Local News Features Video of Orange County’s Open Spaces

When Orange County voters approved the extension of a sales tax for transportation improvements, a benefit was the conservation of open spaces. As part of the Measure M Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program, a comprehensive plan that preserves... read more

OCTA Recruits New Members for Teen Council

The OCTA Teen Council offers high school students an opportunity to learn about land use and transportation issues while working with OCTA staff to develop and implement strategic, collaborative projects. Members build leadership, communication, and... read more

1,300 Acres of Open Space Protected as Promised

In June, OCTA and supporters celebrated the issuance of a conservation plan that forever preserves 1,300 acres of Orange County wilderness and also fulfills a promise made to supporters of Measure M, Orange County’s sales tax for... read more

Taxpayer Oversight Committee Says Hello and Goodbye to Members

A lottery conducted at the OCTA Board of Directors meeting June 26 resulted in the appointment of two new Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee (TOC) members, one each from the Second and Third Supervisorial Districts. The list of candidates was... read more

Employee-funded OCTA Scholarships Presented to 26 Students

During its annual scholarship event, OCTA awarded more than $13,000 to 26 students through a fund that is raised entirely from employee donations. The OCTA Scholarship Fund provided 25 students with awards of $500 to offset their college tuition and... read more

OCTA Board Approves $1.2 Billion Balanced Budget

The OCTA Board of Directors approved a balanced budget of more than $1.2 billion for the upcoming fiscal year that encompasses all services, projects and programs administered by OCTA. Major initiatives for the budget include improving bus service... read more

Explore OC’s Protected Wilderness on Horseback

Join OCTA for a guided equestrian ride on June 10. Bring your horse, enjoy the view, and learn how OCTA is permanently protecting open spaces in Orange County. Seven properties have been acquired as part of the Measure M Freeway Environmental... read more

OC Streetcar Rolls On as OCTA Seeks Federal Grant Agreement

At its meeting on May 15, the OCTA Board of Directors voted to seek a grant agreement that would cover nearly half of the overall cost to build the OC Streetcar.   OCTA, the lead agency planning to build the OC Streetcar in Santa Ana and Garden... read more

Open Houses Raise Awareness about OC Streetcar

On May 9 and 13, OCTA conducted community open houses in Santa Ana to raise awareness about OC Streetcar. Expected to begin operations in late 2020, Orange County’s first modern streetcar will link the bustling Santa Ana Regional Transportation... read more

OCTA CEO Addresses Importance of First & Last Mile Connections

Long a concern of both transportation officials and the public, the first and last mile connection refers to the gap at either end of a public transit trip.  If it’s too far to walk and there is no other transportation available, the gap can... read more

Design Your Own Transit System

We all have opinions about what elements should go into a transit system. Should there be more late night and early morning service? What type of transit would be best – buses, express buses, or streetcar? What about offering on-demand services in... read more

Board Workshop Explores Proposed $1.3 Billion Budget

The OCTA Board of Directors got a closer look at the proposed $1.3 billion OCTA budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year during a workshop following its May 8 board meeting.  The balanced budget is in accordance with the annual goalsestablished by the OCTA... read more

Build Your Own Transit System and Shape the Future

Designing a transit system requires careful planning. Should there be more late night and early morning service? What type of transit would you like – buses, express buses, or streetcar? What about offering on-demand services in certain areas? And... read more

Measure M Continues to Deliver on Promises

According to a review by the Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee, this is the 26th year in a row that OCTA has kept the promises made in Measure M and delivered significant transportation improvements to the residents of Orange County. On April... read more

OC Streetcar Continues Rolling with Federal Funding

On May 1, 2017, $50 million for the OC Streetcar was included in a Congressional funding package expected to be signed by the President. This indicates strong federal support for the streetcar project, which will run through the heart of Orange... read more

Governor Brown Signs Legislation that Boosts Transportation Funding

On April 28, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a package of legislation to improve transportation in communities throughout California. The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, also known as SB 1, will invest $52.4 billion over the... read more

OCTA Honored with Five CAPIO Awards

CAPIO Awards are presented annually by the California Association of Public Information Officials to honor outstanding public agency information and communications programs. The 2017 awards were held in conjunction with the CAPIO Annual Conference in... read more

A Fun Way to Share Your OC Transit Vision

OCTA needs your help in shaping the future of transit. Do you want trains, buses, shuttles, or something different? With the fun and interactive Build Your Own System survey, you can design your own transit system by selecting from various features... read more

Measure M Helps Transform Dirt Lot into Wildlife Corridor

With support from OCTA, a nearly 4-acre abandoned lot in Laguna Canyon is now an improved wildlife corridor linking Aliso and Wood Canyons and Laguna Coast Wilderness Parks. Part of the Laguna Canyon Foundation’s Big Bend Restoration Project, the... read more

Volunteer by May 1 to Help Monitor Measure M

OCTA is once again seeking qualified volunteers to serve on the Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee (TOC). Applications for the 2017-2020 term will be accepted through May 1, 2017, to fill two positions; one each the 2nd and 3rd Supervisorial... read more
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