Published On: Wed, Sep 15th, 2021

OCTA Offers Free Bus Passes for Kids

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ORANGE—Youths 6 to 18 years old will get free rides on Orange County public buses for the next six months in an effort to encourage another generation to use public transportation, officials said Sept. 14. The Youth Ride Free Pass allows youths to ride any Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus without paying a fare through February. OCTA officials say 520,000 youths will be eligible to ride free. The bus rides will be funded by a $2 million grant through the California Climate Investments program, according to OCTA spokesman Eric Carpenter. “Allowing our youth in Orange County to ride the OC Bus for free will encourage a new generation of riders to discover the convenience and benefits of public transportation,” said Andrew Do, the chairman of OCTA and the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “This program is good for our community, for our schools, and for our economy.” The program …

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