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  • What is the OC Loop?

    The Orange County (OC) Loop is a vision for 66 miles of seamless connections and an opportunity for people to bike, walk, and connect to some of California’s most scenic beaches and inland reaches. About 80% of the OC Loop is already in place and is used by thousands of people. Currently, nearly 54 miles use existing off-street trails along the San Gabriel River, Coyote Creek, Santa Ana River, and the Coastal/Beach Trail.

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    Multiple agencies throughout Orange County have been working to close gaps along the OC Loop. Efforts include pursuit of regional and statewide grants to prepare design plans, complete environmental review, secure right-of-way, and to bring construction to a reality.

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    Completed Segments

    The following four OC Loop segments have been completed since creation of the OC Loop vision in 2012:

    • Segment C – Completed by the City of Brea in 2018
    • Segment F – Completed by the County of Orange in 2017
    • Segment K – Completed by the City of Huntington Beach in 2015
    • Segment R – Completed by the County of Orange in 2014

    Continued Progress

    Work continues to advance the remaining OC Loop segments:

    • Segments A & B - Discussions are underway with Union Pacific Railroad to secure a permanent easement in the Cities of La Habra and Brea. The Cities of La Habra and Brea have completed Environmental Review of Segments A & B and are working on Final Design and securing funding for Right-of-Way Acquisition and Construction. Construction of Segment B will align with the recently completed Tracks at Brea (OC Loop Segment C). Refer to this City of Brea webpage providing information about the Tracks at Brea. See the Segment A & Segment B Fact Sheets prepared in 2015 showing an optimal date for completion in 2022.

    • Segment D – The County of Orange completed Environmental Review of Segments D, F, and H in 2017. The County of Orange has secured funding for Final Design of Segment D and is pursuing funding for Construction. See the Segment D Fact Sheet prepared in 2015 showing an optimal date for completion in 2020.

    • Segment H – The County of Orange completed Environmental Review of Segments D, F, and H in 2017. The County of Orange has secured funding for Final Design and Construction of Segment H. Watch for status updates here. See the Segment H Fact Sheet prepared in 2015 showing an optimal date for completion in 2020. A Go Human community event was hosted in June 2017 to visualize improvements on Fairmont Connector and Esperanza Road. Learn more about the Go Human campaign and event photos on Facebook.

    • Segments O, P, & Q – The County of Orange has secured funding for completed Environmental Review and Final Design for Segments O, P, and Q which will begin in 2018/2019. The County of Orange is pursuing funding for Construction. Watch for status updates here. See the Segment O, Segment P & Segment Q Fact Sheets prepared in 2015 showing an optimal date for completion by 2027. 

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    Improved Quality of Life
    A major factor in improving quality of life is access to recreational opportunities and the ability to bike and walk in your neighborhood. The OC Loop serves about 650,000 Orange County residents and thousands of visitors every year seeking refuge from the traffic and noise of urban life. The OC Loop allows people to connect with their environment and see parts of Orange County that most people in their cars don’t often notice.

    Expanded Transportation Options
    The OC Loop provides convenient paths to some of the area’s most popular destinations. It provides first and last mile connections to numerous bus stops and three Metrolink stations. The OC Loop is also another option for residents and visitors to visit local parks, beaches, schools and shopping areas without worrying about traffic and parking. With minimal stops and crossings, the OC Loop is also a viable commuting route to the many major employers in the area.

    Safer Journey to Serve Ages 8 to 80
    Paths along the OC Loop attract and serve users of all ages and skill levels. The vast majority of people do not feel safe bicycling and walking on streets with high-speed car traffic. The OC Loop provides a low-stress bicycling and walking route that is suitable for people of all ages!

    Stretching the Dollar
    Completing the OC Loop would turn underutilized, abandoned space along rivers and railroad right of way into a community amenity. Studies across the country have shown that trail projects are associated with growth of property values, increased retail spending, improved tax bases and attraction of new businesses. Within Orange County, the return in benefits to health, mobility, recreation and safety can be expected to exceed the cost of completing the OC Loop.

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    The Tracks at Brea Trail

    The City of Brea completed the "Tracks at Brea Trail" project (OC Loop Segment C) with a grand opening ceremony on May 5th, 2018!  See the City website and go visit the newly minted trail in person and envision future connections to the west and east.

    OC Loop 70/30 Plan

    In June 2015, OCTA prepared a consolidated document that summarizes investment made into the OC Loop and the information about closing the gaps remaining on the final 30-percent of the 66-mile route.
    OC Loop 70/30 Plan

    OC Loop Gap Feasibility Study

    In March 2015, OC Parks prepared an engineering feasibility study to document current conditions, provide recommendations and cost estimates to close gaps remaining on the final 30-percent of the 66-mile OC Loop.  Funding for the engineering feasibility study was provided by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

    Sustainability Program.
    See this OC Parks website to access the engineering feasibility study.

    Coyote Creek Bikeway Master Plan

    In April 2008, Trails4All convened a planning team of advocates and consultants to prepare a feasibility assessment and implementation guide to expand the existing Coyote Creek bikeway and improve connections to the San Gabriel River Trail and other trail systems. Funding for the Coyote Creek Bikeway Master Plan was provided by the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) through a Proposition 40 grant award.

