Construction Closures on Hold During Holidays
ORANGE – People traveling to celebrate the holidays over the next two weeks will get a break from construction with no freeway closures planned during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays.
The following work schedules are planned during the holiday weeks:
OCTA Wins Honors at WTS Gala
ORANGE –WTS recognized Orange County Transportation Authority’s Capital Projects Outreach manager Christina Byrne as member of the year and honored the OC Bridges project with the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award at its recent 26th annual Awards Gala.
WTS is an international organization dedicated to advancing women in transportation through networking, seminars, access to top transportation professionals and mentoring.
22nd Annual Stuff-A-Bus Event Delivers Holiday Spirit
ORANGE – Santa is looking for elves to help fill OCTA buses with toys for local children in need on Friday, Dec. 19 from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Honda Center in Anaheim.
Portion of Ortega Highway to Reopen Wednesday; Bridge Demolition set for Friday
ORANGE – The stretch of Ortega Highway between Del Obispo Street and El Camino Real is set to reopen Wednesday morning, Dec. 10.
The segment is the last portion of Ortega to be reconfigured as part of the I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project. The segment’s opening will re-establish direct access from I-5 to San Juan Capistrano’s Historic Town Center.
All Carpool Links Set to Open as West County Connectors project wrapping up
ORANGE – The four-year West County Connectors construction project, aimed at easing congestion and enhancing safety along the most heavily traveled stretch of freeway in the nation, is nearing completion as the new bridges linking the carpool lanes on I-405 with SR-22 and I-605 are set to open next week.
Drivers will now be able to travel in the carpool lanes from the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) to the San Diego Freeway (I-405) to the San Gabriel Freeway (I-605), and the reverse, without ever having to exit the carpool lanes.
Ortega Highway West of I-5 Reopens
ORANGE – Ortega Highway between the San Diego Freeway (I-5) and Del Obispo Street in San Juan Capistrano reopened today.
The segment was closed to allow crews to reconfigure the roadway as part of the I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project.
New Lane Opens on 57 Freeway in Anaheim
ORANGE – Drivers along the Orange Freeway (SR-57) can expect to experience a more efficient commute with the addition of a northbound general-purpose lane that opened today between Katella and Lincoln avenues in Anaheim.
The addition of the three-mile lane is part a $41-million freeway improvement project led by Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority. The project, which began in 2012, was funded with a mix of state dollars and Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
OCTA Seeks Public Feedback on Measure M Draft Conservation Plan
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking input from the public through Feb. 6, on a conservation plan that seeks to protect natural habitat and rare animal and plant species in Orange County.
The conservation plan will be revised with public input before it heads to state and federal agencies for final approvals.
First Carpool Link Set to open on West County Connectors Project
ORANGE – The first link in a series of connectors will open next week allowing drivers to directly transition from the carpool lane on the southbound San Diego Freeway (I-405) to the carpool lane on the eastbound Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22).
The direct carpool connector is expected to open by 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. This major milestone for the West County Connectors project will alleviate the merging and weaving that was previously necessary for carpoolers to get from one freeway to the other.
OCTA Chief Named Among ‘Most Influential’ of Decade
ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority CEO Darrell Johnson has been named one of the “Most Influential People of the Decade” by Metro Magazine, a national publication and industry leader covering bus and rail transportation.
Johnson received the honor among 20 people who helped shape the public transportation industry during the past decade, according to Metro Magazine, which began publishing in 1904 and published the list in honor of its 110th anniversary.
OCTA Business Expo Attracts more than 500 to Accelerate Opportunities
ORANGE – More than 500 business leaders, small business owners and transportation officials attended the OCTA Business Expo on Oct. 23 at the Disneyland Hotel for a full day of learning about how to succeed in the competitive world of contract bids and networking with key Southern California agencies and firms.
OCTA Chairman Shawn Nelson, also the Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, kicked off the day by welcoming those in attendance and stressing the importance of public agencies working with the private sector to successfully deliver transportation projects.
Orange County Streets Rank Best in State
ORANGE – The condition of Orange County’s streets and roads is ranked the best in the state, according to a report released this week by SaveCaliforniaStreets.org.
The report, compiled with the help of the League of California Cities and regional transportation agencies across the state, ranks streets on a scale of 0 (worst) to 100 (best). Orange County’s streets average a 77, while the state average is 66.
Ortega Highway to Close Monday for Three Weeks
ORANGE – Ortega Highway will close between I-5 and Del Obispo Street in San Juan Capistrano for approximately three weeks beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 3.
