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OCTA wins $140 million grant

The funding comes as the agency’s new chairwoman outlines her goals.

BY TINA BORGATTAPublished: January 25, 2011 10:51 AM

Photo by Pavel Losevsky – Fotolia
Adopting a five-year strategic plan – including a new bus and rail systems program – ranked among the priorities that the Orange County Transportation Authority’s new chairwoman, Patricia Bates, outlined this week.

And a $140 million construction grant from the California Transportation Commission could go a long way in helping the agency reach a number of its current goals. Among the projects earmarked for the funding: the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, or ARTIC; a new lane on the 91 freeway between the 55 and Weir Canyon Road; and highway and rail crossing improvements in San Clemente and Dana Point.

“We have been working hard to deliver these improvements, and this money will provide the needed boost to move the projects into construction,” Bates said.
 
Bates said a focus on future planning is essential in order to meet Measure M2 commitments, improve connections with partnering agencies and make progress on important transportation projects.

“This is an exciting time at OCTA as we work to close out the original Measure M program and usher in a new era of M2 projects that will improve the way in which we keep Orange County moving,” Bates said. “My goals for the year are ambitious, and that’s what the residents and voters expect.”

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