Orange County Transportation Authority

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Orange County Transportation Authority
Orange County Transportation Authority logo.svg
2 OCTA buses in Anaheim, CA.jpg
OCTA units 5540 and 5745 parked at ARTIC in Anaheim
Founded1991
Headquarters550 S. Main St.
Orange, California, USA
Service areaOrange County
Service typebus service, paratransit, toll roads, light rail (operating in 2022)[1]
Routes60[2]
Stops5,400
DestinationsOrange and Los Angeles Counties
Fleet510 buses
Annual ridership51.4 million passengers per year (FY 2012-13)
Fuel typeCNG, Hydrogen
OperatorOCTA
First Transit
MV Transportation
Chief executiveDarrell Johnson
Websiteocta.net

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is the public sector transportation planning body and mass transit service provider for Orange County, California in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The agency is the second-largest public transportation provider in the metropolitan area after Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Its ancestor agencies include not only the prior Orange County Transit District but also such diverse entities as the Pacific Electric Railway and the South Coast Transit Corporation. In 2005, OCTA was judged America's Best Public Transportation System by the American Public Transportation Association, for its record gains in bus and Metrolink commuter trains ridership that it operates or funds. OCTA also operates the 91 Express Lanes.

The Authority's administrative offices are located in the city of Orange and it maintains bus operations bases in the cities of Garden Grove, and Santa Ana. First Transit operates about 40% of OCTA's Fixed Routes out of the Anaheim and Irvine bases, while MV Transportation operates OCTA's paratransit base for the authority's ACCESS service, also in Irvine.

History[edit]

OCTD busses in the 1980s

OCTA's predecessor agency, the Orange County Transit District, was created in August 1972 by a referendum of county voters. It originally started as Santa Ana Transit, a small transit agency with five bus routes operating in Orange County. Santa Ana Transit later merged with other, smaller agencies throughout the county, eventually leading to the formation of OCTD. The routing system was formed over the course of about 15 years and was held in place until the merge to OCTA.

In 1991, OCTA was created under state law, combining the seven separate Orange County agencies that managed transportation planning:

  • Orange County Transportation Commission
  • Orange County Transit District
  • Consolidated Transportation Services Agency
  • Orange County Local Transportation Authority
  • Orange County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies
  • Orange County Congestion Management Agency
  • Orange County Service Authority for Abandoned Vehicles

Park-and-ride facilities, public transportation and other transportation related administrative offices merged into one organization. OCTA administers funds from Measure M (also known as OC Go), the half-cent transportation sales tax. Measure M was originally passed in 1990 and renewed in 2006. It has paid for the expansion on most freeways within Orange County, street improvements and repairs, traffic signal synchronization, and increased Metrolink service.[3]

In 1995, OCTA suffered tremendously during the Orange County bankruptcy and never fully recovered. The agency lost $202 million in revenue over 17 years due to the bankruptcy.[4] As a result, bus service was reduced.

In October 2015, OCTA rebranded its bus services as "OC Bus" and launched the OC Bus 360° plan, which aims to consolidate routes into more frequent service and increase ridership. OCTA also plans to replace 40% of its bus fleet with compressed natural gas-powered vehicles.[5][6][7] The change was approved by the OCTA board on February 22, 2016.[8]

Bus service[edit]

NOTE: Saturday schedule began on June 14th, 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak up to further notice. One exception is Sunday and holiday service.

OCTA Unit 7627 parked in Newport Beach, CA

Routes[edit]

OCTA operates 58 bus lines under the OC Bus brand, encompassing every city in Orange County. Some of the lines serve the Los Angeles County border communities of Lakewood, La Mirada, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens and Long Beach along with express service to Los Angeles, and the Riverside County city of Riverside via the La Sierra Metrolink Station.

