Thu. Jun 13th, 2024

ORANGE – On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, do your part to honor the planet by taking advantage of free bus rides being offered by the Orange County Transportation Authority.

Riding OC Bus is a safe and easy way to get to popular destinations around Orange County, including bus routes that operate near Downtown Fullerton, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and more.

Choosing to take public transportation instead of driving helps reduce pollution and takes cars off the road. The OC Bus fleet runs on clean, renewable energy, including compressed natural gas and zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell electric and plug-in battery electric buses.

OCTA’s commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship goes beyond Earth Day and is prioritized in OCTA’s Board and CEO Initiatives. OCTA utilizes funding from Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, to protect Orange County’s natural resources through environmental mitigation and cleanup programs.

In addition, OCTA is working toward a 100% zero-emission future with its bus fleet by 2040. OCTA introduced 10 hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses into its regular fleet in 2020 and has begun testing plug-in battery electric buses. The pilot programs are helping the agency determine which technology, or mix of technologies, will perform best on Orange County streets.

Those looking to travel across Orange County and beyond on Earth Day can also take advantage of free rides being offered by Metrolink on all Metrolink and Arrow trains. Riders can use the promotional code “EarthDay2023” to redeem their free rides on Earth Day at Metrolink station ticket machines.

Free bus rides on April 22 apply to any fixed route OC Bus and no ticket is necessary to travel.

To plan a trip and learn more about OCTA’s commitment to sustainability, visit OCBus.com/EarthDay. For information about Metrolink’s Earth Day campaign, visit MetrolinkTrains.com/EarthDay.

About OCTA

The Orange County Transportation Authority is the county transportation planning commission, responsible for funding and implementing transit and capital projects for a balanced and sustainable transportation system that reflects the diverse travel needs of the county’s 34 cities and 3.2 million residents. With the mission of keeping Orange County moving, this includes freeways and express lanes, bus and rail transit, rideshare, commuter rail and active transportation. To sign up for more OCTA news, visit octa.net/GetConnected.



By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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