John Moorlach Believes OCTA Streetcar Project Will Leave Taxpayers with the Benz

John Moorlach (right) and a big titan arum (a.k.a. "corpse flower" for the odor it emits) at Orange Coast College in June. The county supervisor thinks an OCTA streetcar project really stinks also.
John Moorlach (right) and a big titan arum (a.k.a. "corpse flower" for the odor it emits) at Orange Coast College in June. The county supervisor thinks an OCTA streetcar project really stinks also.
Orange County Board of Supervisors

"We're going to spend millions of dollars on 1,700 people? Why don't we just buy them all Mercedes-Benzes?"

-Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach, in his dual role as an Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board member, ridiculing daily ridership projections of 1,700 people for a $238 million streetcar project for downtown Santa Ana that would link with a new Garden Grove transportation center.

Moorlach also called the streetcar project, which hopes to tap into $125 million in federal funding, a "boondoggle" and said it would be more efficient to have buses ferry workers and shoppers from the Santa Ana area to the Metrolink train and businesses.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait joined Moorlach Monday in voting against the OCTA taking over the project from the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove. Unfortunately for them, 13 other OCTA board members supported the plan.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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