Imagine Orange County with a vibrant transit system that makes traveling throughout the region a breeze. It makes perfect sense that Orange County, the 6th most populous region in the U.S., would have a sophisticated transit system that rivals those in other major metropolitan areas, complete with commuter rail, modern streetcar, and bus systems.
That vision is at the heart of Santa Ana's plans for an economically strong and environmentally friendly city. Located in the center of Orange County, Santa Ana is a thriving, energized city, and the fourth most densely populated city in the U.S. It is expected that the population of the city will grow by approximately 10% over the next 25 years. With this growth and opportunity in mind, the City of Santa Ana is developing a comprehensive Transit Vision to serve residents, workers, local businesses, and the transit-dependent, with the dual goals of improving mobility and strengthening connections to surrounding communities and cities.
The Santa Ana Transit Vision focuses on development of the Santa Ana-Garden Grove Fixed Guideway (Streetcar) Project and expansion of the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) and is supported by the Transit Zoning Code and the Station District Plan.
The Santa Ana-Garden Grove Fixed Guideway study is funded by the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA’s) Go Local Program, which seeks to improve connectivity to the regional Metrolink commuter rail system. Construction is anticipated to be funded through a combination of local, state and federal funding sources, including Renewed Measure M -- Orange County's local half-cent sales tax for transportation projects.
The project team has prepared environmental studies and conceptual engineering plans to identify the benefits and impacts of various technologies (modes of transportation) and alignments (routes.) The draft environmental document is required to meet federal (NEPA) and state (CEQA) requirements and is available for review at the following link. A Locally Preferred Alternative will be selected shortly thereafter, clearing the way for detailed engineering to get underway.
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