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Santa Ana bus terminal to close

October 28, 2008|Paloma Esquivel

The Orange County Transportation Authority voted unanimously Monday to close a popular bus terminal in Santa Ana.

The terminal, across the street from the county courthouse and other central buildings, is set to be closed for safety reasons beginning Dec. 14, officials said. Arthur T. Leahy, chief executive of the transit agency, said the terminal lacks adequate ventilation for the county's new buses, which run on natural gas.

Critics of the move said the terminal provides riders with shelter from the weather and a place to grab a bite to eat or use the restroom.

At the public hearing Monday, 12 people spoke about the agency's possible fare hike, which would be the first in four years.

The hike would increase the cost of one ride from $1.25 to $1.50 and a day pass from $3 to $4; monthly passes would go from $45 to $55.

A decision on the fare proposal is expected next month.

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