OC Fair Express Rolls Back Into Service

The Euro Slide is one of O.C. Fair's flagship rides that is fun for all ages. Beginning this Friday, O.C. Fair Express service returns to bring fair goers to the food, attractions and live entertainment that the event is known for.

OCTA is bringing back the OC Fair Express this Friday with additional service to accommodate the increase in fairgoers looking to save money and avoid the hassle of driving.

The OC Fair Express will provide nonstop direct service from eight park and ride lots to the OC Fair from July 13 to Aug. 12. Buses will run hourly between approximately 2:30 p.m. and midnight on Friday and between 9:30 a.m. and midnight on Saturday and Sunday.

OC Fair Express passengers also will receive a coupon good for $2 admission to the fair – a savings of $9 off the regular ticket price.

“For the same price as a regular bus trip, fairgoers can enjoy a relaxing trip that will drop them off just steps from the gate,” said OCTA Chairman Paul Glaab, also the mayor of Laguna Niguel. “Nearly 26,000 people took advantage of the service last year, and we look forward to expanding the service and giving more people the opportunity to jump on board the savings.”

Riders can board for a regular one-way fare of $1.50 and catch the service from two new locations this year, the Laguna Hills Transportation Center and Irvine Metrolink station. Locations include:

  • Fullerton Park and Ride, 3000 W. Orangethorpe Ave. in Fullerton
  • The Depot at Santa Ana, 1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana
  • Goldenwest Transportation Center, 7301 Center Ave. in Huntington Beach
  • Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station, 1039 N. Pacificenter Drive in Anaheim
  • Tustin/Lincoln Park and Ride, corner of Costa Mesa freeway (SR-55) and Lincoln Avenue in Orange
  • Laguna Hills Transportation Center, 24282 Calle de los Caballeros in Laguna Hills
  • Irvine Metrolink Station, 15215 Barranca Parkway in Irvine
  • Junipero Serra Park and Ride, corner of Santa Ana freeway (I-5) Freeway and Junipero Serra Road in San Juan Capistrano

“There are so many benefits of the OC Fair Express,” said Jerome Hoban, CEO of the OC Fair & Event Center. “Fairgoers can attend the fair for a low price and save on gas and parking. For $3 round trip and $2 entry, it pays to take the bus to the OC Fair.”

To kick off the OC Fair Express, riders will have a chance to win free carnival ride and food coupons at the Irvine Metrolink station between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The OC Fair Express is made possible in part by a $342,000 grant provided by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee that provides subsidies for cleaner transportation alternatives.

Chaired by OCTA Vice Chairman Greg Winterbottom, the committee is composed of eight agencies representing Southern California public organizations.

For more information about the OC Fair Express, visit www.octa.net/ocfairexpress. Residents also can visit www.ocfair.com for more information about the 2012 OC Fair.

I-405 Improvement Project Team Shares
Update With Huntington Beach City Council 

Huntington Beach city leaders meet with OCTA project officials on Tuesday to discuss the proposed alternatives as part of the I-405 Improvement Project.

The Huntington Beach City Council hosted a special study session on Tuesday to discuss the proposed three build alternatives under consideration for the San Diego freeway (I-405) Improvement Project.

OCTA’s team addressed some questions about the project and highlighted local interchange improvements and potential property impacts in the area.  

City Councilman Joe Shaw asked questions regarding revenue calculations for the express lanes concept included in Alternative 3 and high occupancy vehicle policy change.

City Councilwoman Connie Boardman asked about the possibility that the proposed widening would create a bottleneck at the Orange County / Los Angeles County border. Boardman also asked how the potential excess revenue in Alternative 3 created would be spent.

Huntington Beach Mayor and OCTA Board Director Don Hansen explained how congestion pricing works and stated that OCTA only has one shot in a generation to make improvements to the I-405 in Orange County – and that it’s important to get it right.

Council members Joe Carchio, Matthew Harper and Keith Bohr expressed support for Alternative 3 because it moves the most number of vehicles on the freeway.

