OCTA News Archive

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2011

  • OCTA Plays New Year’s Eve Designated Driver For The 10th Year
    12/27/2011

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is working to make end of the year celebrations safe and hassle-free by offering free bus rides between 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 and 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

  • Extending The 91 Express Lanes A Step Closer
    12/16/2011

    ORANGE – The extension of the successful 91 Express Lanes into Riverside County took a big step forward this week as the transportation agencies overseeing the project came to terms on how to construct and operate the toll road.

  • Metrolink Woo Woo Fridays Visits Irvine
    12/14/2011

    ORANGE – Join OCTA for a free night of family fun on Dec. 16 at the Irvine Spectrum when you ride Metrolink. Visitors who show their passes will receive a $10 credit to Dave and Busters and a free appetizer or dessert at Red Robin, taco at Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and free ride on the carousel or Ferris wheel. 

  • SR-57 Full Freeway Closure Planned for Saturday
    12/13/2011

    ORANGE – The Orange Freeway (SR-57) will close in both directions Saturday night as part of the SR-57 northbound improvement project.

  • Northbound I-405 To Close Saturday Night In OC
    12/9/2011

    ORANGE – Construction crews will completely close the northbound San Diego Freeway (I-405) Saturday night, and continue nighttime closures for three to four weeks, weather permitting.

  • Santa Trades In His Sleigh For A Bus
    12/9/2011

    ORANGE – Santa Claus is coming to town in a bus and is looking to Orange County to help fill it with toys. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is teaming up with ABC7, Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks to support the Spark of Love toy drive by stuffing buses with toys.

  • $45 Million SR-57 Project Gets Under Way(1)(1)(1)(1)
    11/30/2011

    ORANGE – Relief is on the way for commuters traveling on the Orange Freeway (SR-57) as the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) start work on a new lane that will help improve traffic on one of the busiest stretches of the freeway.

  • Metrolink Woo Woo Fridays Pulls Into Orange
    11/15/2011

    ORANGE – Join OCTA for a night of live music, extended happy hour and free appetizers at Ruby’s Diner/Streamliner Lounge near the Orange train station on Friday.

  • Metrolink Woo Woo Fridays Pulls Into Orange(1)
    11/15/2011
    ORANGE – Join OCTA for a night of live music, extended happy hour and free appetizers at Ruby’s Diner/Streamliner Lounge near the Orange train station on Friday.
  • Valley View Street Bridge To Close Friday Night
    11/14/2011

    ORANGE – Construction crews will completely close the Valley View Street Bridge off of the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) Friday night and reopen it Monday morning as part of the Orange County Transportation Authority’s West County Connectors Project.

  • Grab Your Bike and Get on Board: Bike Cars Launched into Weekday Metrolink Service
    11/13/2011

    ORANGE – Commuters can now grab their bikes and get on board a train as Metrolink rolls out bike cars throughout the 512-mile network.

    As cycling’s popularity as a commuting option continues to grow, Metrolink is introducing bike cars into weekday service on 34 trains to provide for additional bike storage. Cyclists gathered today in Orange County for the inaugural ride.

  • OCTA Kicks Off Holiday Season With Jingle Pass And Food Drive
    11/3/2011

    ORANGE – OCTA is offering an unlimited-use bus pass this holiday season to get riders where they need to go for half the cost.

