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  • OC Flex Microtransit Service Set to Launch Oct. 15

    10/8/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority today unveiled the vehicles that will carry passengers on the new OC Flex microtransit pilot program set to launch in two zones beginning next week.

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  • NEWS ADVISORY

    10/5/2018

    OCTA to Unveil Vehicles for OC Flex Microtransit Service Set to Launch This Month

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  • I-405 set to Close Overnight Saturday in Fountain Valley Oct 6

    10/2/2018

    ORANGE – Interstate 405 through Fountain Valley is scheduled to fully close from approximately 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. beginning Saturday, Oct. 6 as part of the I-405 Improvement Project.

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  • OCTA Encourages People to Share the Ride This Week

    10/2/2018

    ORANGE – Rideshare Week encourages commuters to give up the solo commute and save time and money by sharing the ride this week through Friday, Oct. 5.

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  • Northbound I-405 Overnight Closure Friday in Costa Mesa

    9/28/2018

    ORANGE – Northbound lanes of Interstate 405 through Costa Mesa are scheduled to fully close from approximately 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

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  • Student Bus Pass Program Expands to Santiago Canyon College

    9/26/2018

    ORANGE – Transportation and education officials gathered on the campus of Santiago Canyon College on Wednesday to mark the expansion of the Orange County Transportation Authority’s student bus pass program.

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  • I-405 set to Close Overnight Saturday in Fountain Valley

    9/26/2018

    ORANGE – Interstate 405 through Fountain Valley is scheduled to fully close from approximately 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, and again on Saturday, Oct. 6, as part of the I-405 Improvement Project.

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  • OCTA Awards OC Streetcar Construction Contract

    9/24/2018

    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar will soon become reality, as the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors on Monday awarded a contract for the construction of the OC Streetcar to Walsh Construction Co.

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  • Slater Avenue Bridge Slated to Close Sept. 21

    9/17/2018

    ORANGE – The Slater Avenue bridge over I-405 in Fountain Valley is scheduled to close to all vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians at 1 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, for approximately 12 months so it can be reconstructed as part of the I-405 Improvement Project.

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  • 91 Express Lanes Bonds Upgraded by Fitch Ratings

    9/14/2018

    ORANGE – Fitch Ratings announced this week that it has upgraded the rating on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s 91 Express Lanes senior lien toll revenue bonds debt from A to A+.

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  • $2.4 Million Flowing to Improve O.C. Water Quality

    9/12/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority this week awarded more than $2.4 million to 12 cities in an ongoing effort to improve water quality in Orange County.

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  • OCTA Telephone Town Hall Seeks Input for Transportation Future

    9/10/2018

    A draft copy of the Long-Range Transportation Plan, called Designing Tomorrow, was recently presented to the OCTA board and is now up for public review and comment on the OCTA website at www.octa.net/lrtp. Opportunities for public input include:

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  • OCTA Seeking Public’s Opinion on Look of OC Streetcars

    9/6/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking opinions from the public on the external design of the vehicles that will make up Orange County’s first modern electric streetcar.

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  • OCTA Seeks Input into Transportation Future

    9/6/2018

    The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking public input to help plan for Orange County’s transportation needs for the next 20 years.

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  • I-405 set to Close Overnight Saturday in Huntington Beach, Westminster

    8/23/2018

    ORANGE – Interstate 405 through Huntington Beach and Westminster is scheduled to fully close from approximately 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 as part of the I-405 Improvement Project.

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  • Nearly 80,000 Fairgoers Hopped Aboard OC Fair Express

    8/16/2018

    ORANGE – Tens of thousands of people chose to skip the traffic and parking hassles, and saved money in the process, by hopping aboard the OC Fair Express this summer.

    In all, nearly 80,000 people took the non-stop bus service to the OC Fair during the five weekends of the fair’s run, which wrapped up Aug. 12.

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  • I-405 set to Close Overnight in Huntington Beach, Westminster

    8/15/2018

    The full freeway closures are necessary to safely demolish the McFadden Avenue bridge. The bridge is the first of more than 18 bridges to be built, widened or replaced as part of the project, which will speed up travel times on I-405 between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles County line, an area traveled by more than 370,000 vehicles a day.

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  • One Weekend Remains to Catch the OC Fair Express

    8/7/2018

    ORANGE – People heading to the OC Fair have one more weekend to take advantage of the OC Fair Express Bus service to get there, allowing them to skip the traffic and parking hassles and save money in the process.

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  • McFadden Avenue Bridge Slated to Close Aug. 7

    8/2/2018

    ORANGE – The McFadden Avenue bridge over I-405 in Huntington Beach and Westminster is scheduled to close to all vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, for approximately 12 months so it can be reconstructed as part of the I-405 Improvement Project.

