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How to survive the transit cuts: Get a folding bicycle!

How to survive the transit cuts: Get a folding bicycle!

Posted on Apr 19, 2009 in Weblog | 3 comments

OCTA’s severe transit cuts have made traveling by bus much more unpredictable, spontaneous affairs, and since I need a bicycle to get to places the bus doesn’t, I often wait at the bus stop and wonder if the next bus’s bicycle racks, like this photo on line 43, will be full. I’ve been refused to board at least twice within a month...

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We just opened a Free Clinic in Orange County

We just opened a Free Clinic in Orange County

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 in Weblog | 0 comments

And it’s accessible by bus (see below for the bus pass deal)! It was a little over a month ago that my friends and I held our Grand Opening with the Chancellor of UC Irvine, along with many special guests. The UC Irvine Outreach Clinics serves the growing uninsured population in Orange County, those who can’t afford basic primary care services....

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Three new Bravo! rapid bus lines to open 2010, with a possible link to UC Irvine

Three new Bravo! rapid bus lines to open 2010, with a possible link to UC Irvine

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 in Weblog | 6 comments

During last Wednesday’s OCTA customer roundtable, the unofficial word from staff members was that rapid bus service couldn’t begin this year because implementing it means dipping from the same financial pot as local service. They’re hoping to launch both the Westminster Line and the Harbor Line at the same time in June 2010, and then the Brea-Irvine rapid bus later in 2010.

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Delivering 378 medical students’ signatures to Sacramento to save public transit in California

Delivering 378 medical students’ signatures to Sacramento to save public transit in California

Posted on Jan 11, 2009 in Weblog | 3 comments

I collected 378 letters from my fellow classmates (63 letters for 6 legislators) concerned about the severe cuts to California’s public transit systems, the odd routing of OCTA’s rapid bus system, and the disproportionate amount of funding OCTA’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan is dedicating to freeways over transit. I’ll be hand-delivering them to Sacramento on Monday while I’m there lobbying for universal healthcare with about 500 other medical students.

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Gift ideas for transit riders

Gift ideas for transit riders

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 in Weblog | 2 comments

Don’t know what to get your transit-riding friends for the holidays? Want to convince folks at work that riding transit can be cool? Get them some transit-related gifts!

OCTA has a lot of corporate-logo merchandise such as beanies, visors, water bottles, canteens, squishy stress buses, and even cute teddy bears. I’ve found most of this merchandise for cheaper than even general stores — the water bottle in my pic came to about around $4. You won’t be able to buy these items online; you’ll have to stop by OCTA’s main headquarters at the OCTA Store, 550 S Main St, Orange, CA during weekdays. I’m sure they have plenty of items in stock.

Los Angeles Metro store has much more trendy apparel, Christmas ornaments, and large toy replicas of their buses. Metro sells posters with beautiful artwork that makes the thought of riding transit pleasant. However, their higher quality products translate to a higher price. The Los Angeles Times even featured the Metro Store a few years back: "Wearing a Los Angeles Metro T-shirt is ‘completely counterculture, … Because L.A. is car culture.’… Enthusiasts say part of what makes transit systems interesting in London, Berlin, Paris and New York – and why people want to buy merchandise from those places – is that they were marvels of their time when they were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries."

New York MTA’s Transit Museum Store sells cool station signs, toys, drinkware, and more. If you happen to visit New York, stop by their museum!

Happy shopping!

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