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  • I-5 Freeway Improvements Open to Traffic in South O.C.


    ORANGE – A new carpool lane in each direction of Interstate 5 in South Orange County is open to drivers this morning, marking the completion of a vital freeway improvement project that eases traffic congestion for tens of thousands of daily commuters through San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano.

    The improvement project, led by the Orange County Transportation Authority in cooperation with Caltrans, adds nearly six miles of carpool lanes in each direction between Avenida Pico in San Clemente and San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano.

  • SR-91 Improvement Project Open House Set for March 14


    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority, in partnership with Caltrans, is seeking feedback on proposed improvements to the SR-91 freeway from SR-57 to SR-55 in north Orange County. An open house is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Rio Vista Elementary School in Anaheim, 310 N. Rio Vista Street, as part of the environmental phase of the improvement project. The open house will allow members of the public to receive information about the project, ask questions and offer comments. The project is intended to increase capacity and improve traffic flow in both directions from west of State College Boulevard to east of Lakeview Avenue, through the cities of Anaheim, Fullerton, Orange and Placentia. The environmental phase of the project is funded through Measure M, also known as OC Go, which is Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, and state funding. While early in the process, the public is encouraged to get familiar with the project and provide input, which is essential to ensuring a successful outcome. For more information visit the project website at

  • Nightly Freeway Lane and Ramp Closures Begin for I-405 Improvement Project


    ORANGE – Intermittent nighttime lane and ramp closures on I-405 will begin tonight and continue routinely as construction for the I-405 Improvement Project ramps up.  

  • OCTA Reveals New Names for Wilderness Preserves


    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority announced the new names of the agency’s seven open space preserves, aiming to highlight the regional and environmental significances of each property that will remain protected from development forever.

  • OCTA Honors Employees of the Year


  • Mobile Readers Make OCTA Bus Boarding Easier


    ORANGE – Boarding a bus in Orange County will get easier starting Sunday, Feb. 11 when the Orange County Transportation Authority fully implements mobile ticketing on its fleet systemwide. 

    Riders who purchase bus fares via the OC Bus app on their smartphone or other mobile device will now be able to call up a QR code and quickly scan it on the onboard reader. Previously, coach operators had to review the screen and validate each boarding, which could slow down the boarding process.

  • OCTA Board Sets 2018 Transportation Vision


    ORANGE – Orange County Transportation Authority Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett recently announced the OCTA board’s strategic initiatives for 2018, concentrating on delivering capital projects, developing sustainable transportation plans and ensuring fiscal responsibility. Each of the six initiatives outlines specific projects that are targeted for completion by the end of the year. “We are looking forward to a very productive 2018 and these initiatives reflect the board’s solid focus on delivering project and programs that make it easier and more efficient to get around Orange County,” said Chairwoman Bartlett, also the Fifth District supervisor.  The initiatives include:  Delivering capital projects by advancing construction on I-5 and I-405 projects, kicking off construction of the OC Streetcar project, and commissioning into service OCTA’s first hydrogen fueling station. Maximizing funding opportunities by executing the OC Streetcar New Starts grant agreement, seeking fair distribution of Senate Bill 1 (SB-1) funding to Orange County projects and awarding Measure M grants to community-based transit services. Developing sustainable transportation plans by finalizing the Long Range Transportation Plan, setting a long-term vision through the countywide Transit Master Plan and completing the first countywide active transportation plan. Strengthening regional partnerships by collaborating with L.A. Metro on regional plans and updating the State Route 91 Implementation Plan with the Riverside County Transportation Commission. Modernizing transit services by launching OC Flex on-demand service pilot projects, integrating hydrogen fuel-cell buses into the fleet and completing installation of bus mobile-ticket readers. Championing fiscal responsibility by updating the 20-year comprehensive business plan, approving a collective-bargaining agreement for coach operators and ensuring success of the Measure M Next 10 delivery plan.

