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  • OC Streetcar Receives $28 Million Boost From State

    8/16/2016

    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar rolled forward today, thanks to a $28 million state-funded grant for projects that will boost public transit ridership and help improve the environment.

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  • $19.5 Million Awarded to Improve Biking, Walking in O.C.

    8/8/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors today approved more than $19.5 million to help Orange County cities improve their bikeways and walkways. Funding through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program was awarded to 13 projects that promote mobility options by increasing safety, provide regional linkages to key destinations, close bikeway corridor gaps and improve air quality across the county.

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  • FTA Officials Tour OCTA Transit Projects

    7/6/2016

    ORANGE – Two top Federal Transit Administration officials recently met with executives from the Orange County Transportation Authority to get an overview of the latest transportation services and projects underway to keep Orange County moving.

    OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson and the agency’s staff hosted FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers and Vincent Valdes, FTA’s Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation. Flowers and Valdes were in Orange County on June 23 to participate in meetings of the Transportation Research Board’s governing body which oversees transportation cooperative research nationally.

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  • OCTA Approves $26.7 Million for Local Transit Shuttles

    6/15/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors this week approved more than $26.7 million to help Orange County cities provide community-based transit circulators to better serve their specific public transit needs.

    The money is being provided through Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. When Measure M was renewed by voters in 2006, it included a funding program for cities to develop and implement shuttles and bus trolleys.

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  • OCTA Board Approves $1.16 Billion Balanced Budget

    6/13/2016
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved a balanced $1.16 billion budget for the upcoming year during its meeting on Monday. More
  • OC Bus 360 Gets Rollin’ with New Bravo! Route

    6/9/2016

    ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority and city officials joined today to celebrate the launch of the new faster service, Bravo! Route 560. Bravo! 560 will start service Monday, June 13 to provide a quicker commute along the popular Route 60, which runs between Santa Ana and Long Beach. 

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  • OCTA Offers Youth Summer Pass for Half Price

    6/2/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is encouraging youth to explore their community this summer by getting out and visiting Orange County’s many attractions using the discounted OCTA Youth Summer Pass.

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  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Hits OC Streets

    5/23/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority unveiled its first zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell bus at an event this morning, part of a continuing effort to expand and improve an eco-friendly transportation system. The new bus – wrapped with a mural of California poppies – is part of a two-year demonstration project to complement OCTA’s existing fleet. OCTA currently has approximately 550 buses, of which 97 percent run on clean-burning natural gas. By the end of this year, 100 percent of OCTA buses will run on natural gas.  Funding for the project was provided by the Federal Transit Administration under the National Fuel Cell Bus Program. The program includes testing and demonstration of fuel cell bus technology. “We’re excited about this effort to provide O.C. residents with eco-friendly transportation,” said Lori Donchak, OCTA Chair. “We’re proud to be at the forefront of environmental technology and progress.” Hydrogen fuel cell electric buses are powered by oxygen and hydrogen. These two components are combined to produce electricity, heat, and water. The new bus uses fuel cells to convert chemical energy stored by hydrogen fuel into electricity. Fuel cell electric vehicles are zero-emission vehicles. As the fuel cell electric bus operates, it will emit only water, creating cleaner air and a healthier environment. “As a large urban operator in Southern California, OCTA is setting a strong example for a public agency striving to make positive impacts on the environment,” said Darrell Johnson, OCTA’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are proactive in our efforts to join the cutting-edge community of hydrogen-fueled transportation.” OCTA will utilize the hydrogen fueling station at the University of California Irvine, which deployed its first fuel cell-powered bus in April 2015. At Monday’s unveiling of the new bus, OCTA officials were joined by representatives from several state congressional offices and by representatives from partnering agencies and transportation companies. They included: Federal Transit Administration, Center for Transportation and the Environment, Ballard Power Systems, ElDorado National-California and BAE Systems. The bus will run along Route 53 and Route 145, allowing OCTA riders to experience the new technology. For more information visit, octa.net/clearpath.

