About OCTA - Diversity Equity and Inclusion

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Together we move orange county forward

OCTA embeds diversity, equity and inclusion into everything we do. Our five pathways – people, programs, projects, policies and partnerships – lead to reliable, accessible and balanced transportation choices for everyone in Orange County.

In 2021, through the Board Initiatives and CEO Action Plan, OCTA committed to continue engaging with diverse and disadvantaged communities, highlight diversity, equity and inclusion and develop additional plans to ensure systemic equity.

Here are some of our accomplishments to date.

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People

We're committed to communication, training and representation so that everyone – passengers, public, community partners and employees – is along for the ride.
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Communication

Prior to any major project, from construction to service changes to planning studies, we seek input from the community.

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Training

Our standardized interview training helps ensure unbiased hiring practices. All employees take unconscious bias training and workplace harassment prevention.

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Outreach

Many of our communications, from websites to fliers to customer support, are provided in multiple languages.

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Task Forces

Two internal task forces address diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

A Diverse Workforce Serving a Diverse County

More than 70% of our workforce is composed of diverse groups, and 44% of the executive team is comprised of women. Orange County is a vibrant mix of different groups and the OCTA workforce reflects that diversity. Working together, we forge a strong transportation system for all.

OCTA Workforce

  • Latinx (34%)
  • White (28%)
  • Asian (20%)
  • Black (14%)
  • Multiracial (3%)
  • Native American / Other (1%)

Orange County Population

  • Latinx (34%)
  • White (40%)
  • Asian (21%)
  • Black (2%)
  • Multiracial (2%)
  • Native American / Other (1%)
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and O.C. Health Care Agency

Programs

We develop, fund and manage programs that address the diverse travel needs of Orange County's residents and preserve the unique character of our communities.

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Cleaner Fuel, Cleaner Air

Our zero-emission buses primarily travel through the county's disadvantaged communities, providing cleaner air to residents.

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Ride Sharing Reduces Pollution

OC Vanpool and OC Rideshare remove vehicles from the road, leading to cleaner air and a healthier environment.

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More Equitable Bus Service

OC Bus 360° reallocated transit service from suburban, unproductive routes to communities with transit-dependent riders.

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Free Rides Benefit Students

The Community College Pass Program provides bus passes to students at low or no cost, ensuring that transportation does not present a barrier to education.

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Accessible Transit for All

OC ACCESS provides rides to those unable to use the regular OC Bus system due to functional limitations caused by a disability.

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On-Demand Microtransit

OC Flex shared shuttles provide free rides to transit in limited areas.

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Cleaner Environment, Healthier Community

The Environmental Mitigation Program offsets the environmental impacts of freeway projects and the Environmental Cleanup Program helps keep waterways and the ocean free from transportation-generated pollution.

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Projects

To deliver benefits that positively affect Orange County, we plan, develop, fund and manage efforts that improve access to transportation.

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Planning for the Future

The Long-Range Transportation Plan focuses on expanding transportation options for residents, workers and visitors throughout Orange County.

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Protecting Rail Service for All

The Rail Infrastructure Defense Against Climate Change Plan addresses climate change stressors in several disadvantaged communities and low-income census tracts.

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Equitable Walking & Biking to Schools

Safe Routes to Schools aims to make it safer and easier for students at every school district across the county to walk and bike to school.

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Healthy Transit Option for Congested Area

OC Streetcar will provide safe, reliable, high-frequency transit service in one of the most densely populated areas in the U.S.

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Active Transportation for Healthy Communities

OC Active serves as a central resource for safety improvements and projects and provides grant funding to cities and the county to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Policies

Developed in accordance with all federally mandated, equity-related requirements.

Our policies consider transportation impacts and effects on communities, ensure that major changes to bus service will not disproportionately impact low-income and minority neighborhood, give communities a voice in future transportation improvements and help keep the OCTA workplace free of harassment and discrimination.

OCTA operates all of its services, programs and activities without regard to race, color or national origin in accordance with Title VI federal regulations.

Partnerships

We collaborate with those who have similar goals to broaden understanding, diversify resources and build momentum.

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Working with Others to Benefit All

We are affiliated with several local, regional and national organizations focused on advocating for a more diverse, inclusive and equitable transportation industry, including among others, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Women's Transportation Seminar and Latino Health Access.

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Inclusive Business Communications

We provide inclusive business opportunities in diverse communities to ensure their needs are being met and they are informed and able to communicate with OCTA during projects.

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Promoting Regional Equity

Equity partnerships include the Southern California Association of Governments' Equity Task Force, LA Metro's Office of Race and Diversity and Caltrans.

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Involving Diverse Leaders

We host quarterly meetings with a diverse community leaders group representing business, community, civic, faith, education and nonprofits to gain feedback and provide updates related to OCTA's projects and programs.

Moving forward

Our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are ongoing. We champion all who live and work throughout Orange County.

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