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Progress from 2011 to Date
(updated quarterly)

One half penny of every sales tax dollar improves Orange County freeways, the transit system, and streets and roads as part of OC Go (also known as Measure M). After voters approved OC Go by 70 percent in 2006, sales tax collection began in 2011. Now in the seventh year of a 30-year program, OC Go continues to benefit Orange County residents every day. View More

During a 30-year term ending in 2041, OC Go is expected to provide $13.1 billion in improvements. In September 2018, the OCTA Board approved the 2018 update of the Next 10 Delivery Plan providing guidance for OC Go project and program delivery through 2026. The Next 10 Plan incorporates current revenue projections, bonding assumptions, project costs and schedules, and identifies adjustments needed to ensure continued delivery of the complete OC Go Plan.

OCTA rebranded Measure M as OC Go to raise awareness about Orange County’s vital local sales tax for transportation improvements. The new OC Go name and logo is consistent with other OCTA brands including OC Bus, OC Streetcar, OC Bike, OC Vanpool and OC Metrolink.

12

Freeway Projects

Segments completed out of a total of 27 to relieve congestion in Orange County

Orange County Freeways

The OC Go freeway program includes 27 project segments that will remedy traffic chokepoints and relieve congestion on Orange County freeways. Through a five-year Early Action Plan covering the years 2007 to 2012, several key OC Go freeway segments were advanced and implemented prior to the collection of sales tax revenues. Design, environmental, and construction are stages necessary for freeway completion. Twelve freeway segments have been completed, one is in the construction phase, five are in the design phase, and nine are in the environmental phase.

By 2026, at the half-way point of the 30-year program, more than 75 percent of the freeway projects will be complete. The remaining projects will be environmentally cleared by 2026, making them "shelf ready" for future advancement as revenue becomes available.

As of June 2018:

  • 12 freeway project segments have been completed
    • Project C&D, I-5 from Pico to Hermosa / Avenida Pico Interchange
    • Project C I-5, Avenida Vista Hermosa to PCH
    • Project C, I-5 from PCH to Creek
    • Project D, Ortega Interchange
    • Project E, SR-22 Access Improvements
    • Project G, SR-57 NB from Katella Avenue to Lincoln Avenue
    • Project G, SR-57 NB from Orangethorpe Avenue to Yorba Linda Boulevard
    • Project G, SR-57 NB from Yorba Linda Boulevard to Lambert Road
    • Project H, SR-91 WB from I-5 to SR_57
    • Project I, SR-91 WB from SR-55 to Tustin Avenue Interchange
    • Project J, SR-91 from SR-55 to SR-241
    • Project J, SR-91 from SR-241 to SR-71
  • 1 Freeway Project is in the construction phase
    • Project K, I-405 from SR-73 to I-605 ***Design-Build***
  • 5 Freeway Projects are in the design phase
    • Project A, I-5 from SR-55 to SR-57
    • Project C&D, I-5 from SR-73 to Oso/ Avery Parkway Interchange
    • Project C&D, I-5 from Oso to Alicia / La Paz Road Interchange
    • Project C&D, I-5 from Alicia to El Toro
    • Project F, SR-55 from I-405 to I-5
  • 9 Freeway Projects are in the environmental phase
    • Project B, I-5 from I-405 to SR-55
    • Project D, El Toro Interchange
    • Project F, SR-55 from I-5 to SR-91
    • Project G, SR-57 from Orangewood to Katella
    • Project G, Lambert Road to Tonner Canyon Road ***Project Approval/Environmental Document process to begin in 2020***
    • Project I, SR-91 from SR-55 to SR-57
    • Project J, SR-241 to I-15 ***Dependent on Riverside County Transportation Commission***
    • Project L, I-405 from I-5 to SR-55
    • Project M, I-605 from Katella Interchange Improvements

7

Bridges

Overpasses and underpasses built to safely separate cars and pedestrians from freight trains in Fullerton, Anaheim and Placentia.

Orange County Bridges

During the last five years, OCTA built a total of seven bridges and/or underpasses to separate car and pedestrian traffic from the busy Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) freight rail line running through Fullerton, Anaheim and Placentia.

By 2030, the number of daily freight trains is expected to nearly double from 70 to 130. The OC Bridges Program helps preserve quality of life by keeping motorists moving while allowing trains to transport goods.

OC Go contributed more than a quarter of the funds ($168 million) and as a result leveraged the remainder by attracting state and federal contributions to cover the $663 million cost of the OC Bridges Program.

