The results of the first phase of a study regarding south Orange County’s transportation needs are in. Respondents say they want less congestion, more multimodal transportation, and increased safety.
The South Orange County Multimodal Transportation Study is looking at a range of transportation needs and solutions over the next 25 years, including improvements to streets, bus and other transit options, highways and bikeways.
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.
“Fundamental to our role at OCTA is our work with the public to understand transportation needs throughout the county,” said Chair Andrew Do, also Orange County’s First District Supervisor. “With its focus on population and job growth patterns unique to South County, this study will give us valuable insights to help shape a future in which residents and businesses continue to thrive.”
During the first phase of the study conducted in fall 2020, OCTA engaged with residents and stakeholders and offered a survey in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Mandarin.
Among the survey findings, the respondents said that they would like to see:
- Reduction in traffic congestion
- Increased frequency and accessibility of multimodal transportation
- Increased safety and efficiency for all modes of travel
- More work from home programs
Survey respondents also recognized the need to address transportation challenges and want to see an increase in alternative transportation frequency and accessibility.
The study continues into the second of three phases, scheduled through the end of 2021. Residents, business owners and other key stakeholders will be asked to participate to develop community consensus on transportation solutions that should move forward for further development.
For more information, visit: octa.net/southocstudy. Click on the “stay connected” tab for updates.