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By Mike Reicher | June 29, 2012
The Transportation Corridor Agencies plan to eliminate cash payments and toll booth jobs as they try to squeeze more out of their financially strapped highways. The San Joaquin Hills (73) and other county toll roads will phase out cash payments over 16 months, beginning this summer. In addition, a new toll rate hike takes effect Sunday. Cash tolls will increase by 50 cents on the 73 at the Catalina View Toll Plaza, and 25 cents at the Aliso Creek, El Toro, Newport Coast and Bonita Canyon ramp toll plazas.
NEWS
April 9, 2004
Alicia Robinson Yet another option to bail out the San Joaquin Hills toll road parked before members of the road's governing board Thursday, delaying for a month an expected decision on how to stabilize its finances. San Joaquin Hills toll road and Foothill and Eastern toll road board members have spent two years mulling options to prevent the San Joaquin Hills toll road from defaulting on its debts, which could happen as soon 2006. Toll roads board members have said financial default would result in increased tolls for drivers.
NEWS
June 11, 2004
Alicia Robinson Most drivers using the San Joaquin Hills toll road will begin paying either 25 cents or 50 cents more on July 1. A toll increase was approved by the San Joaquin Hills toll road governing board Thursday as a part of the road's budget for fiscal year 2005, which begins in July. Board members said smaller toll increases were planned, but they had to raise tolls more after abandoning a merger plan that would have bailed out the toll road's failing finances.
NEWS
May 14, 2004
Alicia Robinson Foothill and Eastern toll road officials voted Thursday to pursue a loan proposal crafted by Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell despite an independent financial advisor's contention that the plan is unworkable. Members of the Foothill and Eastern and San Joaquin Hills toll roads' governing boards have been considering a merger of toll road operations and a $3.9-billion bond sale to rescue the San Joaquin Hills toll road from financial default, which could happen as soon as 2005.
NEWS
April 1, 2004
Alicia Robinson Board members will consider four options next week to help bail out the financially ailing San Joaquin Hills toll road, but two couldn't immediately be put in place and the others are versions of an already considered $3.9-billion bond proposal that would merge the two agencies that currently govern the toll road system. An ad hoc committee of the toll roads governing boards' members voted unanimously Wednesday to bring four proposals back to the full board at its April 8 meeting, said Lisa Telles, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, the toll roads' administrative agency.
NEWS
November 29, 2002
INSIDE CITY HALL Here are some decisions out of the Newport Beach City Council meeting on Tuesday. FOURTH OF JULY Moving forward on their plans to get tough on Fourth of July mayhem in West Newport, city officials are asking residents of the area to weigh in on a possible plan to restrict access to the neighborhood to all except residents on the holiday. The city is not yet even sure whether they have the legal right to do so, but as they move forward to look for options, having a good measure of residents' feelings will give officials more information about how to proceed.
NEWS
February 20, 2004
Alicia Robinson A long-anticipated consolidation of the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road and the Foothill and Eastern toll roads met with another delay on Thursday. Members of the toll roads' governing boards voted to put off until April a decision that would finalize the merging of the toll roads' operations. Officials have been discussing the merger for nearly two years to prevent the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road from defaulting on its debts. They also voted to create a subcommittee to explore financial alternatives to the current merger proposal.
NEWS
April 8, 2005
Andrew Edwards Officials overseeing the San Joaquin Hills (73) Toll Road have received an offer from a company with a headquarters in Australia interested in leasing the cash-strapped road. In a letter dated March 31, Murray Bleach, the executive director of Macquarie Securities (USA) Inc., proposed a deal to the Transportation Corridors Agencies in which his company would pay off outstanding bond debt on the 15-mile toll road with a 50-year lease.
NEWS
June 15, 2000
Many may wonder why anyone would complain about charging a buck to ride a 2.5-mile stretch of the San Joaquin Hills toll road. After all, in these times of economic boom, we barely flinch when gas prices near $2 a gallon or when the gate fee for a day at Disneyland edges close to $50. But like everything else, there is a some history to this tale. In 1993, when Newport residents learned that a stretch of Newport Coast Drive was to be swallowed by the new San Joaquin Hills toll road, you could practically hear the commuters screeching to a halt.
NEWS
By Paloma Esquivel | March 11, 2014
The chief executive for Orange County's toll road agency has agreed to resign after less than one year on the job. Neil Peterson, who was hired in May, was put on administrative leave in February after coming under fire for spending thousands of dollars without public scrutiny, using a provision that allowed him to approve certain contracts without board approval. Lisa Telles, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, declined to say why Peterson decided to resign.
