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Looking Back at 2022

In 2022, OCTA continued its mission to develop and deliver transportation solutions to enhance the quality of life and keep Orange County moving. Led by the OCTA Board, OCTA made progress on important freeway and transit projects while embracing diversity and sustainability.

OCTA celebrated its 50th anniversary of providing bus service in Orange County. This year, OCTA continued its history of service and innovation by making the Youth Ride Free Program permanent and expanded the College Pass Program to include all nine Orange County community colleges.

OCTA marked 31 years of advancing projects promised to voters through OC Go, also known as Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. Among them are important freeway improvements on I-405 (more than 85 percent complete), I-5 in South County (more than 60 percent complete from SR-73 to El Toro Road) and breaking ground on the SR-55 (I-405 to I-5) Improvement Project. In addition, construction on OC Streetcar is nearly 75 percent complete.

To safely restore passenger rail service, OCTA initiated an emergency construction project to stabilize the railroad track through southern San Clemente.

Outreach to diverse populations included a trust-building campaign that connected with underserved communities and incorporated feedback from the Diverse Community Leaders group.

Sustainability efforts continued to advance. With $2.5 million in Federal Transit Administration funding, OCTA purchased 10 battery-electric zero emission paratransit buses to replace an equal number of gasoline-powered vehicles in the OC ACCESS fleet. To improve water quality related to transportation-related pollution, the agency approved grant funding for 13 water quality projects totaling approximately $3.1 million.

For more on OCTA’s 2022 accomplishments, visit here.