  • Southbound I-405 Freeway To Close Monday Night In OC
    10/27/2011
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans are seeking public input on proposals to relieve congestion, eliminate bottlenecks and improve traffic operations on the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) between the Costa Mesa Freeway (SR-55) and Orange Freeway (SR-57) in Santa Ana
  • Public Invited To Meeting On Improvements To I-5 Through Santa Ana
    10/25/2011
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans are seeking public input on proposals to relieve congestion, eliminate bottlenecks and improve traffic operations on the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) between the Costa Mesa Freeway (SR-55) and Orange Freeway (SR-57) in Santa Ana
  • No More Wasting Time Waiting For Trains to Pass
    10/19/2011
    ORANGE – Drivers stuck at rail crossings in north Orange County will soon find relief as the Orange County Transportation Authority kicks off a nearly $600 million program that will separate street traffic from trains at seven locations.
  • OCTA Awarded $9.3 Million in Federal Grants
    10/17/2011
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority today was awarded $9.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for projects to improve transit throughout Orange County.
  • Tustin Metrolink Structure Opens For Commuters
    10/14/2011
    ORANGE – A new 823-space Metrolink parking structure is now open for business.
  • More Green Lights On the Way For Orange County Drivers
    10/10/2011
    ORANGE – Nearly 600 intersections throughout the county have been synchronized and the Orange County Transportation Authority is preparing to synchronize an additional 58 intersections along La Palma Avenue as work gets under way on the next project.
  • Metrolink Service To Ducks Games Starts Oct. 14
    10/7/2011
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority, Metrolink and the Anaheim Ducks are teaming up this year to offer special weeknight train service to and from Ducks games beginning with the home opener on Friday, Oct. 14.
  • Service Animals to Hop Aboard OCTA Buses Saturday
    9/28/2011
    ORANGE – Knott’s Berry Farm is teaming up with the Orange County Transportation Authority to offer free training to service animals and their handlers to help ease the animals’ anxiety when riding the bus.
  • OCTA Appoints Hennessey As Public Board Member
    9/26/2011
    ORANGE – Michael Hennessey was sworn in today as a new public member of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors.
  • Woo Woo Fridays Offer Metrolink Deals
    9/23/2011
    ORANGE – Beginning this Friday, the Orange County Transportation Authority is launching Woo Woo Fridays, an innovative concept that provides Metrolink riders with great deals and fun on the last Friday of the month.
  • Rideshare Week Kicking Off In Orange County
    9/23/2011
    ORANGE – It’s time for commuters to get their share of the savings by giving up driving solo and taking part in this year’s Rideshare Week, Oct. 3 to 7.
  • OCTA Joins Transit Agencies Across The Nation In Remembering Sept. 11
    9/9/2011

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is joining transit agencies across the nation in a Moment of Remembrance this Sunday, Sept. 11.

    At 10 a.m., a moment of silence will be observed to remember the more than 3,000 people that lost their lives during the terrorist attacks and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving out nation in the war against terrorism.

  • Bus Passes- The One Thing Students Won’t Be In Debt Over
    9/7/2011
    ORANGE – Just in time for the school year, the Orange County Transportation Authority is offering the perfect ride for students in Orange County that won’t break the bank.
  • Public Invited To Weigh In On Bike Trail Improvements
    9/6/2011
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is inviting residents to provide input on proposed bikeways in the Fourth District by completing a brief online survey.
  • OCTA Receives More than $700,000 For Habitat Conservation Efforts
    9/5/2011
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority was recently awarded $732,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help develop a conservation plan as part of the Measure M2 environmental program.
  • Hundreds Converge in O.C. To Help Get Americans Back to Work
    8/31/2011

    ORANGE – More than 250 people came together today in a first-of-its kind summit to discuss factors that create jobs and offer solutions to expediting transportation projects for America’s future.

    The Jobs Now Summit brought together transportation officials, business leaders, economists, labor representatives and workers throughout the nation. The event provided an opportunity for open dialogue to highlight the importance of infrastructure investment as a way to create desperately needed jobs in an industry still reeling from the recession.

  • OC Fair Express Ends Season With Record Numbers
    8/16/2011
    ORANGE – Record numbers of riders hopped on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s OC Fair Express during this year’s special bus service to the fair.
  • O.C. Jobs Now Summit Targets Unemployment
    8/12/2011

    ORANGE – Transportation officials, business leaders, economists and labor representatives will join together in a first-of-its kind summit to highlight the importance of infrastructure investment as a way to create desperately needed jobs in an industry still reeling from the recession.

  • Travel Time Reduced Along Three Major Roadways
    8/9/2011
    ORANGE – The results are in and signal synchronization projects along three major corridors have decreased travel times for commuters by 14 percent, decreased the number of stops by 31 percent and increased travel speeds by 17 percent.
  • OCTA Cleaning Up Orange County Water
    8/8/2011
    ORANGE – Nearly $3 million was awarded today to provide funding for projects that will improve the quality of Orange County’s waterways and beaches.
  • Breaking Down Barriers Initiative Foundation for New Legislation
    8/4/2011

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority applauded U.S. Rep. Gary Miller (R-Brea) today for releasing the Breaking Down Barriers Act of 2011 intended to speed up the delivery of transportation projects and put hundreds of thousands of Americans to work.

