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AMOUNT OF EACH SALES TAX PENNY SPENT ON TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS THAT IMPROVE LIFE IN ORANGE COUNTY EVERY DAY. MEASURE M IS EXPECTED TO PROVIDE MORE THAN $15 BILLION THROUGHOUT THE LIFE OF THE MEASURE WHICH ENDS IN 2041. A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF ALL MEASURE M IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS IS REQUIRED EVERY 10 YEARS. THE FIRST REVIEW (2006-2016) WAS COMPLETED IN 2015 AND IT WAS DETERMINED THE PROGRAM IS ON TRACK TO DELIVER TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS.
The 10-year review evaluated the performance of the overall program and provided recommendations to improve performance. To ensure successful delivery of Measure M, the plan was amended to close out the completed Project T (Gateways to Metrolink), and reallocate the balance to Project U (Senior and Disabled Fare Stabilization Program) and Project R (High-Frequency Metrolink Service).
THIS INCLUDES THE OPENED 1-5/ORTEGA HIGHWAY INTERCHANGE IN SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, COMPLETED FIVE-MILE GENERAL PURPOSE LANE ON SR-57 IN BREA AND THREE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ON SR-91 AND I-5 IN SOUTH COUNTY.
OPEN
1-5/Ortega Highway Interchange
Bridge reconstruction, along with new and widened lanes, ease travel at this major interchange for local drivers, regional commuters and visitors.
COMPLETED
State Route 57 (SR-57)
Along with Caltrans, OCTA opened the SR-57 Northbound Project’s southern segment – a new, northbound five-mile general purpose lane, as well as other capital and operational improvements – from Katella Avenue in Anaheim to Lambert Road in Brea.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION
State Route 91 (SR-91)
91 Westbound Lane Addition Project
In its final year of construction, this project spans from about SR-57 to I-5 and will deliver a four-mile lane along a stretch of roadway heavily used by both commuters and commercial motorists. The new lane will include realigned westbound on- and off-ramps at key intersections and widened bridges.
The 91 Bypass Lane Project
This two-mile project will improve the 91 Freeway in Anaheim by extending a westbound lane from about Lakeview Avenue through the Tustin Avenue interchange. A westbound merging lane also will be constructed.
Interstate 5 (I-5)
I-5 South County Improvements
This project will add six miles of carpool lanes from San Juan Creek Road to Avenida Pico to help relieve congestion in the cities of San Clemente, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano. The southernmost segment, from Avenida Pico to Avenida Vista Hermosa, includes reconstruction of the Pico Interchange to improve traffic flow.
OCTA approved $32 million for the Regional Capacity Program, which funds intersection improvements and other street improvement projects to help reduce congestion.

OCTA also approved $16.3 million for 10 signal synchronization projects to keep drivers moving efficiently on the streets. It helps reduce traffic times, stops, and delays.

There are 45 projects planned or in progress through the Regional Traffic Signal Synchronization Program. To date, the program has resulted in:

  • 38 signal projects completed
  • $38 million improvements along 436 miles and 1,672 signals
  • Travel time savings by an of average of 13%
  • Speed improvements by an average of 15%
  • Stop reduction by an average of 31%
COMMUTERS AND OTHER TRAVELERS USE METROLINK TRAINS EACH DAY
Orange County has 11 Metrolink stations and is served by three lines – Orange County Line (OC Line), Inland Empire Orange County Line (IEOC Line) and 91 Line. Each day, commuters and other travelers use convenient Metrolink trains to get to work or other destinations within Orange County or adjoining counties including Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego. Weekend ridership was recently added to the 91 Line.
BY 2035 THE STREETCAR IS ESTIMATED TO CARRY 6,000+ RIDERS

EACH DAY

Located in Santa Ana, the fourth most densely populated city in the United States, the streetcar will serve Santa Ana’s historic downtown. On the way to Garden Grove’s busy International West tourist corridor, it will connect directly with 18 OCTA bus routes, including the seven busiest routes in the county. In addition, the streetcar is expected to support economic development and create jobs. More than half of the funding for the streetcar is expected to come from the federal government. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2017, with service beginning in 2020. By 2035, the streetcar is estimated to carry more than 6,000 riders each day.
A TOTAL OF 1,300 ACRES HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY PROTECTED
The Aliso Canyon Preserve will be permanently designated as a wilderness preserve. This is the seventh property acquisition under the Measure M Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program, a comprehensive plan that preserves and restores natural habitats and allows for expedited delivery of freeway projects. A total of 1,300 acres has been permanently protected. The other six properties are located in Brea, Silverado Canyon, and Trabuco Canyon. In addition, OCTA approved a non-wasting endowment target of approximately $34.5 million to fund long-term management activities for all acquired open space properties.
THIS PROGRAM IS CREDITED FOR CONSERVING 213 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER AND REMOVING NEARLY 500,000 CUBIC FEET OF TRASH.
The Environmental Cleanup Program uses Measure M funds to clean transportation-related pollutants from the county’s waterways. Water quality projects have included a litter-removal project in Newport Beach, installation of catch basin screens in Tustin and a transportation-runoff-abatement project in Mission Viejo, among many others throughout the county. OCTA is expected to award approximately $300 million for water quality projects over the 30-year life of Measure M.
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NUMBER OF UNDERPASSES AND OVERPASSES UNDER CONSTRUCTION SO TRAINS AND CARS CAN TRAVEL AT THE SAME TIME WITHOUT DELAY
The OC Bridges Program improves public safety and goods movement by constructing overpasses and underpasses at seven rail crossings in Anaheim, Fullerton and Placentia. These bridges eliminate the need to stop, wait and waste time at railroad crossings as freight trains pass.

More trains are coming. By 2030, the number of daily freight trains is expected to nearly double from 70 to 130. The OC Bridges Program helps preserve quality of life while allowing trains to transport goods.

Projects include:
  • Orangethorpe Avenue
  • Tustin Avenue/Rose Drive
  • Lakeview Avenue
  • Raymond Avenue
  • State College Boulevard
  • Placentia Avenue (completed in 2014)
  • Kraemer Boulevard (completed in 2014)
Three programs work together to provide efficient, cost-effective transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities. The Senior Mobility Program fills the gap between local fixed-route buses and ACCESS service by providing transportation services to seniors in 31 cities in Orange County. OCTA and the participating cities contribute to the program. Another program supplements existing countywide senior non‐emergency medical transportation services. The third program reduces fares for bus services and ACCESS paratransit services for seniors and persons with disabilities.
For more information, visit www.octa.net/MeasureM