Route 83
  • 1-99 are the fixed routes that cover almost every city in Orange County. Buses operate on most major arterial streets. Route 1 is a "special case" in that it is the only single-digit route, acquiring the number from the Pacific Coast Highway (California State Route 1) and internally to the transit authority (as it was when it was operated by OCTD) the route number is 95. Routes 53, 57, and 64 also feature Xpress bus service with limited stop service between 6am and 6pm on weekdays. These buses are differentiated by adding an X to the end of each respective route.
  • 100-199 routes descended from the old RunAbout service that formerly served residential neighborhoods, or provide service to portions of 1-99 routes which have reduced demand. Three routes (129, 143, 153) are routes that were truncated from routes 29, 43, 47, 53 and 59 as a result of the March 2010 service changes.
  • 200-299 routes are intra-county express routes branded "OC Express" which travel solely within Orange County and utilize the county's freeways. These routes run from park-and-rides and transit terminals to the business districts and back. These routes operate only during weekday rush hours.
  • 400-499 routes are StationLink routes, Metrolink shuttles which travel from the Metrolink stations to business districts and vice versa. These routes operate only during weekday rush hours and do not operate reverse peak services.
  • 500-599 Bravo! Express. These are routes that operate on heavily used routes. They make limited stops and only stop at transfer points to other routes. Currently routes 529, 543 and 560 are in use, 529 operates from the Fullerton Park and Ride to the Goldenwest Transportation Center in Huntington Beach, 543 operates on Harbor Blvd. from the Fullerton Transportation Center to MacArthur and Harbor in Santa Ana, and route 560 operates between the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center and California State University, Long Beach. It is named according to the parent route it accompanies, by just adding a 5 to the beginning of the route indicating express. Bravo! routes use a dedicated fleet of buses and have different color schemes from regular route buses.
  • 600-699 are special use routes, primarily used to transport passengers between the OC Fair and different locations around Orange County and vice versa to the fairgrounds located in Costa Mesa. Other uses include The Solar Decathlon in Irvine and the Summer Breeze service in Laguna Beach
  • 700-799 routes are intercounty express bus services. Lines 701 and 721 go from the cities of Huntington Beach and Fullerton, respectively, to Downtown Los Angeles using the Harbor Freeway Transitway, while Line 794 connects the city of Costa Mesa to Riverside. All three inter-county express routes charge an additional fare in addition to the base fare. These routes operate only during weekday rush hours and route 721 is the only inter-county express route that operates reverse peak services between Fullerton and Downtown Los Angeles.
  • 800-899 are City Shuttle routes. Route 862, the first and only 800 series route, serves as a circulator route in Downtown Santa Ana and was introduced in October 2019.

Some routes operate short turn trips which either start or end in the middle of the route.

All OCTA buses are equipped with bike racks and can carry between two and three bicycles at any given time. Bikes are only permitted on board buses if both racks on any particular bus are taken and that same bus happens to be the last trip of the day.

South Coast Plaza is the most served attraction on the OCTA routes, served by 6 routes (55, 57, 86, 150, 463, 794). The longest is route 1 , (Long BeachSan Clemente) which utilizes Pacific Coast Highway for the vast majority of its route of over 40 miles. Trips take an average of 2 to 2.5 hours.

Routes 43, 50, 57, and 60 were four routes that formerly operated 24 hours a day. "Night Owl" service, from 1 a.m to 4 a.m., was dropped on March 14, 2010 due to budget cutbacks. OCTA also eliminated routes 62, 74, 75, 131, 147, and 164 and reduced frequency of trips in March 2010 to save money.[9]

Fares[10][edit]

Under 6 pay no fare if accompanied with fare-paying rider; up to 3.

Cash Fares
Type Regular Seniors (60+)

Persons w/ Disabilities w/ ID

ACCESS Eligible

Fixed-Route Local Fare

Local Single Ride $2 $0.75 $0.25
Express Routes

(701, 721 and 794)

$7

($5 w/ any other valid pass)

$6

($5.25 w/ any other valid pass)

n/a
OC Express Routes

(206 and 213)

$4

($2 w/ any other valid pass)

$3.50

($2.75 w/ any other valid pass)

n/a
Local Passes
Pass Type Regular Seniors (60+)

Persons w/ Disabilities w/ ID

Youth (6-18)
24-Hour Pass

(Sold on board by operator)

$5 ($4.50 if purchased on OC Bus mobile app) $1.50 $5 ($4.50 if purchased on OC Bus mobile app)
Pre-Paid 24-Hour Pass $4.50 $1.35 $4.50
30-Day Pass $69 $22.25 $40
Express Passes
Pass Type 24-Hour

(Sold on board by operator)

Senior and Disabled

24-Hour

30-Day Senior and Disabled

30-Day

Express Routes

(701, 721, and 794)

$14 $12 $210 $180
OC Express Routes

(206 and 213)

$8 $7 $120 $105

Passes can be purchased from the OCTA website, in person at various retailers, or using the OCTA Mobile Ticketing App.

OCTA also offers various specialty passes such as passes for local university students, discounted 30-Day passes during the summer season, and others. In addition, students from Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College, Fullerton College, and Golden West College can local fixed route buses for free using their student ID.

Free transfers are available from various area agencies.

