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Youth Ride Free

The OCTA Youth Ride Free Program provides youth ages 6 to 18 with free travel on OC Bus service to school, work or fun on safe, clean and reliable buses.


Youth Ride Free Passes

Youth Ride Free passes for the 2023-24 school year are now available from your child’s participating Orange County school.

Don’t wait to get the new 2023-24 pass, which is valid until September 30, 2024!

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 are available with a parental request form available from schools. Contact your child’s school or see the sections below for more information.

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.

Request a Pass


Get Your Pass Today!

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Clean, Safe and Reliable

OC Bus offers service on more than 50 routes with over 5,000 bus stops. OC Bus provides clean, reliable, and convenient service throughout Orange County. 

Learn how to plan your ride.

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  1. Get real-time departure times for nearby routes, plan your trip, and view service alerts.
  2. Download the FREE Transit App from the Apple Store or Google Play Store

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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.