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  • OC Fair Express Bus Service Wraps Up Aug. 16

    8/16/2015

    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.

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  • OCTA seeks public feedback on Measure M as part of 10-year review

    8/10/2015

    ORANGE – Nearly 10 years have passed since Measure M, a half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, was renewed by nearly 70 percent of Orange County voters in 2006.

    To help gauge the progress of the program so far, the Orange County Transportation Authority is asking residents to share their thoughts on Measure M in a new online survey.

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  • OCTA funds free shuttle service during U.S. Open of Surfing

    7/30/2015

    Shuttles run Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2 on two routes ORANGE – Those looking to enjoy the second weekend of the U.S. Open of Surfing without dealing with traffic and parking can do just that, using a free shuttle service paid for primarily by the Orange County Transportation Authority. Funds for the shuttle come from Measure M, a half-cent sales tax approved by Orange County voters in 2006 for transportation improvements. Shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2. The first route runs from Huntington Beach High School to Main/Orange; the second runs from Edison High School to Main/Orange. Both depart about every 30 minutes. Visit www.vansusopenofsurfing.com for details. The service is funded through a Measure M transit program, under which cities can apply for grants to develop local bus services – like shuttles and bus trolleys – that complement regional bus and rail services. Cities are required to provide a 10 percent match to receive the funding. Huntington Beach is providing a 30 percent match. An estimated 1,500 people rode the shuttle during the U.S. Open of Surfing’s opening weekend on July 25 and 26. An additional 603 people used the shuttle service when it was offered all day on July 4 from the Goldenwest Transit Center to Downtown Huntington Beach. Money from the Measure M program is also being used this summer to fund transportation options in other beach communities. A Laguna Beach trolley is whisking riders on a continuous loop along Pacific Coast Highway from Cajon Street in North Laguna to the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point. And a Dana Point shuttle runs on weekends from Capistrano Beach to the Ritz-Carlton, where it connects with the Laguna Beach trolley. For more information on Measure M, visit www.octa.net/MeasureM

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  • OC Fair Express Bus Service Launches July 17

    7/13/2015

    This year’s OC Fair Express service saves fairgoers time with more frequent service and an added stop ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is getting people to the OC Fair quicker than ever with more frequent OC Fair Express bus service and an additional stop in Anaheim this year. The OC Fair Express will provide non-stop weekend service from nine locations to the OC Fair from July 17 to Aug. 16. Buses will run every 20 minutes from Fullerton and Huntington Beach, every 30 minutes from Santa Ana and every 40 minutes from the two Anaheim stops, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Orange and San Juan Capistrano. Service runs between noon and midnight on Fridays and 10 a.m. and midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. The bus service costs $2 each way and riders will receive a coupon valid for $3 admission to the fair — a savings of $9 off the regular ticket price. The express service begins with a kick-off celebration at 10:30 a.m. July 17 at the Irvine Transportation Center, 15215 Barranca Parkway. Attendees will have the opportunity to win prizes and the first 100 people can catch the 11:25 a.m. OC Fair Express for free from the event. The OC Fair Express provides an affordable way for riders to visit the fair,” said OCTA Chairman Jeff Lalloway, also the Mayor Pro Tem of Irvine. “It allows riders to get to the fair without having to spend time looking for parking and helps alleviate traffic on the busy streets around the fairgrounds.” In 2014, the OC Fair Express, which ran hourly, recorded nearly 77,000 boardings, a 31 percent increase in ridership over the previous year. To purchase tickets in advance, riders can download the OC Fair Express app, which also provides bus service schedules and routes. Riders can catch an OC Fair Express from nine locations: Anaheim: Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, 2626 E. Katella Ave. Anaheim Canyon: Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station, 1039 N. Pacificenter Drive Fullerton: Fullerton Park-and-Ride, 3000 W. Orangethorpe Ave. Huntington Beach: Goldenwest Transportation Center, 7301 Center Ave. Irvine: Irvine Metrolink Station, 15215 Barranca Parkway Laguna Hills: Laguna Hills Transportation Center, 24282 Calle de los Caballeros Orange: The Village at Orange, 1500 E. Village Way Santa Ana: The Depot at Santa Ana, 1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd. San Juan Capistrano: Junipero Serra Park-and-Ride, I-5 Freeway and Junipero Serra Road The OC Fair Express is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee. The committee provides subsidies for cleaner transportation alternatives. For more information, visit www.octa.net/ocfairexpress.

