For UC Irvine graduate student David Weinreich, not driving in Irvine has always been a no-brainer.
Weinreich must rely on a bike or a bus to get from A to B instead of driving himself. He cannot get behind the wheel, as he is an epileptic and could have a seizure.
Weinreich, who is pursuing a master's degree in urban and regional planning, became involved in the issue of local public transportation when the Orange County Transportation Authority cut 150,000 bus hours in March.
He regularly attended the agency's meetings and wanted OCTA to see that public transportation was important to the community.
"There were some members of OCTA questioning having it at all," he said. "A lot of people came to those meetings to show them first-hand that there are people out there that depend on transit to get around."
UCI was hit especially hard, he said, because only a handful of lines served the campus.