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OCTA Environmental Leadership & Commitment

As the county transportation planning commission, OCTA partners with federal, state, regional and local agencies to develop, fund and implement consensus-driven transportation projects that span all modes of travel for Orange County's 34 cities and 3.2 million residents.

For years, the OCTA Board of Directors and CEO have provided the local and regional leadership needed to help assure a clean, green future for Orange County and the surrounding area. Since 2006, for example, OCTA decision-makers have permanently protected open space, preserved land for future generations, and protected beaches and ocean water from environmental pollution as promised by OC Go, also known as Measure M, the county's half-cent sales tax for transportation.

Environmental leadership milestones include:

  • In the 2024 Board and CEO Strategic Initiatives and Action Plan, OCTA pledged to safeguard the future through environmental responsibility and by adapting and building resilience to a changing environment.
  • OCTA approved the purchase of up to 55 plug-in electric vehicles to replace the current fleet of compressed natural gas-powered coach operator relief vehicles and required electric vehicle charging stations with an energy management system to support the electric vehicle fleet.
  • In 2024, OCTA expects to procure an additional 40 hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses and 10 battery electric buses and add an additional hydrogen fueling station.

Additional Resources

At a national conference, CEO Darrell Johnson encouraged attendees to transform challenges into opportunities and build a more sustainable and resilient public transportation network for the communities they serve.
In its role as the county transportation commission, OCTA serves as the transportation planning agency responsible for planning, developing and funding Orange County's transportation programs and services.