Roster[edit]

Current[edit]

Active[edit]

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
937-948 2002 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport C Gas Plus Allison B400R
  • Ex-Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport units.
  • Leased from Transit Sales International/Shuttle Bus Leasing.
  • Used by First Transit as training buses.
  • Retains original airport interior configuration.
1111-1120 2018-2019 NFI XHE40 Ballard FCvelocity HD85 Siemens ELFA2
1DB2016-2NB06
Funded in part by the California Air Resources Board’s Low Carbon Transportation and Air Quality Improvement Program.[11]
5121-5150 2008 NFI C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G NZ Allison B400R 6 speed
  • Suburban configuration with front wheelchair ramp.
  • Repowered from Cummins Westport ISL G engines circa 2016-2018.
  • Replaced all 1990 New Flyer D40 suburban buses.
5301-5397,
5401-5418
1997-1998 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Allison B400R 6 speed
  • 1997 models.
  • Replaced some early retirement 1980 GMC RTS-03 buses.
  • Units 5401-5418 have two wheelchair ramps (front and rear doors) instead of one rear wheelchair ramp (found on units 5301-5397).
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel Series 50 engines in 2004-2005.
  • Most units retired in 2010 and in 2016-2017.
  • The last remaining units (5302, 5306, 5331, 5335, 5342, 5353-5354, 5362, 5376, 5387-5388, 5401, 5403, 5406, 5408-5412, and 5416) are currently used as training buses as well as for annual toy drives during the Christmas holiday season.
2006-2007 NFI C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
  • 5501 is a 2006 model; all others are 2007 models.
  • 5551-5552 were repainted in March 2019 for use in Bravo! service.
  • Repowered from Cummins Westport C Gas Plus engines in 2013-2016.
  • Some units were repainted.
  • Some units are currently being retrofitted with 3-slot bike racks.
  • Replaced remaining 1980 GMC RTS-03 buses, some 1989 Gillig Phantoms, and most 1990 New Flyer D40 non-suburban buses.
5675-5678 2008 NFI C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G NZ Allison B400R 6 speed
5701-5799,
5801-5858
2015-2017 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
  • 157 of 202 buses in the order were delivered.
  • Included 10 additional options over 3 years.
  • Replaced most 2000-2001 NABI 40-LFW LNG buses and some remaining 1997-1998 New Flyer D40LF buses.
  • 5801-5814 are used in Bravo! service.
  • 5701 is a 2015 model, all other subsequent units are 2016 models.
  • Some units are currently being retrofitted with 3-slot bike racks, LED fog lights, rear door automated annunciators, and live camera screens.
5861-5866 2018 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport L9N Allison B400R 6 speed
  • All units are used in Bravo! service.
  • 5862 and 5863 were delivered to Santa Ana yard on June 29, 2018.
  • Entered service in August 2018.
  • Delivered with 3-slot bike racks.
6321-6340 2008 Chevrolet/
ElDorado National
C5500/Aero Elite GMC Duramax 6.6L CNG Allison
  • Some units have TwinVision/Digital Recorders destination sign controllers despite being equipped with Luminator Horizon LED signs.
  • 6321-6322 were used in the Little Saigon shuttle route 164 from October 2016 to May 1, 2017.
  • Some units (6326-6336) have been repainted in the Irvine Shuttle paint scheme for use in iShuttle service.
  • Currently being retired.
6341-6345 2011 ElDorado National/Ford E-550/Aero Elite Ford Triton V10 6.8L CNG Ford TorqShift 5R110W
  • Equipped with TwinVision MobiLite LED signs.
  • Painted in the Irvine Shuttle paint scheme for use in iShuttle service.
6351-6364 2014 ElDorado National/Ford E-550/Aero Elite Ford Triton V10 6.8L CNG Ford TorqShift 5R110W
  • 6362 is painted in the Mission Viejo shuttle livery.
  • 6363 and 6364 are repainted.
  • Equipped with Hanover Monochrome LED signs.
6371-6377 2017-2018 Ford/Starcraft E-550 cutaway Ford Triton V10 6.8L Ford TorqShift 5R110W
  • Equipped with Hanover Monochrome LED signs and rooftop Thermo King air conditioning.
  • Painted in the Irvine Shuttle paint scheme for use in iShuttle service.
6911-6927 2013 Ford/
ElDorado National
E-450/Aerotech Ford Triton V10 6.8L Ford TorqShift 5R110W
  • Equipped with rooftop air conditioning.
  • Used for OCTA Access service.
7501-7528 2007-2008 NFI C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
  • 2007 models.
  • Replaced remaining 1980 GMC RTS-03 buses, some 1989 Gillig Phantoms, and most 1990 New Flyer D40 non-suburban buses.
  • Some units have been repainted.
  • Some units are currently being retrofitted with 3-slot bike racks.
  • Repowered from Cummins Westport C Gas Plus engines in 2013-2016.
7529 5/2007 NFI C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G NZ Allison B400R 6 speed
7530-7592 2008 NFI C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G NZ Allison B400R 6 speed
  • Some units have been repainted.
  • Replaced 1989 Gillig Phantom buses.
  • 7575-7592 are used in Bravo! service.
  • Some units are currently being retrofitted with 3-slot bike racks.
  • Repowered from Cummins Westport ISL G engines in 2016-2018.
7601-7620 2013 NFI XN60 Cummins Westport ISL G
Cummins Westport L9N
Allison B500R 6 speed
  • Features touch tape interior stop request signals instead of pull-cords.
  • Replaced all 2000 New Flyer D60LF buses.
  • 7601 was built in Crookston, MN; all other units were built in St. Cloud, MN.
  • All units are expected to be repowered with Cummins Westport L9N engines in 2019-2021.
7621-7636 2016 NFI XN60 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B500R 6 speed Replaced all 2001 New Flyer D60LF buses.

