An investigative hearing on climate resiliency at the end of August included panel discussions about infrastructure, community challenges and recommendations for the future.
OCTA Deputy CEO Jennifer Bergener provided an overview of the ways OCTA is building a sustainable transportation infrastructure to best serve Orange County. The county transportation agency is focused on an array of environmental programs including air quality initiatives, climate resiliency planning, zero-emission bus efforts, and two unique programs that improve water quality and preserve open space – all of which are supported by OC Go, also known as Measure M, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
She also addressed plans for coastal rail line track resiliency in south Orange County and OCTA’s partnerships with state, federal and local agencies.
“As a public transportation agency, the goal is always to keep our residents, workers and visitors moving with improvements to our public transit, streets and freeways,” said Bergener. “At the same time, we want to help protect the environment that makes Orange County such a special place to live, work and visit.”
The climate resiliency investigative hearing was hosted by Orange County Supervisors Katrina Foley and Vicente Sarmiento, who also serve on OCTA’s board of directors.