Public Transportation

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    You Are Hereby Asked to Dump the Pump

    Hopefully we can catch you before you're out the door this morning, convince you to "dump the pump" and instead jump onto public transportation to get around.

  • Film

    May 22, 2014
  • Film

    July 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    OCTA $1.26 Billion Budget is Up From Last Year and So is the Anticipated Service

    The Orange County Transportation Authority board on Monday approved a $1.26 billion budget that was up from $1 billion last year due to an anticipated increase in service.Funding for more buses on routes with the highest ridership is part of a 4 percent increase in expected bus service, according to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Metrolink Train Strikes Person Between Fullerton and Buena Park; Train Delayed, Police Investigating

    Sometimes, the stories write themselves, and that's the case this afternoon. Earlier today, a Metrolink train hit someone between Fullerton and Buena Park. How do I know?Because Metrolink told me so on its Twitter feed. And Metrolink just told me that the lines "are open with restricted speed due to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    OCTA Planning to Raise Bus Fare, Further Showing What A Joke It's Always Been and Will Be

    There has been many ridiculous, laughable awards given out in Orange County or to Orange County residents over the years, but none was more undeserved than when some agency called the Orange County Transportation Authority the nation's best mass-transit system in 2005. This came on the heels of OCTA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    It's Casual Debut a Pro-Public Transportation Message in 'The Redline' [WATCH]

    ​Eddie Solis wasn't kidding when he told us that he enjoys taking public transportation in the city. The LA native (proudly from Boyle Heights, yo!) Says traffic, instead of being "harsh" and "time-consuming," is "fun." And he put his money where his mouth is in The New Los Angeles, reissued wit ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 29, 2011

    Diaper Not-So-Dandy

    [Hey, You!] Where not to leave your little ones' special deliveries

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    You May Not Know Your Future, But Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Does

    ​Roy Reynolds is a Fountain Valley-based pollster with a bug up his ass about the Southern California Association of Governments.Thank God.For those who have never heard of SCAG, it is, as Reynolds puts it, "an unelected, unrepresentative pseudo-government-like group" that "we must tolerate in our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    OCTA Promotes 'Dump The Pump' Week, Gives Free Breakfast Tomorrow to Those Who (Gasp!) Leave Their Cars At Home

    ​More essential than personal trainers and trust funds in this county are our beloved cars. Bus passes, Google's walking directions, Metrolink--these funny words, what do they mean?   And yet the folks at Orange County Transportation Authority (bless their hearts) are taking on the noble ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Holiday Toy Express Route Change Scrooges San Juan Capistrano​Metrolink's Holiday Toy Express chugs into Orange County this month, but after making more than 50 stops over 14 days last year, the Christmasy choo-choo is only stopping 13 times over five days this December.That has one South County town feeling particularly Scrooged.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Santa Ana Has a Desire Named Streetcar

    ​An interstate high-speed train that would stop in Anaheim and another linking the town that Walt Disney built with the town the mob built (Las Vegas) get all the media attention, but a California Planning & Development Report article claims slow poky streetcars will be online up and down the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Blood on the Tracks in Anaheim

    ​Someone apparently ended his or her life on the Metrolink tracks in Anaheim this morning, causing delays to lines throughout Orange County.Train 601 had just left the Anaheim station for Los Angeles at 6:05 a.m. when the person was fatally struck on La Palma Avenue between East and Pauline street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Will Trains or Lanes Connect Santa Ana to LA County?

    Choo choo​Orange County residents who love public transit--yes, some of these people do exist--talk fondly of Southern California's train-taking heritage. There was a time when the Pacific Electric "Red Car" rail system connected OC to LA to the Inland Empire and beyond; getting around without a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    High Speed Train May Demolish Buena Park Homes Designed to Be Near Trains

    California High Speed Rail AuthorityIf only the new train had only to contend with windmills...​Sunday's Los Angeles Times carried a piece that largely rehashed a few low-boiling controversies about the planned high speed train line that, when eventually completed, will connect Anaheim and San Die ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Catching Up With Leif Garrett Again

    Leif Garrett, then and now.​Leif Garrett's arrest for drug possession Monday morning at the Metrolink station in downtown Los Angeles is a good excuse as any to revisit Dave Wielenga's great 1999 article, "Shakin' Like a Leif: Kicking Smack With Leif Garrett." What's the deal is with the 48-year- ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 17, 2009


    Honda Center

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Finally! 5 Freeway From Beach to LA County Line Called Out for Being Shitty​The 5 freeway from Beach Boulevard in Garden Grove to the Los Angeles County line in Buena Park is one of the roughest roads in the nation, states a report released today by two highway advocacy groups. "Future Mobility in California: The Condition, Use and Funding of California's Roads, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Transit Activists to Pitch Ways to Save OCTA Bus Routes

    ​More than 60 people got up and spoke at Monday's board meeting for the Orange County Transit Authority. Pacific Progressive has the run-down: It was a diverse group of people telling OCTA how detrimental further cuts to the OC bus system would be.It's a sticky issue. Facing a steep decline in sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    More U2 Info

    ​We all know U2 sucks. The songs are boring, Bono's a pompous ass and the rhythm section might be the worst in the history of rock 'n' roll. They've sold a bazillion records, yet no one I know has ever bought one of them, probably because my friends and I have good taste. But lame-os who own four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Friday Film Funnies Fun: The OCTA, and John Moorlach the Bus-Hater

    Supervisor John Moorlach wants to get rid of our bus system? What a buffoon! This video is too earnest, but what are you gonna do...

