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OCTA partners with colleges and universities to offer reduced bus fares

The transit organization's C Pass is available to students attending 17 local schools.

By Kylie MalstromPublished: September 09, 2011 07:20 AM

The Orange County Transportation Authority, doing its part in this time of economic strain, has made a new bus pass available for college students: the College Pass, or C Pass. Sold to students attending 17 participating colleges, it provides unlimited rides on all local OCTA routes.

The C Pass offers two options: a 75-day Quarter Pass or a 120-day Semester Pass. Quarter passes are available for the discounted price of $95, while semester passes are sold for $150. Based on the prices of other available passes the C Pass may save students an estimated $55 and $70, respectively. Furthermore, eligibility for the pass has changed from a minimum of 12 credits to nine to help students who are not enrolled full-time.

The 17 participating colleges are:
• Nova Academy
• Orange Coast College
• Poly Languages Institute
• Saddleback College
• Santa Ana College
• Santiago Canyon College
• The Art Institute of California – OC
• Westwood College of Technology
• American Career College
• Career College of California
• College of Information Technology
• Cypress College
• Fullerton College
• Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis 
• Irvine Valley College
• Language Systems International
• NOCCCD School of Continuation Education

“The C Pass is an ideal solution for students looking to reduce the cost of commuting to school,” said Patricia Bates, OCTA chair. “With classes, work, social lives and family, students today are always juggling, and we hope this will help make their lives easier.”

The OCTA also teamed up with Cal State Fullerton, Chapman University and UC Irvine to offer an exclusive University Pass (U Pass) to students. Those who are eligible may inquire about enrollment and pricing at their university.

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