  • Record Numbers Of Riders Bus To The Fair
    7/29/2011
    ORANGE – Record numbers of riders hopped on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s OC Fair Express during the first two weekends of the special bus service to the fair.
  • Orange County Grade Separations Head Toward Construction
    7/26/2011
    ORANGE – Construction on the Placentia Avenue and Kramer Boulevard grade separation projects are expected to cost millions of dollars less than anticipated.
  • Transit System Study Explores New Transit Options
    7/25/2011
    ORANGE – A comprehensive study designed to maximize the efficiency of Orange County’s transit system has been completed and recommendations on implementing changes are expected to be brought forward later this summer.
  • Construction Begins on SR-91 To Add Six Miles of Additional Lanes
    7/11/2011
    IRVINE – The first shovels went into the ground today on a $84 million project that will relieve congestion and ease a chronic traffic bottleneck along State Route 91 (SR-91), a major transportation artery connecting Orange County with the Inland Empire.
  • Federal Transportation Bill Lays Tracks for More Jobs in Orange County(1)
    7/7/2011

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority applauded congressional leaders and U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) today for taking the necessary steps to invest in America’s transportation future by releasing the federal transportation reauthorization bill.

  • OC Fair Express Kicking Off With Food Truck Fare on July 14
    7/6/2011
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is bringing back the OC Fair Express and kicking off the service by joining Food Truck Fare at the OC Fair & Event Center.
  • OCLINK Pass Offers All-Day Rail, Bus Riding
    6/30/2011
    ORANGE – Beginning Tuesday, the Orange County Transportation Authority is launching OCLINK, an innovative and convenient pass that allows riders to hop on trains and buses throughout the county.
  • I-5 Gateway Project Receives Top Honors
    6/29/2011

    ORANGE – The Santa Ana (I-5) Gateway Project that widened the last two miles of the I-5 near the Orange County line was named Freeway Project of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation.

  • OCTA Adjusts Tolls On 91 Express Lanes
    6/28/2011

    Annual inflation adjustment goes into effect July 1, tolls decreasing during two time periods based on congestion management pricing policy


  • Millions Headed To Streets Through Measure M2
    6/27/2011
    ORANGE – Orange County streets will see an influx of $56 million after the Orange County Transportation Authority board voted to fund dozens of improvement projects through voter-approved Measure M2.
  • OCTA Seeks Public Member For Board of Directors
    6/23/2011

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is accepting applications to fill a public member seat available on the board of directors.

  • Millions Awarded To Signal Synchronization Projects
    6/14/2011
    ORANGE – $8 million is heading to Orange County streets after the Orange County Transportation Authority board voted today to deliver the first signal synchronization funds to cities under the voter-approved Measure M2.
  • Commuters Urged To ‘Dump the Pump’ This Week
    6/13/2011
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is encouraging people to Dump the Pump the week of June 13 by leaving their car at home and trying out other forms of transportation.
  • Public Invited To Weigh In On Transit Options
    6/9/2011
    ORANGE – Residents are invited to community meetings next week to offer input on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Transit System Study, an effort to develop new, affordable ways to provide cost-effective bus services.
  • Road Closures Set in San Juan Capistrano
    5/31/2011
    ORANGE – Two full road closures are planned at Oso Road and La Zanja Street in San Juan Capistrano as part of OCTA’s rail safety enhancement program.
  • Perfect Summer Ride Awaits Orange County’s Youth
    5/26/2011
    ORANGE – School is about to let out for the summer and the Orange County Transportation Authority is offering the perfect summer ride for those 18 and younger.
  • Nighttime Closures On I-405 Freeway This Week
    5/16/2011
    ORANGE – Construction crews will fully close the northbound and southbound San Diego Freeway (I-405) at night during the week of May 16 as part of the Orange County Transportation Authority’s West County Connectors Project.

2010

  • OCTA Plays New Year’s Eve Designated Driver For The Ninth Year
    12/23/2010

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is working to make the end of the year celebrations safe and hassle-free by offering free bus rides between 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, and 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

  • OCTA Seeks Public Feedback On Proposed Measure M2 Conservation Plan
    12/14/2010

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is seeking public feedback through Jan. 10 on a conservation plan that will examine habitat and identify measures to protect that habitat and species in Orange County.

     

  • Santa Trades In His Sleigh For A Bus(1)
    12/9/2010

    ORANGE – Santa Claus is coming to town in a bus and is looking to Orange County to help fill it with toys. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is teaming up with ABC7, Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks to support the Spark of Love toy drive by stuffing buses with toys.

  • Orange County’s First Recovery Act Freeway Project Completed
    12/2/2010

    ORANGE – Caltrans today announced the completion of a $65 million project that will relieve congestion and ease a chronic traffic bottleneck along State Route 91, a major transportation artery connecting Orange County with the Inland Empire.

