Free OCTA Bus Passes Available to Students

Starting this fall, all Fullerton College students will have access to free unlimited OCTA bus rides on all Orange County Bus local fixed routes. Students may either download the OC Bus mobile app on their smartphone or activate their student ID card to use as a bus pass.

The service becomes available on Aug. 26, which is the first day of the fall semester. Students will then receive an email from OCTA with credentials to install the app. Students who prefer to use their college I.D. card as their bus pass, may activate their cards in the Student Center in Building 200, Room 214.

A fun, public kickoff event for the program will be Thursday, Sept. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the quad. The new Fullerton College/OCTA bus will be on display and light refreshments will be served.

Learn more at ocbus.com/fc.

The following information provides all the details to help students get started.

How does it work?

When you board a bus, scan the pass on your smartphone or swipe your student ID.

When does it expire?

For mobile app users, OC Bus app passes renew each semester upon enrollment. Students must maintain enrolled status to maintain eligibility for the program. For non-mobile app users, Student IDs must be reactivated each semester to be valid as a bus pass. Fall Student IDs expire as a bus pass in February; Spring IDs expire in August. All bus passes are non-transferrable.

Who is eligible?

Fullerton College full and part-time students with an activated student ID.

Who pays for it?

Starting with the fall 2019 semester, the first year of this 3-year pilot program will be funded by the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP), a part of the Cap-and-Trade Program and the Mobile Source Air Pollution Review Committee (MSRC). During the second and third years (fall 2020 – summer 2022), fees approved by Fullerton College students in April 2019 will pay for the program.

I.D. Information for New Students:

  1. The campus photo I.D. card may be obtained at the Student Center during the advertised production hours for the semester. You must be enrolled in a class (being waitlisted does not count). You need to pay the $3.50 fee for the “Campus I.D. Card” on myGateway or in person at Admissions & Records (Bldg. 2000, lower level).
  2. Please have printed Student Schedule/Bill in hand when you come to the Student Center.  Student Schedule/Bill in hand.  Student Schedule/Bill must show that the “Campus I.D. Card” was paid and listed in the “CHARGES” section, with a $0.00 (zero) balance at the bottom of the bill. (*Please note this may not apply to Promise students, student-veterans or students with pending financial aid.)
  3. You will also need to provide a current form of valid photo identification and the name which appears on the Student Schedule/Bill must match with the name on the government or secondary valid identification.  What forms of valid I.D. are accepted?  High school I.D. card, Passport, Driver’s License, or State Issued Identification Card.
  4. Bring documents to the Student Center, lower level College Center Bldg. 200, Room 214 to take campus photo I.D. card.
  5. You have option to have OCTA bus pass activated on the campus photo I.D. card OR you may download the OC Bus app to mobile smart phone.  We highly recommend that you download the OC Bus app if you own a mobile smartphone.
  6. Welcome to Fullerton College!  Once a Hornet, Always a Hornet!

I.D. Information for Continuing Students:

  1. Please exchange your current Fullerton College photo I.D. card at the Student Center during the advertised production hours for the semester, with a printed Student Schedule/Bill to show that you are enrolled in classes for the semester with a $0.00 (zero) balance at the bottom of the bill.
  2. You will be issued a new campus photo I.D. card.  Your old campus I.D. card will be shredded.
  3. You have option to have OCTA bus pass activated on the campus photo I.D. card OR you may download the OC Bus app to mobile smart phone.  We highly recommend that you download the OC Bus app if you own a mobile smartphone.
  4. Welcome back to Fullerton College!  Go Hornets!

Hours for Campus I.D. Production – Fall 2019:

August 26-31, 2019 (First week of the semester)

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday (8/31 only), 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

September 3-December 13, 2019

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Center, Building 200, Room 214 (lower level)

activities.fullcoll.edu | (714) 992-7095

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