After digging down 23 feet to excavate two underground levels, crews began building upward in early March to create a Metrolink parking structure in the heart of Old Towne Orange.
OCTA and the City of Orange are constructing the shared-use multi-story parking structure to provide much-needed parking for the growing number of transit users at the Orange Transportation Center and for people coming to Old Towne Orange to enjoy the many shopping and dining destinations. The Orange Transportation Center is serviced by Metrolink and OCTA bus routes which provide connectivity to downtown Orange businesses, Chapman University, and other nearby destinations and employment centers.
Opening to the public in early 2019, the new parking structure will be located on the site of the previous City of Orange surface parking lot at the northwest corner of Lemon Street and Chapman Avenue. The structure will house 611 parking spaces, 500 reserved for train riders and 111 designated for general use, which will more than triple the parking capacity of the 172-space lot it replaces.
This $33.2 million project is funded by the City of Orange, OC Go (formally Measure M), the State Transportation Improvement Program, and the Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ).
A temporary street staging area for construction vehicles and supply trucks will be established on southbound Lemon Street adjacent to the project site to maximize safety and productivity during construction.
Learn more about the Metrolink parking structure here.