Pat Haslam talks w/ OCTA about "Measure M projects" in OC
Transportation in 2: Measure M's Accomplishments
Measure M: Promises Made, Promises Kept
It has been nearly 10 years since Measure M2, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, was approved by nearly 70 percent of the voters in 2006. A 30-year extension of an earlier program, Measure M2 was passed following the successful delivery of transportation improvements by its predecessor, Measure M1. Sales tax collection for M2 began in April 2011.
In this short amount of time, Measure M2 has provided for $900 million to improve freeways, purchased 1,300 acres of open space for preservation, and made enhancements to 52 rail-highway grade crossings. These are just a few of the Measure M2 milestones that have helped improve the lives of Orange County residents. To learn more about Measure M2’s progress, please review the following materials:
As part of the Measure M2 Ten-Year Review, OCTA is asking residents to provide their feedback on all the different Measure M2 transportation improvements going on throughout Orange County: Measure M2 Ten-Year Review Questionnaire
For more than 20 years, Measure M has been the major force behind traffic congestion relief in Orange County. Measure M is the half cent sales tax for transportation improvements first approved by Orange County voters in 1990, and renewed by voters for a 30-year extension in 2006. The combined measures raise the sales tax in Orange County by one-half cent through 2041 to alleviate traffic congestion.
Improvements in the plan include improving key freeways, upgrading major interchanges, and adding capacity and maintaining streets and roads. Other benefits will be synchronizing traffic signals countywide, continuing to grow our rail transit system, and protecting our environment from the street runoff that pollutes Orange County waterways and beaches. M2 also includes funding to purchase and protectopen space for comprehensive freeway mitigation.
Under the first Measure M program (M1), more than $4 billion worth of transportation improvements for Orange County were achieved, including the widening of State Route 22 – a project not included in the original plan. As a result, M1 was responsible for adding 192 freeway lane miles, improving 170 intersections and 38 freeway interchanges, and implementing Metrolink service in Orange County, which now carries the equivalent of one lane of traffic on the I-5 Freeway. Learn More.
With the sunset of M1, voters approved a continuation of transportation improvements through the Measure M Transportation Investment Plan (M2). By the year 2041, the M2 program plans to deliver approximately $15.8 billion* worth of transportation improvements to Orange County. Major improvement plans target Orange County freeways, streets and roads, transit and environmental programs. Learn more.
The M2020 Plan will expedite M2 projects through bonding to take advantage of the current low bid environment and interest rates that haven't been this low since 1966. The plan outlines the M2 projects and programs that can be accomplished between now and the year 2020, along with anticipated schedules and major milestones. The plan also includes detailed information on each project or program. The M2020 Plan will deliver more than $5 billion worth of transportation improvements bringing mobility relief years sooner to Orange County residents. Learn more.
*Forecast as of 9/30/14
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Improving water quality by decreasing oil and pollution runoff
Addressing environmental impacts to freeways by preserving open space
Enhancing freeway interchanges
Synchronizing traffic signals countywide
Building an integrated transit system
Measure M2 Ordinance #3
Measure M2 Investment Plan
Early Action Plan
Sales Tax Revenue Forecasts
2014 Annual Report
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