OCTA has launched a Transit System Study (TSS) to find ways to maximize the system’s efficiency. The company hopes to combat the decline in state transit funding, dropped sales tax revenue and a decline in ridership – all of which the firm attributes to the record unemployment in the last several years. By conducting this in-depth analysis of Orange County’s market changes, travel needs and patterns, OCTA hopes to find new and affordable ways to provide cost-effective bus services.
“The Transit System Study is an important tool that will help us determine how we can meet the needs of our riders and best manage limited taxpayer dollars efficiently,” says OCTA Chair and Fifth District Supervisor Patricia Bates. “A combination of innovation, planning and listening to the public will ensure our ability to provide long-term sustainable transportation options for those who depend upon us.”
Initial service concepts were developed in June and then related to the public, local officials and transit advocates. The OCTA board of directors is expected to vote on an implementation plan in September, which will be a multi-year, phased approach to developing an efficient and sustainable transit system to support Orange County’s growing population and reduce dependency on external funding. As each phase of the study progresses, OCTA says it will rely on transit riders’ input to provide feedback and a clearer picture of future needs.
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