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By Emily Foxhall | March 27, 2014
As drivers whizzed north on the San Joaquin Hills (73) toll road Thursday, some veered right toward the cash tollbooths at the Catalina View Mainline Toll Plaza rather than continue through the FasTrak lanes. They discovered that where seven tollbooths once stood sentry, only six remained. Construction crews had removed the center booth earlier that morning in preparation for the toll road - as well as the three others in Orange County - to go cashless. The drivers chose among the other open lanes, shelled out the $6 weekday fee for their cars and continued on their way. Come May, at a specific date still to be determined, traffic will be routed instead through the automated lanes.
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NEWS
By Paloma Esquivel | March 11, 2014
The chief executive for Orange County's toll road agency has agreed to resign after less than one year on the job. Neil Peterson, who was hired in May, was put on administrative leave in February after coming under fire for spending thousands of dollars without public scrutiny, using a provision that allowed him to approve certain contracts without board approval. Lisa Telles, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, declined to say why Peterson decided to resign.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | June 29, 2012
The Transportation Corridor Agencies plan to eliminate cash payments and toll booth jobs as they try to squeeze more out of their financially strapped highways. The San Joaquin Hills (73) and other county toll roads will phase out cash payments over 16 months, beginning this summer. In addition, a new toll rate hike takes effect Sunday. Cash tolls will increase by 50 cents on the 73 at the Catalina View Toll Plaza, and 25 cents at the Aliso Creek, El Toro, Newport Coast and Bonita Canyon ramp toll plazas.
NEWS
March 11, 2011
Prosecutors on Friday charged a Newport Coast woman with hitting and killing a bicyclist while allegedly driving drunk and texting last month. Danae Miller, 22, was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated for the Feb. 21 crash that killed Amine Britel, a Morocco native who owned a travel agency in Newport Beach. Police said Miller drank at her work before heading home about 6 p.m. Just a few streets away from her home, police said she hit Britel as he rode his bike eastbound on San Joaquin Hills Road.
NEWS
April 8, 2005
Andrew Edwards Officials overseeing the San Joaquin Hills (73) Toll Road have received an offer from a company with a headquarters in Australia interested in leasing the cash-strapped road. In a letter dated March 31, Murray Bleach, the executive director of Macquarie Securities (USA) Inc., proposed a deal to the Transportation Corridors Agencies in which his company would pay off outstanding bond debt on the 15-mile toll road with a 50-year lease.
NEWS
June 11, 2004
Alicia Robinson Most drivers using the San Joaquin Hills toll road will begin paying either 25 cents or 50 cents more on July 1. A toll increase was approved by the San Joaquin Hills toll road governing board Thursday as a part of the road's budget for fiscal year 2005, which begins in July. Board members said smaller toll increases were planned, but they had to raise tolls more after abandoning a merger plan that would have bailed out the toll road's failing finances.
NEWS
May 14, 2004
Alicia Robinson Foothill and Eastern toll road officials voted Thursday to pursue a loan proposal crafted by Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell despite an independent financial advisor's contention that the plan is unworkable. Members of the Foothill and Eastern and San Joaquin Hills toll roads' governing boards have been considering a merger of toll road operations and a $3.9-billion bond sale to rescue the San Joaquin Hills toll road from financial default, which could happen as soon as 2005.
NEWS
April 9, 2004
Alicia Robinson Yet another option to bail out the San Joaquin Hills toll road parked before members of the road's governing board Thursday, delaying for a month an expected decision on how to stabilize its finances. San Joaquin Hills toll road and Foothill and Eastern toll road board members have spent two years mulling options to prevent the San Joaquin Hills toll road from defaulting on its debts, which could happen as soon 2006. Toll roads board members have said financial default would result in increased tolls for drivers.
NEWS
April 1, 2004
Alicia Robinson Board members will consider four options next week to help bail out the financially ailing San Joaquin Hills toll road, but two couldn't immediately be put in place and the others are versions of an already considered $3.9-billion bond proposal that would merge the two agencies that currently govern the toll road system. An ad hoc committee of the toll roads governing boards' members voted unanimously Wednesday to bring four proposals back to the full board at its April 8 meeting, said Lisa Telles, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, the toll roads' administrative agency.
NEWS
February 20, 2004
Alicia Robinson A long-anticipated consolidation of the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road and the Foothill and Eastern toll roads met with another delay on Thursday. Members of the toll roads' governing boards voted to put off until April a decision that would finalize the merging of the toll roads' operations. Officials have been discussing the merger for nearly two years to prevent the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road from defaulting on its debts. They also voted to create a subcommittee to explore financial alternatives to the current merger proposal.
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