     

  • OCTA Seeks Public Feedback On 2010 Long Range Transportation Plan
    11/30/2010

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking public feedback through Dec. 13 on transportation strategies for the 2010 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

  • Open Houses Set For West County Connectors
    11/22/2010

    ORANGE – Construction work is under way on the West County Connectors and open houses are planned in the coming weeks for residents to stay informed about the project.

  • OCTA Board, Teamsters Union Approve New Contract
    11/8/2010

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors and Teamsters Local 952 announced today they have reached a deal on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement for their maintenance and service workers.

  • No Bus Fare Hike For OCTA Riders
    10/27/2010

    ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus riders will not see a 25 percent bus fare increase in January as scheduled.

  • OCTA Unveils New Railroad Crossing Safety Features
    10/12/2010

    ORANGE – The first group of railroad crossing safety enhancements that will lead to quiet zones for cities along the tracks throughout Orange County are now complete.

  • $38 Million Awarded To Implement Positive Train Control In Southern California
    10/10/2010

    ORANGE – Southern California will benefit from the more than $38 million awarded by the Federal Railroad Administration to help implement positive train control.

     

  • Closure Set for Eastbound SR-91 to Northbound SR-71 Connector
    10/4/2010

    ORANGE – As part of the Riverside Freeway (SR-91) eastbound lane addition project, the eastbound SR-91 to northbound Chino Valley Freeway (SR-71) connector will close for 15 days beginning at midnight, Saturday, Oct. 9.

  • I-5 Gateway Project Completion Celebrated
    9/28/2010

    ORANGE – Traffic relief is on the way for drivers as work wraps up on the I-5 Gateway project, a $335 million effort that has added two lanes in each direction on the Santa Ana Freeway near the county line.

    State and local officials celebrated today during a dedication ceremony for the I-5 Gateway project, a partnership between the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

     

  • OCTA Seeks Applicants for Special Needs Advisory Committee
    8/16/2010
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on its Special Needs Advisory Committee.
  • Long-Term Traffic Relief Plan For Central Orange County Gets Green Light
    8/13/2010
    ORANGE – A plan to reduce congestion and keep Central Orange County moving over the next 25 years was approved by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board at its meeting this week.
  • Graffiti Tracking System Wins National Award
    8/11/2010

    ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority Chairman Jerry Amante recognized Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and members of the Transit Police Services for receiving a Gold Award from the American Public Transportation Association for developing and implementing a program to combat graffiti.

  • Coupon Book to Support Community During West County Connectors Construction
    8/10/2010
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is looking for local businesses to participate in a free coupon book for residents that will feature discounts for restaurants, retailers and other businesses near the West County Connectors project.
  • SR-57 Congestion Relief Project Kicks Off
    8/4/2010
    ORANGE – Relief is on the way for commuters traveling on the Orange Freeway (SR-57) as the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) kick off an improvement project today that will add a new lane and make other improvements to ease congestion.
  • Rail Safety Program Coming to Irvine Libraries
    8/2/2010
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority will be at three libraries in Irvine this month to provide a free program about rail safety.
  • Open Houses Set For SR-57 Widening Project
    7/29/2010
    ORANGE – Construction is starting this summer on the Orange Freeway (SR-57) northbound widening project and open houses are planned in the coming weeks for residents to learn more about the construction schedule and activities.
  • Transportation Veteran To Head OCTA’s Capital Programs
    7/20/2010

    ORANGE – Jim Beil, a 22-year transportation veteran from Caltrans, will join the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) as the new executive director of Capital Programs.

  • Federal Transit Administration Awards $5 Million to the ARTIC Project
    7/15/2010
    ORANGE – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today the award of $5 million to help fund the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.
  • OCTA Board, Teamsters Union Approve New Contract(1)
    7/12/2010

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors and Teamsters Local 952 announced today they have reached a deal on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.

