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OCTA receives $9.3 million in federal grants

The funds will be used for a transportation hub in Anaheim, as well as solar-lighting, bike-sharing and methane-detection projects.

By Sophia GioielloPublished: October 26, 2011 07:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $9.3 million to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). The federal grants were part of the DOT’s Bus Livability and State of Good Repair programs.

The largest portion of the federal grants, $7.5 million, went to the Anaheim Regional Intermodal Center (ARTIC). The ARTIC project is designed to provide a transportation facility in the city. The services will include a number of transit options to accommodate passenger arrivals and departures.

In addition, OCTA’s Bike Share Station Pilot Program received $768,000 to provide more efficient transit accessibility. This program will place bike-sharing stations at commuter rail terminals with bus connections. OCTA’s Bus Stop Solar Lighting Project received $80,000. This grant will allow the transit organization to finish its Bus Stop Safety Program by installing 100 solar lights at bus stops throughout Orange County. OCTA’s Underground Storage Removal and Replacement Project received $828,000 to assist in the efforts to remove and replace old underground storage tanks. The Transportation Authority’s Methane Detection System Replacement and Modernization Project will benefit from $160,000 received through the grants. The funds will allow OCTA to replace methane-detection systems at bus-base facilities with more modernized systems.

“Bringing federal tax dollars back to Orange County is vital to maintaining and improving our transportation services and programs,” said Patricia Bates, OCTA chair and supervisor of O.C.’s Fifth District. “These projects competed successfully against others from around the country, and I want to thank the U.S. Department of Transportation for recognizing their importance for our residents and our communities.”
 

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Readers Feedback:

Explain how OCTA can implement a feasible regional bike share program for $780,000? Will this be bike rental at one or more transit stps where bikes need to be returned?
Comment at 10/31/2011