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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
[Hey, You!] Where not to leave your little ones' special deliveries
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 >>
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 >>
OCTA.netMetrolink'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.
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 >>
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 >>
Choo chooOrange 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
OCTA.netThe 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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...
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 >>
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 >>
Whoa! They're moving the Sydney Opera House to Anaheim!Oh wait, no. That's the newly approved design for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, a.k.a. ARTIC.On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council awarded architecture firm Parsons Brinckerhoff/HOK with the contract to design and lay the ... More >>
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 >>
If only this saga came with Faye Dunaway--instead, we have to settle for Michelle Martinez...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 SanTa ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The 28th Annual Mooning of Amtrak
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 >>
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