  • Special Metrolink Service Planned For MLB All-Star Game
    7/2/2010
    ORANGE – With thousands of fans visiting Anaheim for the Major League Baseball All-Star game, the Orange County Transportation Authority will be running extra Metrolink train service to Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Tuesday, July 13.
  • OCTA Urging Southern Californians to Participate in Thursday’s National Dump the Pump Day
    6/16/2010

    Those who pledge have the opportunity to win a year of free meals from El Pollo Loco June 16, 2010 ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is offering coupons, prizes and maybe even your name on the side of a bus if you pledge to ditch your car and let someone else do the driving as part of Dump the Pump this week. Riders can log on to www.OCTA.net/dumpthepump until June 18 and pledge to “Dump the Pump” by choosing not to drive solo or using other forms of transportation. Participants who register will have a unique opportunity for their names to be featured on a 40-foot bus that will crisscross Orange County for approximately one year. “Instead of driving alone, commuters have a wide array of options when it comes to commuting,” OCTA Chairman Jerry Amante said. “Commuters can either take the buses, ride Metrolink trains, carpool, vanpool and even bike to work or walk.” Everyone who pledges to Dump the Pump will be entered into a drawing and one lucky winner will receive a year of free meals from El Pollo Loco worth more than $500. “El Pollo Loco is proud to join OCTA in spreading the word about fuel conservation,” said El Pollo Loco CEO and President Steve Carley. “We encourage the people of Orange County to explore the many different transportation options available to them.” OCTA also created unique badges that participants can proudly display on their social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to share how they used other transportation options instead of driving. The American Public Transportation Association sponsors the national Dump the Pump Day, which takes place tomorrow June 17. OCTA’s week-long promotion kicked off with a rider appreciation event on June 14 at the Fullerton Transportation Center. The first 50 people who attended the event received El Pollo Loco certificates for a free two-piece chicken meal. Participants at the event also added their names to a parked bus that later will be fully covered with names of all participants of Dump the Pump week from across Orange County. So far, more than 800 people have pledged to Dump the Pump.

  • National Public Works and Engineering Group Honors OCTA’s CEO as One of America’s Best
    6/15/2010

    ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority CEO Will Kempton was named one of the nation’s top 10 ten public works leaders in the U.S. by the American Public Works Association, a national organization representing public works officials and civil engineers.

  • Upcoming Open Houses For Central County Corridor Major Investment Study
    5/26/2010
    ORANGE – A study to examine long-term solutions to traffic in Central County is under way and transportation planners are seeking the public’s feedback on solutions to help meet future travel demand.
  • Open Houses Set For West County Connectors(1)
    5/17/2010
    ORANGE – Commuters looking for ways to improve their health, help the environment and cut the cost of driving are invited to participate in Bike to Work Week from May 17 to May 21.
  • OCTA Kicking Off Bike To Work Week
    5/12/2010
    ORANGE – Commuters looking for ways to improve their health, help the environment and cut the cost of driving are invited to participate in Bike to Work Week from May 17 to May 21.
  • ARTIC Honored For Sustainable Design
    5/4/2010
    ORANGE – Plans for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center were awarded the 2010 Compass Blueprint Recognition Award for Sustained Leadership.
  • OCTA Awarded $357 Million to Deliver Projects
    4/8/2010

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on the Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee.

  • OCTA Seeks Applicants For Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee
    4/6/2010

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on the Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee.

  • OCTA Adjusts Tolls On 91 Express Lanes(2)
    4/1/2010
    Rising demand results in first increase in more than two years
  • Open House Next Week For I-5 Carpool Extension
    3/23/2010
    ORANGE – Work is under way to extend the carpool lanes on the San Diego Freeway (I-5) between Avenida Pico in San Clemente and San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano and transportation planners want residents to stay informed about the project.
  • Special Metrolink Service Planned For Swallows Day Parade
    3/17/2010
    ORANGE – Metrolink will extend service in Orange County on Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and March 21, to provide transportation to the Swallows Day Mercado Street Fair and Parade in San Juan Capistrano.
  • Johnson Appointed Deputy CEO of OCTA
    3/15/2010

    ORANGE – Darrell Johnson, a transportation industry veteran and longtime supporter of public transit, has been named the new deputy CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority.

  • Changes To OCTA Bus Service Start Sunday
    3/9/2010
    ORANGE – Beginning Sunday, March 14, the Orange County Transportation Authority will reduce bus service by approximately 8 percent in response to state budget cuts, sales tax drop and declining ridership.
  • Celebrate The Lunar New Year With Metrolink Ride To Chinatown(1)
    2/10/2010
    ORANGE – Orange County residents can celebrate the Lunar New Year with festivities at the Irvine Metrolink station and free Metrolink tickets to Chinatown in Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 20.
  • Hundreds Gather For Transit Forum
    2/10/2010
    ORANGE – More than 400 people concerned about the future of public transportation in California joined together Friday to explore issues surrounding the current transit crisis and offer solutions to protect the millions of impacted riders and industry employees.
  • Annual Measure M Public Hearing Set Feb. 9 For Taxpayers Oversight Committee
    1/29/2010
    ORANGE – The Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee (TOC) is conducting its annual public hearing on Measure M, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements approved by voters in 1990 and renewed in 2006. Measure M is administered by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA).
  • OCTA Applauds High-Speed Rail Investment
    1/28/2010
    ORANGE – Officials from the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) praised the announcement this morning that $2.3 billion is headed to the state to help build a project that will bring transportation into the 21st Century.
  • New OCTA Chairman Amante Announces Goals
    1/25/2010

