Construction Closures on Hold During Holiday Weekend(1)
No road work ahead on projects throughout Orange County over Independence Day
ORANGE – Easier commutes can be expected in honor of Independence Day as construction closures across the county will be postponed during the holiday weekend.
Ongoing freeway closures associated with the I-5 South, I-5/Ortega Interchange, O.C. Bridges and SR-91 projects will not take place from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5. Regular construction schedules will resume on Monday, July 6.
OCTA buses will operate on a regular schedule July 3 and on a holiday schedule July 4. Metrolink will not operate in Orange County on July 3 (only limited service will be available on the Antelope Valley Line), and will operate a regular weekend schedule on July 4. To view the schedules, visit: www.octa.net/ebusbook and www.metrolinktrains.com.
The construction projects represent more than $900 million in improvements and when completed will enhance traffic flow and safety for hundreds of thousands of drivers that travel along Orange County’s freeways daily.
For more information or to sign up to receive construction alerts, the public can call the construction hotline at (800) 724-0353 or visit the following websites:
I-5 South – www.octa.net/i5south
I-5/Ortega Interchange – http://www.octa.net/ortega
O.C. Bridges – www.ocbridges.com
SR-91 Widening Project – www.octa.net/better91
State Awards $1.6 Million in Grant Funds To Support Pacific Surfliner Transit Transfer Program
ORANGE – The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) today announced the allocation of $1.675 million to the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency (Agency) to initiate a one-year pilot program that will allow Pacific Surfliner intercity rail passengers to transfer more seamlessly to connecting local bus and rail services.
Rapid Bus Service Gets Boost from State Grant Funds
ORANGE – A planned rapid bus service along one of the most heavily used routes in the county will become a reality thanks to a state grant awarded today to the Orange County Transportation Authority.
OCTA will receive $2.3 million from the Transit and Intercity Rail Program, part of the state’s cap and trade funding program. The program was created to fund capital improvements that cut greenhouse gases by reducing the number of miles that people drive.
Local Control Coming to Pacific Surfliner Rail Service
ORANGE – The Pacific Surfliner rail service, the nation’s second busiest Amtrak route, will transition to local control beginning on July 1, following the signing of an interagency transfer agreement with the state of California on Monday.
The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, with management and staffing provided by the Orange County Transportation Authority, will take over day-to-day administrative duties for the Pacific Surfliner service that day, including management of the operating contract with Amtrak, which operates the service .
New Bus Design Set to Hit OC Streets
ORANGE – A new look for OCTA buses will soon be rolling through Orange County streets.
The Orange County Transportation Authority board voted Monday to roll out the colorful new design for its buses as part of an ongoing and comprehensive effort to maximize service, retain riders and get the attention of new customers.
OCTA Thanking Those Who Dump the Pump
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is thanking bus riders and incentivizing potential riders during Dump the Pump Week, June 15-19.
Bus riders who share photos of themselves riding an OCTA bus, at a bus stop or at an OCTA destination will be entered to win prizes, including bus passes, a $500 gift card and more.
OCTA Board Approves $1 Billion Balanced Budget
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved a balanced $1 billion budget for the upcoming year during its meeting on Monday.
OCTA Offers 30-Day Youth Summer Pass
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is encouraging local teens to “De-Zombify” this summer by getting out into the sunshine and exploring Orange County’s many attractions using the OCTA Youth Summer Pass.
For the past 14 years, OCTA has provided a summer bus pass for those 18 and younger as part of a youth ridership program.
Public Agencies Making Every Drop Count
ORANGE – Elected officials, along with transportation and water-district leaders, gathered this morning to launch a multi-agency water conservation campaign in Orange County with the message, “Every Drop Counts,” to help raise awareness and address California’s severe drought.
A bus wrapped with the conservation messages was unveiled with the help of the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors outside OCTA’s headquarters. Other public agencies participating in the campaign include Caltrans, the County of Orange, Irvine Ranch Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Transportation Corridor Agencies.
Future is on Track for OC Streetcar Project
SANTA ANA – Transportation, city and community leaders gathered at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center on Monday afternoon to mark a number milestones toward the construction of Orange County’s first modern streetcar.
The OC Streetcar project, planned to travel through the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove, has advanced significantly in recent weeks. Plans for the streetcar project have been approved by city councils in both cities and received environmental clearances from the Federal Transit Administration.
OCTA Board Votes to Lead Full I-405 Project
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors will maintain local control of the I-405 Improvement Project after voting today to take the lead on implementing both the general-purpose lane promised in Measure M and the express lanes, which will speed up travel for everyone in the corridor.
