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OC Bus Fares to Jump 33 Percent

In February, a ride will increase from $1.50 to $2. Daily and monthly pass rates also climb.

The first increase in bus fares since 2009 was approved Monday by the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors to avoid a loss of state funding.

Beginning in February, bus riders will pay $2 instead of $1.50, the day pass will increase $1 to $5 and the monthly pass will rise $11 to $66.

However, the agency will offer a new 10 percent discount on day passes if pre-purchased from any OCTA vendor.

The fare increase is the result of the agency needing revenue covering at least 20 percent of its costs. If it falls below the 20 percent margin, then the OCTA risks losing state funding, which accounts for half of its $267-million budget.

"We don't want to raise bus fares, but, unfortunately, the financial circumstances we find ourselves in require us by law to have a 20 percent fare box recovery and it was starting to dip down below that," said board Chairman Paul Glaab.

Losing state funding would have required draconian cuts in service, Glaab said.

OCTA board member John Moorlach, who is also the Orange County Board of Supervisors chairman, agreed.

It was necessary "when you've got to pay all these bus drivers and their pensions and benefits and maintain these buses with the fuel costs up," Moorlach said. "And this formula doesn't even include the acquisition cost of the buses and they're $500,000 apiece."

Moorlach was sensitive to how the increase would affect many of the agency's riders. Moorlach suggested OCTA officials consider how to increase service in cities such as Santa Ana, where there is more demand, than the southern portion of the county.

"Who takes a bus in Laguna Niguel? Those buses are empty," Moorlach said.

-- City News Service

Andromeda November 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Bluesguitar, sure there's a reason. Before all the OCTA and Board of Supervisor meetings all the board members join in on a prayer to God for guidance. In fact, all of them take turns in leading these prayers. Watch the meetings yourself if you doubt me. And it is well known that several are deeply religious and attend church regularly. So, yes, my comment about hypocrites who practice religion is quite appropriate and you are just plain wrong. But thanks for your opinion anyway.
Karen Rubin November 28, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Andromeda- Don't you have anything better to do with your days but complain and post long diatribes?
Joker Joe November 28, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Somebody forgot this.. However, the agency will offer a new 10 percent discount on day passes if pre-purchased from any OCTA vendor. Free is better.
Joker Joe November 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
A Navy destroyer stops four Mexicans in a row boat rowing towards San Diego, California. The Captain gets on the loud- speaker and shouts, "Ahoy, small craft. Where are you headed?" One of the Mexicans puts down his oar, stands up, and shouts, "We are invading the United States of America!" The entire crew of the destroyer double over in laughter. When the Captain is finally able to catch his breath, he gets back on the loud-hailer and asks, "Just the four of you?" The same Mexican stands up again and shouts, "No, we're the last four. The rest are already there!" Here are the majority of bus riders............................. lol lol
Eric November 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Andromeda - So they pray before their meetings. So what? What does that mean? That they are all devout Christians or something? That means nothing. Even the demons know and fear the Lord. A big misconception that non-believers have about believers is that they are somehow supposed to be perfect and tolerant and this and that - or they're a bigot or a hypocrite. That's stupid, ignorant and shows extreme naivete. No created human being has ever been, nor will be perfect. Every human, Christian or not, is a hypocrite at some point. All churches are filled with hypocrites, from the preacher on down to the back aisle. It's our nature. It is how we handle our mistakes that shows our true character (ie realizing our sin, repenting and never doing it again). You are completely ignoring the base of the story which is political in nature and obviously have an axe to grind by steering it to the religious spectrum. Where in the story does it say 'Christian OCTA executives in the church being greedy... blah blah blah...'. It doesn't. I'm done with it. You've shown and proven you have an issue with religion and have lost all credibility. Have a good day.

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