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OCTA seeks to speed up transit projects, create jobs

The agency has launched its Breaking Down Barriers program to accelerate the environmental process.

By OC METRO staffPublished: October 08, 2010 02:31 PM

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The Orange County Transportation Authority is embarking on a nationwide effort aimed at speeding up project timelines and creating jobs.

OCTA officials have met with legislators, and state, local and federal agencies to gain support for the Breaking Down Barriers program, a three-pronged approach that would eliminate some of the time barriers projects face.

“These barriers can add significant delays to project funding, which in turn delay jobs and the nation’s economic recovery,” said Will Kempton, CEO of OCTA.

The program seeks to designate the Transportation Improvement Program amendment process to state or local agencies; allow projects to move forward as design-build when possible and implement more flexible design standards; and create a set time period for permit approvals.

“Our goal is to speed up the process to generate employment opportunities and make much-needed improvements to our highways, roadways and railways,” said Kempton.

So far, OCTA has garnered support from the American Public Transportation Association, among others.

"We need to continue working with our partners at the local, state and federal levels to find solutions to the barriers that are preventing our nation from getting back to work," finished Kempton. "It is encouraging to see our representatives working toward this goal and I look forward to continuing our effort to expedite the process."

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