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OCTA in the Community in 2024

People are at the heart of every project and service we provide. Throughout the year, we reach out to the community to educate, engage, celebrate and collaborate to move transportation forward.

March Outreach Highlights

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CalOptima Resource Fair
Saturday, March 2
As the transportation provider for Orange County, OCTA is a valuable local resource and engaged with more than 400 visitors at the fair.
Fishing Derby
Supervisor Doug Chaffee's Fourth District Kids Fishing Derby
Saturday, March 9
Children and families participated in Vice Chair Chaffee's Fishing Derby and were given information about the the OC Bus Youth Ride Free and the OCTA Teen Council application.
Golden West College: Goldchella
Thursday, March 14
Seniors from local high schools visited the Goldchella involvement fair and were provided information about how to obtain their free OC Bus College Pass as students at the college.
Teen Council Meeting
Teen Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 5
Teens learned about OCTA's initiatives and gave feedback on OC Streetcar. Students asked questions about the OCTA Board and other services offered by the authority.
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Vietnamese Cultural Arts Celebration
Sunday, March 10
OCTA joined in the festivities while providing information about local transportation.
San Juan Creek Bridge Replacement Project Booth
San Juan Creek Bridge Replacement Project Booth
Friday, March 15
Bicyclists and pedestrians along the San Juan Creek Trail learned about the new bridge OCTA is building to enhance safety and meet current standards.
Swallows Day
Swallows Day Parade
Saturday, March 23
San Juan Capistrano’s Swallows Day Parade/Mercado Street Faire attracts thousands of visitors and OCTA was there to share project information.
OCTA Career Expo
OCTA Career Expo
Wednesday, March 6
Approximately 200 students from high schools around the county, visited OCTA to learn about potential career paths at OCTA, and steps they can take now to get involved through programs such as Teen Council.
CSUF Bike Check Event
CSUF Bike Check Event
Wednesday, March 13
CSUF students were given more information about alternative travel methods they can take to school, including the discounted OC Bus U-Pass, OC Bike and OC Active.
Transit Ambassadors
OC Bus Rapid: Transit Ambassadors
Monday, March 18
Representatives rode along Route 529 to share information with riders about the OC Bus Bravo rebrand to OC Bus Rapid, offering passengers faster service to their destination.

February Outreach Highlights

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Transit Equity Day Outreach
Thursday, February 1
OCTA’s volunteer Transit Ambassadors reminded OC travelers about free bus rides on Transit Equity Day in honor of Rosa Parks.
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City of Santa Ana Tet Festival
Saturday, February 3
More than 1,000 people celebrated Lunar New Year at Centennial Park. Many stopped by to learn about OCTA and enjoy activities.
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Metrolink Customer Appreciation Day
Wednesday, February 14
OCTA and Metrolink staff distributed candy at the Fullerton Station to express gratitude and appreciation to loyal commuters for their support.
small business event
Small Business Development Network Business Event
Friday, February 2
This event focused on highlighting business opportunities available to local and small business owners.
Irvine Valley College Club Day
Wednesday, February 7
Students engaged in conversations about OCTA’s OC Bus College Pass and explored transportation options.
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San Juan Creek Bridge Replacement Project Booth
Friday, February 16
The outreach team shared project information with bicyclists and pedestrians along the San Juan Creek Trail.
kids' pet parade
Kids’ Pet Parade and Expo
Saturday, February 24
This family-friendly event is just a short 2-minute walk from the Metrolink station. OCTA’s outreach team joined in on the fun and handed out souvenirs.
Black History Month Parade and Unity Festival
Saturday, February 3
Over 300 attendees visited OCTA’s booth where community members learned about public transportation initiatives.
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OC Tet Festival at Mile Square Park
Friday, February 9 to Sunday, February 11
More than 300 people enjoyed a Lunar New Year celebration in Garden Grove hosted by OCTA Chair Nguyen.
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Lunar New Year Event at Metrolink Irvine Station
Saturday, February 17
Nearly 400 visitors gathered to celebrate before taking the train to the Golden Dragon Parade in Los Angeles.

January Outreach Highlights

OCTA Teen Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 9
At this bi-monthly meeting, teens learned about the transportation industry from OCTA’s Chief Operations Officer.
SR-55 Project: McFadden Ave Booth
Wednesday, January 17
Community members learned about construction activities and project resources for the SR-55 Improvement Project.
Martin Luther King Remembrance
Monday, January 15
More than 100 attendees celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Anaheim Community Resource Fair
Friday, January 26
Local resource providers collaborated to offer access to services.
San Juan Creek Bridge Replacement Project Booth
Friday, January 26
The event raised awareness about the upcoming trail closure and construction activities.
Gilbert High School Bus Advocacy
Wednesday, January 17
Civic engagement prompted an adjustment to better align bus service with the needs of student riders.
Little Saigon Monument Sign Unveiling Ceremony
Friday, January 26
The City of Santa Ana unveiled its new Little Saigon monument at a ceremony attended by nearly 150 people.
Coffee with the Santa Ana Mayor
Saturday, January 27
The mayor and six resource agencies engaged with approximately 100 people in Spanish, Vietnamese and English.
OCTA’s efforts to engage diverse communities throughout Orange County are ongoing. Check back monthly for the latest outreach highlights.