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

SANTA ANA, Calif. 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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