The closure allows crews to reconfigure the roadway as part of the I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project.
I-5 Lanes Closing From San Clemente to Oceanside
SAN DIEGO –This week construction crews will be working on both northbound and southbound Interstate 5 (I-5) for the Ocean View Rehab Project in San Diego County.
Crews will close three of the four lanes on both sides of the freeway in 2-mile sections between the Aliso Creek Rest Area and the San Diego-Orange County line tonight, Oct. 21 through Thursday, 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
West County Connectors Project Continues Forward Momentum
The West County Connectors (WCC) Project reached a major milestone on Oct. 11 when all three lanes opened on the connector between the southbound Interstate 405 (I-405) and eastbound State Route 22 (SR-22). For more than a year, commuters had been using only two lanes on this bridge.
3-Foot Bike Law Video Entertains and Educates
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority kicked off the new 3-foot bicycle law with an entertaining and informative video and an interactive campaign.
In September, OCTA launched the “I Give 3 Feet” bike safety campaign to educate Orange County residents about the new law requiring drivers to give bikers 3 feet of clearance when passing. The campaign includes bus wraps, posters, window clings and television and radio announcements. The most popular piece of the campaign has been a 30-second public service announcement.
$2.8 Million Approved for Environmental Cleanup Projects
The Measure M Environmental Cleanup Program will provide $2.8 million for 18 projects across Orange County to improve overall water quality from transportation-generated pollution.
The Orange County Transportation Authority board recently approved funding for the projects through the Measure M Environmental Cleanup Program. The program is designed to remove the more visible forms of pollutants, such as litter and debris, which collect on the roadways and in the storm drains prior to being deposited in waterways and the ocean. These funds are available for Orange County local governments to purchase equipment and upgrades for existing catch basins and other related projects. Examples include screens, filters, and inserts for catch basins, as well as other devices designed to remove pollutants.
Angels Express Rides Into Baseball’s Postseason
ORANGE – Baseball fans can continue to take advantage of the popular Angels Express train to get to home games during the Angels’ playoff run, which begins Thursday and Friday at Angel Stadium.
The special Metrolink train will run from stations on the Orange County Line, from Los Angeles to Oceanside. Orange County stops on the way to Anaheim include: San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana and Orange.
Four Intersections to Close During O.C. Bridges Construction
ORANGE – Four intersections along the BNSF rail line at the border of Anaheim and Placentia will close for 12 hours – from 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, to 6 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. The closures are necessary so railroad crews can install crossing-gate timing devices, allowing for a new bypass road to open at Tustin Avenue/Rose Drive.
Service Animal Training Offers Free Rides for Dogs and Owners
ORANGE – A free service animal training day, hosted by the Orange County Transportation Authority and Knott’s Berry Farm, is back for the second time this year.
Ortega Highway Ramp to Close Monday For Six Weeks
ORANGE – Construction crews will close the Ortega Highway on-ramp to the southbound San Diego Freeway (I-5) freeway for about six weeks beginning just after midnight –12:01 a.m. – on Monday, Sept. 22.
The closure is necessary as crews begin the last phase of construction on the project to reconstruct the Ortega Highway interchange with the I-5 freeway in San Juan Capistrano. It will allow crews to realign and reconstruct the on-ramp to tie in with the new south half of the Ortega Highway bridge.
OCTA Wins Statewide Award for Environmental Work
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority was honored Tuesday for its innovative Measure M program to improve water quality across Orange County.
The award comes from the California Stormwater Quality Association, the state’s authority on stormwater management, recognized nationally for its technical contributions to stormwater management and for its leadership role in setting policies on such issues.
Sharing Rideshare Week Excitement Equals More Chances to Win
During Rideshare Week from Oct. 6 to 10, Orange County residents pledge to commute using convenient public transportation alternatives like bus, train, carpool or vanpool, or by walking or biking. Their efforts help decrease traffic congestion and reduce pollution – and help them win prizes, including an iPad mini.
Ride the Train to These Fun Events
Here are some upcoming events that you can easily get to on Metrolink! Whether you prefer relaxing on the beach or making your way through a popular convention, we have you covered!
California Rail Safety Month campaign launched at Orange Station
ORANGE, CALIF. - Metrolink, Orange County Transportation Authority, and Operation Lifesaver Inc. officials launched the agencies' combined safety campaign of "See Tracks? Think Train!" today at the city's train station that serves both Metrolink and Amtrak passengers.
