Orange County taxpayers are about to be conned out of about $1.3 billion.
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has devised an audacious scheme that would use Measure M2 tax dollars to construct toll lanes on the San Diego (405) Freeway between Seal Beach and Costa Mesa. These lanes will do little to improve congestion, and will primarily benefit only those who are willing and able to pay tolls on top of their share of $600 million in Measure M2 taxes allocated to 405 Freeway improvements. That's not what we all voted for, is it?
That's one of three options OCTA is considering to supposedly improve traffic on the 405, and it's the one its staff is pushing for the hardest. OCTA officials tried to run their shell game in Costa Mesa, but thankfully a skeptical City Council and residents didn't fall for it.
Here was their pitch: OCTA's Alternative 3 would provide an additional general purpose lane and two express lanes in each direction through the city, requiring the demolition and rebuilding of the 3-year-old, $7-million bridge over the 405 at Fairview Road.