On order[edit]

Fleet number(s) Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
? 2020-2021 Gillig Cummins Westport L9N
  • To be used for Irvine iShuttle service.
  • Expected to replace existing 2008 ElDorado Aero Elite shuttle buses.
? 2020-2021 NFI XE40
  • 10 battery-electric powered units.
  • Expected to be delivered near the end of 2020.
? 2020-2021 Gillig Cummins Westport L9N
  • Order of 299 40-foot CNG units. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent service reductions,
    the order was changed to 165 units with options for 134 more.
  • Likely to replace existing 2006-2008 New Flyer C40LFR buses.

Retired[edit]

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
201-209 Renumbered 1201-1209 in 1978
301-316 Renumbered 1301-1316 in 1978
400 series Renumbered in the 1400 series in 1978
501-515 Renumbered 1501-1515 in 1978
601-663 Renumbered 1601-1663 in 1978
801-822, 901-922 Renumbered 1801-1822, 1901-1922 in 1978
1101-1155 1976 Flxible 53102-8-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8
  • Retired in 1992-1993.
  • 1126 was part of Ralph Cantos's "Comatose Bus Collection" (later taken over by Egon Kafka) in Fontana, CA and sat in a non-operational state for 20 years. It was acquired by Scott Richards/Regional Transit Service in October 2017 and is undergoing repairs.
  • 1121 & 1104 were spotted in an auction in Pocatello, Idaho on 5/14/2005.[12][13]
  • 1150 was sold to Central Coast Area Transit as 144.
1101 (2nd) 12/2015 ElDorado National Axess BRT Ballard FCvelocity-HD6
fuel cell
BAE Systems HDS 200
hybrid system
  • Leased from 2016 to October 2019.
1201-1209 1972 Flxible 111DD-D05-1 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VS2-6
  • Ex 201-209, renumbered in 1978.
  • 1202 survives as of 2016.
1301-1316 1972 Flxible 111DC-D06-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8 Ex 301-316, renumbered in 1978.
1400 series 1972? Flxible Flxette Ex 400 series, renumbered in 1978.
1501-1515 1973 Flxible 45102-8-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8
  • Ex 501-515, renumbered in 1978.
  • Retired in 1987.
  • 1513 was bought by American West Airlines in Phoenix, AZ and ran as an airport shuttle until 2003. It was bought by a private owner in Southern California in 2003.[14][15] It was sold to a 2nd private owner in Arizona in mid-2007 and was later sold to a 3rd private owner.
1601-1663 1974 Flxible 45102-8-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8 Ex 601-663, renumbered in 1978.
1801-1822, 1901-1922 1975 Flxible 53102-8-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8
  • Ex 801-822, 901-922, renumbered in 1978.
  • 1910 was bought by Scott Richards/Regional Transit Service. It was eventually scrapped.
2001-2065 1978 Grumman-Flxible 870
(53102-8-1)
Detroit Diesel 8V71TAE Allison V730
  • Most units retired in 1983-1985 due to severe A-frame isuues. The last remaining units were used as training buses until they were retired by the late 1980s-early 1990s.
  • Pulled out of service in April 1980 and January 1981 due to loose body panels, faulty air conditioning, and cracked A-frames.
  • 2031 to Taylor Bus Service 2031.
  • 3 units to Cambus 79-81.
2101-2161 2000 NABI 40-LFW LNG
(040.09)
Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
2201-2299,
2301-2372
2001 NABI 40-LFW LNG
(040.09)
Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R 6 speed
3001-3175 1980 GMC RTS-03
(T8H-203)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel 8V71T engines in 1987-1992.
  • Retired circa 1998 to February 2008.
  • Replaced by 2007-2008 New Flyer C40LFR buses.
  • See the series page for disposition info.
4000-4063 1983 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TA6V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
  • Retired in 1995 & sold off on 12/2/1995.
  • Likely replaced by 1995 New Flyer D40LF buses.
  • See the series page for disposition info.
4101-4152 5/1988 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TBL10)
Cummins L10 4101-4122: ZF 4HP590
4123-4152: Voith D863.2
  • Temporarily pulled out of service in May 1989 due to cracked rear-end suspension found on two units in late April 1989.
  • Retired in 2000-2001.
  • Replaced by 2000-2001 NABI 40-LFW LNG buses.
  • See the series page for disposition info.
4153-4167 1/1988 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • Temporarily pulled out of service in May 1989 due to cracked rear-end suspension found on two units in late April 1989.
  • Retired in 2000-2001.
  • Replaced by 2000-2001 NABI 40-LFW LNG buses.
  • See the series page for disposition info.
4201-4269 1989 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TBL10)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D863.2
