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Encyclopedia > Orange County Transportation Authority
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The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is the public sector transportation planning body and transit service provider for Orange County, California. Its ancestor agencies include not only the prior Orange County Transit District but also such diverse entities as the Pacific Electric Railroad and the South Coast Transit Corporation. In 2005, OCTA was judged America's Best Public Transportation System by the American Public Transportation Association, for its record ridership gains in the bus and the Metrolink trains that its operates or funds. OCTA also operates the 91 Express Lanes. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1468x1785, 142 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1468x1785, 142 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The public sector is that part of economic and administrative life that deals with the delivery of goods and services by and for the government, whether national, regional or local/municipal. ... Planning is the management function that is concerned with defining goals for future organizational performance and deciding on the tasks and resources needed to be used in order to attain the said goals. ... The word transit, when used alone, has several possible meanings in English means of transport, including mass transit, rapid transit, public transit, public transport; see transit (transportation) in astronomy an event involving two bodies along the same line of sight; see astronomical transit in astrology means when a planet makes... Official website: http://www. ... The Orange County Transit District (OCTD) was the public sector transportation planning body and transit service provider for Orange County, California ... Pacific Electric Railway company depot in downtown Los Angeles, circa 1910. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Public Transportation Association is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization that serves as an advocate for the advancement of public transportation programs and initiatives in the United States since the organizations founding in 1882. ... Metrolink is a commuter rail system that serves the Southern California region. ... The 91 Express Lanes is a ten-mile high-occupancy toll road / tollway hybrid contained entirely within the median of the Riverside Freeway (California State Route 91) in Orange County, California. ...


The Authority's administrative offices are located in Orange and it maintains bus operations bases in Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana. A paratransit base operated by Laidlaw for the authority's ACCESS service is located in Irvine. Motto: A Slice of Old Town Charm Nickname: Plaza City Map Political Statistics Founded 1869 Incorporated April 6, 1888 County Orange County, California Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Mark Murphy Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Water 27. ... Official website: http://www. ... Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove Garden Grove, is a city centrally located in northern Orange County, California, United States. ... Santa Ana is the largest city and the county seat of Orange County, California. ... Paratransit is an alternative mode of passenger transportation which does not follow fixed routes or schedules, like a bus line. ... One of Laidlaws 40,000 yellow school buses Laidlaw, currently organized as Laidlaw International, Inc. ... Official website: http://www. ...

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History

In 1991, OCTA was created by under state law combining the Orange County agencies that managed transportation planning (Orange County Transportation Commission), Park-and-ride facilities, public transportation (what was then Orange County Transit District), and other transportation related administrative offices into one organization. OCTA administers funds from Measure M, the half cent transportation sales tax. Measure M was passed in 1990 and has paid for freeway expansion on most freeway miles in Orange County, traffic signal synchronization, and increased Metrolink service. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official website: http://www. ... A road sign for park and ride. ...


OCTA suffered tremendously during the 1995 Orange County bankruptcy. The agency lost $202 million in revenue over 17 years due to the bankruptcy. [1] As a result, fares were increased and bus service was reduced.


In 2000, OCTA embarked on a bus restructuring effort dubbed Straightlining, later renamed to Point to Point. The goal of Straightlining was to better utilize funding for the bus system by eliminating long deviations and keeping buses on major streets instead of through neighborhoods. Routes were straightened out and almost every route in the system was changed. However, the project failed spectacularly, as ridership dropped due to the increased number of transfers required, while paradoxically overcrowding on some routes increased because OCTA failed to plan for increased ridership along many of the core routes. In addition, the implementation of Straightlining was problematic as over 100 schedule changes were required in the three months immediately following implementation. Politically, problems occurred such as removing service to the local Braille Institute, which was rescinded before implementation. In the end, many routes were re-combined and deviations reinstated, and the CEO resigned.


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Routes

OCTA operates 77 lines which encompass every city in Orange County, along with the Los Angeles County communities of Lakewood, La Mirada, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, and Long Beach, along with express service to Los Angeles and Diamond Bar. Los Angeles County is a county in California with 10,179,716 residents (as of July 2004)[1], the most populous county in the United States. ... Lakewood is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... La Mirada is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... City nicknames: The Freeway City The Geographic Center of Southern California County Los Angeles County, California Mayor John F. Crawley (re-elected 2005) Mayor Pro Tem Paul W. Bowen (re-elected 2003) City Council Jim Edwards (elected 2005) Gloria A. Kappe (re-elected 2003) Laura Lee (elected 2003) Mottos A... Hawaiian Gardens is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 170. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Diamond Bar is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ...

