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OC Go, also known as Measure M, is a 30-year half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Orange County through 2041. After experiencing the success and progress of the original Measure M, nearly 70% of voters renewed the half-cent sales tax in 2006 to launch OC Go.

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Why do we have OC Go?

In 2006, Orange County voters gave OCTA a vote of confidence and approved a 30-year extension of an existing half-cent sales tax that was set to expire in 2011.

This renewal allows OCTA to continue making transportation improvements, one half-cent at a time, that benefit the public and the local economy. OC Go is expected to generate more than $13.1 billion through 2041.

$13.1 Billion

In transportation improvements to Orange County.

*Estimate based on 2018 Sales Tax Revenue Forecast
  • Freeways 43%
  • Streets 32%
  • Transit 25%

OC Go Net Revenue Funding Breakdown

The voter approved Transportation Investment Plan reflects the varied interest and priorities inherent in the diverse communities of Orange County. Over 30 years, OC Go will infuse more than $13.1 billion into the local economy.

A total of 2% of the overall OC Go Program funds is allocated to the Environmental Cleanup Program.

A total of 5% of OC Go Freeway Program funds is allocated to the Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program.

“The benefits of this program have been tremendous for Orange County. Our local tax dollars are invested directly back into the community to fund improvements on our freeways, neighborhood streets and the transit system. OC Go helps ensure that our county will remain an ideal place to live, work and visit well into the future.”

- Darrell E. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer

Freeway

  • 30 freeway segments/projects
  • Reduce congestion, improve mobility and enhance safety
  • Widen and add lanes for more efficient travel
  • Streamline on-/off- ramps and widen bridges to improve traffic flow
  • Assists motorists with disabled vehicles on the freeway system to keep traffic moving

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Streets and Roads

  • Projects improving arterials span Orange County's 6,500 lane miles of roadway
  • Bridges separate cars from trains for safe and reliable commuting
  • Synchronized traffic lights mean less stop and more go
  • Pavement improvements repair aging streets for smoother, safer travel

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Transit

  • Continues Metrolink service in Orange County, expands mid-day service, improves track and rail stations
  • Provides transit connections to Metrolink
  • Lowers fares, provides more community-based services to expand mobility choices for seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Supports locally developed transit services for seasonal and year-round community circulators
  • Improves passenger amenities at the 100 busiest bus stops

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Environmental

Environmental Mitigation Program
  • Permanently protected open space properties and restoration projects preserve the land and ensure that valuable animal and plant species can thrive forever for future generations
Environmental Cleanup Program
  • Protects beaches and ocean water from transportation-generated pollution that collects on roadways and in storm drains

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OC Go Goals

Relieve Congestion

12 of 30 freeway segments/projects have been completed.

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Improve Street Conditions

Pavement Condition Index improved from 77 in 2014 to 79 in 2016 - best in State.

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Expand Metrolink

Ten intracounty trains were added increasing service between Laguna Niguel and Fullerton.

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Reduce cost for seniors and persons with disabilities

As of June 2019, the fare stabilization program has provided more than $27 million and 109 million boardings.

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Synchronize Signals

Over 2,000 intersections have been synchronized, saving an average of 13% in travel time.

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Reduce transportation related air and water pollution

Purchased 1,300 acres of open space, which reduces air pollution as a result of carbon sequestration. Over 6.2 million cubic feet of trash prevented and removed from waterways.

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