  • Retired in October 2008.
  • Replaced by 2007-2008 New Flyer C40LFR buses.
  • 4201-4263 were repowered from Cummins LTA10 engines in 1996.
  • 4264-4269 were 1990 models.
  • 4264 & 4265 were originally powered by methanol until they were repowered.
  • 4266 & 4267 were originally powered by CNG (Cummins L10G engines) until they were repowered.
  • 4268 & 4269 were originally powered by propane until they were repowered.
  • See the series page for disposition info.
  • 34 known units were bought by Transit Sales International; 28 units remain as of 2016.
  • Many units were bought by Zacher's Auto Salvage in Harbor City, CA and are being leased to Tourcoach.
4500-4540 1983 Gillig Phantom 35'
(3596TA6V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
  • Retired in 1995.
  • Likely replaced by 1995 New Flyer D40LF buses.
  • See the series page for disposition info.
5001-5039 1990 NFI D40 Cummins M11E ZF 4HP590
  • Retired in December 2008.
  • Replaced by 2007-2008 New Flyer C40LFR buses.
  • Repowered from Cummins LTA10B engines in 1996-1997.
  • See the series page for disposition info.
5101-5114 1990 NFI D40 Cummins M11E ZF 5HP590
  • Retired in early 2009.
  • Replaced by 2008 suburban New Flyer C40LFR buses.
  • Suburban configuration with rear door.
  • Repowered from Cummins LTA10B engines in 1996-1997.
  • See the series page for disposition info.
5201-5250 1995 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Allison B400R 5 speed
  • Equipped with two wheelchair ramps (front and rear door).
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel Series 50 engines in 2002-2003.
  • Retired in 2008-2009.
  • See the series page for disposition info.
5419-5420 1998 NFI H40LF Cummins ISB Allison EP40 hybrid system
  • Originally powered by a Solectria electric drive and then Allison's series hybrid system.
  • New Flyer initially used H for hybrid models.
  • Originally built with full-length battery packs similar to CNG New Flyer buses.
  • Retired in 2010
  • See the series page for disposition info.
5421-5422 2005 NFI GE40LF Ford Triton V10 6.8L ISE Thundervolt hybrid system
6001 1997 ElDorado National EZ Rider Cummins B5.9 Allison B300R
  • Retired in July 2009 after Veolia contract was expired.
  • To Anteater Express in 2010.
6002-6025 1998 ElDorado National EZ Rider Cummins B5.9 Allison B300R
  • Retired in July 2009 after Veolia contract was expired.
  • To Anteater Express in 2010.
6031 2008 ElDorado National EZ Rider II BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B300R
  • Originally intended to replace the 1997-1998 E-Z Riders, but the order was accidentally cancelled.
  • To Beach Cities Transit 535 in 2010.
  • Bought by Transit Sales International.
62xx 2003? Ford/
ElDorado National
E450/Aerotech Ford Powerstroke V8 7.3L Ford TorqShift 5R110W 6235 to Transit Systems Unlimited 1127.
6301-6309,
6311-6312
2005 Chevrolet/
ElDorado National
Aero Elite GMC Duramax 6.6L Allison
6401-6432 2003 Ford/
ElDorado National
E450/Aerotech Ford Powerstroke V8 7.3L Ford TorqShift 5R110W 1 unit was put up for auction on 9/18/2015; VIN: 1FDWE45F93HA90427; License plate: 1170526.
6501-6558 2006 Ford/
ElDorado National
E450/Aerotech Ford Triton V10 6.8L Ford TorqShift 5R110W
  • 1 unit was put up for auction on 9/18/2015; VIN: 1FDXE45S76DB28265; License plate: 1220351.
  • 1 unit was put up for auction on 9/18/2015; VIN: 1FDXE45S96DB28266; License plate: 1253214.
  • 1 unit was put up for auction on 9/18/2015; VIN: 1FDXE45S96DB29739; License plate: 1253289.
6601-6741 2008 Ford/
ElDorado National
E450/Aerotech Ford Triton V10 6.8L Ford TorqShift 5R110W Some units remain on OCTA property.
7001-7002 1987 White WX42 (tractor) Cummins L10 Allison HT-740
  • One unit was converted into a mobile command center. It was later sold at auction in May 2019.
  • Used to power the Capre SuperBus trailers (7501-7502).
7101-7110 1993 White/GMC WX42 (tractor) Cummins L10 Allison HT-740 Used to power the SuperBus trailers (7601-7610).
7201-7210 1999 NFI D60LF Cummins ISL Allison B500R 6 speed
7301-7320 2000 NFI D60LF Cummins ISL Allison B500R 6 speed
  • Repowered from Detroit Diesel Series 50 engines in 2004-2005.
  • Retired in 2014
  • Replaced by 2013 New Flyer XN60 buses.
  • See the series page for disposition info.
7401-7420 2001 NFI D60LF Cummins ISL Allison B500R 6 speed
  • Retired in November 2016.
  • Replaced by 2016 New Flyer XN60 buses.
7501-7502 1987 Capre SuperBus trailers
  • One unit was converted into a mobile command center after retirement from revenue service.
7601-7610 1993 Magna Bus SuperBus trailers Built in Tijuana, Mexico.

