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Youth Complete More Than 5 Million Boardings with Free Bus Pass

OCTA’s Youth Ride Free Pass is a popular way for those 6 to 18 to get around Orange County. Since launching it as a pilot program in 2021, OCTA has recorded more than 5.1 million boardings.

In 2022, the pioneering Youth Ride Free Pass became permanent, making OCTA the first large transit agency in the region to offer free bus rides to all youth ages 6 to 18 on an ongoing basis. The popular has introduced young people to public transportation while reducing traffic congestion, taking cars off local roads and improving air quality. Learn more about the program here.