Bristol Street Transit Corridor Study
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is working to improve transit service along the Bristol Street Corridor, which was previously identified as one of several “opportunity corridors.”
Located in central Orange County, the Bristol Street Corridor has become a critical north-south connection, linking residents, businesses, schools, and key destinations in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and Irvine. Through the study, OCTA analyzed and developed options to improve the flow of traffic and public transit along the Bristol Street corridor from West 17th Street in Santa Ana to Sunflower Avenue including the South Coast Metro area in Santa Ana and connections to John Wayne Airport.
The study began in October 2018 and concluded in September 2019 and identified solutions to improve public transportation and traffic conditions by:
- Improving frequency, service, and reliability
- Improving connections with key crosstown routes and the planned OC Streetcar project,
- Supporting first/last mile connections to jobs, services, retail centers, and multi-family/mixed use developments, and
- Enhancing the customer service experience and convenience of public transportation.
The Bristol Corridor study included community input in respect to corridor definition, alternatives development, and alternatives evaluation.
Orange County is the second densest County in California and is expecting vast growth over the next two decades. Population and employment will grow an additional 10% and 17%, respectively and further increase the demand for improvements of public transportation services. In order to improve public transportation, OCTA completed the OC Transit Vision in February 2018. This 20-year plan will enhance and expand public transit services throughout Orange County. The OC Transit Vision identified 11 corridors in Orange County to address growing transportation demands for major investments in high quality public transit improvements. For this reason, the Bristol Street corridor was chosen to be evaluated for transit system improvements, which may also one day connect corridor communities with the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC), John Wayne Airport and the future OC Streetcar.
The study was completed in fall 2019 and engaged public stakeholders in all steps from corridor assessment to final alternatives evaluation.
approximate time frame
|Project Initiation||Fall 2018|
|Purpose and Need||Fall 2018 - Spring 2019|
|Round 1 Public Outreach||Summer 2019|
|Alternatives Development||Summer - Fall 2019|
|Alternatives Evaluation & Round 2 Public Outreach||Fall 2019 - Winter 2020|
|Final Report||Summer 2020|
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the Bristol Street Transit Corridor?
Bristol Street, located in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, is among the heaviest traveled roadways in Orange County and supports high levels of public transit riders. The corridor spans from West 17th Street to Sunflower Avenue, however the study will also evaluate connections to John Wayne Airport. The busy corridor serves as a primary north-south route, providing access to several key destinations, including Santa Ana College (SAC), the Orange County Civic Center, Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA), South Coast Metro, and South Coast Plaza. It also runs in close proximity to two regional transportation centers, the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) with 65+ trains daily and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, and intersects with the path of the future OC Streetcar.
Why was the Bristol Street Transit Corridor studied, and what did it achieve?
The Bristol Street Corridor was identified in February 2018 by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) as one of 11 high demand transit corridors with potential to benefit from public transit investment and improvements in public transportation services. The goals of the study are to:
Improve the frequency, service, and reliability of public transportation,
Improve connections with key crosstown routes and the planned OC Streetcar project,
Support first/last mile connections to jobs, services, retail centers, and multi-family/mixed use developments, and
Enhance the customer service experience and convenience of public transportation.
When was the study completed?
The study began in late 2018 and was completed in fall 2019.
Who do I contact with study questions?
Please direct public comments and inquiries to OCTA’s Community Relations Principal, Tresa Oliveri, either by phone (714) 560-5374 or via email email@example.com.
Past Meetings & Events
|Health, Education & Business Summer Expo||July 18, 2019|
|Santa Ana Resident Day @ the Zoo||July 21, 2019|
|Starbucks (Bristol St/17th St)||July 23, 2019|
|Santa Ana College||
July 23, 2019
|Bristol Swap Meet||July 25, 2019|
|The LAB||August 1, 2019|
|The CAMP||August 1, 2019|
|Santa Ana Back to School Bash||August 3, 2019|
|Open House Community Meeting||August 3, 2019|
|Open House Community Meeting||August 7, 2019|