M2 - Next 10 Delivery Plan

Skip navigation Reduce Motion High Contrast Careers Contact Us
Skip to main content
  • Keeping the Promise

    The OCTA Board approved the Measure M Next 10 Delivery Plan (Next 10 Plan) on November 14, 2016. This comprehensive plan was developed to ensure the promises made in the Measure M2 Investment Plan (M2 Plan) can continue to be delivered despite changing economic and revenue shortfall impacts. 

    On November 13, 2017, the OCTA Board approved the Updated Next 10 Plan. The update addresses a recent reduction in sales tax revenue projections. The 2017 M2 sales tax forecast decreased by $700 million (through 2041) to $13.5 billion. The Updated Next 10 Plan incorporates current revenue projections, bonding assumptions, project costs and schedule, and identified adjustments needed to ensure continued delivery of the complete M2 Plan.

    Recent Economic Impacts

    When the M2 Investment Plan was initially developed, forecasts projected M2 sales tax revenue available for projects and programs at $24.3 billion. Since the Great Recession in 2008, sales tax revenue has dropped by $10.8 billion and is now projected at only $13.5 billion.

     

    While this reduction in sales tax revenue affects the M2 Investment Plan as a whole, many programs can be scaled based on available revenues. However, this is not possible for the freeway program because there are specific scopes of work and projects that must be completed within certain budgets.

    Without a funding fix, the programs within Measure M2 could not be delivered as promised to the voters. The approved Updated Next 10 Plan addresses this funding gap by:

    • Continuing to secure state and federal grants whenever possible
    • Utilizing $748.7 million in net excess 91 Express Lanes revenues for eligible projects, which is the full cost of the two eligible State Route 91 projects as approved by the Board
    • Monitoring and tracking key early warning indicators to provide information on changes to risk factors

    The Updated Next 10 Plan is intended to ensure balanced program delivery of all modes through 2041 and provides mobility solutions sooner to Orange County residents.

    Measure M2 Timeline

    Since the approval of M2, the OCTA Board has continued to advance implementation of M2 through the adoption of a series of early delivery plans. These early delivery plans are designed to ensure the delivery of projects and programs through 2041 as promised to the voters, bring transportation improvements earlier to residents and commuters of Orange County, and as appropriate, address slower growth in sales tax revenue projections. To date there have been three early delivery plans, these include a five year Early Action Plan (EAP) adopted in 2007 (completed in 2012), and M2020 Plan adopted in 2012 (intended to go through 2020), and the Next 10 Delivery Plan (Next 10 Plan). The M2020 Plan was cut short due to a decrease in sales tax revenue and replaced with the adoption of a Next 10 Plan.

    During the Next 10 time period, more than $6 billion in transportation improvements promised to the voters in M2 are planned to be completed or under way by 2026.

    Next 10 Key Milestones

    To help improve mobility in Orange County over the next 10 years, the milestones are categorized by mode below. The progress of the Next 10 Plan will be reported every quarter as part of the M2 Quarterly Report.

    Freeways

    • Deliver all freeway improvements promised in the M2020 Plan ($3.1 billion value)
    • Invest an additional ~$1.2 billion in freeway improvements, bringing the total value of completed freeway program improvements to $4.3 billion (Project I is a priority project)

     

    Streets and Roads

    • Allocate $1 billion to improve local streets and roads
    • $400 million for local jurisdictions to expand street capacity and synchronize signals
    • $600 million to help maintain aging streets or use on other transportation needs as appropriate
    • Complete the remaining three grade separation projects

    Transit

    • Expand intercounty Metrolink service, contingent on cooperation and funding participation from route partners, and complete improvements to six stations
    • Design, construct and begin operating OC Streetcar and complete additional planning studies to guide development of future transit connections
    • Provide up to $115 million to expand mobility choices for seniors and persons with disabilities
    • Provide grant opportunities and support local efforts to implement community circulator projects
    • Allocate up to $7 million to improve the top 100 busiest bus stops in Orange County and modernize the bus system to enhance customer experience

    Environmental

    • Ensure the ongoing preservation of purchased open space which comprehensively mitigates the freeway program's environmental impacts, which allows for streamlined project approvals
    • Work with the Environmental Cleanup Allocation Committee to provide $40 million in grants to prevent the flow of trash, pollutants and debris into waterways from transportation facilities, and encourage partnerships among local agencies to improve water quality on a regional scale
Get Connected