  • Projects include:
    • Lakeview Avenue
    • Raymond Avenue
    • State College Boulevard
    • Orangethorpe Avenue
    • Tustin Avenue/Rose Drive
    • Placentia Avenue
    • Kraemer Boulevard

The OC Go freeway program includes 27 project segments that will remedy traffic chokepoints and relieve congestion on Orange County freeways. Through a five-year Early Action Plan covering the years 2007 to 2012, several key OC Go freeway segments were advanced and implemented prior to the collection of sales tax revenues. Design, environmental, and construction are stages necessary for freeway completion. Twelve freeway segments have been completed, one is in the construction phase, five are in the design phase, and nine are in the environmental phase.

By 2026, at the half-way point of the 30-year program, more than 75 percent of the freeway projects will be complete. The remaining projects will be environmentally cleared by 2026, making them "shelf ready" for future advancement as revenue becomes available.

As of June 2018:

  • 12 freeway project segments have been completed
    • Project C&D, I-5 from Pico to Hermosa / Avenida Pico Interchange
    • Project C I-5, Avenida Vista Hermosa to PCH
    • Project C, I-5 from PCH to Creek
    • Project D, Ortega Interchange
    • Project E, SR-22 Access Improvements
    • Project G, SR-57 NB from Katella Avenue to Lincoln Avenue
    • Project G, SR-57 NB from Orangethorpe Avenue to Yorba Linda Boulevard
    • Project G, SR-57 NB from Yorba Linda Boulevard to Lambert Road
    • Project H, SR-91 WB from I-5 to SR_57
    • Project I, SR-91 WB from SR-55 to Tustin Avenue Interchange
    • Project J, SR-91 from SR-55 to SR-241
    • Project J, SR-91 from SR-241 to SR-71
  • 1 Freeway Project is in the construction phase
    • Project K, I-405 from SR-73 to I-605 ***Design-Build***
  • 5 Freeway Projects are in the design phase
    • Project A, I-5 from SR-55 to SR-57
    • Project C&D, I-5 from SR-73 to Oso/ Avery Parkway Interchange
    • Project C&D, I-5 from Oso to Alicia / La Paz Road Interchange
    • Project C&D, I-5 from Alicia to El Toro
    • Project F, SR-55 from I-405 to I-5
  • 9 Freeway Projects are in the environmental phase
    • Project B, I-5 from I-405 to SR-55
    • Project D, El Toro Interchange
    • Project F, SR-55 from I-5 to SR-91
    • Project G, SR-57 from Orangewood to Katella
    • Project G, Lambert Road to Tonner Canyon Road ***Project Approval/Environmental Document process to begin in 2020***
    • Project I, SR-91 from SR-55 to SR-57
    • Project J, SR-241 to I-15 ***Dependent on Riverside County Transportation Commission***
    • Project L, I-405 from I-5 to SR-55
    • Project M, I-605 from Katella Interchange Improvements

During the last five years, OCTA built a total of seven bridges and/or underpasses to separate car and pedestrian traffic from the busy Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) freight rail line running through Fullerton, Anaheim and Placentia.

By 2030, the number of daily freight trains is expected to nearly double from 70 to 130. The OC Bridges Program helps preserve quality of life by keeping motorists moving while allowing trains to transport goods.

OC Go contributed more than a quarter of the funds ($168 million) and as a result leveraged the remainder by attracting state and federal contributions to cover the $663 million cost of the OC Bridges Program.

  • Projects include:
    • Lakeview Avenue
    • Raymond Avenue
    • State College Boulevard
    • Orangethorpe Avenue
    • Tustin Avenue/Rose Drive
    • Placentia Avenue
    • Kraemer Boulevard

2,258

Signals

Signals synchronized to improve traffic flow along 597 miles of Orange County roads.

Orange County Signals

Driving through multiple cities stopping at red lights can be difficult and time consuming, in part because each city controls its own traffic signals. OC Go helps synchronize traffic lights across the county to improve the quality of your drive.

  • 37 projects are planned or in progress through the Regional Traffic Signal Synchronization Program. As of June 2018, the program has resulted in:
    • 69 signal projects completed
    • $98 million in funding awarded by the Board
    • Approximately $44 million in improvements along 597 miles and 2,258 signals
    • Travel time savings: 13%
    • Speed improvements: 15%
    • Stop reduction: 31%

4.15

Miles

Miles the OC Streetcar will travel as it connects activity, employment and transit to the Santa Ana train center. Construction is expected to begin in late 2018.

Orange County Streetcar

The OC Streetcar will start at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center and serve Santa Ana’s historic downtown and Civic Center on the 4.15-mile route to Garden Grove. It will connect directly with 18 OCTA bus routes, including the seven busiest routes in the county. In addition, the OC Streetcar is expected to support economic development and create jobs. More than half of the funding for the OC Streetcar is planned to come from the federal government with some state and local funding. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2018, with service beginning two years later. By 2035, the OC Streetcar is estimated to carry more than 7,000 riders each day.

Driving through multiple cities stopping at red lights can be difficult and time consuming, in part because each city controls its own traffic signals. OC Go helps synchronize traffic lights across the county to improve the quality of your drive.

