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  • OCTA Scholarship Program Invests in Education

    6/13/2017

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority recently held its annual scholarship event, awarding $13,000 to students through a fund that is raised entirely from employee donations.

    The OCTA Scholarship Fund provided 25 deserving students with awards of $500 to offset their college tuition and help advance their academic careers.

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  • OCTA Board Approves $1.2 Billion Balanced Budget

    6/12/2017

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved a balanced budget of more than $1.2 billion for the upcoming year during its Monday meeting.

    The Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget encompasses all services, projects and programs that are administered by OCTA. Major initiatives for the budget include improving bus service through the OC Bus 360° program, continuing Measure M improvements, including to freeways and the OC Streetcar, and operating the 91 Express Lanes.

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  • OC Streetcar Continues Rolling with Federal Funding

    5/1/2017

    ORANGE – Plans to build Orange County’s first modern streetcar took another step forward Monday with the announcement that the project will receive $50 million from the federal government, according to a deal struck by Congressional leaders.

    The inclusion of the OC Streetcar in the Congressional funding package, expected to be signed by the President, is another strong indicator of federal support for the streetcar project, which will run through the heart of Orange County in Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

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  • April 20 Meeting Seeks Public Input on SR-55 Improvements

    4/13/2017

    ORANGE – The public is invited to an April 20 open house about proposed improvements to State Route 55 between Interstate 405 and Interstate 5.

    The Orange County Transportation Authority, along with Caltrans, will hold the meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the New Delhi Center, 505 E. Central Avenue in Santa Ana.

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  • Millions Headed To Alleviate O.C. Traffic

    4/10/2017

    ORANGE – Cities throughout Orange County will receive nearly $35 million to help ease traffic through Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

    The Orange County Transportation Authority board today awarded funding for 13 projects to improve and widen busy streets and intersections. Five additional projects will receive funding to synchronize traffic signals to ensure drivers hit the most green lights during rush hours.

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  • OCTA Seeks Volunteers for Two Citizens Advisory Committees

    3/30/2017

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is looking for community leaders to serve on two important citizens’ advisory committees that provide public input on a broad range of transportation-related issues.

    OCTA is currently looking to fill openings on the Citizens Advisory Committee, a 34-member group that provides input on a range of transportation projects, studies and outreach activities, and on the Special Needs Advisory Committee, which serves as a liaison between customers with special needs, care providers and service agencies.

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  • Take a Hike With OCTA in Ferber Ranch

    3/28/2017

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority invites families with children of all ages to participate in a short and easy free hike at Ferber Ranch Wilderness Preserve on Saturday, April 8.

    Families are welcome to enjoy a morning filled with fun activities, exercise and the beautiful scenery of the preserve in Trabuco Canyon.

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  • Angels Express Rail Service Returns for 2017 Season

    3/24/2017

    ORANGE – Baseball fans will again be able to hop aboard the Angels Express train this season to quickly get to and from Angels games, beginning with the first pre-season home games against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday and Friday, March 30 and 31.

    The special Metrolink train service, in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority, allows fans to avoid traffic jams and save on gas and money by skipping the car trip and parking fees.

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  • 53Xpress Route to Speed Up Main Street Commute

    2/7/2017

    ORANGE – Working, shopping or dining along Main Street is about to become more convenient, thanks to the Orange County Transportation Authority’s new OC Bus limited-stop 53Xpress service.

    The new service, launching Monday, Feb. 13, runs along Main Street through downtown Santa Ana, with fewer stops along the popular Route 53 to speed up the commute for those riders traveling longer distances.

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  • OCTA Chair Michael Hennessey Sets Transportation Goals for 2017

    1/25/2017

    ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority Chair Michael Hennessey unveiled the OCTA board’s strategic initiatives for 2017, placing focus on advancing capital projects, improving the transit system to better meet the county’s needs and maximizing funding opportunities.

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  • OC Streetcar Rolls into Final Design Phase with FTA’s OK

    1/12/2017

    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar took another major step forward Wednesday when the Federal Transit Administration issued a letter announcing its support for the project to officially enter the engineering phase.

