Central Harbor Boulevard Transit Corridor Study

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    Harbor Boulevard is Orange County’s busiest north/south transit corridor, carrying approximately eight percent of countywide bus ridership through some of the densest areas of the County. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has initiated a study to analyze and develop options to improve Harbor Boulevard’s transit systems from Westminster Boulevard in Santa Ana to Chapman Avenue in Fullerton.

    The Central Harbor Boulevard Transit Corridor Study will define the corridor, travel demand, and the mobility needs; develop goals and performance measures; and identify potential alternatives for improving the corridor. The final phase of the study will evaluate the alternatives against the goals and objectives. The findings and recommendations of the study will be incorporated in a final report and ultimately provide OCTA and the corridor cities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim and Fullerton, and OCTA with sufficient information to develop a strategy for improving the corridor.

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    Efforts to improve transit service and connections have taken place near the Harbor Boulevard study area. The OC Streetcar, which will serve the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove, is currently in the development phase with early design activities started. Connecting the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) to Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue at its western terminus, construction on the OC Streetcar is expected to begin late 2017.

    The City of Fullerton recently completed the College Connector Study, a feasibility study which evaluates options for improving transit connections between Fullerton Downtown, the transportation center, and local college campuses including Fullerton College and California State University, Fullerton.

    Given the current and planned transit services connecting to and along Harbor Boulevard, the Central Harbor Boulevard Transit Corridor Study will assess the current and future travel demands and consider a variety of transit technologies, including bus rapid transit (BRT) and fixed-guideway options, improvements to alternative parallel streets, and input from city staff, stakeholder groups and the general public. At the end of the study, a range of transit alternatives will be identified to create more transportation efficiencies on Harbor Boulevard.

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    Harbor Boulevard is Orange County’s busiest north/south transit corridor, carrying approximately eight percent of countywide bus ridership through some of the densest areas of the County. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has initiated a study to analyze and develop options to improve Harbor Boulevard’s transit systems from Westminster Boulevard in Santa Ana to Chapman Avenue in Fullerton.

    The Central Harbor Boulevard Transit Corridor Study will define the corridor, travel demand, and the mobility needs; develop goals and performance measures; and identify potential alternatives for improving the corridor. The final phase of the study will evaluate the alternatives against the goals and objectives. The findings and recommendations of the study will be incorporated in a final report and ultimately provide OCTA and the corridor cities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim and Fullerton, and OCTA with sufficient information to develop a strategy for improving the corridor.

    Background


    Efforts to improve transit service and connections have taken place near the Harbor Boulevard study area. The OC Streetcar, which will serve the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove, is currently in the development phase with early design activities started. Connecting the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) to Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue at its western terminus, construction on the OC Streetcar is expected to begin late 2017.

    The City of Fullerton recently completed the College Connector Study, a feasibility study which evaluates options for improving transit connections between Fullerton Downtown, the transportation center, and local college campuses including Fullerton College and California State University, Fullerton.

    Given the current and planned transit services connecting to and along Harbor Boulevard, the Central Harbor Boulevard Transit Corridor Study will assess the current and future travel demands and consider a variety of transit technologies, including bus rapid transit (BRT) and fixed-guideway options, improvements to alternative parallel streets, and input from city staff, stakeholder groups and the general public. At the end of the study, a range of transit alternatives will be identified to create more transportation efficiencies on Harbor Boulevard.

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