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  • Community Invited to 405 Improvement Open Houses

    5/3/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is hosting a series of community open houses in May and June to discuss the I-405 Improvement Project, a project aimed at speeding up commutes on I-405 between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles County line.

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  • Cycle Your Way into May for Bike Month

    5/1/2018

    ORANGE – Celebrate Bike Month with the Orange County Transportation Authority by participating in a number of activities that help showcase the multiple benefits of riding a bike including improved health, eliminating the cost of driving and helping the environment.

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  • OCTA Seeks Qualified Members for Two Public Committees

    4/26/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on two vital public committees that review OCTA programs and monitor funding to help ensure that OCTA continues efficiently delivering on its promise to keep Orange County moving.

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  • OCTA to Increase Bicycle Capacity on Buses

    4/25/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority will expand by 50 percent its ability to carry bicycles on all OC Buses with the installation of bicycle racks that hold up to three bikes at a time.

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  • Public Invited to Open House on Improvements Planned for I-605/Katella Avenue

    4/20/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority, in partnership with Caltrans, will host an open house on Tuesday, April 24 to discuss proposed improvements to the Interstate 605 and Katella Avenue interchange in Orange County.

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  • Measure M Delivering on Promises to Orange County Voters

    4/11/2018

    ORANGE – The Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee has determined that Measure M is being delivered as promised to Orange County voters for the 27th consecutive year.

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  • Taxpayer Oversight Committee’s Annual Public Hearing on Measure M set for April 10

    4/4/2018

    ORANGE – The Taxpayer Oversight Committee will hold its 27th annual public hearing on April 10 to ensure that Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, is being delivered as promised to Orange County voters.

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  • Dozens of Dogs Expected to Ride OCTA Buses on Saturday

    4/3/2018

    ORANGE – All the best-behaved breeds will board the bus this Saturday, April 7 when the Orange County Transportation Authority hosts the semi-annual Service Animal Training Day.

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  • Event Marks Completion of I-5 South Improvements

    3/29/2018

    ORANGE – Transportation leaders and elected officials today marked the completion of a $230 million improvement project that relieves traffic congestion and enhances safety for tens of thousands of daily commuters traveling Interstate 5 through San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point.

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  • OC Streetcar Plans Roll Forward with Selection of Vehicles

    3/27/2018

    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar rolled forward when the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors on Monday approved the purchase of the streetcars that will carry passengers on the route through Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

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

    3/14/2018

    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.

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

    3/13/2018

    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.

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

    3/6/2018

    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.  

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  • OCTA Selects Firm to Implement O.C. Express Lanes

    3/5/2018

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has selected Kapsch TrafficCom USA to design, install, operate and maintain the electronic tolling and traffic management systems for the 405 Express Lanes and 91 Express Lanes in Orange County.

    Kapsch, headquartered in Virginia, was selected from among four bidding and two short-listed firms interviewed to provide toll lanes system integrator services for the two separate express lanes facilities.

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  • OCTA Reveals New Names for Wilderness Preserves

    2/26/2018

    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.

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  • Mobile Readers Make OCTA Bus Boarding Easier

    2/8/2018

    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.

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  • OCTA Board Sets 2018 Transportation Vision

    1/30/2018

    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.

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  • $1.9 Billion I-405 Expansion in Orange County Kicks Off

    1/26/2018

    ORANGE – An innovative project aimed at speeding up commutes on the nation’s busiest stretch of highway started today as officials gathered to break ground on the I-405 Improvement Project, which targets a 16-mile stretch of freeway between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles County line.

    The $1.9 billion highway project, the largest under construction in California, is being led by the Orange County Transportation Authority, in partnership with Caltrans. The project adds one regular lane in each direction, between Euclid Street and I-605, as promised to voters through Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. The project also adds a second lane in each direction, which combined with the existing carpool lanes, will create the 405 Express Lanes.

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  • Supervisor Lisa Bartlett Selected as OCTA Board Chair

    1/8/2018

    Orange – Director Lisa Bartlett, also the Fifth District Supervisor, was unanimously selected today as the new chair of the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors.

    Bartlett served as the OCTA board’s vice chair for the last year. She replaces outgoing Chair Michael Hennessey, who remains on the board as one of two public members.

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  • 2017 Shows Signs of Success for OC Bus 360°

    12/28/2017

    ORANGE – 2017 was a busy year for the Orange County Transportation Authority, as it continued to keep Orange County’s residents, workers and visitors moving by providing services that best serve each community.

    A big focus of OCTA’s work throughout the year continued to be on OC Bus 360°, an ongoing effort to reinvent transit service by improving the passenger experience and optimizing the efficiency of the bus system.

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  • OC Streetcar Rolls On with Invitation for Construction Bids

    12/27/2017

    ORANGE – Plans for Orange County’s first modern streetcar took another major step forward this month when the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors approved the release of an invitation for bids to build the OC Streetcar.

    The invitation for bids from contractors marks a significant milestone for the project as it begins the process to select a qualified contractor to build the 4.1-mile streetcar that will run through the heart of Orange County, in Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

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  • OCTA to Use $75,000 Grant for Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety

    12/26/2017

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long community program dedicated to bicycle-skills training and distribution of safety equipment for people walking and biking.

    The aim of the program is to increase safety and reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities. OCTA will use the funding as part of the agency’s ongoing commitment to deliver transportation solutions, including for active transportation – biking, walking and skating.

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  • OCTA Seeks Feedback on Active Transportation Survey

    12/21/2017

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking feedback from the public on how to provide better cycling and walking paths across the county through the online OC Active survey.

    OC Active is the first comprehensive countywide effort to identify transportation needs and opportunities for both walking and bicycling.

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

    12/20/2017

    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.

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

    12/4/2017

    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.

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  • OCTA Seeks Feedback on Transit Master Plan

    11/27/2017

    ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority invites members of the public to help continue shaping the future of transportation in Orange County by taking the OC Transit Vision Survey.

    The survey will help shape the Transit Master Plan, which is a long-term plan for transit in Orange County that looks at current and future transportation needs, as well how to make it easier to travel by bus and rail.

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  • Take Metrolink to the 25th Annual Festival of Lights

    11/21/2017

    ORANGE –Metrolink will provide additional trains this year to take passengers to the 25th anniversary of the Mission Inn and Spa’s Festival of Lights in downtown Riverside.

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  • OCTA Sees Nearly 20 Percent Boost in Bus Riders in Areas of Improved Service

    11/16/2017

    ORANGE – OC Bus ridership continues to see positive gains in areas where the Orange County Transportation Authority has focused on improving service through the OC Bus 360° program, changes that were implemented beginning just over a year ago.

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

    11/14/2017

    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.

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  • OCTA Honors Those Who Served for Veterans Day

    11/10/2017
    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

    10/24/2017

    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.

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

    10/3/2017

    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.

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  • OCTA Kicks Off Rideshare Week

    10/3/2017
    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
  • Online Survey Seeks Input on Transportation Future

    9/14/2017

    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.

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  • OCTA Seeks Public Input on Open Space Preserves

    8/31/2017

    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.

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  • I-5 Weekend Ramp Closures Scheduled in San Clemente

    8/11/2017

    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.

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  • Last Call for OC Fair Express

    8/9/2017

    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.

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  • OC Streetcar Team Hits the Streets for Community Events

    8/1/2017

    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.

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

    7/26/2017

     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. 

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  • Construction Kicks Off on Parking Structure at Orange Transportation Center

    7/26/2017

    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.

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

    7/14/2017

    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.

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  • OC Fair Express Returns on July 15

    7/6/2017

    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.

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

    6/22/2017

    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.

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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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