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By Mike Reicher | September 24, 2012
ORANGE - Keeping alive the hopes of toll lane supporters, the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors voted Monday to postpone its decision on how to expand the San Diego (405) Freeway between Costa Mesa and Seal Beach. With a 12-4 vote, the board decided to rehear the issue at its Oct. 22 meeting. At Monday's four-hour hearing at OCTA's headquarters on South Main Street, dozens of speakers argued over the competing visions for the chronically congested stretch of freeway.
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By Mike Reicher | September 18, 2012
Potentially killing a proposal to add toll lanes to the San Diego (405) Freeway, an Orange County Transportation Authority committee voted this week to recommend a different expansion plan. The Regional Planning and Highways Committee unanimously voted Monday to endorse an alternative that would add one general-purpose lane to both sides of the 405 between the San Gabriel River (605) and the Corona del Mar (73) freeways. The full OCTA board still has to approve the plan. The roadway has been the subject of much debate among city officials and residents opposed to toll lanes.
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By Colin McCarthy | September 3, 2012
Recently, I attended another of the Orange County Transportation Authority's Stakeholder Working Group meetings to discuss the latest proposals to widen the San Diego (405) Freeway from the San Gabriel (605) Freeway to the Corona del Mar (73) Freeway. I left the meeting with a new list of concerns for our city. As many of you have been following, this project is highly controversial because it includes a proposal to add paid toll lanes to the 405 at the expense of the current free carpool lanes.
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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 | August 22, 2012
The Orange County Transportation Authority told the leaders of Costa Mesa and five other Orange County cities bordering the San Diego (405) Freeway that their concerns over the freeway's proposed improvement will be taken into consideration, according to a letter sent Tuesday. "OCTA understands that there is an ongoing policy discussion about user fees/tolls to manage and fund congestion relief and infrastructure," wrote OCTA Chairman Paul Glaab. "The OCTA board will consider the full range of public perspectives on this as it deliberates on the I-405 project in the coming weeks.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 6, 2012
The Orange County Transportation Authority is working on a second toll-road option for the San Diego (405) Freeway improvement project that would keep the Fairview Road overpass from being torn down. The option, called Alternative "3-A," would have two toll lanes like Alternative "3," but they would start north of Fairview and south of Harbor Boulevard. Under that choice, crews would not have to tear down the Fairview bridge that Costa Mesa widened a few years ago, or create a new lane from the Corona del Mar (73)
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By Joseph Serna | July 31, 2012
Leaders of the six Orange County cities lining the San Diego (405) Freeway between Costa Mesa and the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway have united in opposition to an Orange County Transportation Authority proposal to add toll roads. "The cities have carefully considered the alternatives for the I-405 Freeway expansion in the [environmental reports] and are unified in our opposition to Alternative 3 with Express Lanes," reads a letter signed by the mayors of Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Westminster and the mayor pro tem of Huntington Beach.
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By Eric Bever | July 30, 2012
Editor's note: The error to which the mayor refers was caused by an editing mistake, which misstated Costa Mesa's position on the proposed San Diego (405) Freeway widening. Re. "OCTA: Focus group favors widening 405," July 28: While I appreciate the Daily Pilot's efforts to bring the 405 issue to light, the newspaper made some very egregious errors regarding my position and that of the Costa Mesa City Council. It is true that we are resolute and unanimous in our position regarding 405 alternatives, and if the Pilot staff had read our resolution, it would have known that the council opposes the Alternative 3 toll lanes and supports Alternative 2, which simply adds two free, general-purpose lanes going both north and south.
NEWS
June 28, 2012
Ever since the San Diego (405) Freeway was finished in the Costa Mesa area, we could not understand why the California Department of Transportation did not complete the expansion from the Euclid Street interchange northward to relieve the bottleneck. Now that the plans have been put forth, I am vehemently against Alternative 3 for widening the 405. I do favor the second alternative over the first. I think the voters who passed Measure M had no idea they would be voting in favor of toll lanes for the 405 between the San Gabriel (605)
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By Joseph Serna | June 26, 2012
The city of Costa Mesa is considering legal options to stop the Orange County Transportation Authority from adding toll lanes inside the city limits. "I've been trying to tell OCTA it's not acceptable to Costa Mesa for many, many reasons," said Peter Naghavi, the city's economic development director. "All options, including legal action, are on the table. " Last week the City Council told City Attorney Tom Duarte to investigate legal challenges to an option known as Alternative 3, which would expand sections of the San Diego (405)
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