OCTA Open House for Public Comment – Fare Increase

The OCTA is hosting a series of open houses seeking input from the public regarding a proposed increase to bus fares. Additionally they are conducting an online survey to get your input.

Apparently the state contributes money to run the bus system and the OCTA is obligated to collect  money in a ratio which looks like a minimum of 20% in order to maintain funding from the state as we learn from the OCTA notice:

“OCTA’s bus system is primarily funded by the state and in order to continue receiving this money, the agency is required to collect from passengers a minimum of 20 cents for every dollar spent on bus service. Called “farebox recovery,”  OCTA is in jeopardy of falling below this mark.”

The meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Southwest Senior Center, 2201 W. McFadden Ave. in Santa Ana, accessible by routes 47, 66 and 145
  • Friday, Sept. 21 at the Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alicia Parkway in Laguna Hills, accessible by route 91
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave. in Fullerton, accessible by routes 24, 26 and 43
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2 at St. Anselm’s Cultural Center, 3707 W. Garden Grove Blvd. in Orange, accessible by routes 56 and 57
  • Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Los Alamitos Community Center, 10911 Oak St. in Los Alamitos, accessible by routes 42 and 50

The last fare increase took place in January 2009. Since then, the cost to provide bus service has increased from $98 per service hour to $108.

The proposed fare changes are listed below:

  • Proposed cash fare: $1.50 to $2 (+$0.50 / trip)
  • Proposed day pass: $4 to $5 (+$1.00 / day)
  • Proposed 30-day pass: $55 to $69 (+$14.00 / month, or +.50 a day for a 28 day-month)

Following the public meetings, the OCTA board is expected to vote on the proposed fare increase on Nov. 24. If approved, the changes would take effect Feb. 10, 2013.

Take the OCTA Online Survey

The OCTA wants to improve non-motorized access (on foot or bike) to and from O C’s Metrolink stations and  is asking for your help by identifying barriers to walking and bicycling, and also wants your ideas for improvements.
In addition to the online survey, OCTASurveyyou may talk with members of the project team at the Metrolink stations who will be offering the “offline” survey.

Let them know your thoughts and suggestions!

The OCTA will also be hosting  booths at events throughout Orange County over the next few months where you can provide additional input in person.

Get started with the online survey by clicking on the poster on the left. You will be taken to the survey site.

Complete the survey to win free passes and other prizes!

Improved Cycling Infrastructure in the OC

On 8/13/12 the OCTA issued a press release approving money to improve bike connections throughout the county. Yay!  By our calculation, with matching funds, the amount comes in just under $12.5 million.

23 projects were approved ranging from signage, to serious infrastructure improvements. Here’s a quote from the press release:

“Bicycles are an ideal way to get around Orange County and OCTA believes strongly in improving this mode of transportation,” said OCTA Chairman Paul Glaab, also the mayor of Laguna Niguel. “This is a collaborative effort with cities throughout Orange County and we look forward to providing a better ride for all cyclists.”

We will have more on the details as they become available but here’s a sneak:

  1. Anaheim -Multi-Class Facility – Bikeway
  2. Brea – Class 1 Facility – The Tracks
  3. Costa Mesa – Outreach / Education
  4. Costa Mesa – Bike Racks
  5. Costa Mesa – Class 1 Facility – Fairview Park
  6. Costa Mesa – Safety Improvement – Placentia Ave.
  7. County of Orange – Class 1 Facility – Coyote Creek
  8. County of Orange – Class 1 Bridge – Antonio Pkway
  9. Huntington Beach – Bike Racks and Parking
  10. Irvine – Safety Improvement – Peter’s Cyn
  11. Irvine – Safety Improvement – Freeway Trail
  12. La Habra – Pre-construction – UP Bikeway
  13. Newport Beach – Class2 Facility – SJ Hills
  14. Newport Beach – Class2 Facility – Spy Glass
  15. Newport Beach – Class2 Facility – Eastbluff
  16. Newport Beach – Class2 Facility – Jamboree
  17. San Clemente – Class1 Facility – bike trail (dirt)
  18. San Clemente – PaCoast signs / parking
  19. Santa Ana – Class 2 Facility – 1st Street
  20. Santa Ana – Class 2 Facility – Chestnut Avenue
  21. Santa Ana – Safety – Maple Bike Trail
  22. Santa Ana – Class 2 Facility – Newhope Street
  23. Seal Beach – Class 2 Facility – Westminster Avenue

Will these projects be completed in time for next spring? Stay tuned to find out!

Free Train Tix to SC Ocean Festival

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One way to beat the heat is to head to the San Clemente Ocean Festival this Saturday and Sunday (21st and 22nd), and what would be cooler than free train tickets to get there?

Starting on 7/21 at 08:30, the OCTA will give a free roundtrip ticket to the first 100 people at the Fullerton Transportation Center located at 120 E. Santa Fe Ave. There will also be prizes, giveaways, and free food!

The hour long trip is scheduled to leave at 09:28, but note that the fine print says that trains may leave 5 minutes early.

Take your bike and explore San Clemente and nearby Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. Return to the Festival  for the:

  • California Waterman & Waterwoman Championship
  •  Surf Race to Victory SUP Cross
  • 5K Beach Run
  • “Grom’s Rule” Surf Contest
  • Sand Sculpting Competition
  • Lifeguards’ Pancake Breakfast
  • Fishing Derby
  • Children’s Events
  • Dolphin Dash/Kids Beach Run
  • 20th Annual Classic Woody Car Exhibit
  • Ocean Art Show
  • Family Beach Party & Free Concert
  • Great Rubber Duck Race

For train schedules and more event information, please visit the OCTA page.