    See this RMC website to access the Coyote Creek Bikeway Master Plan.

    Paul Martin, PE, TE
    Active Transportation Coordinator
    Orange County Transportation Authority
    pmartin@octa.net
    714.560.5386


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    Project Updates

    Completed Segments

    The following four OC Loop segments have been completed since creation of the OC Loop vision in 2012:

    • Segment C – Completed by the City of Brea in 2018
    • Segment F – Completed by the County of Orange in 2017
    • Segment K – Completed by the City of Huntington Beach in 2015
    • Segment R – Completed by the County of Orange in 2014

    Continued Progress

    Work continues to advance the remaining OC Loop segments:

    • Segments A & B - Discussions are underway with Union Pacific Railroad to secure a permanent easement in the Cities of La Habra and Brea. The Cities of La Habra and Brea have completed Environmental Review of Segments A & B and are working on Final Design and securing funding for Right-of-Way Acquisition and Construction. Construction of Segment B will align with the recently completed Tracks at Brea (OC Loop Segment C). Refer to this City of Brea webpage providing information about the Tracks at Brea. See the Segment A & Segment B Fact Sheets prepared in 2015 showing an optimal date for completion in 2022.

    • Segment D – The County of Orange completed Environmental Review of Segments D, F, and H in 2017. The County of Orange has secured funding for Final Design of Segment D and is pursuing funding for Construction. See the Segment D Fact Sheet prepared in 2015 showing an optimal date for completion in 2020.

    • Segment H – The County of Orange completed Environmental Review of Segments D, F, and H in 2017. The County of Orange has secured funding for Final Design and Construction of Segment H. Watch for status updates here. See the Segment H Fact Sheet prepared in 2015 showing an optimal date for completion in 2020. A Go Human community event was hosted in June 2017 to visualize improvements on Fairmont Connector and Esperanza Road. Learn more about the Go Human campaign and event photos on Facebook.

    • Segments O, P, & Q – The County of Orange has secured funding for completed Environmental Review and Final Design for Segments O, P, and Q which will begin in 2018/2019. The County of Orange is pursuing funding for Construction. Watch for status updates here. See the Segment O, Segment P & Segment Q Fact Sheets prepared in 2015 showing an optimal date for completion by 2027. 

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    Benefits

    Improved Quality of Life
    A major factor in improving quality of life is access to recreational opportunities and the ability to bike and walk in your neighborhood. The OC Loop serves about 650,000 Orange County residents and thousands of visitors every year seeking refuge from the traffic and noise of urban life. The OC Loop allows people to connect with their environment and see parts of Orange County that most people in their cars don’t often notice.

    Expanded Transportation Options
    The OC Loop provides convenient paths to some of the area’s most popular destinations. It provides first and last mile connections to numerous bus stops and three Metrolink stations. The OC Loop is also another option for residents and visitors to visit local parks, beaches, schools and shopping areas without worrying about traffic and parking. With minimal stops and crossings, the OC Loop is also a viable commuting route to the many major employers in the area.

    Safer Journey to Serve Ages 8 to 80
    Paths along the OC Loop attract and serve users of all ages and skill levels. The vast majority of people do not feel safe bicycling and walking on streets with high-speed car traffic. The OC Loop provides a low-stress bicycling and walking route that is suitable for people of all ages!

    Stretching the Dollar
    Completing the OC Loop would turn underutilized, abandoned space along rivers and railroad right of way into a community amenity. Studies across the country have shown that trail projects are associated with growth of property values, increased retail spending, improved tax bases and attraction of new businesses. Within Orange County, the return in benefits to health, mobility, recreation and safety can be expected to exceed the cost of completing the OC Loop.

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    Resources

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    The Tracks at Brea Trail

    The City of Brea completed the "Tracks at Brea Trail" project (OC Loop Segment C) with a grand opening ceremony on May 5th, 2018!  See the City website and go visit the newly minted trail in person and envision future connections to the west and east.

    OC Loop 70/30 Plan

    In June 2015, OCTA prepared a consolidated document that summarizes investment made into the OC Loop and the information about closing the gaps remaining on the final 30-percent of the 66-mile route.
    OC Loop 70/30 Plan

    OC Loop Gap Feasibility Study

    In March 2015, OC Parks prepared an engineering feasibility study to document current conditions, provide recommendations and cost estimates to close gaps remaining on the final 30-percent of the 66-mile OC Loop.  Funding for the engineering feasibility study was provided by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

    Sustainability Program.
    See this OC Parks website to access the engineering feasibility study.

    Coyote Creek Bikeway Master Plan

    In April 2008, Trails4All convened a planning team of advocates and consultants to prepare a feasibility assessment and implementation guide to expand the existing Coyote Creek bikeway and improve connections to the San Gabriel River Trail and other trail systems. Funding for the Coyote Creek Bikeway Master Plan was provided by the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) through a Proposition 40 grant award.

    See this RMC website to access the Coyote Creek Bikeway Master Plan.

    Paul Martin, PE, TE
    Active Transportation Coordinator
    Orange County Transportation Authority
    pmartin@octa.net
    714.560.5386


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