FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2013
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Joel Zlotnik, (714) 560-5713; Laura Scheper (714) 560-5697
OCTA Funding New Transit Services In Orange County
Measure M2 providing $9.8 million for six new projects that will expand the reach of transit service
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) today approved $9.8 million to fund six new services that will expand the reach of transit for Orange County residents.
Funded by Measure M2, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, the money will allow cities to operate year-round, seasonal or special event services that complement Orange County’s regional bus and rail systems.
“We are thrilled to partner with cities to provide additional transit services for our growing communities,” said OCTA Chairman Greg Winterbottom. “These dollars will allow cities to operate new services that best fit the needs of their residents.”
Based on the board-approved criteria, six projects were awarded funding, which include:
|Dana Point||$2,456,511||A summer weekend trolley system along Pacific Coast Highway, a summer weekend harbor shuttle and special event shuttles including service during the Festival of the Whales.|
|Huntington Beach||$93,287||Special event shuttle services for the 4th of July and U.S. Open Surfing Competition|
|La Habra||$3,434,600||Year-round service within local communities with stops at St. Jude Hospital and the Fullerton Transportation Center|
|Laguna Beach||$3,612,360||Expanded festival seasonal service and a new off-season trolley service during the spring and winter months|
|Lake Forest||$74,844||Station van service from the Irvine train station to Oakley, Inc.|
|Lake Forest||$148,855||Station van service from the Irvine train station to Ossur Americas|
The funding includes capital and/or operating costs for the first seven years of service. All the services are anticipated to begin in the next year, with the La Habra shuttle beginning in fiscal year 2014-15.
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