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  • 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 can continue to be delivered despite changing economic and revenue shortfall impacts. The Next 10 Plan takes into account current cash flow forecasts, project information and schedules, and outlines 10 key milestones to be delivered in the next 10 years.

    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 $10.1 billion and is now projected at only $14.2 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 adopted Next 10 Plan addresses this funding gap by:

    • Continuing to secure state and federal grants whenever possible
    • Utilizing net excess 91 Express Lanes revenue for eligible projects

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

    Measure M2 Timeline

    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 billion value)
    • Invest an additional ~$1.2 billion in freeway improvements

     

    Streets and Roads

    • Allocate $1 billion to improve local streets and roads
    • $400 million for local jurisdictions to expand street capacity and synchronize signals
    • $630 million to help maintain aging streets or use on other transportation needs as appropriate
    • Complete the remaining three grade separation projects

    Transit

    • Partner with key stakeholders, including LA Metro, Riverside County Transportation Commission and the BNSF Railway, to expand intercounty Metrolink service and complete improvements to six stations
    • Design, construct and begin operating OC Streetcar and complete additional planning studies that will set a transit vision for the county
    • Provide up to $120 million to expand mobility choices for seniors and persons with disabilities
    • Provide grant opportunities and support local efforts to implement community transit projects
    • Allocate $9 million to improve the top 100 busiest bus stops in Orange County and modernize the bus system to enhance customer experience

    Environmental

    • Continue preservation of purchased open space to comprehensively mitigate 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
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