    The letter signals the federal government’s continued support of the project and that the Orange County Transportation Authority remains on track meeting the extensive requirements of the FTA’s New Starts program.

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  • Michael Hennessey Selected As OCTA Board Chairman

    1/11/2017

    ORANGE – Vice Chair Michael Hennessey was unanimously selected Monday as the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors.

    Hennessey served as the OCTA board’s vice chairman for the last year. He replaces outgoing Chair Lori Donchak, who remains on the board.

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  • OCTA Offering Free Bus Rides to Help Ring in New Year

    12/28/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is making it safe and convenient for people to celebrate the New Year by offering free bus rides from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31 to 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1.

    For those looking to take advantage of the free ride but need an idea of where to go, OCTA recommends visiting the 25th annual First Night in Downtown Fullerton for live entertainment, rides, food and a fireworks show. Several routes in Fullerton that serve this free, family-friendly event will have extended hours.

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  • Construction Closures on Hold for the Holidays

    12/21/2016

    ORANGE – Drivers traveling throughout Orange County during the next couple of weeks will enjoy smoother commutes as construction work and associated closures will be halted for the holidays.

    Ongoing overnight freeway closures associated with the 91 Express Lanes will not take place Dec. 22 through the new year, when regular construction schedules will resume. 

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  • OC Streetcar Project Seeks Proposals for Vehicles

    12/20/2016

    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar continue to roll forward as the Orange County Transportation Authority seeks proposals for the streetcar vehicles that will carry passengers through the heart of Orange County.

    OCTA today released a Request for Proposals for the manufacturing and delivery of eight streetcar vehicles that will serve the OC Streetcar project in Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

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  • 24th Stuff-A-Bus Toy Drive to Deliver Holiday Cheer

    12/12/2016

    ORANGE – Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s looking for help filling OCTA buses with toys for local children in need on Friday, Dec. 16 at Honda Center in Anaheim. 

    The public is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys or sporting equipment to the Honda Center parking lot at 2695 E. Katella Ave. from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the 24th annual Stuff-A-Bus event. Toys will be distributed to children throughout the community.

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  • OCTA Reaches Major Milestone in Preserving O.C. Wilderness

    11/29/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors on Monday unanimously approved a conservation plan that ensures more than 1,300 acres of wilderness will remain preserved and forever protected from development.

    The approval of the environmental documents related to the Measure M Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program marks a major milestone in efforts to protect natural habitat and rare animal and plant species in Orange County.

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  • Construction Closures On Hold for Thanksgiving Weekend

    11/22/2016

    ORANGE – Drivers across Orange County traveling to and from Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends will enjoy smoother commutes over the holiday weekend as construction work and associated closures are postponed.

    Ongoing freeway closures associated with the 91 Express Lanes and I-5 South projects and lane closures around the O.C. Bridges projects will not take place between Wednesday, Nov. 23 through the morning of Monday, Nov. 28, when regular construction schedules will resume.

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  • OCTA to Use $50,000 Grant for Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety

    11/15/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has received a $50,000 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety to increase awareness about the need for motorists to safely share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians.

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  • OCTA Awards $1.2 Billion Contract for I-405 Project

    11/14/2016

    Set to open in 2023, improvements will reduce travel times by adding one regular lane in each direction, along with the 405 Express Lanes toll facility

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority’s board of directors today selected OC 405 Partners to design and construct the I-405 Improvement Project, a major step in the agency’s effort to speed up travel times for roughly 370,000 daily drivers between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles County line.

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  • Advisory: West 91 Express Lanes Work Resumes This Weekend

    11/4/2016

    ORANGE – Repaving of the westbound 91 Express Lanes is scheduled to resume this weekend, potentially resulting in significant traffic delays. To complete the work, the entire westbound 91 Express Lanes will close from 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 to 4 a.m. 

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  • Northbound I-5 Lane Closures set for South O.C.

    11/2/2016

    ORANGE – Drivers are advised that temporary lane closures on the northbound San Diego Freeway (I-5) in South Orange County are planned for 14 hours on Nov. 4 - 5, potentially causing significant traffic delays as freeway improvements reach another important milestone. 

