Next 10 Delivery Plan

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Next 10 Delivery Plan

Keeping the Promise

The OCTA Board approved the OC Go Next 10 Delivery Plan (Next 10 Plan) on November 14, 2016. This comprehensive and balanced plan was developed to ensure that the promises made in the OC Go Investment Plan (OC Go Plan) can continue to be delivered in concert with changes in economic conditions and revenue projections. While the Next 10 Plan sets a course for accelerated delivery through 2026, it also ensures that the entire 30 year OC Go Plan of projects and program commitments can be delivered through 2041.

On November 11, 2019, the OCTA Board approved the Updated 2019 Next 10 Plan. The 2019 OC Go sales tax forecast increased by $300 million (through 2041) to $13.4 billion. The 2019 Next 10 Plan incorporates current revenue projections, updated external revenue and bonding assumptions, updated project costs and schedules, and includes additional acceleration of projects while ensuring continued delivery of the complete OC Go Plan.

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Economic Impacts

When the OC Go Plan was initially developed, forecasts projected OC Go sales tax revenue available for projects and programs at $24.3 billion. Since the Great Recession in 2008 and changes in consumer spending habits, the sales tax revenue forecast has dropped by $10.9 billion and is now projected at $13.4 billion.

Next 10 Delivery Plan

While this reduction in sales tax revenue affects the OC Go 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 OC Go could not be delivered as promised to the voters. The Updated Next 10 Plan is intended to ensure balanced program delivery of all modes through 2041 and provides mobility solutions sooner to Orange County residents.

The approved Updated Next 10 Plan addresses this funding gap by:

  • Making OC Go projects a priority for state and federal grants whenever possible
  • Utilizing net excess 91 Express Lanes revenues to pay for remaining State Route 91 projects
  • Monitoring and tracking key early warning indicators to provide information on changes to risk factors
  • Including program level line item in the cash flow for economic uncertainties to safeguard the freeway program and to ensure that OCTA does not over commit
  • Collaborating with our transportation partners, seek cost effective measures on delivery of projects and programs

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OC Go Timeline

Since the approval of OC Go, the OCTA Board has continued to advance implementation of OC Go through the adoption of a series of early delivery plans. These early delivery plans are designed to ensure the delivery of all projects and programs through 2041 as promised to the voters. These plans also bring transportation improvements earlier to residents and commuters of Orange County, and, as appropriate, address slower growth in sales tax revenue projections.

Five-Year Early
Action Plan (EAP)

adopted in 2007

Completed in 2012


adopted in 2012

Intended to go through 2020, but was cut short due to a decrease in sales tax revenue.

Next 10
Delivery Plan

adopted in 2017

Replaced M2020 Plan.

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Measure M2 passed by voters (November 7, 2006). Great Recession begins (2008). M2 revenue begins (April 1, 2011). OCTA Board approves new forecasting methodology (March 28, 2016). Next 10 Plan adopted (November 2016). Early Action Plan (2007-2012). M2020 (2013-2020). M2020 ends early. Next 10 Deliver Plan (2017-2026).

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 OC Go Quarterly Report.


  • Deliver $3.5 billion of freeway improvements approved through construction
  • Invest an additional $715 million in freeway improvements, bringing the total value of completed freeway program improvements to $4.3 billion by 2026.

Streets and Roads

  • Allocate $1 billion to improve local streets and roads
  • $400 million for local jurisdictions to expand street capacity and synchronize signals
  • $600 million to help maintain aging streets or use on other transportation needs as appropriate
  • Completion of the seven grade separations in the OC Bridges program


  • Expand intercounty Metrolink service, contingent on cooperation and funding participation from route partners, and complete improvements to six stations
  • Design, construct and begin operating OC Streetcar and complete additional planning studies to guide development of future transit connections
  • Provide up to $115 million to expand mobility choices for seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Provide grant opportunities and support local efforts to implement community circulator projects
  • Allocate up to $7 million to improve the top 100 busiest bus stops in Orange County and modernize the bus system to enhance customer experience


  • Ensure the ongoing preservation of purchased open space which comprehensively mitigates the freeway program's environmental impacts, which allows for streamlined project approvals
  • Work with the Environmental Cleanup Allocation Committee to provide up to $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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