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  • OCTA Gears Up For Bike Month

    5/9/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority invites bicyclists of all ages to improve their health, help the environment and cut the cost of driving by celebrating Bike Month at their annual bike rally at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12. Get your free bike month T-shirt and join OCTA on the slow-paced group ride through Old Towne Orange and the Santiago Creek Trail. The ride will begin at Orange Metrolink Station and end at OCTA’s headquarters. Bike Month was established nearly 60 years ago to showcase the benefits of bicycling and to encourage more people to ride. Those who pledge to participate in Bike Month in May at http://www.octa.net/bikemonth will be entered for a chance to win an iPad, among other prizes. Throughout the month of May residents will be able to attend and participate in a variety of events around the county. Attendees have the opportunity to win free bike gear and additional prizes by participating in OCTA’s photo contest. There are more than 1,000 bike lanes in Orange County and OCTA wants to know how residents use them. To enter the contest, residents can upload their bike month photo to Instagram, Twitter, or the OCTA Bike Month page and tag their photo with #BikeMonthOC. Other Bike Month events include: May 10-11: UCI Bike Festival – Students show their school pride, and their bicycling skills by competing in tricyle races. Get a great deal on a used bike during the event - its first come, first serve, so get there early. May 15: Laguna Beach Bike Rodeo – 2nd Annual Bike Rodeo & Road Safety Expo. This free event will encompass safety information for all roadway users including Cyclist, Pedestrians, and Motorists. May 16: Blessing of the Bikes – Meet at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center and join the group ride to Santa Ana City Hall. Have your bike blessed by a local priest and join elected officials for this fun event. May 16-20: Bike to Work Week – During Bike to Work week, bicyclists can ride Metrolink to work for free. May 17: Bike with Caltrans – Roll with Caltrans from the Tustin Metrolink Station to the Caltrans District 12 office at 3347 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. May 18: Ride of Silence ­– The Ride of Silence honors those who have lost their lives or been seriously injured while bicycling. On May 18, groups will depart at dusk from Orange, Fullerton, Huntington Beach and Irvine. May 21: Experience Hoover – Experience better bicycling along Hoover Street in Westminster. For more information about OCTA’s Bike Month events, visit http://www.octa.net/bikemonth.

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  • OC Streetcar Moves Closer to Design and Construction

    3/29/2016
    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar took several  important steps forward this week when the OCTA Board of Directors approved a  series of actions to help facilitate the design and construction of the  project. More
  • Significant Milestone Reached in I-405 Project

    3/28/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking proposals from a shortlist of firms for the design and construction of the I-405 Improvement Project, an important step toward building a better freeway that will improve travel times for everybody driving the corridor between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles County line.

    The OCTA Board of Directors at its Monday meeting unanimously approved the criteria for selecting a firm to design and build the freeway improvements, and it approved issuing the final request for proposals.

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  • Improvements on 91 Freeway Open to Drivers

    3/24/2016

    ORANGE – Drivers traveling westbound on the Riverside Freeway (SR-91) between the Orange Freeway (SR-57) and the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) will experience more efficient travel times with the completion of improvements to the six-mile stretch of freeway, which fully opened as of Thursday morning.

    The improvements, led by the Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans, include four miles of new general-purpose lane in the westbound direction and auxiliary lanes that allow traffic to more smoothly enter and exit the freeway.

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  • $20 million Headed to Boosting Bikeways throughout Orange County

    3/17/2016

    ORANGE – OCTA is looking to award up to $20 million in grants for projects that make bicycling and walking easier and safer in Orange County and, this week, the agency accepted a $280,000 state grant to further its regional planning efforts to encourage active transportation instead of more car trips.

    Through the Bicycle Corridor Improvement Program 2016 Call for Projects, up to $20 million will be awarded to cities and the county for projects that build bikeways and pedestrian paths. Funding for the program comes from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, a federal program that provides funding for transportation projects that help meet federal Clean Air Act requirements.

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  • OCTA Adds Buses to Angels Express Lineup to Complement Rail Service for 2016 Season

    3/17/2016

    ORANGE – Baseball fans will have two easy and affordable options for hopping aboard the Angels Express to and from Angels home games this season now that bus service is being added to complement the already popular rail service direct to the stadium.

