The Orange County Transportation Authority board honored three employees of the month for October.
Resolutions of appreciation were presented to:
The board approved several adjustments to its bus fares, including changes to the way express routes are categorized and priced.
The changes are a result of a fare policy evaluation conducted as part of OCTA’s OC Bus 360° plan. The plan seeks to improve the bus system and increase ridership by 1.3 million riders over the next three years through a number of initiatives, including shifting service from low-performing routes to areas where there is higher demand.
The approved adjustments will start getting implemented in February and include:
The changes in fare prices are part of a larger plan that seeks to improve the bus system and increase ridership through a number of initiatives, including shifting service from low-performing routes to areas where there is higher demand.
In addition to these changes, OCTA’s day pass fare has been reduced to $4 from $5 for a six-month promotional period that began Oct. 9. Before the promotional period ends on April 9, the OCTA board will consider extending the reduced day pass price based on the impact to ridership and the availability of funding. This was the first time that OCTA has reduced the price of a bus fare.
The board received an updated taxable sales revenue forecast from the Measure M2 Program for the next 30 years.
Measure M is the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements and was approved by Orange County votes in 1990 and renewed in 2006.
Muniservices, along with Chapman University, University of California Los Angeles, and Cal State University Fullerton foresee less revenue than previously anticipated. The 2016 fiscal year brought lower-than-expected return in sales tax receipts, which creates less revenue for transportation.
The newly forecasted revenue is expecting to be $14.2 billion over the next 30 years, which is 9 percent lower than initially expected. Although there is a slight decrease in potential revenue, projects that were originally promised to voters will continue. The impacts of decreased revenue will be considered and implemented with the Next 10 Plan as well as M2020 Update.
The OCTA board approved a conservation plan that ensures more than 1,300 acres of wilderness will remain preserved and protected from future development.
The certification of the final conservation plans, known as the Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan and the associated Environmental Impact Report, is the culmination of a nearly 10-year effort that involved OCTA staff working closely with members of the public, environmental and community groups, and state and federal wildlife officials.
This is part of OCTA’s Freeway Environmental Mitigation program and is funded through Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. The program acquires land and funds habitat restoration projects in exchange for a streamlined approval process for 13 freeway improvement projects throughout Orange County.
Final approvals of the environmental documents came in cooperation with officials from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The board received a third quarter report of CEO Darrell Johnson’s initiatives and action plan.
The action plan consists of 12 initiatives, implemented through 66 strategies and monitored through 90 milestones for the year. The milestones all fit into the agency’s strategic plan goal areas of mobility, public service, fiscal sustainability, stewardship and organizational excellence.
From July 1 through Sept. 30, 10 of the milestones were completed, and nine were moved to the next quarter because of scheduling and coordination conflicts.
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