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    The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in partnership with the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 12, is conducting a study about how climate change effects the Orange County rail corridor. The study will identify opportunities and challenges to improve service, operation, and infrastructure to better withstand severe weather conditions. The study will identify preventive measures that can be used in developing near-term, mid-term, and long-term strategies.

    Study objectives include:

    • Identify implementation strategies to reduce the risk to rail infrastructure from mudslides, flooding, severe storm/weather events, coastal surge, and sea level rise;
    • Develop enhanced vegetation management and sustainable vegetation strategy for periods of drought and high precipitation; and
    • Recommend improvements to amenities at rail stations for passengers against weather, such as shelters, natural shading and drinking functions.

    This study area is the approximate 25-mile section of railway from Jeffrey Road in Irvine to the Orange/San Diego county border. It will also include evaluation of all 12 Metrolink Stations in Orange County. The rail corridor in Orange County serves about 40,000 passengers per day, along with freight traffic.

    Project Status

    The study, to be completed in November 2020, will engage the public and key stakeholders throughout the study process.

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    Overview

    Overview

    The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in partnership with the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 12, is conducting a study about how climate change effects the Orange County rail corridor. The study will identify opportunities and challenges to improve service, operation, and infrastructure to better withstand severe weather conditions. The study will identify preventive measures that can be used in developing near-term, mid-term, and long-term strategies.

    Study objectives include:

    • Identify implementation strategies to reduce the risk to rail infrastructure from mudslides, flooding, severe storm/weather events, coastal surge, and sea level rise;
    • Develop enhanced vegetation management and sustainable vegetation strategy for periods of drought and high precipitation; and
    • Recommend improvements to amenities at rail stations for passengers against weather, such as shelters, natural shading and drinking functions.

    This study area is the approximate 25-mile section of railway from Jeffrey Road in Irvine to the Orange/San Diego county border. It will also include evaluation of all 12 Metrolink Stations in Orange County. The rail corridor in Orange County serves about 40,000 passengers per day, along with freight traffic.

    Project Status

    The study, to be completed in November 2020, will engage the public and key stakeholders throughout the study process.

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    Study Map

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