The Orange County Transportation Authority’s board recognized two employees of the month for September.
Resolutions of appreciation were presented to:
The board received a motorist services update. OCTA’s motorist services programs include the call box system, Freeway Service Patrol, the Southern California 511 travelers’ information system, the Service Authority for Abandoned Vehicles and the Orange County Taxi Administration Program.
Highlights of the motorist services’ major activities during fiscal year 2014-15 include:
The motorist services programs assist motorists, mitigate congestion and provide the public with highway, transit and other traveler information, among other services.
The board approved a plan to reduce 33 percent of call boxes alongside freeways, toll roads and highways, as motorists are relying more heavily on their cellphones.
At the call box program’s peak, 1,200 call boxes were spaced at half-mile intervals on Orange County freeways. An average of 135 people used them each day. Currently, there are 621 callboxes spaced at a maximum of 1 ¼-mile intervals. Less than six people now use the call boxes each day, with nearly half of callers saying they don’t have a working cellphone in their possession.
Because of the decline in use of call boxes, the board approved to reduce the overall number of call boxes by 33 percent by increasing their spacing to a maximum of 2-mile to 2 ½-mile intervals on Orange County freeways. This will leave 421 call boxes in the county.
This reduction comes at a time where changes in cellular radio technology make it necessary to upgrade call boxes to a newer platform. The board also approved to upgrade the call boxes from a 2G to a 3G cellular system.
The board approved an incentive payment program to acquire necessary property for the I-405 improvement project.
The project will improve traffic conditions by adding one general-purpose lane in each direction from Euclid Street to the I-605 and adding an additional high-occupancy vehicle lane from the SR-73 to the I-605. The project’s final environmental impact report was recently completed and approved by Caltrans.
The program will provide an incentive, 20 percent above the appraised value, to all property owners that execute an agreement within 60 days of the first written offer.
This program intends to speed up the right-of-way acquisition process, resulting in more planning flexibility for the contractor and better pricing for construction.
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