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Guide To OC’S Public Transportation

February 22, 2014 5:00 AM

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(Photo credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)


Southern California is a beautiful place to live, but with the stifling traffic, getting anywhere can be a drag. Furthermore, with gas prices being what they are, getting to any place can be costly. Whether you’re looking to spend less time in your car or less money on gas and maintenance, here are some good options for getting around Orange County.
(credit: OCTA)

(credit: OCTA)


OCTA
550 S. Main St.
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 560-6282
www.octa.net

The good thing about the OCTA buses is that they can take you just about anywhere in our fair county for a reasonable price. The bad news is that while it is cheaper than driving a car, your route will likely include a transfer. It will also involve a lot more time than it would take you to drive wherever you’re going. Also,the buses generally run until 11 p.m. at the latest, so if you need transportation later than that, you’ll need to find another option.

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Metrolink
1 Gateway Plaza, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 452-0200
www.metrolinktrains.com

If you hate getting on the southern California freeways (and no one can blame you for that), the Metrolink train is a good option.The Metrolink runs from San Clemente to Fullerton, with several stops in between (including Laguna Niguel – home of the Mooning of the Amtrak). This is a good option if you’re heading to an Angels or Ducks game, with a station right by Edison International Field of Anaheim. The biggest drawback to the Metrolink is that it can be a little expensive: a round trip from San Clemente to Fullerton costs $21.50 and monthly passes can approach $300.

Laguna Beach Trolley
Laguna Beach Visitors Center
381 Forest Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-9229
www.lagunabeachinfo.com/plan-your-trip/transportation/summer-trolley-map

Laguna Beach is one of the prettiest towns in Orange County, but getting around downtown – and particularly parking – can be a nightmare, especially in the summer. From late June to early September, the trolley will take you from one end of Laguna to the other for free. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can park all day at Mission Hospital (and avoid the downtown trafficmess) and take the trolley through town.

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iShuttle
Irvine Transportation Network
(949) 724-6287
www.cityofirvine.org/ishuttle

The iShuttle is a good option for getting around Irvine. Routes A and B of this line take separate routes from the Tustin Metrolink station to John Wayne Airport. Routes C and D go from the Irvine Metrolink Station to the Sand Canyon-Irvine Center area. The iShuttle is free with your OCTA pass or your Metrolink ticket.

Anaheim Resort Transportation
1280 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA92805
(714) 563-5287
www.rideart.org

With its resorts and amusement parks, Anaheim is one of the most popular Orange County destinations fornatives and visitors alike. Since it is such a popular destination, navigating it can add stress to a day that is supposed to be fun. ART can take you to all of the popular destinations andmake your trip a little less stressful. Buses run approximately every 20 minutes. The last bus of the evening is generally 30 minutes after Disneyland closes.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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