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  • OC Streetcar Receives $28 Million Boost From State

    8/16/2016

    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar rolled forward today, thanks to a $28 million state-funded grant for projects that will boost public transit ridership and help improve the environment.

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  • $19.5 Million Awarded to Improve Biking, Walking in O.C.

    8/8/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors today approved more than $19.5 million to help Orange County cities improve their bikeways and walkways. Funding through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program was awarded to 13 projects that promote mobility options by increasing safety, provide regional linkages to key destinations, close bikeway corridor gaps and improve air quality across the county.

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  • FTA Officials Tour OCTA Transit Projects

    7/6/2016

    ORANGE – Two top Federal Transit Administration officials recently met with executives from the Orange County Transportation Authority to get an overview of the latest transportation services and projects underway to keep Orange County moving.

    OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson and the agency’s staff hosted FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers and Vincent Valdes, FTA’s Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation. Flowers and Valdes were in Orange County on June 23 to participate in meetings of the Transportation Research Board’s governing body which oversees transportation cooperative research nationally.

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  • OCTA Approves $26.7 Million for Local Transit Shuttles

    6/15/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors this week approved more than $26.7 million to help Orange County cities provide community-based transit circulators to better serve their specific public transit needs.

    The money is being provided through Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. When Measure M was renewed by voters in 2006, it included a funding program for cities to develop and implement shuttles and bus trolleys.

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  • OCTA Board Approves $1.16 Billion Balanced Budget

    6/13/2016
    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved a balanced $1.16 billion budget for the upcoming year during its meeting on Monday. More
  • OC Bus 360 Gets Rollin’ with New Bravo! Route

    6/9/2016

    ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority and city officials joined today to celebrate the launch of the new faster service, Bravo! Route 560. Bravo! 560 will start service Monday, June 13 to provide a quicker commute along the popular Route 60, which runs between Santa Ana and Long Beach. 

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  • OCTA Offers Youth Summer Pass for Half Price

    6/2/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is encouraging youth to explore their community this summer by getting out and visiting Orange County’s many attractions using the discounted OCTA Youth Summer Pass.

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  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Hits OC Streets

    5/23/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority unveiled its first zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell bus at an event this morning, part of a continuing effort to expand and improve an eco-friendly transportation system.

    The new bus – wrapped with a mural of California poppies – is part of a two-year demonstration project to complement OCTA’s existing fleet. OCTA currently has approximately 550 buses, of which 97 percent run on clean-burning natural gas. By the end of this year, 100 percent of OCTA buses will run on natural gas. 

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  • OCTA Gears Up For Bike Month

    5/9/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority invites bicyclists of all ages to improve their health, help the environment and cut the cost of driving by celebrating Bike Month at their annual bike rally at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12.

    Get your free bike month T-shirt and join OCTA on the slow-paced group ride through Old Towne Orange and the Santiago Creek Trail. The ride will begin at Orange Metrolink Station and end at OCTA’s headquarters.

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  • OC Streetcar Moves Closer to Design and Construction

    3/29/2016
    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar took several  important steps forward this week when the OCTA Board of Directors approved a  series of actions to help facilitate the design and construction of the  project. More
  • Significant Milestone Reached in I-405 Project

    3/28/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking proposals from a shortlist of firms for the design and construction of the I-405 Improvement Project, an important step toward building a better freeway that will improve travel times for everybody driving the corridor between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles County line.

    The OCTA Board of Directors at its Monday meeting unanimously approved the criteria for selecting a firm to design and build the freeway improvements, and it approved issuing the final request for proposals.

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  • Improvements on 91 Freeway Open to Drivers

    3/24/2016

    ORANGE – Drivers traveling westbound on the Riverside Freeway (SR-91) between the Orange Freeway (SR-57) and the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) will experience more efficient travel times with the completion of improvements to the six-mile stretch of freeway, which fully opened as of Thursday morning.

    The improvements, led by the Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans, include four miles of new general-purpose lane in the westbound direction and auxiliary lanes that allow traffic to more smoothly enter and exit the freeway.

