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July 20, 2016
OC Fair Express Hits Record Ridership for First Weekend
Riders can continue to catch the direct bus service Friday to Sunday through Aug. 14
ORANGE – A record number of riders discovered the advantages of a convenient and affordable public transportation option for getting to the OC Fair during the event’s first weekend with 14,194 people boarding the OC Fair Express. That beat the previous record, established during the fair’s first weekend of 2014, by 5,783 riders and bested last year’s first-weekend totals by 94 percent.
The city of Westminster is vying for funds from the Orange County Transportation Authority so it can offer a free public bus connecting residential communities close to Little Saigon to major shopping centers.
In the latest episode of the Voice of OC podcast, we talk about the Orange County Transportation Authority’s plans for bus route changes in 2016, and what’s behind the stark 30 percent decline in bus ridership.
With ridership declining, the Orange County Transportation Authority is planning to cut two bus routes that some public transportation advocates say will reduce bus access for underserved communities in Santa Ana.
Orange County Transportation Authority buses have failed to show up on dozens of occasions over the last six months, leaving many riders stranded and angry. The failures can be attributed to bus services that have been outsourced to a private contractor.
A lobbyist for MV Transportation Inc., which is competing for a more than $140 million bus services contract, tried to obtain confidential information during the bidding process, according to a letter from the Transportation Authority’s CEO.