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Dec. 21, 2015

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OCTA Offering Free Bus Rides on New Year’s Eve

Extended service hours will provide residents a safe ride home for the 14th year

ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is doing its part to keep roads safe for people ringing in the New Year by offering free bus rides from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31 to 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1.

For those who want to take advantage of the free ride but need an idea of where to go, OCTA recommends visiting the annual First Night in Downtown Fullerton for live entertainment, rides, food and a fireworks show. Several routes in Fullerton that serve this free event will have extended service hours.

Passengers planning a bus ride are encouraged to use the online trip planner in advance at or by calling (714) 636-7433. Extended times may vary depending on the route.

“We are proud to offer this free service for the 14th consecutive year,” said OCTA Chairman Jeff Lalloway, also an Irvine councilmember. “This is a safe and easy option for people celebrating the start of 2016 to get around during the holiday and a good way to try out public transit.”

Last year, more than 9,000 riders took advantage of the free bus service on New Year’s Eve and about 130,000 have used it since it began in 2002.

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