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  • OC Streetcar Project Takes Next Step

    7/13/2015

    A Memorandum of Understanding was authorized between OCTA and the city of Santa Ana ORANGE – The OC Streetcar project marked its latest milestone this week as the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the city of Santa Ana outlining the roles and responsibilities associated with the development, implementation, operations and maintenance of the project. The OC Streetcar is planned to travel through the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove, intended to provide easy connections for people traveling from trains and buses to employment, retail and recreational areas. The streetcar is planned to operate along a route just longer than 4 miles. The route will run from the Santa Ana train station, through Downtown Santa Ana and the Civic Center, along the Pacific Electric right of way, and connect to a new multimodal transit hub at Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue in Garden Grove. “This agreement is another big step toward the realization of Orange County’s first modern streetcar,” said Santa Ana Mayor and OCTA Director Miguel Pulido. “The streetcar will improve the way people move through the heart of our county and provide needed transportation alternatives for a modern work environment.” Highlights in the MOU include: OCTA is responsible for the design and construction of the project and the operations, maintenance and ownership of the streetcar system once operational. OCTA is responsible for securing and administering the project funding. OCTA is responsible for project procurements and right-of-way acquisition activities with the city’s assistance. Both OCTA and the city of Santa Ana must develop and participate in a public outreach program for the project. Up to seven streetcars are planned to run along the route, stopping at 12 stations. By 2035, the streetcar is expected to carry more than 6,000 riders a day. Initial estimates put the project cost at $250 million, with OCTA pursuing local, state and federal funding. The streetcar is expected to move into the design phase later this year with construction planned to begin in 2017. On the current schedule, the streetcar would being running in 2019. To read the full agreement, visit http://atb.octa.net/AgendaPDF/2729.pdf.

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  • State Awards $1.6 Million in Grant Funds To Support Pacific Surfliner Transit Transfer Program

    7/1/2015

    Program will allow more seamless transfers between Pacific Surfliner and 12 connecting local transit services 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. The Pacific Surfliner transit transfer program, funded with cap-and-trade dollars through the state’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, will provide free or discounted transfers between state-funded Pacific Surfliner trains and 12 connecting local transit providers at 27 stations along the 351-mile LOSSAN rail corridor through the counties of San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. “The Pacific Surfliner transit transfer program will make it easier for our passengers to utilize public transit to get to and from Pacific Surfliner stations, encouraging increased ridership on both rail and transit services, said LOSSAN Chairman David Golonski.  “As a result, it will help to reduce vehicle miles traveled and resultant greenhouse gas emissions in our region.” Public transit providers expected to participate in the program include the North County Transit District, Orange County Transportation Authority, Anaheim Resort Transit, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, VISTA, Gold Coast Transit, Simi Valley Transit, Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District, Guadalupe Flyer, San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority, San Luis Obispo Transit (City of San Luis Obispo) and South County Transit (San Luis Obispo County). The Pacific Surfliner is the second busiest Amtrak route in the nation, serving 2.7 million annual passengers with 23 daily trains.  The LOSSAN Agency is a joint powers authority composed of rail owners and operators along the entire LOSSAN rail corridor.  In addition to working to improve passenger rail ridership, revenue, on-time performance, operational flexibility, and safety, the LOSSAN Agency will assume management responsibility for the Pacific Surfliner service in July 2015, following the execution of an interagency transfer agreement with the state of California. 

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  • Rapid Bus Service Gets Boost from State Grant Funds

