On any given workday, an average of 3,000 commuters travel through the Fullerton Transportation Center, making it the busiest stop along Metrolink’s Orange County route. By the year 2020, the anticipated number of Fullerton’s boardings is expected to grow to a daily average of 4,000.
Many of these travelers need a place to park their cars before boarding the train. In fact, the availability of parking, and the ease of accessing the station, can affect people’s willingness to choose this form of public transportation.
In partnership with the City of Fullerton, OCTA recently completed station upgrades that will make the Fullerton Transportation Center a more convenient and desirable place to begin and end a journey.
A five-level parking structure opened in 2018. Earlier this month, upgraded elevators were installed using money left over from the parking structure project. The elevator project modified the existing pedestrian bridge and added two new traction elevators, one on each side.
The elevators provide increased pedestrian access to both platforms at the station and increase usability for all passengers.
This project highlights the ability of OCTA to partner with cities throughout the county to provide oversight/funding options to maximize use of local funds through OC Go (also known as Measure M) along with state and federal dollars.