  • The double digit routes (and route 1) are the fixed routes that cover almost every city in Orange County. Buses operate on most major arterial streets.
  • 1xx routes are descended from the old RunAbout service that used to serve residential neighborhoods. Most of these routes use smaller buses. Some routes are pieces of pre-2000 longer routes shortened during Straightlining, and use full size buses.
  • 2xx routes are intra-county freeway routes which utilize OC freeways. These routes run from park-and-rides and transit terminals to the business districts and back, although one route, Line 205, is used by service workers to commute from the Santa Ana central core to jobs in Laguna Hills and at Disneyland.
  • 4xx routes are the Metrolink shuttles which go from the Metrolink stations to business districts and vice versa. Metrolink fareholders ride free on these buses (as they do all OCTA buses), but otherwise regular fare is charged.
  • 7xx routes are express routes. Lines 701 and 721 serve Downtown Los Angeles using the Harbor Freeway Transitway and charge a premium fare, while Line 757 connects Santa Ana with the San Gabriel Valley community of Diamond Bar and does not charge a premium fare.

Some routes operate short turn trips which either start or end in the middle of the route. Those trips say Short Trip/Viaje Corto on the headsign, followed by the final destination. The final destination of every bus is on the marquee. Laguna Hills is a city located in southern Orange County, California. ... Disneyland Park is a theme park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. ... Metrolink is a commuter rail system that serves the Southern California region. ... The Bunker Hill district of Downtown Los Angeles as seen from USC, which makes up most of Downtowns skyline. ... The Harbor Freeway Transitway, or Harbor Transitway, is a BRT line that runs from Downtown Los Angeles to Los Angeles South Bay Area that runs through the carpool lanes of Interstate 110 with stations in the median. ... Santa Ana is the largest city and the county seat of Orange County, California. ... The San Gabriel Valley is one of the principal valleys of southern California. ... Diamond Bar is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ...


Fares

The OCTA offers a number of fare and pass options. As of February 2006:

Fare type Regular Senior/Disabled
One-way fare $1.25 (Express $3.75) $.50 (Express $3.35)
One day pass $3 $1
7 day pass $15 $5
15 day pass $26 $9
30 day pass $45 $15
Bundle of 10 prepaid one day passes $27 $9
  • Fare boxes accept all coins except for pennies, half dollars, and the old "Eisenhower" Dollar coin. They accept $1, $2, $5 bills and, if necessary $10. The fareboxes cannot make change.
  • A day pass is valid from the time it is purchased or validated until 11:59pm that night.
  • A youth 30 day pass for ages 7-18 is available for $26. Also, a youth summer pass is available for $40 and is valid from June 1 to August 31.
  • Many colleges offer a quarter 75 day pass or a semester 120 day pass for $75 and $120 respectively for their students; however, the tuition at the University of California, Irvine includes the bus pass. This allows students at UCI to use their UCI ID on the bus as a bus pass. This pass is valid for all routes operated by OCTA except routes 701 and 721. (The UCI program is similar to programs offered at the University of California's Berkeley, Davis, and Santa Barbara campuses.)
  • Although there is an Express Route 30 day pass for $128, normal passes do not work on these routes. However, a 30 day or one day pass is valid for a credit of $1.25 towards an express fare ($.50 credit for S/D).
  • Up to three children 6 and under may ride free with any paying passenger or pass holder.
  • One day passes (individual, not the bundle) are available on the bus; all other passes must be purchased at a pass sales outlet or directly from OCTA (a list can be found here).

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Bus fleet

As of 1997, all busses are equipped with bike racks and can carry a maximum of two bicycles at any given time. 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Low floor busses with the wheelchair equipment mounted in the rear door of the bus, in the way of a ramp that swings out. The interiors are gray, with an upholstered blue-and-red-on-gray seat insert. Originally powered with a Detroit Diesel Series 50G engine, some of these buses have been repowered with John Deere 6081H Natural Gass engines. North American Bus Industries, commonly known as NABI, is a major transit bus manufacturing company based in Anniston, Alabama and was linked to Ikarus Bus and Crown Coach joint venture. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... North American Bus Industries, commonly known as NABI, is a major transit bus manufacturing company based in Anniston, Alabama and was linked to Ikarus Bus and Crown Coach joint venture. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


The 2100/2200 series above were the first buses in the fleet to use liquid natural gas as fuel instead of diesel.

