Specialty Passes - Youth Ride Free Pass

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Youth Ride Free Pass

Youth Ride Free Pass

The Youth Ride Free program, which allows youth ages 6 to 18 to ride OC Bus for free to school, sports, work, and other activities, started in September 2021 and was extended by the OCTA Board of Directors on February 14, 2022.

Starting in March 2022, OCTA provided extended blue passes through schools, an online request form, or walk-ins to the OCTA Store. Updated parent request forms will need to be submitted in order to receive the pass. The pass issued in March will be good through September 2022, after which time a new pass will be provided.

This free pass for youth ages to 6 to 18 will allow them to get to all their important destinations on our safe, clean reliable buses.

Partnering for Success

To ensure the greatest number of youth benefit from free access to public transportation for school, work and leisure, OCTA continues to partner with K-12 schools and parents to deliver the Youth Ride Free program. Passes will be available with a parental request form available from schools. See sections below for more information.

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K-12 Schools

We’ve made it easy for schools to communicate the program and distribute free passes to your students.

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If your child’s school is not distributing the Youth Ride Free pass, you may request a pass here.

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      An Equitable Way to Re-Engage

      Economic Recovery
      The Youth Ride Free Pass supports the economic recovery of Orange County and helps mitigate the financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic on low income and diverse populations by allowing youth from all over Orange County to equitably re-engage with all Orange County has to offer.

      Grant Funds Offer Many Benefits
      The program is grant-funded by the California Department of Transportation and the California Air Resources Board through California Climate Investments which help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment.

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