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  • $20 million Headed to Boosting Bikeways throughout Orange County

    3/17/2016

    ORANGE – OCTA is looking to award up to $20 million in grants for projects that make bicycling and walking easier and safer in Orange County and, this week, the agency accepted a $280,000 state grant to further its regional planning efforts to encourage active transportation instead of more car trips.

    Through the Bicycle Corridor Improvement Program 2016 Call for Projects, up to $20 million will be awarded to cities and the county for projects that build bikeways and pedestrian paths. Funding for the program comes from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, a federal program that provides funding for transportation projects that help meet federal Clean Air Act requirements.

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  • OCTA Adds Buses to Angels Express Lineup to Complement Rail Service for 2016 Season

    3/17/2016

    ORANGE – Baseball fans will have two easy and affordable options for hopping aboard the Angels Express to and from Angels home games this season now that bus service is being added to complement the already popular rail service direct to the stadium.

    Both the Angels Express special Metrolink service and the new Angels Express Bus service will begin transporting baseball fans to the stadium on Monday, April 4, the home opener for the Angels against the Chicago Cubs at 7:05 p.m.

    The Angels Express – by rail or bus – allows fans to avoid traffic jams and save gas and money by skipping the car trip and parking fees.

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  • Public Asked to Weigh in on Harbor Boulevard Study that Explores Transit Options

    2/18/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority, in partnership with the cities of Fullerton, Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana, is hosting two open houses this month to begin getting public input on how to improve transportation along a busy stretch of Harbor Boulevard between Fullerton and Santa Ana.

    OCTA has launched the Central Harbor Boulevard Transit Corridor Study to look at how to improve the transit system along Harbor Boulevard between Westminster Boulevard in Santa Ana and Chapman Avenue in Fullerton.

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  • Limited-Stop Bus Service Comes to Popular Route Through Little Saigon With Launch of 64Xpress

    2/12/2016

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday, Feb. 15 will launch a limited-stop OC Bus service called 64Xpress to provide a faster commute along popular Route 64, which runs between the Westminster Mall area in Huntington Beach and Larwin Square in Tustin.

    The 64Xpress bus will run along Bolsa Avenue and First Street, through the heart of Little Saigon, with fewer stops along Route 64 to speed the commute for those riders traveling longer distances. The express route will make 16 stops in all, including near destinations such as the Westminster Mall, Asian Garden Mall, Northgate Market and the Santa Ana Artists Village.

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  • Community Input Sparks Changes to Bus Plan

    2/11/2016

    ORANGE – Based on community feedback, the Transit Committee of the Orange County Transportation Authority has recommended multiple changes to its 2016 proposed Bus Service Plan, which is intended to reverse the trend of declining bus ridership.

    During the last two months, OCTA collected and reviewed extensive public feedback and conducted additional technical analysis of the plan. This has resulted in a revised plan that modifies 14 of the 35 routes originally proposed for changes. In addition, the revised plan cuts in half the number of riders who would lose service – from 4 percent to 2 percent. The revised plan also addresses impacts to OCTA’s ACCESS customers.

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  • OC Streetcar Rolls Ahead With Inclusion in Federal Budget

    2/9/2016

    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar got a major boost Tuesday when President Barack Obama included $125 million for the OC Streetcar in his budget for next fiscal year, signaling federal endorsement for the much-anticipated project.  

    The inclusion of the OC Streetcar in the president’s budget puts the project into the federal funding pipeline on the path to receiving up to half of the project’s cost from federal funds. Within the next two years, the FTA will consider a full-funding grant agreement, which finalizes the total project funding amount from the New Starts program.

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  • O.C. Drivers Needed to Join in State Pilot Program

    12/18/2015

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is encouraging Orange County drivers to participate in the California Road Charge Pilot Program to ensure that the county has a voice as state officials explore transportation funding alternatives.  

    The California Road Charge Pilot Program will allow the state to weigh the advantages, disadvantages, challenges and opportunities of road charging – where drivers are taxed based on the miles they drive rather than the gallons of fuel they consume.

