June 10, 2004

 
 

OCTA Adds Bus Service Just In Time For Summer
June 2004 Bus System Improvement Program Offers Bus Riders New Routes and More Convenient Service

ORANGE - In order to better serve bus riders throughout the county, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is adjusting its bus schedules and adding new service on selected routes starting Sunday, June 13. The schedule changes are expected to generate an additional 537,000 annual boardings at a cost of $1.03 million per year.
Among the program's major improvements is the addition of a new small community bus route running between Dana Point and San Clemente. Starting July 1, Route 193 will operate hourly on Camino de los Mares, Camino Vera Cruz and Avenida Pico. It will serve Kmart Plaza, Wal-Mart, San Clemente High School and the San Clemente Metrolink Station. In addition, OCTA will extend Route 91 (Laguna Hills-San Clemente) from its current terminus at Kmart Plaza south to serve the San Clemente Metrolink Station.
In addition to providing more convenient service for OCTA passengers, these two route changes also respond to community requests that OCTA discontinue using larger, 40-foot buses in local residential neighborhoods.
Bus riders in other parts of Orange County will also benefit from OCTA's June schedule changes. To accommodate increased beach traffic and ensure buses run on time, OCTA will implement summer schedules on Route 1 (Long Beach - San Clemente via PCH) and Route 89 (Mission Viejo - Laguna Beach via Laguna Canyon Road).
OCTA will also begin offering more frequent weekday service on two of its busier bus routes, Route 60 (Long Beach - Tustin) and Route 66 (Huntington Beach - Irvine). A total of 36 new bus trips will be added to seven OCTA routes throughout Orange County.
"Orange County's transportation needs are constantly changing," OCTA Chairman Gregory T. Winterbottom said. "At OCTA, we are continually striving to meet those needs. While other transit services are reducing service, we've added an additional 30,000 hours of service, improving the ride for passengers in every part of the county."
For the latest bus schedule information, pick up a copy of OCTA's new June Bus Book at any bus or transit center, city hall or public library. For additional information, call OCTA's Customer Information Center at (714) 636-RIDE or visit OCTA's Web site at www.octa.net.
ROUTE 1 (Long Beach to San Clemente)
Saturdays & Sundays: Institute summer-only schedules.
ROUTE 26 (Buena Park to Yorba Linda)
All days: Detour along Orangethorpe and Stanton will become permanent.
ROUTE 38 (Lakewood to Anaheim Hills)
Weekdays: Add one AM eastbound and two PM westbound trips.
ROUTE 47 (Brea to Newport Beach)
Weekdays: Add three AM southbound and one PM northbound and one PM southbound trips.
ROUTE 55 (Santa Ana to Newport Beach)
Weekdays: The last northbound trip of the day at 10:32 p.m. will be deleted.
ROUTE 57 (Brea to Newport Beach)
Weekdays: Add four midday and four PM trips.
ROUTE 60 (Long Beach to Tustin)
Weekdays: Improve midday and peak frequency.
ROUTE 63 (Huntington Beach to Santa Ana)
Weekdays: Decrease frequency all day.
ROUTE 64 (Huntington Beach to Tustin)
Weekdays: Add eight eastbound and six westbound trips throughout the day.
ROUTE 66 (Huntington Beach to Irvine)
Weekdays: Improve frequency throughout the day.
ROUTE 89 (Mission Viejo to Laguna Beach)
Saturdays & Sundays: Institute summer-only schedules.
ROUTE 91 (Laguna Hills to San Clemente)
Every day: Extend routing to San Clemente Rail Station.
ROUTE 193 (Dana Point to San Clemente)
Every day: Institute a new line serving San Clemente.
ROUTE 464 (The Depot at Santa Ana to Costa Mesa)
Weekdays: PM detour along Sunflower/Main/MacArthur will become permanent.