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From Start to Finish, 2018 Was a Productive Year for OCTA

From start to finish in 2018, the OCTA Board of Directors enhanced life in Orange County by delivering innovative transportation solutions.

January saw the kick off of the $1.9 billion I-405 Improvement Project, which will speed up commutes on 16-miles between Costa Mesa and the county line, the nation’s busiest stretch of highway.

In July, nearly 80,000 people beat traffic and parking hassles by hopping aboard the OC Fair Express. And all summer long, OCTA-funded shuttles offered easy access to beaches and popular attractions.

OC Flex, an app-based microtransit service, launched in October. The pilot project offers residents in two zones an on-demand, curb-to-curb connection with their destinations, including other transit services such as Metrolink and OC Bus. 

In 2018, OC Bus 360 added later hours, more weekend options, and a college pass program that provides free bus rides for thousands of students.

In November, OCTA celebrated the OC Streetcar groundbreaking and accepted a Federal Transit Administration full-funding grant agreement of $149 million. The modern electric streetcar will offer a new transit alternative for riders in Santa Ana and Garden Grove, through the heart of Orange County.

These are just a few of the many accomplishments that kept Orange County moving in 2018 and laid the foundation for a bright future. For more information about these and other highlights, view the OCTA Accomplishments Report and Video.

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