Laguna Beach land to be preserved through OCTA’s Measure M program
ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority officials purchased 151 acres of open space in Laguna Beach, marking the seventh property acquisition under the Measure M Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program – a comprehensive plan that preserves and restores natural habitats and allows for expedited delivery of freeway projects.
Millions Awarded to Alleviate O.C. Traffic
ORANGE – Cities throughout Orange County will receive more than $47 million to help ease traffic through Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
The Orange County Transportation Authority board on Monday awarded funding for 23 projects to improve and widen busy streets and intersections. Seven additional projects will receive funding to synchronize traffic signals to ensure drivers hit the most green lights during rush hours.
Get Rolling for Bike Month
ORANGE – Bicyclists of all ages can improve their health, help the environment and cut the cost of driving by celebrating Bike Month with the Orange County Transportation Authority.
Bike Month was established nearly 60 years ago to showcase the benefits of bicycling and to encourage more people to try it. Those who pledge to participate in Bike Month in May at www.OCBikeMonth.com will be entered for a chance to win a free bike.
Angels Express Returns for 2015 Season
ORANGE – Nearly 5,000 baseball fans hopped aboard the Angels Express to get to and from the first four weeknight home games at Angels Stadium, an increase of more than 1,000 passengers from last year.
The special Metrolink train service allows fans to avoid traffic jams and save on gas and money by skipping the car trip and parking fees.
OCTA to Stand Up for Transportation
ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority Chairman Jeff Lalloway, also the mayor pro tem of Irvine, will join members of Congress, local elected officials and regional transportation agencies in a joint press conference to bring attention to transportation and infrastructure needs throughout the country.
The press conference, hosted by Long Beach Transit, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 9 at the Queen Mary Event lot, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, 90082 (left of the Queen Mary’s bow).
OCTA Buses Going to the Dogs … for Training
ORANGE – Come fetch a bus ride and bring Fido along, too.
Service and therapy animals in training are invited to join their handlers in making bus rides a familiar and relaxed experience during Orange County Transportation Authority’s Service Animal Training Day on Saturday, April 11.
OCTA Offers New Vanpool Incentives for Earth Month
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is offering incentives to join its vanpool program during Earth Month, the ideal time to help the environment by taking cars off the road in an effort to reduce pollution.
Grant Will Help Search for O.C. Sidewalk Gaps
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has been awarded $163,333 in Active Transportation Program grant funds to complete the Orange County Sidewalk Inventory Project.
The grant is from the Southern California Association of Governments, in partnership with the California Department of Transportation. It allows OCTA to establish a countywide inventory of sidewalks that will identify the gaps, obstructions and amenities that may block pedestrian activity and access.
Survey Shows Vast Majority of OCTA Bus Riders Satisfied With Service
ORANGE – Results of a new customer satisfaction survey show that an overwhelming majority of bus riders in Orange County are pleased with the fixed-route bus service that transports nearly 1 million people each week to work, to home, and to retail and entertainment destinations countywide.
Measure M Keeping its Promises to Orange County
ORANGE – The Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee has determined that Measure M is being delivered as promised to Orange County voters for the 24th consecutive year.
The committee held its annual Measure M public hearing Tuesday night and unanimously found that the Orange County Transportation Authority is proceeding in accordance with the ordinances that were approved by voters first in 1990 and renewed in 2006.
OCTA Wins ASCE Awards for Transportation Projects
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has been honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County, for four projects, including Project of the Year for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.
Each year the ASCE-OC recognizes the finest civil engineers and projects throughout Orange County. This year, OCTA’s projects are being recognized in four categories.
OCTA Awards Employees of the Year 2014
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority recently announced the 2014 Employees of the Year: Juan Chavez of Garden Grove, Louis Zhao of Mission Viejo and Nhon Ly of Westminster.
Daily I-5 Lane Closures Planned During Construction in South Orange County
ORANGE – Beginning Monday, construction crews will close two southbound lanes of the San Diego Freeway (I-5) daily in San Juan Capistrano to perform pile driving work, which could continue until Feb. 15.
The southbound lane closures, scheduled from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, may cause freeway delays and motorists are encouraged to leave extra time to reach their destinations or consider alternate routes.
Public Invited to Open Houses on I-5 Project in Irvine, Tustin
ORANGE – The public is invited to two open houses next week to learn about proposed improvements to the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway in Irvine and Tustin.
The Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans are holding the meetings, Jan 26 and Jan. 28, as part of the project approval and environmental document phase for the I-5 Irvine Tustin Freeway Improvement Project.