ACCESS Paratransit Roster[edit]

Active[edit]

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
6801-6833 2010 Ford/
ElDorado National
E-450/Aerotech Ford Triton V10 6.8L Ford TorqShift 5R110W
  • Some of the retired units remain on OCTA property.
  • Most units retired, 6805-6806 remain in active service.
8501-8599 2014-2015 Ford/Glaval E-450/Universal Ford Triton V10 6.8L Ford TorqShift 5R110W 8501 is painted in the OCTA two-stripe paint scheme with gray skirting; all other subsequent units have the all-white paint variation.
8601-8699, 8701-8735? 2016-2017 Ford/Starcraft E-450 cutaway Ford Triton V10 6.8L Ford TorqShift 5R110W First units to be delivered in the current OC Access paint scheme.

Retired[edit]

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
8101-8191 1997 Ford/ElDorado National E-350 Aerotech Ford Powerstroke 7.3L diesel Retired by 2006.
8201-8245 1998 Ford/ElDorado National E-350 Aerotech Ford Powerstroke 7.3L diesel
8301-8364 1999 Ford/ElDorado National E-450 Aerotech Ford Powerstroke 7.3L diesel Retired by 2009.
8401-8456 2001 Ford/ElDorado National E-450 Aerotech Ford Powerstroke 7.3L diesel
8701-8730 1993 Ford/ElDorado National E-350 Falcon Ford
8750-8795 1994 Ford/Goshen Coach E-350 GC II Ford
8801-8838 1995 Ford/Overland E-350 ELF Ford
8901-8968 2002 Ford/ElDorado National E-450 Aerotech Ford Powerstroke 7.3L diesel

Rail operations[edit]

The OCTA began subsidizing rail operations with the Amtrak Orange County Commuter, which started operating in early 1990 running from San Juan Capistrano to Los Angeles Union Station. After being tasked by the California Senate to create a joint commuter rail program with other local authorities, the OCTA became a founding member of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, which later adopted the moniker Metrolink. The Orange County Commuter was subsequently commuted to the new agency, becoming the Orange County Line, and new service to the Inland Empire was initiated. Metrolink services eventually extended through Orange County to meet with San Diego's commuter rail in Oceanside.

