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Celebrate Earth Day with a Free Bus Ride

On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, OCTA will offer free rides on OC Bus.

“OC Bus is always a safe and convenient way to get to work, to school, to the beach or to just about any destination in Orange County,” said OCTA Chair Tam T. Nguyen. “On Earth Day, we’re making it free for everyone, with the hope that it will attract more riders, which will help continue easing traffic congestion and helping our county’s air quality.”

Choosing to take public transportation instead of driving helps reduce pollution by taking cars off the road. In addition, OCTA is working to convert its entire bus fleet to 100% zero-emission by 2040. OCTA introduced 10 hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses into its regular fleet in 2020 and has begun testing plug-in battery electric buses. The pilot program is helping the agency determine which technology, or mix of technologies, will perform best on Orange County streets, ensuring the highest level of service.

OCTA’s commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship goes beyond Earth Day and is prioritized in OCTA’s Board and CEO Initiatives. OCTA uses funding from OC Go, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, to protect Orange County’s natural resources by funding projects that capture transportation-related pollution and improve water quality.

Learn more about Earth Day free rides and OCTA’s zero-emission bus program here.