OCTA Seeks Help Planning For Transportation Future
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking public input to help plan for the county’s transportation needs for the next 20 years.
A draft copy of the Long Range Transportation Plan, called Outlook 2035, was presented to the OCTA board at a recent meeting and is now up for public review and comment on the website at: www.octa.net/lrtpdraftplan.
Millions Headed To Streets and Signals Through Measure M
ORANGE – Cities throughout the county will see an influx of more than $44 million for street and signal synchronization projects through the Measure M Comprehensive Transportation Funding Program.
Funding was awarded recently to 27 projects that will widen existing streets to alleviate congestion and synchronize traffic signals to ensure drivers hit the most green lights during peak traffic periods.
Adventure Series Videos Boost Awareness of Public Transportation
A series of seven short online videos, the OCTA Adventure Series takes viewers along for the ride aboard vanpools, carpools, trains, buses and bikes. Designed to entice new riders to sample the wide range of public transportation options available in Orange County, the program is an accessible and upbeat educational tool used by everyone from curious individuals to corporate transportation coordinators.
OCTA Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Citizens Committee
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is recruiting community leaders to fill openings on the Citizens Advisory Committee, a 34-member group that provides input on a broad spectrum of transportation projects, studies and outreach activities.
Parents and Youth to Participate in Bus Ridership Roundtable Discussion
Selected parents and youth ages 14 to 18 have been invited to share perspectives on riding the bus at a roundtable discussion. OCTA will use the feedback to improve programs, marketing, and pass sales targeted at the youth market.
OCTA Seeks Applicants For Taxpayer Oversight Committee
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Oversight Committee. The 11-member committee monitors OCTA’s use of revenue collected through Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, ensuring that all funds are spent on voter-approved transportation projects.
Applications for the 2014-17 term will be accepted through May 5 to fill two positions, one each in the Second and Third districts. Orange County residents who live in the Second or Third districts are eligible to apply.
Placentia Avenue Undercrossing Opens to Traffic
ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority officials today celebrated a major milestone in the O.C. Bridges Program when they became the first to drive Placentia Avenue under the BNSF rail line.
The Placentia Avenue undercrossing is the first grade-separation project to open in OCTA’s $630 million O.C. Bridges Program, which is building seven such undercrossings or overcrossings to separate car traffic from rail traffic.
$3 Million Going Toward Clean Water Program Through OCTA’s Measure M
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority board on Monday approved allocating nearly $3 million to help improve water quality in Orange County.
The funds come from Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. The ballot measure approved by voters in 2006 includes funding for an Environmental Cleanup Program that awards money on a competitive basis to cities and the county for projects that reduce the impacts of water pollution related to transportation.
Construction Begins on I-5 South County Improvements
ORANGE – Drivers will see construction activity ramping up on the San Diego (I-5) Freeway in South Orange County as crews begin work on a $249-million traffic-relief project.
Beginning Sunday night, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the on- and off-ramps will be closed at Pacific Coast Highway and Camino Las Ramblas. Closures to different ramps at different times will occur during the overall work window.
Progress Continues on the O.C. Bridges Program
OCTA is working to improve traffic flow and safety by building a series of bridges – both underpasses and overpasses – to eliminate the need for commuters and commercial vehicles to stop, wait and waste time at railroad crossings as freight trains pass by.
New Email Designs Help OCTA Communicate More Effectively
Each month, OCTA delivers nearly 100,000 emails in support of projects and programs from freeway construction to bus information to Metrolink promotions.
Bike Sharing Program in Fullerton Attracts Riders
OCTA kicked off public beta testing for BikeShare, the bike sharing pilot program that provides commuters with a convenient, healthy and emissions-free transportation option in Fullerton.
OCTA Applauds Implementation of Positive Train Control
ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority CEO Darrell Johnson praised today’s announcement by Metrolink that Positive Train Control has started to be implemented on the commuter rail line serving Southern California.
Measure M On Track, Independent Review Finds
ORANGE – The Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee has determined that Measure M is being delivered as promised to Orange County voters for the 23rd consecutive year.
