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Mission Statement

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is a multi-modal transportation agency that began in 1991 with the consolidation of seven separate agencies. OCTA saves county taxpayers millions of dollars by increasing efficiency and eliminating duplicate functions.

OCTA is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors consisting of 5 county supervisors, 10 city members, 2 public members and the Director of the Department of Transportation District 12 (Caltrans) as a non-voting member.

OCTA serves Orange County residents and travelers by providing countywide bus and paratransit service, Metrolink rail service, the 91 Express Lanes, freeway, street and road improvement projects, individual and company commuting solutions, motorist aid services and by regulating taxi operations.

Measure M: OCTA administers Measure M, a package of transportation improvements promised to voters in 1990 when they approved a half-cent sales tax. Measure M provides funding for freeway improvements, regional/local streets and roads projects and transit improvements.

Bus Operations: OCTA is Orange County’s primary provider of public transportation, operating in a 798 square-mile area serving more than 3 million residents in 34 cities and unincorporated areas. OCTA provides a variety of public transportation options such as local bus, rail feeder, express and paratransit services.

Rail Service: OCTA funds and supervises Metrolink rail service in Orange County. Metrolink is a regional rail system linking commuters to employment and activity centers. Currently there are three Metrolink lines operating in Orange County — the Orange County Line, the Inland Empire-Orange County Line and the 91 Line — with 11 stations providing Orange County commuters with a dependable and high-quality rail transportation alternative.

91 Express Lanes: OCTA owns and operates the four-lane, 10-mile toll facility located in the median of the Riverside Freeway (SR-91) between the Costa Mesa Freeway (SR-55) and the Orange/Riverside County Line. The 91 Express Lanes is a fully-automated toll facility which allows customers to pay tolls from pre-paid accounts using an electronic toll collection technology that eliminates the need to stop and pay tolls at traditional tollbooths, thus ensuring the free flow of traffic on the 91 Express Lanes.

Freeways: OCTA assists with planning, funding and delivering freeway improvements. Projects completed include the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5), Riverside Freeway (SR-91), Orange Freeway (SR-57), Costa Mesa Freeway (SR-55) and Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22). The Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) Gateway Improvement Project is currently underway and is expected to be completed in fall 2010.

Streets and Roads: OCTA administers a variety of funding programs for cities to widen streets, improve intersections, coordinate signals and rehabilitate pavement. OCTA also administers regional streets and roads improvement projects.

Share the Ride: OCTA has a number of commuting options including travel by bus, Metrolink rail or the 91 Express Lanes to help commuters get to work easily, quickly and affordably, with less stress and with less impact on the environment. OCTA offers carpool matching and help forming vanpools for travel to Orange County work sites. OCTA’s Share the Ride program offers employers many ways to attract and retain employees with the Employer Bus Pass and Metrolink Corporate Pass programs, vanpools, help with Average Vehicle Ridership (AVR) surveys required by the SCAQMD, and events and updates for Employee Transportation Coordinators (ETCs).

Motorist Services: OCTA provides motorist aid call boxes through the Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE), offers emergency towing services with the Freeway Service Patrol (FSP), provides funding to cities to remove abandoned vehicles through the Service Authority for Abandoned Vehicles (SAAV) and operates the Orange County Taxi Administration Program (OCTAP), which is a regulatory program designed to issue taxi business, driver, and vehicle permits on behalf of the County and its 34 cities. OCTA is also assisting with the implementation of the 511 Motorist Aid and Travelers’ Information System (MATIS).



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