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By Sarah Peters | March 28, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council authorized the city attorney on Tuesday to pursue litigation against the Orange County Transportation Authority regarding a recent decision to remove the 19th Street Bridge from the county's master plan. The OCTA Board of Directors voted March 12 to remove the controversial proposed bridge that would connect Costa Mesa to Huntington Beach over the Santa Ana River. "The city of Newport Beach is very concerned by the OCTA's decision to unilaterally delete the 19th Street Bridge from the Master Plan of Arterial Highways without conducting any environmental analysis or taking into consideration the appropriate mitigation measures necessary for this significant change in policy direction," City Attorney Aaron Harp wrote in an email to the Daily Pilot on Wednesday.
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 4, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council will have a chance to vote publicly at its regular meeting Tuesday on whether to sue the Orange County Transportation Authority, after some dispute over whether or not it has already done so. The confusion centers in part on a public statement issued Tuesday by City Attorney Aaron Harp seeking to clarify the accuracy of a Daily Pilot opinion column, which stated that the council voted to sue OCTA. A few days prior to that, Harp had sent an email to a community activist stating there was a 6-1 vote to sue. The "vote" was reported by Daily Pilot columnist Jack Wu, based on that email.
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By Eric Bever | August 28, 2012
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has devised an audacious scheme, and its spin-off, "alternatives 3 and 3-A," would use billions of Measure M2 freeway congestion-improvement tax dollars to construct toll lanes on the San Diego (405) Freeway between Seal Beach and Costa Mesa. And, curiously, Alternative 3-A was rolled out after the public comment period was formally closed, eliminating the opportunity to officially analyze and comment on the new proposal. These taxpayer-funded toll lanes will primarily benefit only those who are willing and able to pay tolls, in addition to their share of billions in Measure M2 taxes allocated to 405 improvements.
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By Joseph Serna | May 15, 2012
The proposed bridge once thought to be off the table that would link Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach is back. Orange County Transportation Authority board members voted 17 to 0 Monday to pull back deleting the 19th Street Bridge from the county's master plan. Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen made the motion, to which County Supervisor John Moorlach seconded. Supervisor Janet Nguyen abstained. The change, however, may only be temporary, OCTA officials said. The board is expected to take up the issue again within six months, after OCTA staff work on a traffic study with the county, the California Department of Transportation, and the cities of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.
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January 24, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Starting this week, UC Irvine students can get on the bus -- free. Orange County Transportation Authority and UCI on Thursday announced the U-Pass program that lets students take the bus to school, or anywhere else, free. All they need is their current student identification card. "This is your ticket to freedom," said OCTA board member Chris Norby, clutching a student identification card at the kick-off rally. "Freedom from gas stations, freedom from parking, freedom from car insurance payments, freedom to read a book on the way to class."
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May 10, 2012
Next month, the Costa Mesa City Council will take a formal position regarding the proposed controversial expansion of the San Diego (405) Freeway through Costa Mesa. It is critical for the residents to become educated and speak out about what impact this project will have on our city. For those not familiar with the plan, California Department of Transportation and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) are proposing to widen the 405 from the Corona del Mar (73) Freeway, to the San Gabriel River (605)
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By Alan Blank | October 6, 2008
Costa Mesa City Council members will consider tonight what position to take on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s plans for reducing traffic at the end of the 55 Freeway. A recent OCTA study ruled out a few methods of alleviating congestion on the stretch of road, like continuing the freeway by building a bridge over Newport Boulevard or diverting it through Eastside neighborhoods, and it pinpointed a few other alternatives it would like to examine in more depth.
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By Eric Bever | December 6, 2013
Why is the Orange County Transportation Authority pushing so madly for toll roads on our freeways? Why does OCTA believe toll roads should be paid for with monies duly voted for specific purposes that do not include toll roads? Why is OCTA so strongly motivated to turn freeways into toll roads that it would ignore the very people who pay for everything, the Orange County taxpayers? From whence does OCTA's zeal for this major shift in social policy emanate? More to the point: When did our public agencies become our masters and our elected officials their toadies?
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | August 18, 2011
COSTA MESA — Spurred by low fares and admission discounts, a record number of riders took a dedicated bus to the 2011 OC Fair, the Orange County Transportation Authority said. The OCTA-operated OC Fair Express transported 25,669 riders over the course of the summer fair, compared with 6,161 in 2008. The shuttle was not operated in 2009 and 2010, due to funding cutbacks, OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik said Wednesday. The service, which started in 2006, was able to resume under a $211,000 grant provided by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Review Committee.
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