The Orange County Transportation Authority announced that it was expanding its student bus pass program to Irvine Valley College.

The program, which began on Monday, allows students to travel free on any OC Bus.

“The student bus pass program helps students achieve their goals by offering more convenient access to higher education,” OCTA Chairman Andrew Do said in a statement. “It’s great to have Irvine Valley College on board with OCTA to assist students with getting to school, to work and other destinations around Orange County, while also contributing to a cleaner, healthier environment by sharing the ride.”

OCTA began the program with Santa Ana College in 2017. It has since expanded to Santiago Canyon College, Golden West College, Fullerton College, Saddleback College, Cyprus College and now Irvine Valley College. It helped increased ridership, introduced new riders to public transit and removed barriers to higher education.

The program is accessible to full-time and part-time students via the OC Bus app.

Ridership fell during the COVID-19 pandemic, but has begun to increase again.

The college pass program was introduced as part of OCTA’s OC Bus 360 initiative.

For more information, go to ocbus.com/ivc.

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