Streetsblog California contributor, covering news in Orange County.
In the next couple months, construction will begin on the widening of the I-405 between State Route 73 and the I-605. OCTA approved a contract at its November Board of Directors meeting for $1.2 billion to add two toll lanes and improve to entrances, exits and bridges. The total project cost is around $1.9 billion.
A question from Marina Ramirez, a Santa Ana resident and member of Santa Ana Active Streets Coalition, put Darrell Johnson on the defensive. She asked the panel what is being done to address displacement from active transportation (AT) improvements, and added a followup question: OCTA has an AT checklist, she said; why not add an equity checklist?
The Safe Mobility Santa Ana Plan was released earlier this month with very little fanfare, yet it may be the planning document that will possibly have the biggest impact on the city’s streets for years to come. The plan identifies 42 high-priority projects–37 corridors and five intersections–that would take an estimated $40 million to complete. But […]
As 16-year-old Alexandra Retana walked up to the podium during last week’s Anaheim City Council meeting’s public comment period, she took a breath to calm herself. It was her first time speaking to council. Dressed formally and perfectly groomed, she still felt nervous as she readied herself to speak. “It was scary because they are so […]
The City of Anaheim released its draft Bicycle Master Plan on August 1 and is looking for public feedback. The plan proposes to add 120 miles of additional bike facilities to the city, which would triple currently existing infrastructure. “We’re trying to make the most complete bike network,” said Jaime Lai, transit manager for Anaheim. […]
Last week, I stopped by Garden Grove’s and Anaheim’s third Active Transportation Leadership Program workshops to meet some of the attendees. The third workshop invited staff from each city, from Orange County Transportation Authority, Southern California Association of Governments, and from Caltrans to present their sector’s work in forwarding active transportation initiatives. Though the presentations […]