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150,000 Hours of Cuts to OCTA Bus Service Begins This Week

March 15, 2010

Today is the first weekday of OCTA bus service with 150,000 hours less service and no Night Owl service.

More from the Orange County Register – Orange County Transportation Authority officials outlined further cuts in bus service at a news conference Tuesday and said the agency remains hopeful that state transit funding could prevent further cuts.

The March service cuts include route eliminations, frequency reductions, and route restructuring. Seven routes will be eliminated on weekdays, six on Saturday, and eight on Sunday. Night owl service on four routes will also be eliminated.

The OCTA-approved plan slashes 150,000 hours of service annually from the bus schedule – a smaller cut than the 300,000 hours that had been expected. The plan eliminates about 8 percent of the county’s bus service.

The cuts – in response to state budget cuts, a drop in sales tax revenue, and declining ridership – take effect this Sunday.

“We believe that we have made reductions in places that do the least amount of harm,” said OCTA chairman…to read the rest of the Orange County Register story, please click here.

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