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New parking structure opens at Tustin Metrolink Station

Environmentally friendly structure can accommodate more than 800 cars By Elaine Murphy

By Elaine MurphyPublished: November 04, 2011 12:30 PM

A new parking structure with 823 spaces has opened at the Tustin Metrolink Station, replacing the station’s older 300-space parking lot. The structure was planned while considering an expected future increase in ridership, and was created out of a need to accommodate the 800 daily passengers that commute out of the station.

“Increased ridership shows that Orange County residents are commuting to their jobs more than ever before. Taking alternative forms of transportation is a great way to reduce congestion on the streets,” said Orange County Transportation Authority Director and Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante. “I hope Tustinites can use the parking structure and ride the train in place of a commute as I do a few times a month.”

Construction on the $15.4 million structure began in October 2010, and was completed 13 percent under the anticipated budget. The project is part of a plan to expand Metrolink services between Fullerton and Laguna Niguel. Metrolink ridership has increased by 9.5 percent since September 2010.

“The structure is not only practical, but also environmentally conscious. Accommodating commuter needs in a way that can help the environment is always a positive,” said OCTA Chair Patricia Bates.

The parking structure’s environmentally friendly features include rooftop solar panels and LED lighting. The structure also has an electronic sign at its entrance to inform drivers of available parking spaces.  

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