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  • OC Fair Express Continues Each Weekend Through Aug. 12

    7/23/2018

    ORANGE – Nearly 27,000 OC Fair attendees have already chosen to skip the traffic and parking hassles by taking the OC Fair Express Bus service during the first two weekends of the fair.

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  • OCTA Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

    6/21/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority recently announced that industry veteran Jennifer Bergener has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer, which completes an organizational restructuring to meet the existing and future transit needs of the county.

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  • Dump the Pump for Free OC Bus Pass on June 21

    6/19/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is encouraging those who live and work in Orange County to Dump the Pump on June 21 – and take a free ride on OC Bus in the process.

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  • Millions Awarded to Help Alleviate O.C. Traffic

    6/13/2018

    ORANGE – Cities throughout Orange County will receive more than $40 million to help ease traffic through Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

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  • OCTA Board Approves $1.3 Billion Balanced Budget

    6/11/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved a balanced budget of more than $1.3 billion for the upcoming fiscal year during its Monday meeting.

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  • OCTA Awards Scholarships to Students

    6/8/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority recently held its annual scholarship event, where $14,500 in scholarships was awarded to students made possible through funds donated by OCTA employees.

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  • Hike and Explore Protected Wilderness with OCTA

    6/5/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is hosting a free wilderness hike on Saturday, June 9 for children and family of all ages to explore the Trabuco Rose Preserve.

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  • Summer Rides are Half-Price for Teens

    5/31/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is encouraging local teens to get out into the sunshine this summer and explore Orange County’s many attractions using the OCTA Youth Summer Pass, which goes on sale beginning Friday.

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  • Community Invited to 405 Improvement Open Houses

    5/3/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is hosting a series of community open houses in May and June to discuss the I-405 Improvement Project, a project aimed at speeding up commutes on I-405 between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles County line.

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  • Cycle Your Way into May for Bike Month

    5/1/2018

    ORANGE – Celebrate Bike Month with the Orange County Transportation Authority by participating in a number of activities that help showcase the multiple benefits of riding a bike including improved health, eliminating the cost of driving and helping the environment.

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  • OCTA Seeks Qualified Members for Two Public Committees

    4/26/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on two vital public committees that review OCTA programs and monitor funding to help ensure that OCTA continues efficiently delivering on its promise to keep Orange County moving.

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  • OCTA to Increase Bicycle Capacity on Buses

    4/25/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority will expand by 50 percent its ability to carry bicycles on all OC Buses with the installation of bicycle racks that hold up to three bikes at a time.

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  • Public Invited to Open House on Improvements Planned for I-605/Katella Avenue

    4/20/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority, in partnership with Caltrans, will host an open house on Tuesday, April 24 to discuss proposed improvements to the Interstate 605 and Katella Avenue interchange in Orange County.

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  • Measure M Delivering on Promises to Orange County Voters

    4/11/2018

    ORANGE – The Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee has determined that Measure M is being delivered as promised to Orange County voters for the 27th consecutive year.

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  • Taxpayer Oversight Committee’s Annual Public Hearing on Measure M set for April 10

    4/4/2018

    ORANGE – The Taxpayer Oversight Committee will hold its 27th annual public hearing on April 10 to ensure that Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, is being delivered as promised to Orange County voters.

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  • Dozens of Dogs Expected to Ride OCTA Buses on Saturday

    4/3/2018

    ORANGE – All the best-behaved breeds will board the bus this Saturday, April 7 when the Orange County Transportation Authority hosts the semi-annual Service Animal Training Day.

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  • Event Marks Completion of I-5 South Improvements

    3/29/2018

    ORANGE – Transportation leaders and elected officials today marked the completion of a $230 million improvement project that relieves traffic congestion and enhances safety for tens of thousands of daily commuters traveling Interstate 5 through San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point.

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  • OC Streetcar Plans Roll Forward with Selection of Vehicles

    3/27/2018

    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar rolled forward when the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors on Monday approved the purchase of the streetcars that will carry passengers on the route through Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

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  • I-5 Freeway Improvements Open to Traffic in South O.C.

    3/14/2018

    ORANGE – A new carpool lane in each direction of Interstate 5 in South Orange County is open to drivers this morning, marking the completion of a vital freeway improvement project that eases traffic congestion for tens of thousands of daily commuters through San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano.

    The improvement project, led by the Orange County Transportation Authority in cooperation with Caltrans, adds nearly six miles of carpool lanes in each direction between Avenida Pico in San Clemente and San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano.