    6/30/2015

    OCTA awarded $2.3 million from the Transit and Intercity Rail Program to get new service rolling between Santa Ana and VA Hospital in Long Beach 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. “I want to thank the state for recognizing the benefits of this rapid bus service and the improvements it will bring to the residents of Orange County,” said OCTA Chairman Jeff Lalloway, also the Mayor Pro Tem of Irvine. “Investing in transit is critical to ensuring we have a balanced transportation system and that we can protect our environment as the county continues to evolve.” The grant will allow OCTA to buy cleaner-burning compressed natural-gas buses to launch a rapid bus service between the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center and the VA Hospital in Long Beach. The service, called Bravo! Route 560, will operate every 12 minutes during rush hour and every 18 minutes midday between SARTC and Goldenwest Boulevard in Westminster. Every other trip will serve Long Beach. Route 560 will travel 17th Street and Westminster Boulevard along the same route with fewer stops than OCTA’s existing Route 60. It’s expected that the rapid bus service will provide riders a travel time savings of 25 percent over the existing service, which currently takes more than 90 minutes from Santa Ana to Long Beach. OCTA anticipates the service will begin operating in September 2016. A transit-oriented development planned for Santa Ana also received grant funding through the state’s program. A 70-unit project to be built by a private developer directly across the street from SARTC, called The Depot at Santiago, received a $3.9 million grant. The housing project will improve the intersections of Santa Ana Boulevard/Lacy Street and Santa Ana Boulevard/Garfield Street to increase the visibility of pedestrians, decrease the crossing distance for pedestrians and notify drivers when pedestrians are crossing. As part of this project, the city also plans to install curb extensions, high-visibility crosswalks, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and signs. “With the OC Streetcar coming to Santa Ana, this state grant to The Depot at Santiago housing project is validation of our efforts to promote transit-orientated development and a sustainable community,” said Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, also an OCTA director. “The first Streetcar stop is across the street from the train station and co-locating quality housing choices and employment adjacent to transportation options is the best way to plan for our future.”

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  • Local Control Coming to Pacific Surfliner Rail Service

    6/29/2015

    LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency to take over management of popular Amtrak route from state 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 . The move, prompted by state legislation, transfers management of the Pacific Surfliner service from Caltrans’ Division of Rail and Mass Transportation in Sacramento to local oversight by the LOSSSAN Agency in an effort to enhance customer service, ensure efficient use of resources and more effective decisions about train schedules, on-board amenities, capital projects, and service expansion. “This is an exciting step giving leaders right here in Southern California the power to provide better rail transportation and connectivity for our passengers,” said David Golonski, chairman of the LOSSAN board of directors. “As we work to make riding the rails a more convenient option, we are confident that managing the service locally will lead to more people hopping aboard the popular Pacific Surfliner.” LOSSAN agency leaders say that locally focused management will help prioritize capital-improvement projects to benefit the entire corridor, and also improve coordination with connecting commuter rail and transit providers. It will also provide better oversight of mechanical and operating issues and scheduling to enhance on-time performance. Funding for the service will continue to come from the state of California. In addition, Caltrans will retain key roles for statewide rail planning, coordination between state-supported rail services and funding oversight. The Pacific Surfliner serves 27 stations along a 351-mile route through six counties: San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. With 23 daily trains, the Pacific Surfliner has a ridership of more than 2.7 million passengers annually – topped in popularity only by Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor operating between Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. “This agreement is about engaging our local transportation partners in building a more integrated, statewide transportation system that links to revolutionary investments, such as California high-speed rail,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian P. Kelly. “Through this partnership, our local partners are showing leadership in supporting transportation integration, which paves the way for a viable public transportation option for traveling between regions of the state.”  Cities along the LOSSAN rail line are also served by Metrolink and the Coaster commuter rail services, which carry an additional 4.5 million riders each year. The LOSSAN Agency is a joint powers authority, formed in 1989, that works to increase ridership, revenue, reliability and coordination of rail services along the corridor. The agency is governed by an 11-member board representing rail owners, operators and planning agencies from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. “Amtrak looks forward to working with the LOSSAN Rail Agency on the Pacific Surfliner service,” said Jay Commer, Amtrak’s Senior Vice President & General Manager of State Supported Services. “We will continue to provide excellent services to the passengers, the state of California and the joint powers authorities.” Senate Bill 1225, the state legislation calling for the transfer of administrative duties was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012 and mandated the change by June 30, 2015. The bill was authored by then-Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). Another of the state’s major rail lines – the San Joaquin rail corridor running through Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, Sacramento and Oakland – also will come under local control through another joint powers agreement in that region.

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  • New Bus Design Set to Hit OC Streets

    6/23/2015

    OCTA’s refreshed concept features a prominent blue and Orange wave and “OC Bus.” 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. The existing design, more than 20 years old, will be phased out to make way for the new look that prominently features a light blue and orange wave across the bus and the words "OC Bus." The recognizable blue-and-white OCTA logo also remains. "We’ve succeeded in refreshing the design so that longtime riders will still recognize the buses they know they can depend upon while also coming up with something modern to attract new riders who will discover all the benefits transit has to offer," said OCTA Chairman Jeff Lalloway, also the Mayor Pro Tem of Irvine. The timing was right for the re-branding because OCTA is in the process of replacing more than 40 percent of its bus fleet with 201 compressed natural gas-powered buses. The buses are scheduled for delivery from late 2015 to early 2017. OCTA continues to explore ways to make its bus service a transportation option of choice for more Orange County residents by optimizing service delivery and by marketing and discounting prices to targeted groups. Concepts for the new bus designs were reviewed by customers, advisory committees, members of the OCTA’s Teen Council and the millennial generation, and other stakeholders. The final design, they said, is inviting and dynamic and captures the personality of Orange County. The new look is cost-effective to implement and maintain, and is a timeless enough to last for years.