  • 37 projects are planned or in progress through the Regional Traffic Signal Synchronization Program. As of June 2018, the program has resulted in:
    • 69 signal projects completed
    • $98 million in funding awarded by the Board
    • Approximately $44 million in improvements along 597 miles and 2,258 signals
    • Travel time savings: 13%
    • Speed improvements: 15%
    • Stop reduction: 31%

The OC Streetcar will start at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center and serve Santa Ana’s historic downtown and Civic Center on the 4.15-mile route to Garden Grove. It will connect directly with 18 OCTA bus routes, including the seven busiest routes in the county. In addition, the OC Streetcar is expected to support economic development and create jobs. More than half of the funding for the OC Streetcar is planned to come from the federal government with some state and local funding. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2018, with service beginning two years later. By 2035, the OC Streetcar is estimated to carry more than 7,000 riders each day.

$637 M

Streets

Distributed to preserve existing streets and roads and provide other transportation improvements.

Every trip begins with a local street or road, and keeping them in good shape is an important component of OC Go. As of June 2018, approximately $342 million in Local Fair Share funds have been distributed to cities and the County to preserve existing streets and roads and provide other transportation improvements based on the priorities and infrastructure needs of local agencies. Additionally, OCTA has awarded over $295 million in competitive OC Go funding for 146 projects to provide further improvements on Orange County’s Master Plan of Arterial Highways.

$58.9 M

Mobility

Allocated to expand mobility and support over 95 million boardings for special needs transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Three programs work together to provide efficient, cost-effective transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities. The Senior Mobility Program fills the gap between local fixed-route buses and ACCESS service by providing transportation services to seniors in 31 cities in Orange County. OCTA and the participating cities contribute to the program. Another program supplements existing countywide senior non-emergency medical transportation services. The third program reduces fares for bus services and ACCESS paratransit services for seniors and persons with disabilities.

  • As of June 2018, OC Go has provided:
    • $22 million to the fare stabilization program to support over 96 million trips
    • $17.4 million to 31 participating cities to support 1.95 million SMP boardings for seniors traveling to medical appointments, nutrition programs, shopping destinations, and senior and community center activities as part of the Senior Mobility Program
    • $19.0 million and more than 727,000 boardings as part of the Senior Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program

Every trip begins with a local street or road, and keeping them in good shape is an important component of OC Go. As of June 2018, approximately $342 million in Local Fair Share funds have been distributed to cities and the County to preserve existing streets and roads and provide other transportation improvements based on the priorities and infrastructure needs of local agencies. Additionally, OCTA has awarded over $295 million in competitive OC Go funding for 146 projects to provide further improvements on Orange County’s Master Plan of Arterial Highways.

Three programs work together to provide efficient, cost-effective transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities. The Senior Mobility Program fills the gap between local fixed-route buses and ACCESS service by providing transportation services to seniors in 31 cities in Orange County. OCTA and the participating cities contribute to the program. Another program supplements existing countywide senior non-emergency medical transportation services. The third program reduces fares for bus services and ACCESS paratransit services for seniors and persons with disabilities.

  • As of June 2018, OC Go has provided:
    • $22 million to the fare stabilization program to support over 96 million trips
    • $17.4 million to 31 participating cities to support 1.95 million SMP boardings for seniors traveling to medical appointments, nutrition programs, shopping destinations, and senior and community center activities as part of the Senior Mobility Program
    • $19.0 million and more than 727,000 boardings as part of the Senior Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program

16%

Rise in Train Trips

Increase in boardings on the three Metrolink lines serving Orange County.

Each day, commuters and other travelers use convenient Metrolink trains to get to work or other destinations within Orange County or adjoining counties including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. Orange County has 11 Metrolink stations and is served by three lines – Orange County Line (OC Line), Inland Empire Orange County Line (IEOC Line) and 91 Line.

Additionally, funding has been provided for rail line and station improvement projects to accommodate increased service:

As of June 2018:

  • 3 projects are complete
    • Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station ADA Ramps
    • San Clemente Pier Station Lighting
    • Tustin Metrolink Station Parking Structure
  • 2 projects are in the construction phase
    • Fullerton Transportation Center Elevator Improvements
    • Orange Transportation Center Metrolink Parking Structure
  • 3 projects are in the design phase
    • Placentia Metrolink Station Improvements and Parking Structure
    • Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station Improvements
    • San Juan Capistrano/Laguna Niguel Passing Siding

1,300

Acres

Acres acquired and preserved as open space in exchange for streamlined project approvals for freeway improvement projects.

Orange County Acres

The OC Go Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP) allocates funds to acquire land and restore habitat for comprehensive environmental mitigation of impacts resulting from the freeway improvement projects. These efforts ensured early and higher-value environmental benefits such as habitat protection, connectivity, and resource preservation.

