OCTA bus hours cut again

SANTA ANA, Calif. The /*Orange County Transportation Authority*/ has been told that its bus service will have to be reduced by another 55,000 hours in June as a result of a loss of state transit funding. That brings the number of bus hours cut to 135,000 since Orange County officials began cutbacks last December.

The OCTA does have $212 million in federal stimulus money, but can't use those funds to maintain bus service. The funds can be used to repair or replace the buses, but most of it is earmarked for highway work or rail service.

Salaries of OCTA officials and bus drivers are expected to be frozen as a result of the loss of state revenue.


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