The OCTA board of directors approved a proposed bus fare increase after two months of community outreach and discussion about the measure to help address rising operation costs. The board approved the proposal as a way to ensure the agency’s eligibility for the state funds that primarily support its bus system.
“It is never a good time for a fare increase. Every time you increase the fare, you are hurting someone and I don’t want to discount that because it is a difficult decision,” OCTA CEO Will Kempton said. “We postponed a consideration of a fare increase two years ago because we were in the throes of a recession, but we are looking for ways to do things more efficiently that will provide transit services more cost-effectively to Orange County residents.”
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