    ORANGE – Newly selected Orange County Transportation Authority Chairman Jerry Amante unveiled his strategic initiatives for the year ahead, placing the focus on how the agency operates and continuing to deliver projects in this difficult economic climate.

  • Transit Forum Tackles State Budget Crisis
    1/21/2010
    ORANGE – Leaders from government, business, labor unions and transit advocates will join together in a daylong summit as they seek solutions to an unprecedented statewide financial crisis facing public transportation.
  • High-Speed Rail Authority To Hold Public Open House In Anaheim
    1/19/2010
    ANAHEIM, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) will hold its first Southern California community open house on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. CHRSA and local transportation officials will share information and gather feedback from the public on the Anaheim to Los Angeles section of the project.
  • Amante Selected As New OCTA Board Chairman 
    1/11/2010

    ORANGE – OCTA Vice Chairman Jerry Amante was unanimously selected this morning as the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board of directors.


  • New OCTA Chief Executive Announces Initiatives for 2013
    1/11/2010

    ORANGE – At his first board meeting as the new Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) CEO, Darrell Johnson unveiled his strategic initiatives for the year ahead, placing a high priority on creating services to meet community needs, ensuring sustainability of transit systems and advancing the delivery of Measure M2 projects.

  • Amante Selected As New OCTA Board Chairman 
    1/11/2010

    ORANGE – OCTA Vice Chairman Jerry Amante was unanimously selected this morning as the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board of directors.


  • Amante Selected As New OCTA Board Chairman (1)
    1/11/2010

    ORANGE – OCTA Vice Chairman Jerry Amante was unanimously selected this morning as the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board of directors.


2009

  • OCTA Plays New Year's Eve Designated Driver 
    12/30/2009
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is making the end of the year celebrations hassle-free by offering free bus rides between 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, and 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.
  • Extended Freeway Closure On I-5 This Weekend
    12/18/2009
    ORANGE – As part of the I-5 Gateway project, an extended full freeway closure will take place this weekend on the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) from the Riverside Freeway (SR-91) to Artesia Boulevard.
  • OCTA Reduces Tolls On 91 Express Lanes
    12/18/2009
    Fewer vehicles in two time slots translates into lowering tolls through congestion management pricing policy
  • Santa Trades In His Sleigh For A Bus(2)
    12/7/2009
    ORANGE – Santa Claus is coming to town in a bus and is looking to Orange County to help fill it with toys. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is teaming up with ABC7, Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks to support the Spark of Love toy drive by stuffing a bus with toys.
  • OCTA Board Approves Bus Service Reductions 
    11/23/2009
    ORANGE – The Transit Committee voted Thursday to recommend a bus service reduction plan to the board that would eliminate 150,000 annual revenue vehicle hours in March through a combination of eliminating routes, reducing bus frequency, restructuring routes and reducing trips.
  • Transit Committee Approves Service Reduction Plan
    11/12/2009

    ORANGE – The Transit Committee voted Thursday to recommend a bus service reduction plan to the board that would eliminate 150,000 annual revenue vehicle hours in March through a combination of eliminating routes, reducing bus frequency, restructuring routes and reducing trips.


  • Bus Cuts Will Be Less Than Expected
    11/9/2009
    ORANGE –The Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors voted today to reduce 150,000 hours of service in March – half of the original 300,000 hours planned.
  • Imperial Highway Bridge Wraps Up Early 
    11/5/2009
    ORANGE – All lanes on the Imperial Highway bridge are now open to drivers as the project wrapped up nearly one year ahead of schedule.
  • Largest Orange County Stimulus Project Breaks Ground
    11/3/2009

    ORANGE – Work began today on the $59.5 million Riverside Freeway (SR-91) Lane Addition Project, Orange County’s largest infrastructure improvement project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 .