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  • OCTA Thanking Those Who Dump the Pump

    6/16/2015

     

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  • OCTA Board Approves $1 Billion Balanced Budget

    6/8/2015

     

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  • OCTA Offers 30-Day Youth Summer Pass

    5/28/2015

    Teens encouraged to “De-Zombify” this summer by taking OCTA buses to Orange County attractions. 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. For the first time, it’s being offered to youth ages 6-18 as a 30-day pass. A pass costs $20 and is valid for unlimited rides for 30 consecutive days between June 1 and Sept. 30. In addition to unlimited service on OCTA buses, Youth Summer Pass holders will also enjoy discounts on more than 20 entertainment destinations, including the Discovery Cube, Medieval Times and the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Youth Summer Pass is on sale now through  Aug. 31 online and at Orange County Ralphs, Vons and Northgate Gonzalez Market locations and at the OCTA Store. As part of this year’s promotion, OCTA is also offering a $500 scholarship to one lucky recipient who participates in a photo/video contest. Participants are asked to provide the ending to a short video OCTA created on how to "De-Zombify Yourself" this summer. Find out more about the contest, the OCTA Youth Summer Pass and the many destinations that can be reached via OCTA bus routes at octa.net/endthezombie.

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  • Public Agencies Making Every Drop Count

    5/22/2015

    Awareness campaign, including wrapped buses to promote water conservation, launched today 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. “We all understand that the drought is serious and getting worse,” said OCTA Chairman Jeff Lalloway, also the Mayor Pro Tem of Irvine. “I’m proud to say that OCTA is setting a strong example for a public agency doing all it can to cut back and continuing to look for every possible way to help navigate this drought.” Along with wrapped buses, the campaign will include printing and distributing window clings with the conservation message at public events that agencies also will use on their fleets. “We are pleased to partner with OCTA to deliver the message that the statewide drought is real and we all need to do our part to save water,” said Steve LaMar, president of the Irvine Ranch Water District Board of Directors. “Because over 60 percent of water use occurs outdoors, we are encouraging our customers to reduce their outdoor water use by 50 percent.”  More information can be found at IRWD.com. Internally, OCTA has embraced the message that every drop counts for many years. The agency has cut back by 21 percent on its water usage by washing buses less frequently, installing drought-resistant landscaping and installing low-flow faucets and toilets at all bases and transit centers. Prior to 2005, OCTA washed its buses daily. That year, the number was cut to three times a week and was further cut to twice a week. In addition, a treatment system was installed to reclaim and filter the water for reuse, saving about 30 gallons each wash. Low-water vegetation and artificial turf will continue to be planted when possible and low-flow toilets and faucets will continue to replace the older models on OCTA’s properties.

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  • Future is on Track for OC Streetcar Project

    5/11/2015

    OCTA, city officials and community leaders gather to mark milestones toward getting the project in Santa Ana and Garden Grove operational as soon as 2019 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. The OC Streetcar, expected to be partly funded by Measure M – the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements – was recently accepted into the project development phase of the New Starts federal grant program, making it a candidate for future funding. The Orange County Transportation Authority has taken over as the lead agency to design, build and operate the OC Streetcar. “For years, we’ve been talking about the concept of a streetcar in Orange County, and now we want people to know that the future of the OC Streetcar is on track,” said OCTA Chairman Jeff Lalloway, also mayor pro tem of Irvine. “We’re excited as we look to fulfill another promise made to the voters who approved Measure M by providing better connections between transit centers and the places where people live, work and shop.” The streetcar is intended to provide easy connections for people traveling from trains and buses to employment, retail and recreational areas in the heart of Orange County. The OC Streetcar is planned to operate along a route just more than 4 miles, from the Santa Ana train station, through Downtown Santa Ana and the Civic Center. It would run along 4th Street and Santa Ana Boulevard. The route would continue along the Pacific Electric right of way and connect to a new multimodal transit hub at Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue in Garden Grove. “We are thrilled to see the OC Streetcar moving forward to improve transportation not just in Santa Ana and Garden Grove but throughout Orange County,” said Santa Ana Mayor and OCTA Director Miguel Pulido. “The streetcar will provide a convenient and affordable way for people to travel and we expect it to serve as an economic boost to the vibrant neighborhoods along the route.” Up to seven streetcars are planned to run along the route, stopping at 12 stations. It’s expected that by 2035, the streetcar would carry more than 6,000 riders a day. Initial estimates put the cost of the project at $250 million and it will be jointly funded with OCTA pursuing local, state and federal dollars. It’s expected the project will move into the design phase later this year with construction planned to begin in 2017. On the current schedule, the streetcar would begin operating in 2019.