Bravo! Express Bus Service Expanded for NAMM Show
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is expanding hours of the popular Bravo! express bus service Thursday through Saturday during the NAMM Show.
The service expansion will shuttle attendees of the music trade show – named for the National Association of Music Merchants – between the Anaheim Convention Center and its surrounding hotels and concerts and events in Downtown Fullerton.
Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Lalloway Selected as OCTA Board Chairman
ORANGE – Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Lalloway was unanimously selected today as the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors.
Lalloway served as the OCTA board’s vice chairman for the last year. He replaces outgoing Chairman Shawn Nelson, also the county’s Fourth District Supervisor, who remains on the board.
Customer Survey Indicates High Satisfaction Rate with 91 Express Lanes
In its efforts to continually improve the 91 Express Lanes, every three years OCTA conducts an extensive customer satisfaction survey. In 2014, respondents reported a 91 percent satisfaction rate with the 91 Express Lanes, a high rating for a high-performance transportation alternative.
OCTA Seeks Public Input on New Branding for Buses
OCTA is currently in the process of purchasing 400 new buses for fixed-route and ACCESS services. This purchase, combined with the in-process repainting of the existing fleet, presents a cost-effective opportunity to explore new branding concepts for Orange County bus services.
All WCC Links Are Now Open
Following four years of construction, all bridges connecting carpool lanes on State Route 22 (SR-22), Interstate 405 (I-405), and Interstate 605 (I-605) are now open. Drivers can travel in the carpool lanes from the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) to the San Diego Freeway (I-405) to the San Gabriel Freeway (I-605), and the reverse, without ever having to exit the carpool lanes.
Transportation Officials Mark Completion of 57 Freeway Project in Anaheim
ORANGE – Transportation, city and business leaders gathered Monday at Honda Center in Anaheim to mark the completion of improvements to the Orange Freeway (SR-57) that are giving drivers a safer and more efficient commute.
Leaders from the Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans joined with business owners and community members to take the first ceremonial ride on the last segment to be completed. It includes three miles of general purpose lane between Katella and Lincoln Avenues.
Construction Closures on Hold During Holidays
ORANGE – People traveling to celebrate the holidays over the next two weeks will get a break from construction with no freeway closures planned during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays.
The following work schedules are planned during the holiday weeks:
OCTA Wins Honors at WTS Gala
ORANGE –WTS recognized Orange County Transportation Authority’s Capital Projects Outreach manager Christina Byrne as member of the year and honored the OC Bridges project with the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award at its recent 26th annual Awards Gala.
WTS is an international organization dedicated to advancing women in transportation through networking, seminars, access to top transportation professionals and mentoring.
22nd Annual Stuff-A-Bus Event Delivers Holiday Spirit
ORANGE – Santa is looking for elves to help fill OCTA buses with toys for local children in need on Friday, Dec. 19 from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Honda Center in Anaheim.
Portion of Ortega Highway to Reopen Wednesday; Bridge Demolition set for Friday
ORANGE – The stretch of Ortega Highway between Del Obispo Street and El Camino Real is set to reopen Wednesday morning, Dec. 10.
The segment is the last portion of Ortega to be reconfigured as part of the I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project. The segment’s opening will re-establish direct access from I-5 to San Juan Capistrano’s Historic Town Center.
All Carpool Links Set to Open as West County Connectors project wrapping up
ORANGE – The four-year West County Connectors construction project, aimed at easing congestion and enhancing safety along the most heavily traveled stretch of freeway in the nation, is nearing completion as the new bridges linking the carpool lanes on I-405 with SR-22 and I-605 are set to open next week.
Drivers will now be able to travel in the carpool lanes from the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) to the San Diego Freeway (I-405) to the San Gabriel Freeway (I-605), and the reverse, without ever having to exit the carpool lanes.
Ortega Highway West of I-5 Reopens
ORANGE – Ortega Highway between the San Diego Freeway (I-5) and Del Obispo Street in San Juan Capistrano reopened today.
The segment was closed to allow crews to reconfigure the roadway as part of the I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project.
New Lane Opens on 57 Freeway in Anaheim
ORANGE – Drivers along the Orange Freeway (SR-57) can expect to experience a more efficient commute with the addition of a northbound general-purpose lane that opened today between Katella and Lincoln avenues in Anaheim.
The addition of the three-mile lane is part a $41-million freeway improvement project led by Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority. The project, which began in 2012, was funded with a mix of state dollars and Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
OCTA Seeks Public Feedback on Measure M Draft Conservation Plan
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking input from the public through Feb. 6, on a conservation plan that seeks to protect natural habitat and rare animal and plant species in Orange County.