  • OCTA Offers Free Bus rides on New Year’s Eve


    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is providing safe rides for those ringing in 2018 with free rides on OC Buses from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (Sunday, Dec. 31) to 2:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. Riding an OC Bus is a safe and easy way to get to popular destinations around Orange County, including bus routes that operate near Downtown Fullerton, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and more. Late-night service routes vary, so those who are planning to ride the bus are encouraged to plan their trip ahead of time by visiting or by calling 714-636-7433. “New Year’s Eve is a great time to spend with family and friends reflecting on the past and looking toward 2018 and we want to help everyone celebrate responsibly,” said OCTA Chairman Michael Hennessey. “I encourage everyone to start the year off safely and take advantage of our free holiday bus rides.”  Last year, more than 4,700 riders took advantage of the free bus service on New Year’s Eve and more than 140,000 have used it since it began in 2002. For more information, visit

  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town for 25th Annual Stuff-A-Bus


    ORANGE – Those looking to make Santa’s nice list this year can do so by donating toys at the 25th annual Stuff-A-Bus event on Friday, Dec. 15 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

  • OCTA Seeks Feedback on I-405 South Project in Irvine


    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans today began the public comment period on a draft environmental document that details proposed improvements to I-405 between I-5 and SR-55 through Irvine

    Public comments on the draft environmental report, which evaluates the project’s benefits and potential impacts on the environment, will be accepted through Dec. 15.

  • OCTA Honors Those Who Served for Veterans Day

    Orange – The Orange County Transportation Authority this week recognized the service of employees who are military veterans during OCTA’s eighth annual Veterans Day Appreciation event. More
  • OCTA Marks Finish of O.C. Bridges Projects


    ORANGE – Transportation and city officials today marked the completion of the final two underpasses in the O.C. Bridges program, which during the last five years built a total of seven bridges and underpasses to separate car and pedestrian traffic from the busy freight rail line running through Fullerton, Anaheim and Placentia.

    The event held at the State College Boulevard underpass celebrated a major milestone for Orange County transportation with the completion of the $663 million O.C. Bridges program.

  • Pacific Surfliner Offers Late-Night Train, Special Fares for Opening Weekend at FivePoint Amphitheatre


    IRVINE – The Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® will offer concertgoers traveling to opening weekend at Irvine’s new FivePoint Amphitheatre the opportunity to experience the comfort and convenience of train travel before arriving just steps from Orange County’s newest concert venue. Travelers attending the concerts on October 5 – 7 will also receive a free companion fare with the purchase of one regular adult fare on all Pacific Surfliner trains to and from the Irvine Station.

  • OCTA Kicks Off Rideshare Week

    ORANGE – The annual rideshare week begins today through Oct. 6, encouraging people to use alternate forms of transportation and the Orange County Transportation Authority is calling on the commuting public to try a new way to get to work. More
  • OCTA Seeks Public Input on Open Space Preserves(1)


    ORANGE – Public input is being sought at three scheduled open houses to discuss draft plans that will guide the management of valuable wildlife and habitat on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s open space properties in the Aliso Canyon Preserve in Laguna Beach and Hayashi Preserve in Brea.

  • Online Survey Seeks Input on Transportation Future


    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking public input to help plan for the county’s transportation needs for the next 20 years and beyond. Community members are encouraged to participate in an online survey at through the end of October. The survey, available in both English and Spanish, asks for public input on what Orange County’s transportation priorities should be through 2040 to help residents, workers and visitors move efficiently throughout the county. Every four years, OCTA completes a Long-Range Transportation Plan that examines the county’s transportation needs, accounting for changes in demographics, the economy and available funding. The plan explores trends in transit needs as the population changes and looks at a multi-modal transportation system, including buses, trains, freeways, city streets, bikeways and more. The Measure M program, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation, is the centerpiece of long-range planning. The Long-Range Transportation Plan includes Measure M projects and looks beyond at additional needs throughout the county. The survey asks questions such as “When you think about transportation in Orange County in the year 2040 and beyond, what do you think OCTA should be focusing on?” The survey also asks participants to select which improvements to freeways, local streets and transit services they think would best help relieve congestion throughout the county. The plan will address key issues such as projected population and employment growth in the region and the introduction of emerging technologies, including ridesharing services and autonomous and electric vehicles. It will also take into consideration the fact that there are few opportunities for significant freeway expansion beyond what is already planned through Measure M, so future transportation projects will focus on improving the efficiency of the existing system. Results of the online survey will help shape the Long-Range Transportation Plan, which is the basis of OCTA’s input for the Regional Transportation Plan prepared by the Southern California Association of Governments. OCTA’s outreach efforts culminate with a public review period planned for the spring of 2018. The final Long-Range Transportation Plan will be submitted to SCAG by fall of 2018.

  • OCTA Seeks Public Input on Open Space Preserves


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

    As part of Measure M, Orange 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.

