Environmental Sustainability - Leadership and Commitment

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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.

Recent environmental leadership milestones include:
  • In the 2021 Board and CEO Strategic Initiatives and Action Plan, OCTA pledged to champion environmental stewardship and sustainability and to plan and adapt 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.
  • CEO Darrell E. Johnson's webinar with members of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) showcased OCTA's commitment to a zero-emission bus future and other environmental programs.
  • Johnson also moderated a discussion between members of the Self-Help Counties Coalition (SHCC) and Caltrans about the implementation of State Bill 743 and how it would change how transportation impacts are analyzed for projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

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