OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson recently addressed an attentive group at an in-person networking meeting sponsored by Women’s Transportation Seminar-Orange County (WTS-OC). An annual event, Johnson’s presentation attracted approximately 100 attendees, the largest gathering since in-person meetings resumed.
Johnson’s talk focused on OCTA’s proposed $1.65 billion FY 23 budget, which will be presented June 13 at a public hearing and meeting of the OCTA Board of Directors.
In addition, Johnson shared information about several projects designed to improve transportation throughout Orange County.
- Making Better Connections Study, a proposed plan to improve bus service, with many opportunities for public input prior to implementation
- Orange County’s first modern streetcar, OC Streetcar, will allow easier access to destinations through the communities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove as well as throughout Orange County and Los Angeles
- The I-405 Improvement Project is on target for completion in 2023 to improve 16 miles between the SR-73 freeway in Costa Mesa and I-605 near the L.A. County line
- Improvements are underway along I-5 in south Orange County with completion of the three-part project scheduled for 2025
- On the SR-55, improvements are scheduled to begin this summer to increase access to job centers, healthcare and educational facilities, South Coast Plaza and John Wayne Airport, among other important destinations