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For a Greener Holiday Season, Leave the Car Home

During the next few months, holiday travelers will hit the road to gather with family and friends and enjoy the special celebrations of the season.

This year, why not leave your car home and give the earth the present of cleaner air? Here’s a look at the many transportation options in Orange County that help reduce emissions and traffic congestion while providing safe travel.

Offering nearly 60 routes, OC Bus provides a convenient car-free way to travel throughout Orange County. Consider taking the bus to go shopping, visit friends, or head to Disneyland or the beach without parking hassles.

A train ride is special any time of year, but especially during the holidays. With three lines and 12 stations in Orange County, the Metrolink passenger rail service is a convenient, comfortable way to travel locally and to other counties—and kids love it. For ideas about where to go and what to do, check out fun, and affordable Metrolink weekend daytrips here.

For those in parts of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo, the OC Flex shared ride microtransit service is a special treat. Enjoy a festive lunch or dinner with friends with no need for a designated driver or send your age 13+ kids off to a play date without the need to chauffeur—all for only $4.50 for a day of unlimited travel. Connections between OC Flex and OC Bus and the local Metrolink station are free.

Last but not least, consider cycling during the holidays. While the rest of country is waiting for their car heaters to turn on, those in mostly-balmy Orange County can take advantage of miles of cycling trails that connect to parks and beaches and more.