June 1, 2003
Deirdre Newman Irvine residents could knock their city off the proposed light-rail tracks when they go to the voting booth on Tuesday. The CenterLine project calls for an 11.4-mile light rail system to connect Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Irvine. Next week, Irvine voters will face two choices on the ballot: Measure A is for the light rail, and Measure B is against it. If the project dies in Irvine, it will be up to the Orange County Transportation Authority board to decide how to proceed.
January 9, 2004
Deirdre Newman The county will determine the route for the CenterLine light rail system on Monday, and the plan recommended by its staff members jibes with the route Costa Mesa prefers. Orange County Transportation Authority staff members are advising that the light rail stretch for 9.3 miles from Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center to John Wayne Airport, with a stop at Santa Ana College. The recommended route would include a short underground portion in Costa Mesa along Avenue of the Arts, a plan the major South Coast Metro property owners and city leaders hashed out last year.
July 27, 2003
Pardon me, boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo? One, that's CenterLine, the Orange County Choo Choo. Two, don't call me "boy." And three, where have you been, if I may ask? Last Monday was a big day for the supporters of the CenterLine light rail system, of which I am one. The Orange County Transportation Authority, or OCTA if you're into acronyms, voted 9-2 to keep the CenterLine project going. In the interest of full disclosure -- as opposed to semi-disclosure -- I have been working on CenterLine for a long, long time, both as a public official, which was then, and as a consultant, which is now. Come back with me to 1988.
October 23, 2001
Lolita Harper SANTA ANA -- The Orange County Transportation Authority agreed unanimously to move ahead on a plan to build a $1-billion light rail system linking the cities of Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Irvine. The board approved a formal alignment for the project running through key employment and entertainment areas of the three cities, such as Santa Ana Civic and Transportation centers, the South Coast Metro area, Irvine Business Complex, John Wayne Airport, UC Irvine and the Irvine Medical and Transportation centers.
February 4, 2004
Deirdre Newman The CenterLine light rail project received from the Federal Transit Administration on Tuesday a "recommended" rating that will allow it to be considered for federal funding. The rating came in the administration's Annual New Starts Report for the 2004-05 fiscal year. The New Starts program reviews new and existing transit systems and makes funding recommendations based on an evaluation of a project's likelihood of moving forward in the shortest possible time.
January 13, 2004
Deirdre Newman It's not perfect, but it's a start. That was the overwhelming sentiment expressed by the Orange County Transportation Authority's Board of Directors Monday in approving a route for the CenterLine light rail system. The board approved the route Costa Mesa city leaders prefer, despite some reservations about the underground portion along Avenue of the Arts. Transportation authority staff members will now complete the final environmental report to submit to the federal government for approval.
November 29, 2003
Deepa Bharath A handful of people protested at a street corner outside South Coast Plaza on Friday afternoon against a proposed underground section of the CenterLine light rail system. The Costa Mesa City Council is poised to vote on the issue on Monday. A final public hearing on the environmental report for CenterLine was held Monday. The Orange County Transportation Authority has been gathering feedback on the report, which delineates the four main routes for CenterLine as well as an option not to build a light rail system.
May 2, 2003
OCTA will host light rail open house The Orange County Transportation Authority will host an open house in Costa Mesa on Tuesday to provide the public with information and to answer questions on the CenterLine light rail project. The public open houses are part of a process called preliminary engineering for the planned 11.4-mile CenterLine project that will run from downtown Santa Ana through the South Coast Plaza area to John Wayne Airport and ends at UC Irvine.
July 2, 2004
A letter in Thursday's Forum page, "Abortion not limited to just woman's body," included an incorrect word that altered the meaning of a sentence. The letter should have read: "What [Pamela] Brande and many other pro-choice advocates fail to understand, or at least admit to, is that abortion is not limited to just the woman's body." In Thursday's Daily Pilot, the story "Light rail could be left up to voters," incorrectly stated how much in matching funds the Orange County Transportation Authority has received from the federal government for the CenterLine light-rail project.
January 22, 2004
Its route is paved with good intentions, but the CenterLine light rail system needs more than a noble goal to make it viable. Costa Mesa officials have been at the forefront of CenterLine light rail planning since day one. When it was envisioned, the light rail system was going to be a regional transportation alternative that would link a large part of Orange County and get people out of their smog-producing cars....