Indio Festival Service excursions are planned to be operated by the OCTA with Amtrak equipment.[16]

OC Streetcar[edit]

As of 2016, OCTA is collaborating with the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove to build the OC Streetcar, a 4.15-mile (6.68 km), 12-station light rail line along Santa Ana Boulevard and 4th Street in the two cities, using portions of the West Santa Ana Branch of the old Pacific Electric right-of-way. The western terminus of the proposed route would follow the Pacific Electric right-of-way near the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue in Garden Grove, then along street running track on Santa Ana Boulevard into Downtown Santa Ana, where it would reach the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center at its eastern terminus.[17] In February 2016, $125 million towards the project was included in the proposed United States federal budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.[18] OCTA began construction in 2018 and plans to open the project in 2021.[19][20][21][22]

CenterLine light rail[edit]

Original 1999 proposed route for CenterLine from Fullerton to Irvine. Later, a truncated "starter line" from Santa Ana to Irvine was proposed

The CenterLine was a proposed 9.3-mile (15 km) light rail system serving Irvine, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana. It was originally planned in the 1990s and was intended to open in 2009. Costing $1 billion, it was originally envisioned as a 30-mile (48 km) route that would run from Fullerton to Irvine, through Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana and Costa Mesa. The route would have served destinations including John Wayne Airport, South Coast Metro, South Coast Plaza, Santa Ana College and downtown Santa Ana.[23]

While OCTA secured funding through Measure M, lack of support from Orange County's congressional representatives resulted in no federal funds obtained for the proposed transit line. In February 2005, the CenterLine was suspended indefinitely, and in May 2005, the plan was officially scrapped in favor of expanding express bus service throughout Orange County and improving existing Metrolink commuter rail service.[21]

Highway and road operations[edit]

OCTA is responsible for the Countywide Master Highway Plan, which designates major arterial streets in the county, however, all road maintenance responsibilities fall with the city where the street operates in, or with the county, in the case of unincorporated areas. OCTA street funding is steered towards roadways on the Master Plan in recognition of their role in regional travel.

Recent projects[edit]

West County Connectors: In June 2010, OCTA broke ground on the West County Connectors project. The $328 million project is Orange County's largest stimulus project and one of the biggest construction jobs in nearly a decade. It will add a 6-mile carpool lane and directly connect the carpool lanes on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) with the San Gabriel Freeway (I-605) and the Garden Grove Freeway (State Route 22). The project also improved and rebuilt three freeway overpass at Valley View Street, Seal Beach Boulevard and the 7th Street Bridge into Long Beach.

Riverside Freeway (SR-91): This project added a new eastbound lane between the SR-241 in Orange County to the SR-71 in Riverside County, widening bridges and building new retaining and sound walls to reduce traffic noise.

This was the first project in a series of improvements planned for the SR-91. The second project added a new lane in each direction from the SR-55 to SR-241. The third project added a new westbound lane from SR-57 to Interstate 5. The project was completed in 2015.

Orange Freeway (SR-57): Work got started in the summer of 2011 on the SR-57 to add a new northbound lane from Orangethorpe Avenue to Lambert. The project was completed in early 2014. Another project, which added a new northbound lane from Katella Avenue to Lincoln Avenue, got underway in early 2012 and was completed by late 2014.

I-5 Gateway Project: Construction began in spring 2006 on the I-5 Gateway project. The four-year project widened the remaining two miles of the I-5 in Orange County from the SR-91 to the Los Angeles County line. The I-5 Gateway project is the final link in the original Measure M's freeway improvement program. The project was completed in 2010.

In addition to freeway improvements, OCTA is in the midst of the most comprehensive rail safety program in the nation that includes a public awareness program regarding safety near the tracks and implementing safety enhancements at more than 50 railroad crossings throughout the county.

The safety enhancements scheduled for completion in 2011 include:

  • Upgrades to warning devices in place to advise drivers of train tracks ahead
  • Additional gate arms to prevent drivers and pedestrians from crossing the tracks when the gates are lowered and a train is passing
  • Extended and raised medians to deter drivers from passing around lowered gates
  • Coordinated local traffic signals to prevent vehicles from stalling on the tracks

91 Express Lanes[edit]

OCTA owns and operates the 91 Express Lanes, after purchasing them in 2003 from the California Private Transportation Corporation. The express lanes are a four-lane, 10-mile toll road in the median of the Riverside Freeway (SR-91) between the Orange/Riverside County line and the Costa Mesa Freeway (SR-55).

OCTA purchased the 91 Express Lanes without taxpayer money and removed a "non-compete" clause that prevented safety and traffic flow improvements along the stretch of tollway.

