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BOS1 - OCTA Launches New Text Messaging Program
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2009
Contact: Kathryn Feather
OCTA Launches New Text Messaging Program
New service provides transit riders with bus schedules sent directly to their cell phones.
(Santa Ana) The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) recently launched its “Text 4 Next” program which allows transit riders the ability to use their cell phones to get the next three scheduled times a bus will arrive at their stop by sending a text message to the OCTA.
Transit riders can receive this personalized information by following these easy steps:
Riders send a text message to OCTAgo (628246).
Riders type “Bus,” the bus stop number and then the bus route number.
For example, a text message from a rider would read: “Bus 3563 71.” Users should be aware that standard text messaging and data rates do apply.
Transit riders will then receive a text message in return which states the next three scheduled arrival times for that bus stop. For example, the return text would appear as:
4:26p route 071
5:01p route 071
5:36p route 071
“I have recently used this text message system through OCTAgo and I was able to receive the information I needed very quickly,” said Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Vice Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and a member of the OCTA Board of Directors. “This is a great service to our riders and I applaud OCTA for continuing to incorporate current technology to provide transit riders a convenient way to plan their public transit needs.”
The “Text 4 Next” program is the latest move by OCTA to use online communication to help reduce costs and provide more direct information to riders. OCTA is one of the first transit agencies to offer this cost-effective service.
For more information about this system or for help in utilizing it, please visit www.octa.net/OCTAgo or call (714) 560-5900.
Supervisor Janet Nguyen represents the First District on the Orange County Board of Supervisors as Vice Chair. She also serves as Chair of the OCTA’s Transit Committee. She represents more than 600,000 people, covering the cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster and the unincorporated community of Midway City. Orange County ranks sixth in the nation as the most populous county and has the nation’s seventh highest annual budget.