    Both the Angels Express special Metrolink service and the new Angels Express Bus service will begin transporting baseball fans to the stadium on Monday, April 4, the home opener for the Angels against the Chicago Cubs at 7:05 p.m.

    The Angels Express – by rail or bus – allows fans to avoid traffic jams and save gas and money by skipping the car trip and parking fees.

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  • Public Asked to Weigh in on Harbor Boulevard Study that Explores Transit Options

    2/18/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority, in partnership with the cities of Fullerton, Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana, is hosting two open houses this month to begin getting public input on how to improve transportation along a busy stretch of Harbor Boulevard between Fullerton and Santa Ana.

    OCTA has launched the Central Harbor Boulevard Transit Corridor Study to look at how to improve the transit system along Harbor Boulevard between Westminster Boulevard in Santa Ana and Chapman Avenue in Fullerton.

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  • Limited-Stop Bus Service Comes to Popular Route Through Little Saigon With Launch of 64Xpress

    2/12/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday, Feb. 15 will launch a limited-stop OC Bus service called 64Xpress to provide a faster commute along popular Route 64, which runs between the Westminster Mall area in Huntington Beach and Larwin Square in Tustin.

    The 64Xpress bus will run along Bolsa Avenue and First Street, through the heart of Little Saigon, with fewer stops along Route 64 to speed the commute for those riders traveling longer distances. The express route will make 16 stops in all, including near destinations such as the Westminster Mall, Asian Garden Mall, Northgate Market and the Santa Ana Artists Village.

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  • Community Input Sparks Changes to Bus Plan

    2/11/2016

    ORANGE – Based on community feedback, the Transit Committee of the Orange County Transportation Authority has recommended multiple changes to its 2016 proposed Bus Service Plan, which is intended to reverse the trend of declining bus ridership.

    During the last two months, OCTA collected and reviewed extensive public feedback and conducted additional technical analysis of the plan. This has resulted in a revised plan that modifies 14 of the 35 routes originally proposed for changes. In addition, the revised plan cuts in half the number of riders who would lose service – from 4 percent to 2 percent. The revised plan also addresses impacts to OCTA’s ACCESS customers.

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  • OC Streetcar Rolls Ahead With Inclusion in Federal Budget

    2/9/2016

    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar got a major boost Tuesday when President Barack Obama included $125 million for the OC Streetcar in his budget for next fiscal year, signaling federal endorsement for the much-anticipated project.  

    The inclusion of the OC Streetcar in the president’s budget puts the project into the federal funding pipeline on the path to receiving up to half of the project’s cost from federal funds. Within the next two years, the FTA will consider a full-funding grant agreement, which finalizes the total project funding amount from the New Starts program.

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  • O.C. Drivers Needed to Join in State Pilot Program

    12/18/2015

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is encouraging Orange County drivers to participate in the California Road Charge Pilot Program to ensure that the county has a voice as state officials explore transportation funding alternatives.  

    The California Road Charge Pilot Program will allow the state to weigh the advantages, disadvantages, challenges and opportunities of road charging – where drivers are taxed based on the miles they drive rather than the gallons of fuel they consume.

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  • 23rd Stuff-A-Bus Event to Provide Children with Holiday Joy

    12/8/2015

    ORANGE – Santa is looking for elves to help fill OCTA buses with toys for local children in need on Friday, Dec. 18 from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Honda Center in Anaheim.

    The public is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys or sporting equipment to the Honda Center parking lot at 2695 E. Katella Ave. in Anaheim for the 23rd annual Stuff-A-Bus event. Toys will be distributed to children throughout the community.

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  • OCTA Seeks Input on Proposed Bus System Changes

    11/23/2015

    ORANGE – In an effort to reverse the trend of declining bus ridership, the Orange County Transportation Authority board has released a draft plan for public review that would reallocate bus service throughout the county.

    The draft service change plan is part of OC Bus 360°, a strategy to better meet the needs of Orange County bus riders. Under the proposal, 92 percent of bus riders in Orange County would see improved service or no change in service if the draft plan is implemented next year. The overall strategy would shift service from low-performing routes to areas where there is higher demand to offer passengers more frequent and faster service.