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  • SR-91 Improvement Project Open House Set for March 14

    3/13/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority, in partnership with Caltrans, is seeking feedback on proposed improvements to the SR-91 freeway from SR-57 to SR-55 in north Orange County.

    An open house is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Rio Vista Elementary School in Anaheim, 310 N. Rio Vista Street, as part of the environmental phase of the improvement project. The open house will allow members of the public to receive information about the project, ask questions and offer comments.

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  • Nightly Freeway Lane and Ramp Closures Begin for I-405 Improvement Project

    3/6/2018

    ORANGE – Intermittent nighttime lane and ramp closures on I-405 will begin tonight and continue routinely as construction for the I-405 Improvement Project ramps up.  

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  • OCTA Selects Firm to Implement O.C. Express Lanes

    3/5/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has selected Kapsch TrafficCom USA to design, install, operate and maintain the electronic tolling and traffic management systems for the 405 Express Lanes and 91 Express Lanes in Orange County.

    Kapsch, headquartered in Virginia, was selected from among four bidding and two short-listed firms interviewed to provide toll lanes system integrator services for the two separate express lanes facilities.

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  • OCTA Reveals New Names for Wilderness Preserves

    2/26/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority announced the new names of the agency’s seven open space preserves, aiming to highlight the regional and environmental significances of each property that will remain protected from development forever.

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  • Mobile Readers Make OCTA Bus Boarding Easier

    2/8/2018

    ORANGE – Boarding a bus in Orange County will get easier starting Sunday, Feb. 11 when the Orange County Transportation Authority fully implements mobile ticketing on its fleet systemwide. 

    Riders who purchase bus fares via the OC Bus app on their smartphone or other mobile device will now be able to call up a QR code and quickly scan it on the onboard reader. Previously, coach operators had to review the screen and validate each boarding, which could slow down the boarding process.

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  • OCTA Board Sets 2018 Transportation Vision

    1/30/2018

    ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett recently announced the OCTA board’s strategic initiatives for 2018, concentrating on delivering capital projects, developing sustainable transportation plans and ensuring fiscal responsibility.

    Each of the six initiatives outlines specific projects that are targeted for completion by the end of the year.

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  • $1.9 Billion I-405 Expansion in Orange County Kicks Off

    1/26/2018

    ORANGE – An innovative project aimed at speeding up commutes on the nation’s busiest stretch of highway started today as officials gathered to break ground on the I-405 Improvement Project, which targets a 16-mile stretch of freeway between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles County line.

    The $1.9 billion highway project, the largest under construction in California, is being led by the Orange County Transportation Authority, in partnership with Caltrans. The project adds one regular lane in each direction, between Euclid Street and I-605, as promised to voters through Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. The project also adds a second lane in each direction, which combined with the existing carpool lanes, will create the 405 Express Lanes.

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  • Supervisor Lisa Bartlett Selected as OCTA Board Chair

    1/8/2018

    Orange – Director Lisa Bartlett, also the Fifth District Supervisor, was unanimously selected today as the new chair of the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors.

    Bartlett served as the OCTA board’s vice chair for the last year. She replaces outgoing Chair Michael Hennessey, who remains on the board as one of two public members.

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  • 2017 Shows Signs of Success for OC Bus 360°

    12/28/2017

    ORANGE – 2017 was a busy year for the Orange County Transportation Authority, as it continued to keep Orange County’s residents, workers and visitors moving by providing services that best serve each community.

    A big focus of OCTA’s work throughout the year continued to be on OC Bus 360°, an ongoing effort to reinvent transit service by improving the passenger experience and optimizing the efficiency of the bus system.

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  • OC Streetcar Rolls On with Invitation for Construction Bids

    12/27/2017

    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar took another major step forward this month when the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors approved the release of an invitation for bids to build the OC Streetcar.

    The invitation for bids from contractors marks a significant milestone for the project as it begins the process to select a qualified contractor to build the 4.1-mile streetcar that will run through the heart of Orange County, in Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

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  • OCTA to Use $75,000 Grant for Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety

    12/26/2017

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long community program dedicated to bicycle-skills training and distribution of safety equipment for people walking and biking.

    The aim of the program is to increase safety and reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities. OCTA will use the funding as part of the agency’s ongoing commitment to deliver transportation solutions, including for active transportation – biking, walking and skating.

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  • OCTA Seeks Feedback on Active Transportation Survey

    12/21/2017

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking feedback from the public on how to provide better cycling and walking paths across the county through the online OC Active survey.

    OC Active is the first comprehensive countywide effort to identify transportation needs and opportunities for both walking and bicycling.

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