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  • 23rd Stuff-A-Bus Event to Provide Children with Holiday Joy

    12/8/2015

    ORANGE – Santa is looking for elves to help fill OCTA buses with toys for local children in need on Friday, Dec. 18 from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Honda Center in Anaheim.

    The public is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys or sporting equipment to the Honda Center parking lot at 2695 E. Katella Ave. in Anaheim for the 23rd annual Stuff-A-Bus event. Toys will be distributed to children throughout the community.

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  • OCTA Seeks Input on Proposed Bus System Changes

    11/23/2015

    ORANGE – In an effort to reverse the trend of declining bus ridership, the Orange County Transportation Authority board has released a draft plan for public review that would reallocate bus service throughout the county.

    The draft service change plan is part of OC Bus 360°, a strategy to better meet the needs of Orange County bus riders. Under the proposal, 92 percent of bus riders in Orange County would see improved service or no change in service if the draft plan is implemented next year. The overall strategy would shift service from low-performing routes to areas where there is higher demand to offer passengers more frequent and faster service.

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  • Public Input Sought on Proposed Measure M Amendment

    11/13/2015

    ORANGE – Public input is being sought on a proposed amendment to the Measure M Transportation Investment Plan that would reallocate transit funds to enhance Metrolink service and mobility options for seniors and people with disabilities.

    Under the proposed amendment, $219 million in Measure M funds would be transferred toward those transit options from their current allocation for converting Metrolink stations into local gateways for high-speed rail.

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  • OCTA Honors Veterans in Annual Event

    11/12/2015

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority this week honored employees who have served in the military and employees with relatives currently serving during OCTA’s sixth annual Veterans Day Appreciation event.

    OCTA employs more than 100 veterans from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, representing nearly 10 percent of the workforce. OCTA has been recognized by military organizations as a military-friendly employer for its efforts to actively recruit veterans.

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  • Public Input Sought on Plans for Management of OCTA Open Space Preserves

    11/11/2015

    ORANGE – Public input is being sought on draft plans being released this week that will guide the management of valuable wildlife and habitat on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s open space properties in Trabuco Canyon and Silverado Canyon.

    As part of Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, OCTA has purchased seven open space properties from willing sellers to preserve the land and permanently ensure that valuable animal and plant species can thrive for generations to come.

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  • OCTA Launches Pedestrian Safety Campaign As Daylight-Saving Time Ends

    10/28/2015

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has launched a pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign, called (B)right, to educate children how to stay safe after dark as the end of daylight-saving time approaches on Nov. 1.

    In Orange County, nearly 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and one in four bike fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. To increase visibility to drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists should wear lights, light-colored clothing and reflective gear. All rules of the road should also be followed.

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  • Open House Set for I-405 Project in Irvine

    10/28/2015

    ORANGE – The public is invited to an open house to learn about proposed improvements to the San Diego (I-405) Freeway between the Santa Ana (I-5) and Costa Mesa (SR-55) freeways in Irvine.

    The Orange County Transportation Authority in conjunction with Caltrans is holding the meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 in multipurpose room No. 2 at the University Community Park, 1 Beech Tree Lane in Irvine as part of the environmental phase of the improvement project.

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  • Limited-Stop Bus Service Expanded With Launch of 57Xpress

    10/7/2015

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday, Oct. 12 will launch a new limited-stop service called 57Xpress to speed up commute times along the popular Route 57, which runs between Brea and Newport Beach.

    The 57Xpress bus will run along State College Boulevard, The City Drive and Bristol Street, with fewer stops in the busiest portion of the route – between Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton and Sunflower Avenue in Costa Mesa.

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  • Annual Rideshare Week Urges Commuters To Share the Ride, Take the Bus

    10/5/2015

    ORANGE – Rideshare Week encourages commuters to give up the solo commute and save time and money by sharing the ride today through Friday. 

    Rideshare Week is presented by the Orange County Transportation Authority to promote alternative transportation options. OCTA, which joins with other transportation agencies for the week’s events, will promote ridesharing throughout the entire month of October.

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