OCTA encourages those who can stay home to do so to follow the Governor’s order and help slow the spread of COVID-19. For those who must use public transit, OCTA has made several changes to its regular service. The OC Bus fleet is receiving enhanced cleaning with particular attention paid to areas of frequent contact.
Since March 23, OC Bus has been operating on a Sunday service schedule every day of the week. Sunday service is about 40 percent of the regular weekday service, and the change reflects a sharp decline in bus ridership since the start of the pandemic – approximately 33,000 riders daily compared to approximately 125,000 on an average weekday before the crisis.
Since April 2, OCTA began boarding passengers only through the rear doors of OC Buses to encourage social distancing between passengers and coach operators.
No changes have been made to OC ACCESS paratransit services though ridership has fallen by approximately 90 percent.
In addition, OCTA Store hours have been temporarily reduced to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The store will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
To further prevent the transmission of coronavirus, OCTA strongly encourages everyone to wear a face covering while on the bus or visiting the OCTA Store. This recommendation is in line with guidance issued by county and state health officials and is intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
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