  • Fullerton Moves Foward With Parking Plans 
    10/28/2009
    ORANGE – A new parking structure is coming to the Fullerton Transportation Center that will accommodate current and future growth of rail passengers in the area.
  • Community Offers Input On Bus Service Reductions 
    10/26/2009
    ORANGE –Bus riders and transit supporters weighed in on the bus service reduction strategies planned by the Orange County Transportation Authority at Monday’s public hearing.
  • Special Metrolink Service Planned For Angels Game 
    10/20/2009
    ORANGE – Metrolink will operate a special southbound train from Anaheim Station that will depart 45 minutes after the end of tonight’s playoff game between the Angels and Yankees.
  • Peter Buffa Re-appointed To The OCTA Board
    10/12/2009

    ORANGE – Peter Buffa will continue to play a fundamental role in guiding how Orange County moves for the years to come by serving as a public member on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s board of directors.


  • Public Meeting Set To Discuss Impacts Of ARTIC 
    10/5/2009
    ORANGE – Work is under way to build a landmark transportation center in Anaheim that would connect to the planned high-speed rail system in California, and officials are asking the public for input regarding the project’s environmental impacts.
  • Rideshare Week 2009 Kicking Off In Orange County 
    9/29/2009
    ORANGE – It’s time for commuters to get their share of the savings by giving up driving solo and joining the ride during this year’s Rideshare Week, Oct. 5 to 9.
  • Knott's Berry Farm Joins OCTA In Service Dog Training
    9/25/2009
    ORANGE – Knott’s Berry Farm is teaming up with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in offering free training to service animals and their handlers to help ease anxiety when riding the bus.
  • OCTA Launches Redesigned Web Site
    9/21/2009

    ORANGE –Finding the information you need on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Web site has never been easier, thanks to a redesigned layout and added features.


  • Public Meetings Set For 405 Improvement Project 
    9/10/2009
    ORANGE – Residents and commuters are invited to a series of scoping meetings to learn about the San Diego Freeway (I-405) improvement project and provide comments on issues related to the proposed alternatives.
  • Fullerton Resident Awarded Top Honor By Orange County Presidents Council
    9/3/2009

    OCTA Employee Bekele Demissie named Business Leader of the Year


  • OCTA Board Member Miguel Pulido Appointed To National Leadership Role
    9/2/2009

    ORANGE – The U.S. Conference of Mayors recently appointed Miguel Pulido, mayor of Santa Ana and a member of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board of directors, to serve as chairman of the Energy Policy Committee.


  • ARTIC Honored For Design Excellence 
    8/24/2009
    ORANGE – Plans for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) won a 2009 Pacific Coast Builders Conference Gold Nugget award for architectural excellence.
  • Funding for High-Speed Rail Moving Swiftly 
    8/10/2009
    ORANGE – Transportation officials in Orange County expressed their support on Monday for Caltrans’ request of $3.4 billion of federal dollars for the Anaheim to Los Angeles segment of the California high-speed rail project.
  • Public Support Of Continuous-Access Carpool Lanes On The Rise 
    7/27/2009
    ORANGE – Eighty percent of motorists support permanently maintaining continuous-access carpool lanes on the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22), which allows drivers with two or more passengers to enter and exit the carpool lanes freely without waiting for designated entry points.
  • Public Meeting Set To Discuss Impacts Of ARTIC (1)
    7/23/2009
    ORANGE – Work is under way to build a landmark transportation center in Anaheim and officials are asking the public for input regarding the project’s environmental impacts.
  • Closure Set For Orangethorpe Avenue I-5 On-ramp 
    7/21/2009
    ORANGE – As part of the I-5 Gateway Improvement project, the northbound Orangethorpe Avenue on-ramp to the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) will close for four months beginning at 11 p.m., Wednesday, July 22.
  • Orange County Sign Now Showing On I-5 
    7/16/2009
    ORANGE – Are we there yet? If you’re heading south into Orange County on the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5), the question just got a whole lot easier to answer.
  • Commuters Find Some Relief As Traffic Congestion Dips For First Time In 25 Years
    7/8/2009

    ORANGE – With gas prices soaring in 2007 and the recession taking a toll soon after, drivers in the Los Angeles/Orange County region have seen a slight relief on congested roads.


