The Orange County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a revised financial plan for Orange County’s Transit Plan on Tuesday night to increase public transport accessibility in the county.
The 2022 plan maintains components of the 2017 and 2012 transit plans, but without the light rail transit project. The plan adds capital investments and service improvements funded with transit tax revenues.
Tom Altieri, a comprehensive planning supervisor for Orange County, unveiled the 2022 Orange County Transit Plan Update during the meeting for the commissioners' approval.
“The plan is really an update in the true sense of the word,” Altieri said. “It’s not a new plan. It builds upon our existing plan.”
The most recent transit plan was created to further equity, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, affordable and attainable quality of life and transportation access for all.
Five new or expanded bus services will be instated under this plan to uphold these values.
Additions include service improvements to the CW route and HS route to make stops more frequent. The NS bus route will be expanded to have service on Saturdays until 11 p.m. and service on Sundays until 9 p.m.
The plan will also include midday frequency improvements and a D route extension to Patterson Place, and it will have Orange County Public Transportation increase services to two days per week, which will serve to expand the Mobility on Demand program.
Renée Price, chairperson of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, stressed the importance of MOD during the meeting. She said the program is used for those within rural areas and is expanding for common uses.