  • 3001-3176 (GMC, RTC RTS T8H203 1980)

These busses were designed with the driver's comfort and convenience in mind, as well as a sort of futuristic design. The interior of this bus is white walled with a brown floor, features fully upholstered seating, and is the only bus in the fleet that uses contact tape for the passenger stop request, rather than traditional pull cords. GMDD manufactured transit and inter-urban buses in Canada and the United States. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


Originally these units did not have air conditioning on board, and did not have windows that opened. The air conditioners were added on shortly after these units were deployed, and the windows were replaced in the late 1980s sometime.


Two of the busses in this class were, at one time, outfitted with reclining seats, however these have not been seen on the road for some time, and may have been sold off as surplus.


These were originally scheduled to be mothballed and/or sold off as surplus, however an increase in service in 1999 required that these units continue service until more busses can be acquired.

Gillig Phantoms were added to the fleet in 1985 with the 4000 series of units, however this series of busses was released to the public in 1989. The interiors of these busses feature woodgrained walls, with the front half of the seating featuring full upholstery, and the rear half seating simply having a brown seat insert. A Gillig Advantage is in service for Harrisonburg Transit on February 18, 2005 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


These units were mothballed in 2000 for a short while, until a service increase in 2001 brought them back into service.


In 2003 or 2004, these units were outfitted with a more powerful engine, and the wheelchair lift was also replaced with a more efficient unit.

  • 5000-5039, 5101-5114 (New Flyer Industries D40HF 1990 )

These are the first New Flyer buses in the OCTA fleet. These busses came outfitted similarly to the other busses as far as seating, and sport a front-loading wheelchair lift and woodgrained interiors. This article is about the year. ...


The 51xx series, while otherwise identical to the 50xx series, also feature overhead luggage racks, upholstered seating, and reclining seats for most of the forward-facing seats (the four seats in the wheelchair restraint positions don't recline). This particular series of busses is primarily used for the Los Angeles bound routes.

These two low floor buses were the first hybrids to be delivered to OCTA. They are mainly used on Route 64 and occasionally on Route 60. New Flyer Industries is a leading bus manufacturer in North America, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... New Flyer Industries is a leading bus manufacturer in North America, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...

These articulated buses are used throughout the day on routes 43, 57 and 60, but during rush hours several other important routes, like the 29, 47, 53, 59 and 70 use them as well. Articulated may refer to: Articulated locomotives, or; Articulated buses articulated lorry, see semi-trailers and road trains. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Articulated may refer to: Articulated locomotives, or; Articulated buses articulated lorry, see semi-trailers and road trains. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Articulated may refer to: Articulated locomotives, or; Articulated buses articulated lorry, see semi-trailers and road trains. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...

  • 5421-5422 (New Flyer Industries]] GE40LF low floor,2005 )

OCTA received 2 GE40LFs from NewFlyer in the fall of 2005. These 2 units are in active revenue service and can be found on Route 64. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Trivia

  • South Coast Plaza is the most served attraction on the OCTA routes, served by 11 routes (51, 55, 57, 76, 86, 145, 172, 173, 211, 216, 464).
  • The longest route is the 1 (Long Beach-San Clemente) which utilizes Pacific Coast Highway for the vast majority of its route. Trips take an average of 2-2.5 hours.
  • Routes 20, 21, 62, 74, 75, 131, 147, 164, 173, 175, 187, 188, all the 2xx (except 205), 4xx and 7xx routes do not operate weekends or holidays (routes 86, 87 and 178 do not operate Sundays and holidays). Routes 43, 50, 57, 60 run 24 hours a day.