  • OCTA Adjusts Tolls On 91 Express Lanes(3)
    6/29/2009

    Annual inflation adjustment goes into effect July 1, toll decreasing during one time period based on congestion management pricing policy


  • Drivers No Longer Delayed By Passing Trains At Imperial Highway 
    6/19/2009
    ANAHEIM – The new Imperial Highway bridge is open to drivers, bringing an end to a four-month detour and the need to stop for trains.
  • Stimulus Dollars On The Way For SR-91 
    5/29/2009
    ORANGE – The check is in the mail for the Riverside Freeway (SR-91) improvement project from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • The Perfect Summer Ride Awaits Orange County's Youth 
    5/20/2009
    ORANGE –School is about to let out for the summer and the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) is offering the perfect summer ride for those 18 and younger.
  • Community Offers Input On Bus Service Reductions
    5/19/2009
    ORANGE – Nearly 150 bus riders and transit supporters attended community meetings to comment on service reductions planned by the Orange County Transportation Authority because of state funding cuts and dropping sales tax revenue.
  • Feedback Wanted On Bus Service Reductions
    5/5/2009
    ORANGE – Residents are invited to community meetings in May detailing the Orange County Transportation Authority’s bus service reduction plan – an effort to bridge a five-year, $272 million funding gap.
  • Renewed Measure M Web Site Keeps Public Informed And Involved 
    4/27/2009
    ORANGE – A new Web site launched by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) provides the public with the latest information on projects funded by Renewed Measure M, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
  • OCTA Wins Top Honors At Regional Bus Roadeo
    4/24/2009

    ORANGE – Two Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) teams took home honors at the Southern California Regional Bus Roadeo competition and will travel to Seattle in May to compete in the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Annual International Bus Roadeo.


  • Stimulus Funds Put High Speed Rail On Track
    4/16/2009
    ORANGE – Transportation officials in Orange County praised today’s announcement by President Barack Obama that lays out a vision for high-speed rail and designates California as one of 10 major corridors eligible for funding.
  • New Online Tool Provides Transparency In Transportation
    4/14/2009
    ORANGE – A new Web site launched by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) provides the public with the latest information on transportation projects funded by the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Open House For West County Connectors To Take Place In Long Beach
    4/13/2009
    ORANGE – Work to improve traffic flow by directly connecting carpool lanes in west county is being accelerated and Orange County’s transportation planners want residents to stay connected and updated on the project.
  • OCTA Seeks Applicants For Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee(1)
    4/2/2009
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on the Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee (TOC).
  • OCTA Reduces Tolls On 91 Express Lanes(1)
    3/26/2009

    Fewer vehicles translates into lowering tolls through congestion management pricing policy


  • OCTA Board Names Kenan Interim CEO
    3/23/2009
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board announced today that Jim Kenan, executive director of finance and administration and long-time veteran of the transportation field, has been named interim chief executive officer.
  • OCTA’s Leahy Accepts CEO Position at Metro
    3/5/2009

    ORANGE – Art Leahy, chief executive officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority, announced today that he will be leaving his post at the end of the month to head Metro in Los Angeles.


  • Open Houses Set For West County Connectors(2)
    3/2/2009
    ORANGE – Work to improve traffic flow by directly connecting carpool lanes in west county is being accelerated and Orange County’s transportation planners want residents to stay connected and updated on the project.
  • State Budget Slashes Public Transportation Money
    2/12/2009

    ORANGE – Today’s early-morning approval of the state budget will have devastating impacts for Orange County bus riders as the Legislature voted to eliminate a steady stream of transit funding.


  • Imperial Highway Southbound Lane Closure
    2/2/2009
    ORANGE – The southbound lane of Imperial Highway, between Orangethorpe and La Palma avenues in Anaheim, will close for up to four months beginning Feb. 13.
  • More Transportation Funds Needed to Provide Jobs
    2/2/2009

    ORANGE – The check is in the mail for the Riverside Freeway (SR-91) improvement project from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


  • Metrolink Track Maintenance To Begin Feb. 11
    1/30/2009
    ORANGE – Metrolink will begin rail grinding maintenance work next week to maintain track strength and reduce wear and tear on train wheels.
  • Transportation And Business Advocates Join OCTA In Urging Changes To Stimulus Plan
    1/22/2009

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), American Automobile Association and Orange County Business Council are calling upon Governor Schwarzenegger, transportation leaders and state and federal delegation members to pursue important changes to the federal economic stimulus plan.


  • Buffa Selected As New OCTA Board Chairman
    1/12/2009

    ORANGE – OCTA Vice Chairman Peter Buffa was unanimously selected this morning as the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board of directors.


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