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O.C. Night Owl bus service to be cut?

June 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The budget crisis could take a toll on the Orange County Transit Authority's Night Owl bus service. The Los Angeles Times reports the service, which runs from midnight to 4 a.m. on four routes, could be eliminated.

OCTA is proposing cutting 22 percent of the county's bus service. The Night Owl service could be among the casualties. The overnight service was rolled out nearly seven years ago to help graveyard-shift workers get home.

The Orange County Transit Authority has already laid off bus drivers this year and raised fares from $1.25 to $1.50 for a single ride. Bus service has also been cut on several lines.

The transportation agency needs to make up for a $33 million shortfall in the budget due mostly to the cutting of state funds for bus operations and a decline in local sales tax revenue.

CNS contributed to this report.

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