The board received an update on development of the 2018 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which OCTA updates every four years to plan for Orange County’s transportation needs for the next 20 years and beyond.
The elements of the LRTP will be included in the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) 2020 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS).
The 2018 LRTP will analyze travel conditions based on a 2040 horizon year, which assumes a 10 percent growth in population and 17 percent growth in employment in Orange County.
OCTA and Caltrans are seeking to meet federal performance standards in which HOV managed lanes are required to operate at 45 mph or higher during peak periods. Most HOV lanes in Orange County do not currently meet this standard. As part of the development of the LRTP, OCTA will continue to analyze managed-lane and HOT lane scenarios and how they could affect traffic flow.
The draft LRTP is scheduled for public review this summer and is expected to be finalized in the fall.