ACCESS is OCTA's shared-ride service for people who are unable to use the regular, fixed-route bus service because of functional limitations caused by a disability. These passengers must be certified by OCTA to use the ACCESS system by meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) eligibility criteria.
Download and print the ACCESS Application Form.
ACCESS Riders Guide March 2016.
Standard ServiceCurb-to-CurbAll ACCESS fares must be paid upon boarding. The base fare for ACCESS service is $3.60 per passenger for each one-way trip.The standard ACCESS fare is for curb-to-curb service. If you require a reasonable modification for service beyond the curb, please notify the reservation operator when making the trip reservation.
Subscription ServiceSubscription service allows riders to receive service without the need to call and request each trip. This is good for riders who are traveling to work, school, for regularly scheduled medical appointments, or to other destinations on a regular basis.
Same-Day Taxi ServiceOCTA offers a non-ADA Same-Day Taxi Program to ACCESS-eligible customers. OCTA subsidizes up to five miles for a same-day taxi trip. You pay the ACCESS base fare of $3.60 for a five-mile ride; any additional costs above the five-mile trip are paid by the ACCESS customer in addition to the base fare of $3.60. Customers wishing to use the same-day taxi service can call the ACCESS reservation number at (877) 628-2232. For TDD, call (800) 564-4232 during ACCESS reservation hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m..
Everything you need to know about requesting or canceling a ride.Call 877-OCTA-ADA (877-628-2232) to request a ride. For TDD, call (800) 564-4232 during ACCESS reservation hours. As a reminder, have the ride information ready at the time the call is made. Record and confirm the information provided by the reservation operator.
Ride Request Hours7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays
Hours of ServiceACCESS service is available during the days, hours, and service areas similar to those of fixed-route bus service. Please call ACCESS Reservations for service hours in your area.
Requesting a RideOCTA requires an individual to schedule a ride at least one day prior to the day of travel. However, rides may be scheduled up to 3 days in advance. ACCESS requests are taken 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.
Due to the number of ACCESS trip requests, OCTA is not always able to give riders the exact time they request. Therefore, OCTA may need to work with riders to establish agreeable pick-up times. ADA allows for a negotiated pick-up time of up to one hour on either side of the request. OCTA makes every effort to offer trip times as close as possible to those requested. However, if a rider refuses the negotiated trip time, it is recorded as a customer trip refusal and not as an OCTA denial of service.
OCTA's ACCESS is compliant to the level of service and ride time provided on OCTA's fixed route as required by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Rules and Regulations, 37.121. ACCESS service attempts to schedule rides as efficiently and effectively as possible. Riders should be aware that the trip may be shared with other ACCESS patrons in compliance with ADA laws. Since ACCESS is a shared ride service, other passengers may be picked up or dropped off before you.
In order to provide rapid response and efficient scheduling, the caller should be prepared to give the reservation operator the following specific ride information:
The caller should have a pen/pencil and paper handy to write down the reservation operator's name, date of trip, and trip times. This information should be confirmed with the reservation operator prior to ending the call.
Each call is limited to scheduling rides for one eligible rider. There is no limit to the number of rides that can be scheduled within the 3 day period for the one eligible rider. As an exception, if the caller is scheduling rides for individuals going from the same origin to the same destination at the same time, the caller may schedule rides for up to 3 eligible riders.
Canceling a RideTo cancel a ride, call 877-OCTA-ADA (877-628-2232). The earlier a rider notifies ACCESS of the ride cancellation, the more efficiently schedulers can plan out the vehicle routes. Rides must be canceled at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled trip time. Late cancels are considered no-shows.
No-Show PolicyA no-show will be counted when an ACCESS rider is not at the designated location at the scheduled pick-up time or cancels a ride reservation less than one hour before the trip is scheduled. If the rider is not at the pick-up location at the scheduled time, the driver will wait 5 minutes before marking the rider a no-show. In addition, a rider will receive a no-show if the care provider or agency, if required, is not present to receive the rider at the drop-off destination and the rider cannot be left alone. A customer may be suspended if the number of no-shows or late cancellations received during any single month exceeds 10 percent of their overall scheduled monthly trips AND the number of no-shows or late cancellations exceeds five (5) during any single month. See our policies and appeals for more information.
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is committed to providing safe, reliable, courteous, accessible and user-friendly services to its customers. To ensure quality and fairness, OCTA will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices, and procedures, where necessary, to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability or where the individual with a disability would otherwise be unable to use OCTA services, programs or activities.
OCTA may grant a timely request for a reasonable modification provided that the request:
Requesting a Reasonable Modification on OCTA fixed route bus service:
Requesting a reasonable modification on OCTA ACCESS service:
OCTA may deny requests for reasonable modifications on fixed route and ACCESS service if:
OCTA may refuse to provide service to any passenger who engages in violent, seriously disruptive, or illegal conduct, or represents a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
For questions or comments about reasonable modification on OCTA bus and ACCESS service, please contact Customer Relations by:
91 Express Lanes
OCTA Administrative Office
550 S. Main StreetOrange, CA 92868