OCTA Updates San Clemente City Council on I-5 Plans 

OCTA’s San Diego Freeway (I-5) project team presented an overview of the proposed soundwalls and plans for community outreach at a San Clemente City Council meeting on Tuesday.

The team highlighted the project's plan to add a carpool lane from San Juan Creek Road to Avenida Pico on the I-5 as well as the construction of a soundwall. 

Four existing walls will be removed and replaced throughout San Clemente and crews will construct one new 14-foot soundwall.

The City Council members requested the team return for its Aug. 21 meeting to review aesthetics and design plans.

Community members may visit the project website at http://www.octa.net/I5Pico or connect on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/I5SouthCounty for more information.

Rolling Hills Drive in Fullerton Reopens On Schedule

OCTA Project Outreach Team Member Ryan Romeos shares information on the SR-57 Northbound Widening Project at the Brea Country Fair.

Construction crews reopened Rolling Hills Drive near the Orange Freeway (SR-57) in Fullerton on Tuesday after a 12-week closure as part of the SR-57 Northbound Widening project.

The construction impacted residents and workers in Fullerton, Placentia and Brea.
OCTA’s outreach team shared the news of the Rolling Hills Drive reopening and other transportation news at one of Brea’s largest community events that attracted 4,000 residents.

Brea’s Fourth of July Country Fair provided an opportunity to highlight the progress of construction for the Orange Freeway (SR-57) widening project, the Riverside Freeway (SR-91) improvements and the O.C. Bridges rail crossing project impacting the community.

The team talked with more than 100 residents about the benefits and impacts of the construction projects as well as shared information about project schedules and milestones.

President Signs New Federal Transportation Bill

Pres. Barack Obama signed a new two-year, $105-billion transportation bill on Friday following passage from both chambers of Congress.

The new bill will fund transit and highway projects across the country and will help generate much-needed jobs for millions of unemployed Americans.

Also included in the bill is OCTA's Breaking Down Barriers provision, which will expedite the delivery of federal funds for such projects without sacrificing the environment.

State Transportation Commission Gives OCTA $2 Million for Irvine Ramp Project

The California Transportation Commission last week allocated $2 million for a Caltrans project that will enhance access on an off-ramp on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) in Irvine.

The project, which was initiated and proposed by Caltrans officials, involves adding a 1,250-feet deceleration lane on the Culver Drive off-ramp on the northbound I-405. It is designed to improve traffic flow in the area as well as increase safety as cars will slow down in this lane.

Construction is expected to start at the end of the year and be completed by summer 2013.

June 26 – The Planning Report posted its interview with OCTA CEO Will Kempton regarding transportation investment and partnerships.

The Orange County Register reported a story about Metrolink increasing weekend service in San Clemente starting July 7.

June 28 – The Orange County Register reported a story about Metrolink increasing weekend service in San Clemente starting July 7.

June 29 & July 1 – The Daily Pilot, Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register wrote articles about the Transportation Corridor Agency’s plan to phase out the cash payment system at county toll roads as a cost-saving measure.

July 2  – The July/August issue of AAA’s Orange County Westways magazine ran a feature about the condition of California roads, planned county-wide projects and a commuters’ guide to using toll roads.

July 3  – The Orange County Register reported on the Orange County grand jury’s support of Anaheim and OCTA’s plans to begin construction on the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.

July 3  – The Gazettes and the Long Beach Post wrote about Long Beach’s concerns regarding the I-405 Improvement project.

July 3  – The Fountain Valley Patch posted an opinion piece by OCTA Board Chair Paul Glaab regarding the I-405 Improvement Project.

July 5 – In an interview with the CEO of the Orange County Fair, the Orange County Register published information about OCTA’s promotional offer for roundtrip bus rides and tickets to the upcoming Orange County Fair.

For the latest media news, follow Joel Zlotnik, media relations manager, on Twitter.

July 2 – Will Kempton, hearing on a state senate bill, Sacramento

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