Inspiring stories, real people
Physically transporting riders from place to place is only part of what we do. We also help people connect to everything from a college education to wildfire evacuations to everyday mobility with a service animal. These are some of the stories that make OC Bus more than a way to get around.
Making Transit Available
OC Bus in the Community
In times of need, OC Bus is there.
Playing a vital role in Laguna Beach firefighting efforts
During the devastating Laguna Beach wildfires in 1993, OCTA evacuated local residents and transported fire fighters throughout Orange County into Laguna Beach. OCTA's radio communications center was used as a command post for emergency fire and rescue crews. Every OCTA employee is also a disaster service worker, ready to help when and where assigned.
"Be the One" program raises awareness of human traffickingBecause victims and traffickers use public transit, the human trafficking "Be the One" campaign was launched in 2014. One of the most publicized stories of human trafficking in Orange County involved a young woman flagging down an OCTA coach operator to escape forced slavery in Irvine. The campaign raised awareness and empowered riders to "Be the One to Say Something" if they saw a potential human trafficking victim. Riders were asked to contact their coach operator if they saw something suspicious. Hundreds of drivers have been trained by the Orange County Sheriff's Department Transit Police and the county's Human Trafficking Task Force on how to assist victims and respond to incidents. "Be the One" outreach is ongoing because human trafficking continues to be a problem in Orange County.
Stuffing a bus with toys for the holidays!
In 2003, OCTA created the Stuff a Bus program during the holidays in support of the "Spark of Love Toy Drive." OCTA teamed with KABC Channel 7 to collect new and unwrapped toys and sporting equipment in the Arrowhead Pond parking lot. All items were loaded onto OCTA buses and then distributed by KABC Spark of Love to children in the local community. The toy drive ran from Thanksgiving to Christmas throughout all five area counties. OCTA continues to be a part of this holiday outreach program.
Helping the Second Harvest Food Bank
OCTA teamed with Second Harvest Food Bank in 2011 for a county-wide food drive taking place in early November. Their mission is to do whatever it takes to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry. Because of the many generous donations, OCTA collected 1,984 pounds of food, which were anticipated to provide 1,653 meals during the holiday season. We received plenty of generous donations during the food drive events and the Ralph's supermarket in Huntington Beach. One day, two women separately donated two carts of food! We continue to be touched by the generosity of the community we serve.
What OC Bus does while you sleep!
After the last passenger has been dropped off and our buses have returned to their respective bases, the life of an OC Bus continues. First, they get a bath using recycled water so they are clean for the following day of service. Then they undergo refueling, regular maintenance and cleaning to ensure that they are safe and ready to jump into action early in the morning. Our facilities in Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim and Irvine work around the clock to maintain public transit in Orange County.
Transporting medical workers to COVID-19 vaccination clinics
The OCTA team stands ready to assist the community to respond to all emergencies including fires, floods, or this public health crisis. During the heart of the pandemic, OCTA worked in coordination with Orange County health officials and county emergency operations personnel to help trained medical workers travel from the Disneyland super site to smaller venues in Orange County that distributed the vaccine to vulnerable seniors aged 65 and older.