New Text4Alerts Enhances Communications with OCTA Bus Riders
To improve communication with customers and enhance their transit experience, OCTA has launched another text-messaging tool designed to provide timely information to bus riders.
Employees of the Year Honored
OCTA Board Chairman Shawn Nelson and directors Tim Shaw and Gregory Winterbottom joined OCTA’s executive staff on Thursday, Jan. 29, to honor the 2013 employees of the month and announce the employees of the year.
OCTA’s Website is ‘Mobilized’ for Those On the Go
To better serve the increasing number of OCTA customers and others who use mobile devices, the OCTA website has been optimized for smartphone viewing. Nearly 40 percent of all visits to the website, octa.net, are made from mobile devices.
Annual Measure M Public Hearing Set Feb. 11 for Taxpayers Oversight Committee
ORANGE – The Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee is conducting its 23rd annual public hearing on Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
Measure M, administered by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), was approved by voters in 1990 and renewed by a vote of nearly 70 percent in 2006. Each year, the committee seeks public input on how funds are being spent.
I-5 Freeway Project Gets Cracking in South O.C.
ORANGE – The sharp crack of a whip Wednesday signaled the start of freeway construction that will add carpool lanes between San Juan Creek Road and Avenida Pico.
More than 100 transportation, community and business leaders gathered to celebrate the start of construction for the $249 million I-5 South Improvement Project. In addition to adding the carpool lane in both directions between San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, the project will rebuild the Avenida Pico interchange in San Clemente.
Ride Metrolink Free to Chinatown and Help Kick Off the Lunar New Year
ORANGE – Orange County residents are invited to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a free Metrolink ride to Chinatown in Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 1 from the Irvine Metrolink Station.
The first 100 guests will receive free round-trip Metrolink tickets to ring in the Year of the Horse at the 115th Golden Dragon Parade.
OCTA Customers Save $4 On Tet Festival Admission
Come celebrate the Year of the Horse at the world’s largest Tet Festival outside of Vietnam on February 7, 8, and 9, 2014, at the OC Fair & Event Center. OCTA bus riders will receive $ 4 off the $5 admission price when they show their bus pass. There will also be extended bus service.
OCTA Negotiates Money-Saving Lease On Current Headquarters
On Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, the OCTA Board of Directors voted to renew the lease on OCTA’s current headquarters after exploring options to move to a new location. The new 15-year lease is expected to save OCTA $39.4 million over the next 30 years.
OCTA Celebrates Lunar New Year With Free Metrolink Rides
The most celebrated holiday of the year for the nearly 1.5 million people of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese descent living in Southern California, Lunar New Year gets a big welcome in Los Angeles at the Golden Dragon Parade and Festival.
OCTA BikeShare Pilot Program Kicks Off in Fullerton
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has kicked off a bike-sharing pilot program that provides commuters with a convenient, healthy and emissions-free transportation option in Fullerton.
The OCTA BikeShare pilot program on Monday began a 90-day testing period for the public to try the system and provide feedback on their experience. BikeShare initially has 10 stations where bikes can be checked out, including at Fullerton City Hall, Fullerton Transportation Center, the SOCO parking structure, College Plaza shopping center, First Christian Church, Fullerton College and four locations at Cal State Fullerton.
Supervisor Shawn Nelson Selected as OCTA Board Chairman
ORANGE – Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson was unanimously selected today as the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors.
Nelson, who is also the Fourth District Supervisor, served as the OCTA board’s vice chairman for the last year. He replaces outgoing Chairman Greg Winterbottom, who remains on the board.
OCTA Purchases Additional Open Space Property
OCTA officials purchased the sixth open space property in late December as part of the Measure M2 Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program. To date, OCTA has acquired approximately 1,150 acres of open space property that will be permanently designated as wilderness preserves. The 204-acre MacPherson property was purchased for approximately $2.5 million and is located northwest of Rancho Santa Margarita in the Silverado-Modjeska area.