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  • OCTA Board Votes to Lead Full I-405 Project

    4/28/2015

    Set to begin construction in 2018, the project will deliver one regular lane in each direction and express lanes 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. The $1.7 billion project will improve the San Diego (I-405) Freeway between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles county line, an area traveled by more than 370,000 vehicles a day, making it the busiest stretch of highway in the nation. The board’s vote means that OCTA will take the lead on implementing the 405 Express Lanes project between SR-73 and I-605 in addition to adding one general-purpose lane in each direction from Euclid Street to I-605. In coming months, OCTA staff will return to the board with a draft 405 Express Lanes toll policy, a financing plan, and a traffic and revenue study will be performed to help determine how the 405 Express Lanes will operate. In addition, the board’s action will result in any excess toll revenue remaining in the 405 corridor to be spent on local transportation improvement projects. The Measure M project, being constructed in cooperation with Caltrans, will be funded by a combination of local, state and federal funds, with the toll lane portion of the project financed and paid for by those who choose to pay a toll and use the 405 Express Lanes. The 405 Express Lanes will be two lanes in each direction and the intent is that carpools of two or more will remain free for a minimum of three years, pending the results of a comprehensive traffic and revenue study. Adding the 405 Express Lanes benefits all people who use the I-405. In 2040, it’s expected to take 29 minutes to travel during rush hour from SR-73 to I-605 in the general-purpose lanes. That commute can be reduced to 13 minutes if a driver chooses to take the Express Lanes. Without the Express Lanes, the commute in the general-purpose lanes would nearly double and take almost an hour to travel the same stretch. The project will be built utilizing the design-build delivery model, saving time and money. It is expected to begin construction in 2018 and be completed in 2022. For more information, visit www.octa.net/405improvement.

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  • Millions Awarded to Alleviate O.C. Traffic

    4/28/2015

    OCTA board allocates $47 million for road improvements in 15 cities 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. “I am very pleased that OCTA continues to spend Measure M dollars effectively,” said OCTA Chairman Jeff Lalloway, also the mayor pro tem of Irvine. “Improving local streets and roads is at the heart of Measure M. By funding these projects, we will continue to keep our promises to Orange County taxpayers.” A call for projects was issued by OCTA in August through the Comprehensive Transportation Funding Program, making available $35 million for improving congested streets and $15 million to synchronize traffic signals. Project applications were reviewed for eligibility, consistency and adherence to Measure M guidelines. The cities receiving project funds are Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana and Yorba Linda. Some of the street improvement projects include: The Ball Road and Anaheim Boulevard intersection in Anaheim The Hyland Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard intersection in Costa Mesa Widening the Tustin Street and Katella Avenue intersection in Orange Widening Bristol Street in Santa Ana from Civic Center Drive to Washington Avenue and from Warner Avenue to St. Andrew Place Some of the signal synchronization projects include: La Palma Avenue from Woodland Drive to Chrisden Street in Anaheim Malvern Avenue to Chapman Avenue in Fullerton Coast Highway in Newport Beach Westminster Avenue to 17th Street in Santa Ana

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  • Laguna Beach land to be preserved through OCTA’s Measure M program