  • I-5 Weekend Ramp Closures Scheduled in San Clemente


    ORANGE – Drivers traveling in south Orange County are advised that weekend closures are planned at Avenida Pico in San Clemente as crews reconfigure the road and freeway ramps as part of the I-5 South County Improvements Project.

  • Last Call for OC Fair Express


    ORANGE – Heading into the final weekend of the OC Fair Express, the service is recording record ridership and passengers have two more days to take advantage of most convenient and affordable way to get to the OC Fair.

    The OC Fair Express Saturday and Sunday service has comparable ridership numbers to prior years, despite not offering Friday service. The weekend service that began in 2011 has had over 70,500 riders so far and when comparing Saturday and Sunday service to last year, ridership is up 38 percent.

  • OC Streetcar Team Hits the Streets for Community Events


    ORANGE –The public is invited to visit the OC Streetcar information booth at any of four community events in the month of August to talk with project staff members who will distribute information and discuss the upcoming project.

  • OCTA Secures $629 Million Federal Loan for I-405 Improvement Project


     ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority today secured a $629 million federal loan for the I-405 Improvement Project, which will pay for a major portion of the $1.9 billion worth of freeway improvements set to begin construction by early next year. 

  • Construction Kicks Off on Parking Structure at Orange Transportation Center


    ORANGE – Officials from the Orange County Transportation Authority, the city of Orange, and the community, came together today to break ground on construction of a new multi-level parking structure at the Orange Transportation Center.

    The structure, at 130 N. Lemon Street, will provide much-need parking both for the growing number of transit users and for people coming to Old Towne Orange to enjoy the many shopping and dining destinations.

  • Nighttime I-5 Freeway Closures Set for South Orange County


    ORANGE – Drivers should be alerted that nighttime partial and full lane closures on alternate sides of Interstate 5 (I-5) Freeway are being planned in South Orange County for several nights later this month, beginning Monday, July 17.

    The lane closures will take place between Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano and Avenida Pico in San Clemente. All lanes of the southbound I-5 are scheduled to close overnight on July 19-21, and northbound I-5 is scheduled to close overnight July 26-28.

  • OC Fair Express Returns on July 15


    ORANGE – The OC Fair Express Bus service returns July 15 to provide convenient non-stop travel to the OC Fair on weekends.

    The express bus service will provide service from nine locations to the OC Fair from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays, from July 15 to Aug. 13.

  • OCTA and Wildlife Officials Preserve 1,300 Acres of Wilderness


    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority joined with officials from federal and state wildlife agencies and local environmental leaders on Tuesday to announce the completion of plans to protect 1,300 acres of open space, ensuring that it remains free from development forever.

    Tuesday's event marked the culmination of more than 10 years of work between the agencies to finalize the plans related to the Measure M Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program, which protects natural habitat and rare animal and plant species in Orange County.

    "This is an important milestone for Orange County following years of hard work and strong coalition building between OCTA, state and federal officials, and local environmental community leaders who all care deeply about preserving our wildlands for generations to come," said OCTA Director Lori Donchak, who chairs the Environmental Oversight Committee.

  • OCTA Scholarship Program Invests in Education


    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.
  • OCTA Board Approves $1.2 Billion Balanced Budget


    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.

  • OC Streetcar Continues Rolling with Federal Funding


    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.

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


    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.

  • Millions Headed To Alleviate O.C. Traffic


    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.

  • OCTA Seeks Volunteers for Two Citizens Advisory Committees


    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.

  • Take a Hike With OCTA in Ferber Ranch


    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.

  • Angels Express Rail Service Returns for 2017 Season


    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.

  • 53Xpress Route to Speed Up Main Street Commute


    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.

  • OCTA Chair Michael Hennessey Sets Transportation Goals for 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.

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


    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.

  • Michael Hennessey Selected As OCTA Board Chairman


    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.

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


    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.

  • Construction Closures on Hold for the Holidays


    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. 

  • OC Streetcar Project Seeks Proposals for Vehicles


    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.

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


    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.

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


    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.

  • Construction Closures On Hold for Thanksgiving Weekend


    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.

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


    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.

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


    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.

  • Advisory: West 91 Express Lanes Work Resumes This Weekend


    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. 

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


    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. 

  • OC Streetcar Receives $28 Million Boost From State


    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.

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


    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.

  • FTA Officials Tour OCTA Transit Projects


    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 E. 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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