"If a car can't stop on a dime then a train definitely can't," Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer said. "Every year, thousands of people's lives are destroyed by what has become a nonchalant attitude around train tracks. People carelessly walk or drive across tracks without fully comprehending the speed and power of an oncoming train. Tragically, these unfortunate individuals pay consequences that cannot be taken back. See tracks, think train is a simple message, but one that will save lives"
New K9 Team Helps Keep Transit Safe
Fresh from an intense 10-week training class, a new K9 team has joined Transit Police Services (TPS) to help keep travelers safe. Part of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, TPS patrols major transportation hubs, responds to incidents and performs searches. TPS works with OCTA to maintain a secure environment throughout the entire transit system.
OC Fair Express Continues to Set Ridership Records
ORANGE – This summer, more than 76,000 people made their way to the Orange County Fair via the OC Fair Express, which set a ridership record for the second year in a row.
The special bus service offered by the Orange County Transportation Authority reported 76,952 total boardings during the five-week fair season. This year’s numbers are a 31 percent increase compared to last year’s total ridership of 58,706.
Sand Canyon Avenue Underpass Opens to Traffic
ORANGE – Drivers traveling along Sand Canyon Avenue in Irvine will travel more safely and efficiently as they can now use a new underpass to drive below a busy rail line.
Irvine officials and leaders from the Orange County Transportation Authority gathered Monday to mark the opening of the Sand Canyon undercrossing, a $64 million project that is among eight such grade-separations in OCTA’s O.C. Bridges program.
OCTA, O.C. Sheriff, District Attorney and Task Force Team Up to Combat Human Trafficking
ORANGE – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office, along with officials from the Orange County Transportation Authority and Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, joined forces today to focus on the crime of human trafficking and announce a new initiative to combat this form of modern-day slavery.
During a joint news conference at OCTA headquarters in Orange, officials spoke about the need for a multi-pronged fight against the growing problem of sex trafficking and labor trafficking – often overlooked crimes in a county known for its affluence and thriving tourism and entertainment industries.
Closing Gaps in OC Loop Will Help Residents Bike, Walk and Connect
During July and August, OCTA staff is presenting plans for the OC (bike) Loop at meetings throughout Orange County. The OC Loop is the future 66-mile bikeway which will one day connect many parts of the county in a continuous loop.
Seventy percent of the OC Loop is already in place and used by thousands to bike, walk, and connect to Orange County’s beaches and inland areas. It also provides first and last mile connections to numerous bus stops and three Metrolink stations. With minimal stops and crossings, the OC Loop is also a viable commuting route to the major employers in the area.
Orangethorpe to Close During O.C. Bridges Construction
ORANGE – Orangethorpe Avenue will close to traffic beginning Aug. 11 as crews continue working to build a bridge over the railroad tracks so vehicles no longer have to wait for trains to pass.
The closure, from Thames Street to Chapman Avenue, will be in effect until spring 2016, when construction is expected to be completed .
I-405 Project to Deliver Measure M Promise, Caltrans Intends to Phase in HOT Lanes
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority was informed today by Caltrans that the I-405 Improvement Project should include the Measure M commitment of one regular lane in each direction and add high-occupancy toll lanes at a later date.
Seal Beach Boulevard Bridge to Reopen in Both Directions
ORANGE – Drivers traveling through Seal Beach will see an easier commute beginning July 26 when the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge reopens in both directions after extended closures to widen the bridge over the I-405.
Upgrades Headed to Busiest Bus Stops in Orange County
ORANGE – More than $1.2 million is headed to upgrades at 51 of the busiest bus stops in the county, after the Orange County Transportation Authority voted Monday to award funding through Measure M.
The upgrades are part of the Measure M Safe Transit Stops program. The program provides funding for passenger amenities at the 100 busiest bus stops in Orange County, which is determined by average daily weekday passenger boardings.
OC Fair Express Kicks off July 11 From Eight Locations
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is bringing back the OC Fair Express bus service with locations across the county for just $2 each way, allowing riders to save time and money.
The OC Fair Express will provide non-stop weekend bus service from eight locations to the OC Fair from July 11 to Aug. 10. Buses will run hourly between noon and midnight on Fridays and 9:30 a.m. and midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.
Construction Closures On Hold During Holiday Weekend
ORANGE – People traveling to celebrate Independence Day will enjoy easier commutes as construction closures throughout the county will be postponed for the holiday weekend.
Ongoing freeway closures associated with the West County Connectors, I-5 South, O.C. Bridges, SR-91 and SR-57 projects will not take place from today (July 3) through Sunday, July 6 to ease the impact on drivers. Regular construction schedules will resume Monday, July 7.
