Adopt a five-year Strategic Plan

● The Board approved the 2014 – 2019 OCTA Strategic Plan, which takes a comprehensive, forward-looking approach to addressing Orange County’s transportation needs during the next five years. The plan addresses key external and internal driving forces that are influencing, or have the potential to affect OCTA’s vision, mission, values, goals, and objectives.

Enhance workforce development

● In 2014, OCTA continued the Leadership Development Academy (LDA) with a second class of 13 participants. The goal of the LDA is to grow and support the next generation of OCTA’s leaders.

● In early 2014, the American Heart Association recognized OCTA as the Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite. For the sixth consecutive year, OCTA’s Wellness programs received the award for promoting progressive healthy practices and for creating a culture of wellness in the workplace.

Pension Reform

● OCTA successfully completed the first year of a four-year pension reform plan to ensure that all employees pay the employee share of pension costs that will ultimately save OCTA $85 million over a twenty-year period.

Complete negotiations with collective bargaining units

● In April, the Board approved new three-year agreements with all three of its collective bargaining units – the Transportation Communications International Union which represents our parts clerks, stock clerks and facilities technicians, and Teamsters Local 952 which represents both our coach operator union employees and our maintenance union employees. All three agreements are fiscally sustainable and consistent with long-range assumptions made in the Comprehensive Business Plan.

Update OCTA headquarters

● Following an extensive review of relocation and purchase opportunities, the Board determined that it would be both financially and operationally beneficial to execute a new lease for the current headquarters location. By negotiating a new 15-year lease, OCTA expects to save an estimated $39.4 million over the next 30 years when compared to the previous lease terms.

Host a successful 2014 OCTA Business Expo

● In October, more than 500 business leaders, small business owners and transportation officials participated in OCTA’s Business Expo at the Disneyland Hotel. The Business Expo connected leading representatives from both the public and private sectors to learn what it takes to do business with OCTA and other public agencies.

Stuff-A-Bus a record-breaking success

● In December, a record-breaking 27 buses were filled with new toys at the Honda Center the Friday before Christmas as part of the 22nd Annual Stuff-A-Bus event. Donations poured in from businesses and residents to make this the most successful year yet. The event supports the Spark of Love toy drive.

Annual Roadeo shows off employee skills

● In November, at OCTA’s 39th annual Bus and Maintenance Roadeo Competition at the Santa Ana bus base, Board members, dignitaries and employees battled it out for recognition as they showed off their prowess in driving and maintaining OCTA buses.

Veterans honored for service

● At the fifth annual Veterans Day Appreciation Event in November, OCTA recognized the service of employees who are military veterans. OCTA employs 115 veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, representing nearly 10 percent of the workforce. The veterans are employed in a range of positions, including OCTA coach operators, maintenance workers, and administrative employees.