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CenterLine light rail

The CenterLine, a 9.3-mile light rail system serving Irvine, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, was originally planned in the 1990s, and was intended to open in 2009. Costing $1 billion USD, the route would have served destinations including John Wayne Airport, South Coast Metro, South Coast Plaza, Santa Ana College, and downtown Santa Ana. As of February 2005, the CenterLine was suspended indefinitely, and later in May 2005, the plan was officially scuttled in favor of researching express bus service throughout Orange County and improvements to the Metrolink trains. This article is about light rail systems in general. ... Official website: http://ci. ... Santa Ana is the largest city and the county seat of Orange County, California. ... John Wayne-Orange County Airport (IATA Airport Code SNA) is located in Orange County, California, between the cities of Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Irvine. ... South Coast Metro is an area in Orange County, California loosely defined by its proximity to South Coast Plaza and comprising the parts of Santa Ana and Costa Mesa nearest it. ... South Coast Plaza is an upscale shopping mall built in 1967 in Costa Mesa, California, in the southern part of affluent Orange County. ... Santa Ana College is a community college located at the corner of Bristol and Seventeenth streets in Santa Ana, California, USA. In 1915, Santa Ana Junior College opened its doors to 25 students as a department of Santa Ana High School. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Ongoing events • Iraqi legislative election • Bill C-38 (Canada gay marriage) • Tsunami relief Upcoming events • March 11: Red Nose Day 2005 in the UK. Deaths in February • 26 – Jef Raskin • 25 – Hugh Nibley • 25 – Peter Benenson • 21... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in May May 26: Eddie Albert May 25: Ismail Merchant May 25: Sunil Dutt May 25: Graham Kennedy May 22: Thurl Ravenscroft May 21: Howard Morris May 21: Subodh Mukherjee May 21: Stephen Elliott May 20... Metrolink is a commuter rail system that serves the Southern California region. ...


When the line was initially being planned, it was envisioned as a 30-mile route that would run from Fullerton to Irvine, through Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana, and Costa Mesa. However, a lack of public support led to numerous trunctations; Orange was initially removed from the route, followed by Anaheim. Nickname: Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Motto: A Slice of Old Town Charm Nickname: Plaza City Map Political Statistics Founded 1869 Incorporated April 6, 1888 County Orange County, California Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Mark Murphy Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Water 27. ...


Highway and Road Operations

OCTA is responsible for the Countywide Master Highway Plan, which designates major arterial streets in the County, However, all road maintenance responsibilities are with the city where the street operates in, or the County in the case of unincorporated areas. OCTA street funding is steered towards roadways on the Master Plan in recognition of their role in regional travel.


Current Projects

In 2003, a budget crisis caused funds otherwise allocated for the expansion of the Garden Grove Freeway to be diverted to the resolution to the deficit; accordingly, OCTA took Measure M funds and self-funded the expansion. In summer of 2004, the contractor Granite Meyers-Rados (a joint venture between C. C. Meyers and Rados) was selected, and construction was started by December of that year. Estimated time of completion for the expansion overall is November 2006. JUNCTION POSTMILE SR-1 LA 0. ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... A joint venture (often abbreviated JV, and sometimes known by the older term joint adventure) is a strategic alliance between two or more parties to undertake economic activity together. ...


OCTA has completed carpool lanes and added some regular lanes on all other freeways. The last freeway widening to break ground is a short segment of the Santa Ana Freeway from the Riverside Freeway to the Los Angeles County line. There, the roadway will be expanded from three lanes in each direction to five (one carpool and four regular lanes). At the county line, the roadway will revert to three lanes in each direction, because the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has not allocated funding for the expansion in Los Angeles County. Southern California freeways The Santa Ana Freeway is one of the principal freeways in Southern California, connecting Los Angeles, California and its southeastern suburbs. ... Southern California freeways The Riverside Freeway is the assigned name of a segment of California State Route 91 (CA/SR-91), a major east-west freeway located entirely within Southern California that links the cities/communities of Orange and Riverside counties. ... Map of California showing Los Angeles County. ... The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (also known as Metro, MTA or LACMTA) is the regional transportation planning and public transportation operating agency for the county of Los Angeles. ...


OCTA administers the 91 Express Lanes after purchasing them from the California Private Transportation Corporation. The roadway was purchased to extinguish a "non-compete" clause that prevented safety and traffic flow improvements along the ten mile stretch of tollway. The other tollways in Orange County are governed by the Transportation Corridor Agencies. The 91 Express Lanes is a ten-mile high-occupancy toll road / tollway hybrid contained entirely within the median of the Riverside Freeway (California State Route 91) in Orange County, California. ... Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) are two joint powers authorities formed by the California legislature in 1986 to plan, finance, construct, and operate Orange Countys toll roads. ...


External link

  • Official website
  • The OCTAWiki

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Orange County Transportation Authority - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2037 words)
OCTA is responsible for the Countywide Master Highway Plan, which designates major arterial streets in the County, However, all road maintenance responsibilities are with the city where the street operates in, or the County in the case of unincorporated areas.
OCTA street funding is steered towards roadways on the Master Plan in recognition of their role in regional travel.
In 2003, a budget crisis caused funds otherwise allocated for the expansion of the Garden Grove Freeway to be diverted to the resolution to the deficit; accordingly, OCTA took Measure M funds and self-funded the expansion.
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