M2020 - Expediting Mobility
The M2020 Plan was adopted by the Board on September 10, 2012 and is OCTA's blueprint for the next eight years. The M2020 Plan endeavors to deliver the majority of the freeway program by the year 2020 through the strategic use of bonding. In addition, the plan expands rail, funds fixed-guideway connections to Metrolink, and improves streets and roads conditions.
M2 Timeline To Date
M2020 Plan Objectives
The M2020 Plan commits to meeting a total of 14 objectives in the eight-year period. In all, more than $5 billion in transportation improvements promised to the voters in M2 could be completed or under construction by 2020. In addition, the groundwork will be laid for another $1.4 billion in freeway improvements by environmentally clearing all remaining projects to be shelf ready in the event additional federal, state, or local funding becomes available. The following 14 objectives are to:
1. Deliver 14 construction projects (listed on page 16) along Interstate 405, Interstate 5, State Route 55, and State Route 91. (M2 projects A, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, & K). This comprises two-thirds of the M2 freeway program, amounting to nearly $3 billion in year-of-expenditure (YOE) dollars worth of transportation investments inclusive of what has already been delivered.
2. Complete the environmental phase of the nine remaining M2 projects (listed on the bottom of page 16) making them shelf ready for early delivery as external funds become available. (Projects B, D, F, G, I, J, L, & M). This positions the remaining freeway projects, estimated at $1.4 billion in current year dollars ($2.6 billion YOE) in transportation investment, for implementation and potentially advancement as additional funds become available.
Streets and Roads
3. Invest nearly $1.2 billion of funding for street and road improvement projects to expand roadway capacity and protect pavement conditions. (Projects O, P, and Q).
4. Synchronize 2,000 traffic signals across the County to ease traffic flow. (Project P).
5. Expand Metrolink peak period capacity and address gaps in the existing schedule, as well as make continued investments to improve rail stations, such as the Orange and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo stations, and operating facilities. (Project R).
6. Expand Metrolink service into Los Angeles contingent upon cooperation and funding participation from route partners. (Project R).
7. Provide up to $575 million in M2 and external funding (includes $58 million in local match funds) to implement Board-selected fixed-guideway projects. Based on the level of interest from local jurisdictions, additional funds will be available for proposed/future local jurisdiction projects for bus and van connections to Metrolink (Project S).
8. Deliver improvements to position Orange County to connect to planned statewide higher speed rail projects (Project T).
9. Provide up to $75 million of funding to expand mobility choices for seniors and persons with disabilities by stabilizing OCTA bus fares and providing funds for senior community transportation programs and senior non-emergency medical transportation services (Project U).
10. Provide up to $50 million of funding to encourage development, implementation, and operation of local community transit services (Project V).
Freeway Environmental Mitigation
11. Establish long-term management framework for acquired properties, place approximately 1,000 acres of open space into conservancy, and target restoration of approximately 180 acres of habitat to its natural condition in exchange for receiving the necessary permits from resource agencies for the 13 planned M2 freeway projects as part of the Freeway Mitigation Program (Projects A-M).
12. Complete resource management plans to determine appropriate public access on acquired properties.
13. Complete the implementation of up to $20 million of improvements to prevent flow of roadside trash into waterways (Project X).
14. Provide up to $38 million to fund construction of up to three major regional water quality improvement projects as part of the Environmental Cleanup Program (Project X).