The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Administrators authorized a balanced price range of greater than $1.Three billion for the upcoming fiscal 12 months throughout its Monday assembly.
The board elevated the price range by $16.1 million from final 12 months. Main initiatives embody persevering with Measure M tasks such because the I-405 widening and the OC Streetcar, launching the OC Flex on-demand shuttle pilot, and enhancing bus service.
The Fiscal 12 months 2018–19 price range encompasses all providers, tasks, and packages which can be administered by OCTA. Funding allocations for the price range embody:
- $ 290 million for bus operations
- $ 286 million for freeway enhancements
- $ 171 million for streets and roads enhancements
- $ 101 million for rail providers and capital enhancements
Whereas OCTA’s bus service has skilled ridership decline and systemwide service cuts, the price range displays a a lot brighter outlook. OCTA continues its OC Bus 360 efforts with the deliberate launch of a brand new Bravo! fast bus line on Seashore Boulevard, the introduction of OC Flex, no fare will increase, and no service cuts. Complete expenditures for OCTA’s system is predicted to be greater than $366.four million.
That is additionally the primary 12 months S.B. 1 has performed a task in OCTA’s price range. The FY 2018–19 price range contains $19.2 million in S.B. 1 funds for the bus program and $8.Three million for streets and roads and the Freeway Service Patrol.
That greater function for S.B. 1 hasn’t come with out some concern, particularly due to the continuing effort to repeal the invoice. Whereas S.B. 1 accounts for lower than seven % of OCTA’s price range for bus service, a repeal of the state legislation would result in service or expenditure cuts, mentioned OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson.
$40 Million for Widening Streets and Synchronizing Visitors Lights
On the identical assembly, the board authorized greater than $40 million in Measure M2 funds towards eleven road widening and intersection modification tasks, and 6 site visitors sign synchronization tasks.
OCTA has additionally secured an extra $6.Eight million from S.B. 1 for the site visitors sign synchronization tasks.
The tasks are being funded by OCTA’s Regional Capability Program (RCP) and the Regional Visitors Sign Synchronization Program (RTSSP). Each are aggressive packages, however the primary standards for the RCP is predicated on a challenge’s skill to finish the Grasp Plan of Arterial Highways — translation: relieve congestion by elevated roadway capability, by way of, normally, road widenings.
The cities receiving funds embody Anaheim, Brea, Fullerton, Backyard Grove, Irvine, Orange, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Santa Ana, and Yorba Linda.
Whereas funded in three segments, the Warner Avenue road widening challenge in Santa Ana was awarded $15.2 million from the RCP. The challenge’s one-mile stretch between Primary Road and South Grand Avenue would widen from 4 to 6 lanes of site visitors, add bike lanes, and widen its sidewalks. This is identical challenge that will displace greater than forty households and companies.
Listed here are some particulars on different RCP tasks:
- Widen College Drive from Ridgeline Drive to Interstate 405 in Irvine — $327,262
- Widen Yorba Linda Boulevard from La Palma Avenue to Santa Ana Canyon Street in Yorba Linda — 375,000
- Enhance the interchange at Lambert Street and the SR-57 freeway — $12.Three million
And sign synchronization tasks:
- Orangethorpe Avenue Hall in Fullerton, 57 indicators — $3.5 million
- Katella Avenue/Villa Park/Santiago Canyon hall in Anaheim, 73 indicators — $1.5 million ($2.four million from SB 1)
- Backyard Grove Boulevard in Backyard Grove. 34 indicators — $763,751 ($1.Three million from S.B. 1)
- Primary Road Hall in Irvine, 67 indicators — $1.2 million ($1.9 million from S.B. 1)