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Proposed Bus Fare Increase Topic of Public Meetings

Proposed Bus Fare Increase Topic of Public Meetings     

OCTA considering changes to keep up with rising operating costs and maintain the long-term viability of the service

 Sept. 13, 2012 

ORANGE –  The Orange County Transportation Authority is hosting a series of open houses to seek input from the public regarding a proposed increase to bus fares.

An increase is being considered to address rising costs and ensure the agency maintains a state-mandated 20 percent farebox recovery ratio.

OCTA’s bus system is primarily funded by the state and in order to continue receiving this money, the agency is required to collect from passengers a minimum of 20 cents for every dollar spent on bus service. Called “farebox recovery,” OCTA is in jeopardy of falling below this mark.

The meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Southwest Senior Center, 2201 W. McFadden Ave. in Santa Ana, accessible by routes 47, 66 and 145
  • Friday, Sept. 21 at the Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alicia Parkway in Laguna Hills, accessible by route 91
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave. in Fullerton, accessible by routes 24, 26 and 43
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2 at St. Anselm’s Cultural Center, 3707 W. Garden Grove Blvd. in Orange, accessible by routes 56 and 57
  • Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Los Alamitos Community Center, 10911 Oak St. in Los Alamitos, accessible by routes 42 and 50

The last fare increase took place in January 2009. Since then, the cost to provide bus service has increased from $98 per service hour to $108. An additional fare adjustment was planned in 2011, however an increase in sales tax allowed OCTA to avoid raising fares.

The proposed fare changes are listed below:

  • Proposed cash fare: $1.50 to $2
  • Proposed day pass: $4 to $5
  • Proposed 30-day pass: $55 to $69

Following the public meetings, the OCTA board is expected to vote on the proposed fare increase on Nov. 24. If approved, the changes would take effect Feb. 10, 2013.

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