The conservation plan will be revised with public input before it heads to state and federal agencies for final approvals.
First Carpool Link Set to open on West County Connectors Project
ORANGE – The first link in a series of connectors will open next week allowing drivers to directly transition from the carpool lane on the southbound San Diego Freeway (I-405) to the carpool lane on the eastbound Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22).
The direct carpool connector is expected to open by 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. This major milestone for the West County Connectors project will alleviate the merging and weaving that was previously necessary for carpoolers to get from one freeway to the other.
OCTA Chief Named Among ‘Most Influential’ of Decade
ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority CEO Darrell Johnson has been named one of the “Most Influential People of the Decade” by Metro Magazine, a national publication and industry leader covering bus and rail transportation.
Johnson received the honor among 20 people who helped shape the public transportation industry during the past decade, according to Metro Magazine, which began publishing in 1904 and published the list in honor of its 110th anniversary.
OCTA Business Expo Attracts more than 500 to Accelerate Opportunities
ORANGE – More than 500 business leaders, small business owners and transportation officials attended the OCTA Business Expo on Oct. 23 at the Disneyland Hotel for a full day of learning about how to succeed in the competitive world of contract bids and networking with key Southern California agencies and firms.
OCTA Chairman Shawn Nelson, also the Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, kicked off the day by welcoming those in attendance and stressing the importance of public agencies working with the private sector to successfully deliver transportation projects.
Orange County Streets Rank Best in State
ORANGE – The condition of Orange County’s streets and roads is ranked the best in the state, according to a report released this week by SaveCaliforniaStreets.org.
The report, compiled with the help of the League of California Cities and regional transportation agencies across the state, ranks streets on a scale of 0 (worst) to 100 (best). Orange County’s streets average a 77, while the state average is 66.
Ortega Highway to Close Monday for Three Weeks
ORANGE – Ortega Highway will close between I-5 and Del Obispo Street in San Juan Capistrano for approximately three weeks beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 3.
The closure allows crews to reconfigure the roadway as part of the I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project.
I-5 Lanes Closing From San Clemente to Oceanside
SAN DIEGO –This week construction crews will be working on both northbound and southbound Interstate 5 (I-5) for the Ocean View Rehab Project in San Diego County.
Crews will close three of the four lanes on both sides of the freeway in 2-mile sections between the Aliso Creek Rest Area and the San Diego-Orange County line tonight, Oct. 21 through Thursday, 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
West County Connectors Project Continues Forward Momentum
The West County Connectors (WCC) Project reached a major milestone on Oct. 11 when all three lanes opened on the connector between the southbound Interstate 405 (I-405) and eastbound State Route 22 (SR-22). For more than a year, commuters had been using only two lanes on this bridge.
3-Foot Bike Law Video Entertains and Educates
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority kicked off the new 3-foot bicycle law with an entertaining and informative video and an interactive campaign.
In September, OCTA launched the “I Give 3 Feet” bike safety campaign to educate Orange County residents about the new law requiring drivers to give bikers 3 feet of clearance when passing. The campaign includes bus wraps, posters, window clings and television and radio announcements. The most popular piece of the campaign has been a 30-second public service announcement.
$2.8 Million Approved for Environmental Cleanup Projects
The Measure M Environmental Cleanup Program will provide $2.8 million for 18 projects across Orange County to improve overall water quality from transportation-generated pollution.
The Orange County Transportation Authority board recently approved funding for the projects through the Measure M Environmental Cleanup Program. The program is designed to remove the more visible forms of pollutants, such as litter and debris, which collect on the roadways and in the storm drains prior to being deposited in waterways and the ocean. These funds are available for Orange County local governments to purchase equipment and upgrades for existing catch basins and other related projects. Examples include screens, filters, and inserts for catch basins, as well as other devices designed to remove pollutants.
Angels Express Rides Into Baseball’s Postseason
ORANGE – Baseball fans can continue to take advantage of the popular Angels Express train to get to home games during the Angels’ playoff run, which begins Thursday and Friday at Angel Stadium.
The special Metrolink train will run from stations on the Orange County Line, from Los Angeles to Oceanside. Orange County stops on the way to Anaheim include: San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana and Orange.
Four Intersections to Close During O.C. Bridges Construction
ORANGE – Four intersections along the BNSF rail line at the border of Anaheim and Placentia will close for 12 hours – from 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, to 6 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. The closures are necessary so railroad crews can install crossing-gate timing devices, allowing for a new bypass road to open at Tustin Avenue/Rose Drive.