ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Today, Supervisor Foley released a statement following this morning’s Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board meeting where the Board recognized ten Orange County community colleges for their participation in the OCTA Community College Pass Program. This program gives Orange County community college students access to free or low-cost rides on the OC bus system.
“This program benefits Orange County residents now and into the future by addressing transportation insecurities and creating a public transportation going culture,” said Supervisor Foley. “With an education from Orange County’s excellent community college system, local students are truly the future of our county. But they can only obtain that education if they can make it to the classroom.
“Given that many students have limited financial resources, access to public transit is key to making their education possible. I look forward to continuing to expand transit access to the people who need it most: Orange County’s youth, seniors, and low-income residents. Orange County deserves a modern, efficient, environmentally friendly transit system that is affordable and accessible to all.”
The participating community colleges are: Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College, Fullerton College, Golden West College, Cypress College, Coastline College, Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, Orange Coast College, and Rancho Santiago Canyon Community College District Continuing Education.
“We at Orange Coast College are committed to providing accessibility and equitable opportunities to all our students,” said Orange Coast College President Dr. Angelica Loera Suarez. “Having this partnership with OCTA builds on that priority for the campus, increasing accessibility by addressing transportation insecurity.”
Supervisor Foley added, “Public transit also allows students to breathe life into our neighborhoods and our economies, as they move from their homes to their campuses, from their campuses to their jobs, from their jobs to their communities.
I extend my thanks to these ten community colleges and to the OCTA Board for supporting both our students and our public transit system.”
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2021 to represent Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Following redistricting, the Board appointed her to additionally serve as caretaker for the future District 2, which includes the communities of Santa Ana and portions of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, Tustin, and unincorporated North Tustin.
Supervisor Foley serves on the Airport Ad Hoc Committee & Fly Friendly working group, the Sober Living Home Ad Hoc Committee, and boards of the Orange County Transportation Authority, CalOptima, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, Law Library, Newport Bay & South Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committees & the Santa Ana River Flood Control Protection.