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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:

City Amount Service
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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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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