In July 2003, OCTA adopted a toll policy for the 91 Express Lanes based on the concept of congestion management pricing, which is designed to optimize traffic flow at free-flow speeds. The policy calls for dropping and raising tolls based on traffic demand. Traffic volumes are monitored daily and adjusted quarterly.

The other tollways in Orange County are governed by the Transportation Corridor Agencies.

Environmental mitigation[edit]

An 84-acre (34 ha) restoration project of the 300-acre (120 ha) Bee Flat Canyon site was done by Irvine Ranch Conservancy in partnership with OCTA as part of meeting the agency’s mitigation requirements to offset the damage it does to the environment. The project was deemed a success in 2020 by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.[24]

Labor disputes[edit]

OCTA (including the former OCTD) has been involved in various labor disputes between itself and its drivers, members of the Teamsters Union Local 952 and United Transportation Union Local 19, including strikes in 1981, 1986 and 2007.

In April 2007, drivers threatened to strike again over the current contract. OCTA offered a 13% raise over three years, but union sources said that it only came out to 8% after factoring in inflation. The drivers voted to strike. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger intervened. He first issued a one-week cool-off, and later extended it to 60 days, while talks continued. Negotiations over wage and pension issues failed, and the union started to strike on July 7, 2007, at the end of the cooling-off period.[25][26] This conflict was resolved on July 16, 2007 when the union ratified a new contract.[27] Within a few days, the bus system was running at full capability.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.octa.net/Projects-and-Programs/All-Projects/Rail-Projects/OC-Streetcar/
  2. ^ "Orange County Fixed-Bus Route System" (PDF). OCTA. August 8, 2019. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Orange County Transportation Authority. Octa.net. Retrieved on September 6, 2013.
  4. ^ California State Auditor, Summary of Report No. 95121, 2/96 Retrieved on September 12, 2016
  5. ^ "Move over, OCTA Bus – Here Comes OC Bus". Orange County On the Move. Orange County Transportation Authority. October 6, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "New Bus Design Set to Hit OC Streets" (Press release). Orange County Transportation Authority. June 23, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  7. ^ "OCTA Seeks Input on Proposed Bus System Changes" (Press release). Orange County Transportation Authority. November 23, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  8. ^ Kwong, Jessica (February 22, 2016). "OCTA board approves massive bus service overhaul". Orange County Register. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "O.C. transit agency finalizes another round of deep cuts in service". Los Angeles Times. November 23, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  10. ^ "Fares and Passes Overview". www.octa.net. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  11. ^ California Climate Investments Provides Funding to Deploy 20 New Flyer Fuel Cell Electric Transit Buses, New Flyer Industries. Dated and retrieved on February 14, 2017.
  12. ^ http://www.liveauctionworld.com
  13. ^ http://www.liveauctionworld.com
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  15. ^ www.facebook.com
  16. ^ Scharkey, Kristin (January 17, 2020). "Hoping to take a train to Coachella? Too bad, it's not happening this year". Palm Springs Desert Sun. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  17. ^ Marroquin, Art & Pimentel, Joseph (March 3, 2016). "Anaheim releases proposed map for streetcar that would link ARTIC to Disneyland". The Orange County Register. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  18. ^ Kwong, Jessica (February 9, 2016). "OC Streetcar light-rail project for Santa Ana and Garden Grove makes Obama's budget". The Orange County Register. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  19. ^ "OC Streetcar rolls ahead with designer chosen" (Press release). Orange County Transit Authority. September 17, 2015. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  20. ^ Gonzales, Ron (June 24, 2012). "Proposed streetcar would connect Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove". The Orange County Register. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  21. ^ a b Weikel, Dan (May 12, 2015). "Rail could make a comeback in O.C. with proposed streetcar line". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  22. ^ "OC And Federal Officials Celebrate Groundbreaking For Streetcar Project". KCAL9. November 30, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  23. ^ Reyes, David (October 15, 2005). "Rail's Loss, Cities' Gain". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  24. ^ Brazil, Ben (August 6, 2020). "'You can just sense the life that's out there': Important habitat restored by Irvine Ranch Conservancy". Daily Pilot. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  25. ^ "Coach Operator Strike Forces Major Reduction In Bus Service." Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine OCTA press release, 7/7/07.
  26. ^ "Orange County bus drivers strike after contract negotiations fail." San Jose Mercury News, 7/7/07.
  27. ^ OCTA Board Approves Contract Ending Coach Operators' Strike Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, OCTA press release, 7/16/07

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