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Help OCTA Plan for the future of Multimodal Transportation in South Orange County

During the next 25 years, the population in south Orange County is anticipated to grow by 16 percent (about 170,000 residents), and employment is expected to grow by 18 percent (about 130,000 jobs). This growth will result in more people traveling throughout south Orange County.

OCTA is conducting a strategic transportation study that will consider the future transportation needs of residents, commuters, and visitors. Through collaboration with local stakeholders, the study will identify a broad range of improvement recommendations for all modes of transportation, including streets, transit, freeways and bikeways. The area covered by the study encompasses about 40 percent of Orange County, generally south of State Route 55 to the San Diego County line, and from the coast to the foothills.

"Developing solutions to meet the long-term transportation needs of South County can only succeed if we build community consensus for projects and that’s why early input and opinions are tremendously important,” said OCTA Chairman Steve Jones, also the mayor of Garden Grove. “We look forward to hearing your ideas to help shape the future of South County.”

Your input is extremely valuable as we address south Orange County’s mobility needs through the year 2045. Please take this online survey or dial in at 833-711-8070 until Oct. 30. The brief 12-question survey, with a few additional optional questions, is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese.

In addition, a recording of a virtual meeting conducted earlier in October is available on the website.

For more information about the South Orange County Multimodal Transportation Study, click here.

Travel patterns and transportation needs have continued to evolve since OCTA’s last major transportation study of the area in 2008. The projects from that study have resulted in a more than $1.5 billion investment in the area, including the I-5 carpool lane project between San Juan Creek Road and Avenida Pico, and the I-5 widening between SR-73 and El Toro Road now under construction.

Since the 2008 study, other significant changes have occurred, including the elimination of the SR-241 Toll Road extension in favor of a non-tolled extension of Los Patrones Parkway, a decline in traditional transit ridership, the introduction of mobile transportation apps and on-demand services such as Uber and Lyft, as well as the introduction of community transit options like shuttles and trolleys.

As Orange County’s transportation planning agency, OCTA is responsible for providing a balanced and sustainable transportation system for the entire county.

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