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CA Officials Approve $43B Transportation Plan

Thursday, November 29, 2018

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Earlier this month, the board of directors for the Orange County Transportation Authority announced the approval of a $43.4 billion plan that will serve as a guideline for how infrastructure will develop over the next 20 years.

OCTA, the transportation planning agency for the council, develops a Long-Range Transportation plan every four years, according to its website. Changing demographics and a forecast increase in travel demand are both considered.

Infrastructure Planning

According to OCTA, Orange County’s population is expected to grow by 10 percent (311,000 people) by 2040, and employment is slated to grow by 17 percent (275,000 jobs) within the same time frame. By 2040, this adds up to an additional 1.7 million daily trips within Orange County, a 12 percent increase from the current trend. Without adjustments being made, congestion would increase by 66 percent.

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Earlier this month, the board of directors for the Orange County Transportation Authority announced the approval of a $43.4 billion plan that will serve as a guideline for how infrastructure will develop over the next 20 years.

The Designing Tomorrow plan implemented input from the community, resulting in prioritizing traffic signal synchronization, maintaining roads and freeways and investigation into innovative transportation options (ex. on-demand ridesharing). High-occupancy vehicle lanes, regular lanes, express lanes, toll roads and interchanges are also a part of the plan.

In terms of funding, 68 percent, as proposed, will come from the county’s Measure M one-half cent sales tax, along with 22 percent coming from state program and 10 percent from federal programs.

“OCTA has earned a reputation for delivering a reliable state-of-the-art transportation system for Orange County,” said OCTA Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, also the county’s Fifth District Supervisor. “It is precisely this kind of planning, with input from the public and collaboration with our stakeholders, that ensures we are successful in preparing for a diverse transportation future.”

Moving forward, the plan will be submitted to the Southern California Association of Governments as part of SCAG’s 2020 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy.


Tagged categories: Funding; Government; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Transportation

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