    4/28/2015

    To date, more than 1,300 acres have been acquired to ensure wildlife and habitat thrives for generations as vital transportation projects move forward 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. The Aliso Canyon property, purchased for $2.2 million was identified as a priority conservation area because of the diversity of habitat types found there, including chaparral, coastal sage scrub, and native grassland. This is the first time the program has been used to purchase land along the coast. OCTA’s Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program purchases open space from willing sellers and through agreements with state and federal wildlife agencies. It allows for the acceleration of environmental permitting for the 13 freeway improvement projects as part of Measure M. "The newly purchased land will have a lasting impact on Orange County’s environment," said OCTA Chairman Jeff Lalloway, also the mayor pro tem of Irvine. "OCTA is proud to lead a program that conserves our natural habitat and wildlife while planning for future transportation needs," The property is adjacent to the 4,500-acre Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, a part of the Orange County Parks system, and Moulton Meadows Park, enabling linkage to other key protected wild lands. In fall 2010, the OCTA board allocated a total of $42 million from Measure M to purchase open space in Orange County. There are four acquired properties in the Trabuco Canyon area, one in Brea, and one in the Silverado Canyon area. With the Laguna Beach property purchase, a total of more than 1,300 acres will be preserved. Approximately $2.3 million remains for additional purchases. Since 2010, a total of 11 restoration projects affecting approximately 400 acres have also been funded throughout Orange County. The funds aid in the removal of invasive plant species and the restoration of open space land to its native habitat. Approximately $300 million will be available over the next 30 years to preserve and restore land throughout the county. For more information regarding OCTA’s environmental program, visitwww.octa.net/environmental

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  • Angels Express Returns for 2015 Season(2)

    4/21/2015

    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.

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  • OCTA to Stand Up for Transportation

    4/8/2015

    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).

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  • OCTA Buses Going to the Dogs … for Training

    4/2/2015

    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.

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  • OCTA Offers New Vanpool Incentives for Earth Month

    3/27/2015

    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.

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  • Angels Express Returns for 2015 Season

    3/25/2015

    ORANGE – Baseball fans will again be able to hop aboard the Angels Express to quickly get to and from Angels games this season, beginning with the first pre-season home games against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3.

    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.

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  • Angels Express Returns for 2015 Season(1)

    3/25/2015

    ORANGE – Baseball fans will again be able to hop aboard the Angels Express to quickly get to and from Angels games this season, beginning with the first pre-season home games against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3.

    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.

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  • Grant Will Help Search for O.C. Sidewalk Gaps

    3/24/2015

    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.

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  • Survey Shows Vast Majority of OCTA Bus Riders Satisfied With Service

    2/26/2015

    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.

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  • Measure M Keeping its Promises to Orange County

    2/11/2015

    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.

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  • OCTA Wins ASCE Awards for Transportation Projects

    2/10/2015

    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.

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  • OCTA Awards Employees of the Year 2014

    2/10/2015

    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.

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  • Daily I-5 Lane Closures Planned During Construction in South Orange County

    1/23/2015

    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.

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  • Public Invited to Open Houses on I-5 Project in Irvine, Tustin

    1/22/2015

    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.

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  • Bravo! Express Bus Service Expanded for NAMM Show

    1/20/2015

    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.

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  • Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Lalloway Selected as OCTA Board Chairman(1)

    1/12/2015

    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.

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  • Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Lalloway Selected as OCTA Board Chairman

    1/12/2015

    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.

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  • Customer Survey Indicates High Satisfaction Rate with 91 Express Lanes

    1/6/2015

    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. 

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  • OCTA Seeks Public Input on New Branding for Buses

    1/5/2015

    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.

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  • All WCC Links Are Now Open

    1/5/2015

    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.

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  • Transportation Officials Mark Completion of 57 Freeway Project in Anaheim

    12/22/2014

    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.

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  • Construction Closures on Hold During Holidays

    12/18/2014

    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:

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  • OCTA Wins Honors at WTS Gala

    12/15/2014

    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.

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  • 22nd Annual Stuff-A-Bus Event Delivers Holiday Spirit

    12/10/2014

    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.

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  • Portion of Ortega Highway to Reopen Wednesday; Bridge Demolition set for Friday

    12/9/2014

    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.

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  • All Carpool Links Set to Open as West County Connectors project wrapping up

    12/4/2014

    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.

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  • Ortega Highway West of I-5 Reopens

    11/24/2014

    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.

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  • New Lane Opens on 57 Freeway in Anaheim

    11/21/2014

    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.

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  • OCTA Seeks Public Feedback on Measure M Draft Conservation Plan

    11/10/2014

    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.

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  • First Carpool Link Set to open on West County Connectors Project

    11/3/2014

    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.

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  • OCTA Chief Named Among ‘Most Influential’ of Decade

    10/30/2014

    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.

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  • OCTA Business Expo Attracts more than 500 to Accelerate Opportunities

    10/30/2014

    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.

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  • Orange County Streets Rank Best in State

    10/29/2014

    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.

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  • Ortega Highway to Close Monday for Three Weeks

    10/28/2014

    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.

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