Kraemer Boulevard Underpass Opens to Traffic
ORANGE – Kraemer Boulevard is now open to traffic as finishing touches are being put on a new underpass that separates car traffic from the busy freight rail line that now travels overhead.
The intersection of Kraemer Boulevard and Crowther Avenue was closed for about two years so that the undercrossing could be completed and it opened up again Saturday. As part of the $67 million project, temporary railroad tracks were built south of the current tracks. That rail traffic will now shift back to the main line and motorists and pedestrians will safely pass underneath.
Summer Kicks Off with Added Metrolink Weekend Service, Chance to Win Prizes with New Promotion
ORANGE – Summer is upon us and the Orange County Transportation Authority and Metrolink are offering two reasons to hop aboard a Metrolink train this season with added service and a new promotion.
New weekend Metrolink service between Riverside, Orange County and Los Angeles begins July 5.
The OC Fair Is Coming Soon and OCTA Has More Ways to Enjoy It
Last year, more than 1 million traveled to the OC Fair in Costa Mesa for everything from deep-fried Oreos to baby animals to first-rate music. That’s a lot of people, cars, traffic, and parking issues.
Metrolink Fare Restructuring Will Be Effective July 1
On July 1, 2014, Metrolink will adjust fares. Destinations to some Metrolink stations will go up in price, others will go down, and some will not change at all.
Board Approves Balanced Budget
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved a balanced $1.1 billion budget for the coming year during its meeting on Monday.
The 2014-15 budget encompasses all services, projects and programs that are administered by OCTA. Major initiatives for the budget include sustaining bus and rail service levels, closing out Measure M1, continuing Measure M2 improvements and operating the 91 Express Lanes.
Photo Contest Awards Users of Summer Bus Pass
Each year, OCTA offers the youth of Orange County a golden opportunity for vacation fun, and this year is no exception. The OCTA Summer Bus Pass, which provides riders 18 and younger with unlimited bus rides from June 1 through August 31, is now on sale for only $60.
Public Hearing on Proposed OCTA Budget Scheduled for June 9
The Orange County Transportation Authority’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget presents a balanced plan of sources and uses of funds while providing for the current and future transportation requirements of Orange County. The proposed budget is $1.1 billion with the largest portion, nearly 40 percent, allocated for transit service.
Riders Experience OCTA Wilderness Preserve on Horseback
On May 31, OCTA hosted an interpretive excursion on horseback through its protected property in Orange County. The hour-long ride through the beautiful scenery of the 400-acre Ferber Ranch Wilderness Preserve attracted 35 participants.
San Clemente Group Gets Update on I-5 South County Project
Members of a local business organization got an update on the Interstate 5 (I-5) South County Project last week when the OCTA project team met with them to discuss the three-part improvement that affects San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, and Dana Point.
Construction Begins on Final Three O.C. Bridges Projects
ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority officials and city leaders from Fullerton, Placentia and Anaheim today held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the final three projects in the O.C. Bridges program.
Underpasses will be built at Raymond Avenue and at State College Boulevard and an overcrossing on Lakeview Avenue where those streets intersect with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad.
91 Express Lanes Customers Eligible to Win Prizes
A new promotion offering travelers on the 91 Express Lanes a chance to win a $100 gas card also lets them know about a money-saving account plan.
Through June 30, customers who enroll or switch to the 91 Express Club ® will be entered to win a $100 gas card. Current members will be entered automatically. To learn more about the promotion
Help Plan A Bike-Friendly Community at A Bikeways Roundtable
Those interested in creating a more bike-friendly community in south Orange County are invited to a Bikeways Roundtable on May 28. Public input is needed to continue planning the network of bikeways throughout Supervisorial District 5, which includes Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Ranch Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano.
OCTA to Reward Those Who Pledge to Dump the Pump
Orange County will celebrate Dump the Pump Week from June 16 to 20. During this annual promotion, OCTA is encouraging residents to leave their cars home and try public transportation or ridesharing. Those that pledge online are eligible to win prizes including an iPad, gift cards, round-trip Metrolink tickets, and more.
OCTA Bike Rally Attracts Many Cycling Supporters
About 50 cyclists joined OCTA officials last week for the OCTA Bike Rally, an annual event celebrating Bike to Work Week.
Beginning at about 8 a.m., participants rallied at the Orange Metrolink Station and biked about 3 miles through Old Town Orange to OCTA headquarters on Main Street.