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  • Public Input Sought on Proposed Measure M Amendment

    11/13/2015

    ORANGE – Public input is being sought on a proposed amendment to the Measure M Transportation Investment Plan that would reallocate transit funds to enhance Metrolink service and mobility options for seniors and people with disabilities.

    Under the proposed amendment, $219 million in Measure M funds would be transferred toward those transit options from their current allocation for converting Metrolink stations into local gateways for high-speed rail.

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  • OCTA Honors Veterans in Annual Event

    11/12/2015

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority this week honored employees who have served in the military and employees with relatives currently serving during OCTA’s sixth annual Veterans Day Appreciation event.

    OCTA employs more than 100 veterans from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, representing nearly 10 percent of the workforce. OCTA has been recognized by military organizations as a military-friendly employer for its efforts to actively recruit veterans.

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  • Public Input Sought on Plans for Management of OCTA Open Space Preserves

    11/11/2015

    ORANGE – Public input is being sought on draft plans being released this week that will guide the management of valuable wildlife and habitat on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s open space properties in Trabuco Canyon and Silverado Canyon.

    As part of Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, OCTA has purchased seven open space properties from willing sellers to preserve the land and permanently ensure that valuable animal and plant species can thrive for generations to come.

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  • OCTA Launches Pedestrian Safety Campaign As Daylight-Saving Time Ends

    10/28/2015

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has launched a pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign, called (B)right, to educate children how to stay safe after dark as the end of daylight-saving time approaches on Nov. 1.

    In Orange County, nearly 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and one in four bike fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. To increase visibility to drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists should wear lights, light-colored clothing and reflective gear. All rules of the road should also be followed.

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  • Open House Set for I-405 Project in Irvine

    10/28/2015

    ORANGE – The public is invited to an open house to learn about proposed improvements to the San Diego (I-405) Freeway between the Santa Ana (I-5) and Costa Mesa (SR-55) freeways in Irvine.

    The Orange County Transportation Authority in conjunction with Caltrans is holding the meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 in multipurpose room No. 2 at the University Community Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane in Irvine as part of the environmental phase of the improvement project.

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  • Limited-Stop Bus Service Expanded With Launch of 57Xpress

    10/7/2015

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday, Oct. 12 will launch a new limited-stop service called 57Xpress to speed up commute times along the popular Route 57, which runs between Brea and Newport Beach.

    The 57Xpress bus will run along State College Boulevard, The City Drive and Bristol Street, with fewer stops in the busiest portion of the route – between Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton and Sunflower Avenue in Costa Mesa.

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  • Annual Rideshare Week Urges Commuters To Share the Ride, Take the Bus

    10/5/2015

    ORANGE – Rideshare Week encourages commuters to give up the solo commute and save time and money by sharing the ride today through Friday. 

    Rideshare Week is presented by the Orange County Transportation Authority to promote alternative transportation options. OCTA, which joins with other transportation agencies for the week’s events, will promote ridesharing throughout the entire month of October.

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  • OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson Featured on The City Square Radio Show

    9/24/2015

    ORANGE – Darrell Johnson, CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority, was the featured guest this week on The City Square, an hour-long radio show with lively discussion looking at politics and policy in Orange County.

    Johnson spent the hour speaking with host Jerry Amante about a range of issues affecting freeways, streets, the environment and public transit, including plans for the OC Streetcar – Orange County’s first modern streetcar expected to begin construction in 2017.

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  • OC Streetcar rolls ahead with designer chosen

    9/16/2015

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority’s board of directors selected HNTB Corporation to design the OC Streetcar project, signaling the next major step in the development of Orange County’s first modern streetcar.

    The OC Streetcar is planned to travel along a route just longer than 4 miles from the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center, 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. It’s intended to provide easy connections for people traveling from trains and buses to employment, retail and recreational areas.

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  • Rebuilt Ortega Highway Interchange Ready for Drivers

    9/2/2015

    IRVINE – Improvements to the Ortega Highway Interchange at the San Diego (I-5) Freeway in San Juan Capistrano totaling more than $81 million are nearing completion and are expected to open to traffic on Friday, Sept. 4.

    The opening of the Ortega Highway Interchange will help ease traffic delays through the heavily traveled interchange, especially during the peak morning and evening commutes.

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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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