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The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is studying the development of a biking and walking trail connection along the former Pacific Electric Right-of-Way (PE ROW) corridor in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. The OC Connect study area includes 3.1 miles of the PE ROW between Raitt Street in Santa Ana and Euclid Avenue in Garden Grove, as well as 0.85 miles of the Wintersburg Channel between the PE ROW and Hazard Avenue in Santa Ana.

The project creates a 4-mile biking and walking trail connection between the downtown areas of Garden Grove and Santa Ana as well as to the Santa Ana River Trail and the countywide 66-mile OC Loop bikeway. This project would improve the transportation network along the corridor and provide a well connected active transportation route.

This study will complete the environmental review of the corridor, known as the Project Approval & Environmental Document (PA/ED) phase for a Class 1 bike path, which is a shared bicycle and pedestrian path separated from vehicular traffic. The PA/ED phase will refine the alignment of the trail by completing preliminary design, determine the trail's feasibility, estimate project costs, and determine what, if any, avoidance or mitigation measures must be taken to complete the project. For more detail about the design vision, safety features and trail amenity options, visit


The OC Connect trail project would provide critical connections between Garden Grove and Santa Ana with public access from various entry points along the trail. It would increase the use of active transportation travel modes, provide a no-cost, zero-emission transportation option, enhance mobility for non-motorized users, and facilitate active travel away from high-speed and high-volume traffic. The completed study will support the advancement of subsequent project phases to be led by the cities of Garden Grove and Santa Ana.


Project Initiation July 2023
Public Engagement Ongoing
Preliminary Engineering & Technical Studies Preliminary Engineering & Technical Studies
Environmental Documentation Spring 2024 to Winter 2024
Study Completed December 2024


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