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Is OCTA Sacrificing Transit Service for Executive Pay?

    Courtesy of OCTAWill Kempton moves to OCTA from Caltrans, where he has served for five years.The hiring of Caltrans director Will Kempton for the Orange County Transportation Authority's vacant executive director position would seem like a step down. After all, the Schwarzenegger appointee oversees ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Follow the Bouncing High-Speed Trains

    Rendering of new Anaheim transportation hub, awaiting whatever comes its way.Harry Reid (D-Nevada), who had earlier seemed to be the biggest supporter in the U.S. Senate for a magnetic-levitation (Maglev) train from Las Vegas to Anaheim, is now pooh-poohing such a system, favoring instead a high-spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    What Happened to the Long Beach Loop?

    Started in September of 2008, the Long Beach Loop was a monthly event that sounded genuinely fun: the first Thursday of each month, a double-decker bus took folks back-and-forth between beloved LB spots Alex's Bar, The Pike and The Prospector, each of which had concerts going on that night (with set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Santa Ana City Council to Put Fix in on Trolley Project Tonight

    It's been almost to the year since I last wrote about how the SanTana City Council would most likely award a light-rail contract to Cordoba Corporation, a company whose president George Pla sits on the SanTana Business Bank alongside councilmember Busty Bustamante. I theorized a scam of Chinatown-es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Art Leahy Leaves OCTA for LA Metro: Good Riddance

    News item: Art Leahy, who has led the Orange County Transportation Authority for eight years, accepted an offer to head Los Angeles County's Metro - a transit agency with a $3.4 billion budget. (Courtesy of the Orange County Register) Be careful what you wish for, LA ... *The NOAA, which has ju ... More >>

  • Music

    August 28, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Santa Ana's Grand Choo-Choo Conspiracy Continues

    Back in January, I theorized out loud about a SanTana scandal of Chinatown-esque proportions: the introduction of a light-rail system most likely involving the Cordoba Corporation, whose CEO sits alongside SanTana conflict-of-influenza-afflicted councilmember Carlos Bustamante on the board of the Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008

    The Fix is In (Santa Ana Edition)

    Remember my post yesterday, where I theorized out loud about how SanTana councilmember Carlos Bustamante could greatly benefit if Cordoba Corporation (headed by major contributor and fellow Santa Ana Business Bank director George Pla) ever got a contract with the city to develop a mass transit syste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2008

    Santa Ana's Grand Choo Choo Conspiracy: The Carlos Bustamante Connection

    Final post in our Carlos Bustamante conflict-of-influenza series--for now... All this week we've focused on Carlos Bustamante, the SanTana councilmember who gladly takes money from people seeking something from the city, then votes favorably for his donors. Some readers have wondered about my focus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2007

    OCTA wants to party with you

    Been riding those darn buses since 1972? Then you might be one of 35 special people who gets to party with OCTA - which is celebrating 35 years of hauling fat OC ass across the county at the end of the month. Party place: The Fullerton Transportation Center, 120 E. Santa Fe Ave, where the bus syst ... More >>

  • News

    July 12, 2007


    The 28th Annual Mooning of Amtrak

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2006

    Alternative Answers

    Please forgive the over-generalization, but to over-generalize the Democrats are the party of expensive mass transit boondoggles, the Republicans are the party of lung cancer, freeways to nowhere and terror-enabling dependence on foreign oil, and in Orange County members of both parties are against ... More >>

  • Unknown

    September 22, 2005
  • News

    July 28, 2005

    Hooray for OCTA?

    Award for top transportation agency is astoundingfor all the wrong reasons

  • Features

    February 17, 2005

    Next Stop: Immobility

    An A to Z Guide to Surviving the Death/Pause/Sunshine of the CenterLine

  • News

    December 9, 2004

    Center Bind

    Beth Krom embarrasses Centerline with radio fiasco

  • News

    August 21, 2003

    Fear Factor

    The four horsemen of the suburban apocalypse

  • News

    August 7, 2003

    Track Record

    A CenterLine contractors resume includes Bostons notorius big dig

  • News

    July 31, 2003
  • Columns

    July 24, 2003
  • News

    July 10, 2003

    They Have A Dream

    Light rails friends and enemies rally around the bus. But do bureaucrats care?

  • Columns

    April 24, 2003
  • Columns

    July 18, 2002

    Lost Highway

    Cmon down to Jims World of Pain Motors!

  • News

    May 30, 2002

    Train in Vein

    Jane Reifer lives for mass transit

  • News

    October 12, 2000


    El Toro Airport Watch no. 147

  • News

    September 9, 1999


    OCTAs attempt to bring out the benefits of a $2 billion light-rail system crashes at UC Irvine

  • Columns

    September 9, 1999
  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Why Weyrich?

    Whats the moral majority founder know about trains in Orange County?

  • Columns

    January 14, 1999
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