In 2017, OCTA received biological resource permits after completing a state and federal Conservation Plan for the Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP), allowing streamlined project approvals for the freeway improvement projects. Furthermore, in January 2018, OCTA secured programmatic permits and assurances for federal and state clean water permitting requirements. This is the first ever Corps-approved advanced mitigation permit for multiple mitigation sites and projects spanning numerous watersheds. Receipt of these permits represent the culmination of years of collaboration and support by the Board, environmental community, and regulatory agencies. As a result, the environmental process will be streamlined, allowing OCTA to move forward with the OC Go freeway improvement projects with mitigation requirements already in place.

To date, OCTA has acquired more than 1,300 acres in Brea, Laguna Beach, Silverado Canyon, and Trabuco Canyon and has funded 12 restoration projects across Orange County. Acquired properties are purchased and permanently preserved as open space and ensure OCTA's wilderness preserves will remain forever protected from development. Funded restoration projects restore preserved open space lands to their native habitat and include the removal of invasive plant species. Receipt of these permits represent the culmination of years of collaboration and support by the Board, environmental community, and regulatory agencies. As a result, the environmental process will be streamlined, allowing OCTA to move forward with the OC Go freeway improvement projects with mitigation requirements already in place.

Each day, commuters and other travelers use convenient Metrolink trains to get to work or other destinations within Orange County or adjoining counties including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. Orange County has 11 Metrolink stations and is served by three lines – Orange County Line (OC Line), Inland Empire Orange County Line (IEOC Line) and 91 Line.

Additionally, funding has been provided for rail line and station improvement projects to accommodate increased service:

As of June 2018:

  • 3 projects are complete
    • Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station ADA Ramps
    • San Clemente Pier Station Lighting
    • Tustin Metrolink Station Parking Structure
  • 2 projects are in the construction phase
    • Fullerton Transportation Center Elevator Improvements
    • Orange Transportation Center Metrolink Parking Structure
  • 3 projects are in the design phase
    • Placentia Metrolink Station Improvements and Parking Structure
    • Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station Improvements
    • San Juan Capistrano/Laguna Niguel Passing Siding

The OC Go Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP) allocates funds to acquire land and restore habitat for comprehensive environmental mitigation of impacts resulting from the freeway improvement projects. These efforts ensured early and higher-value environmental benefits such as habitat protection, connectivity, and resource preservation.

In 2017, OCTA received biological resource permits after completing a state and federal Conservation Plan for the Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP), allowing streamlined project approvals for the freeway improvement projects. Furthermore, in January 2018, OCTA secured programmatic permits and assurances for federal and state clean water permitting requirements. This is the first ever Corps-approved advanced mitigation permit for multiple mitigation sites and projects spanning numerous watersheds. Receipt of these permits represent the culmination of years of collaboration and support by the Board, environmental community, and regulatory agencies. As a result, the environmental process will be streamlined, allowing OCTA to move forward with the OC Go freeway improvement projects with mitigation requirements already in place.

To date, OCTA has acquired more than 1,300 acres in Brea, Laguna Beach, Silverado Canyon, and Trabuco Canyon and has funded 12 restoration projects across Orange County. Acquired properties are purchased and permanently preserved as open space and ensure OCTA's wilderness preserves will remain forever protected from development. Funded restoration projects restore preserved open space lands to their native habitat and include the removal of invasive plant species.

6.2 M ft3

Trash

Amount of trash captured as part of a program that removes visible pollutants from roads before they reach waterways.

Orange County Trash

OC Go funds grants that help the environment. Since 2011, when this program began, $22.5 million has been allocated for 166 grants for devices that remove pollution from waterways. More than 6.2 million cubic feet of trash have been captured so far - the equivalent of more than 2,600 forty-foot shipping containers. Over time, the volume of trash captured is expected to increase.

69,265

Motorists Helped

Number of assists to motorists on the Orange County freeway system.

Orange County Motor Assets

The Freeway Service Patrol is a contracted tow-truck service that helps stranded motorists and quickly clears immobilized vehicles out of freeway lanes to minimize congestion. As of June 2018, it has provided a total of 69,265 assists to motorists on the Orange County freeway system.

OC Go funds grants that help the environment. Since 2011, when this program began, $22.5 million has been allocated for 166 grants for devices that remove pollution from waterways. More than 6.2 million cubic feet of trash have been captured so far - the equivalent of more than 2,600 forty-foot shipping containers. Over time, the volume of trash captured is expected to increase.

The Freeway Service Patrol is a contracted tow-truck service that helps stranded motorists and quickly clears immobilized vehicles out of freeway lanes to minimize congestion. As of June 2018, it has provided a total of 69,265 assists to motorists on the Orange County freeway system.

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