ticketing, Discounted Day Pass

    Mobile Ticketing
    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.

    Service Changes

    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.

  • Another Transportation Option: Vanpools

    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.

    New Community Shuttles Funded Through Measure M

    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    • What is the 2016 October Bus Service Change?
      A part of OC Bus 360°, a plan to improve the bus system from all angles, the 2016 October Bus Service Change is the second, most extensive portion of the 2016 Bus Service Plan adopted by the Board of Directors to add, increase, reduce and/or eliminate services to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall bus system. The first changes were implemented during the 2016 June Bus Service Change.
    • Which routes are being changed and when does this go into effect?
      Changes go into effect on October 9.
      As part of OC Bus 360°, nine routes will be improved, four will have reduced service, and nine will be discontinued.
      Improved Bus Service: Routes 26, 37, 47, 71, 72, 79, 206, 211, and 463
      Reduced Bus Service: Routes 82, 85, 87, and 167
      Discontinued Routes: Routes 20, 175, 187, 188, 191, 193, 464, 757, and 758
      Routine adjustments will be made to 17 routes: 1, 21, 25, 38, 43, 53, 56, 59, 60, 64X, 83, 91, 153, 177, 543, 560, and 794.
    • Why are routes being reduced and discontinued?
      To address the decline in ridership and sales tax revenue for bus operation funding, OCTA is reallocating resources from low-performing routes to areas where demand is higher.
    • Are there alternatives if a route is discontinued?
      New community shuttles/rideshare services will be available from the Cities of Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Westminster, and the County of Orange to replace and supplement routes that have been discontinued or changed. The majority of the funding comes from Project V, a Measure M program for cities and the county to develop local transit services that complement OCTA bus and rail services and meet needs in areas without service. Other options include alternate bus routes and vanpools.
    • What other improvements are part of the 2016 October Bus Service Change?
      Beginning October 9, the price of a Day Pass will drop from $5 to $4 for a six-month period and regular fares, regular express bus fares, college passes, and the discounted Day Pass will be available for purchase via the OC Bus mobile app.
    • How is OCTA letting people know about these changes?
      Information is now available online at OCBus.com/2016BusPlan and in the 2016 October Bus Service Change booklets which have been placed onboard OC Buses. Letters will be mailed to schools, senior centers, employers, libraries, and ACCESS customers near affected routes. OCTA Transit Ambassadors will be at bus stops and onboard buses from September 19 through October 12 to share information and answer questions.
    • Who can customers call for more information?
      They can speak to a friendly, knowledgeable person at OCTA’s Customer Information Center at (714) 636-RIDE.
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