• Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    78 Percent of OC Voters Oppose Extending the 241 Toll Road: State Parks Foundation

    The thousands who have turned out at every turn to oppose the Michael Myers of Orange County road projects--the alive/dead/undead extension of the 241 toll road through San Onofre State Beach and perilously close to Trestles beach--can now find solidarity with many others. They are otherwise known ... More >>

  • 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.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    OCTA Thanks Congress for Transportation Bill Language Friendly to Finishing Toll Road

    ​When one author praises another on a book jacket, and the second author then does the same on the first author's tome, that's logrolling. It's a practice that's also common among academics and movie critics. In politics, logrolling happens when political favors are exchanged, even among members o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Low Pay for Airline Pilots "Threatens" the Country

    ​A couple months ago, I almost blogged something that claimed regional airline pilots earn an average of $14,000 a year. Believing that to be a typo--pilots are rolling in it, right?--I moved on to something more important, like Octomom boxing an East Coast skank.However, the nonprofit investigati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Airline Passengers Voice Displeasure Online

    ​With the price of gasoline soaring past $4 per gallon, many summer vacationers are scouting the Interwebs for deals on cheap flights.But that's not the only air travel-related data you'll find online. There are also the results of a new survey that show a large portion of flyers are dissatisfied ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    How Do You Fill the Empty Toll Roads? Raffles!

    Rush hour​The country's economic woes have reportedly extended to Orange County's toll roads, where ridership is down as once-paying drivers opt to ply the public lanes and apply the savings to offset rising gasoline prices.The agencies that operate the toll roads have responded with raffles and d ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • News

    January 14, 2010
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    October 28, 2009

    OCTA Committee Recommends Slightly Less Painful Bus Cuts--For Now

    WikicommonsBye bye buses.​County Supervisor Patricia Bates may have said it best today: "You can't send these people off a cliff, in a bus."The remark came amidst some low-heat sparring between her and Tustin Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Amante at this morning's meeting of the OCTA Finance and Administrati ... 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

    September 15, 2009

    SeatGuru Lobbies for More Airline Loos is pooh-poohing the airline industry over "a going concern": customers having to wait in line for restrooms at 30,000 feet.  The online resource for air travelers calls this "bladder abuse." "Airlines with too few bathrooms per passenge ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Toll Road "Bailout" Request Blasted

    Groups that have banded together to fight the 241 toll road extension through San Onofre State Park today accused the private agencies that operate Orange County's financially troubled network of toll roads of seeking a $1.1 billion federal bailout. The Transportation Corridor Systems (TCS) -- a jo ... More >>

  • Music

    August 28, 2008
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    February 14, 2008
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    January 19, 2008

    Obey My Jowls!

    Below is a video of Ken Calvert on his support of the 241 Toll Road. Nevermind that his reputation is on the line. Nevermind that he worked to garner earmarks (see Of Pork and Ken, Feb. 16 2006) so that taxpayer money could be spent on "environmental studies" for the toll roads - millions upon milli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007

    241 Toll Road Delayed Indefinitely

    The 241 Foothill-South Toll Road extension that would have run through San Onofre State Park endangering wild life and costing tax payers $10 million, has been delayed indefinitely, according to Congressman Ken Calvert. In the Congressman's words, "thanks to Reps. Susan Davis and Loretta Sanchez ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2007

    New poll shows mixed bag on 241 toll extension

    Photo by Craig Coppola/Courtesy Surfrider. A poll released this morning shows that OC voters are generally in favor of more toll roads, but not when they go through protected state parks. The poll, which was financed by the California State Parks Foundation, asked 400 voters from each of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2007

    Freeway far from free

    Good Friday is traditionally a day for Christians to reflect on the nature of sacrifice, so perhaps it's only fitting that today is the day that the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) expects you to begin to dig deeper into your wallet to use the 91 Freeway.  The toll for traveling e ... More >>

  • News

    November 2, 2006

    A Measure of Titanic Proportions

    Green groups weigh Measure M support

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2006

    Mimi's Influence Cafe

    Assemblywoman Mimi Walters (R-73, 241, 133) is a class act. And like any act, she can be yours if you can afford the hiring fee. Just ask Big Tobacco. Hell, just ask Rancho Mission Viejo; she's really going the extra mile for them. Sixteen miles actually—the length of the proposed Foothill-Sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2006

    Bates: Fishy

    If only it were a smile contest... I thought the Transportation Corridor Agencies were getting desperate when I saw their ads on cable. But now it looks like they're going so far as to cobble together campaign mailers for supporters. I say this because Pat Bate's latest mailer, which uses TCA endor ... More >>

  • News

    September 21, 2006

    Not So Fast

    The Transportation Corridor Agencies and their bizarro-roads keep you stuck in traffic

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2006

    The Quota System (Friendly Skies Edition)

    Everyone's heard stories, always officially denied, that you're more likely to get a traffic ticket near the end of month because the cops have a set quota of tickets they need to write each month. According to KMGH, the ABC affiliate in Denver, your traffic misery may be following you into the skie ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2006


    Supervisor Wilson continues to portray himself as enviro-friendly, but thats a damn lie

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2006

    35th Senate Race - A Road to Nowhere?

    Diane Harkey and Tom Harman are both running for the 35th District Senate seat. Harkey is the Republican's Republican, toeing the party line in her Dana Pointed way, while Harman has the misfortune of being a from-all-appearances honest politician in Huntington Beach (unlikely enough) as well as a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2006

    New Poll Takes Its Toll

    A public opinion survey released this fine Wednesday morning shows that 73% of Californians are opposed to extending a toll road through San Onofre State Beach. Last September, the Transportation Corridor Agencies commissioned their annual public opinion poll on how much we all love toll roads. The ... More >>

  • 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

    June 10, 2004

    Kill the Cougar

    Agency announces bold plan to wipe out dangerous mountain lions: toll roads

  • 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 10, 2003

    They Have A Dream

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

  • News

    September 5, 2002
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    August 15, 2002
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    May 30, 2002

    Train in Vein

    Jane Reifer lives for mass transit

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Spin Recycle

    Truth still grounded after El Toro approval

  • News

    March 15, 2001
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    May 25, 2000

    LA Hex

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 140

  • Unknown

    March 2, 2000

    Lie the Friendly Skies

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 135

  • News

    February 17, 2000

    More Noise on Noise

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 133

  • News

    February 3, 2000
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    January 20, 2000

    A River Runs Beneath It

    Santa Ana River toll road elevates eco-fears

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    Highway Robbery - Toll Roads

    OCs toll roads were supposed to be the model for our transportation future. Now they look like road kill

  • 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?

  • News

    April 8, 1999

    Disneyland Stops Here

    Was the county ever serious about a two-airport system?

  • Features

    January 7, 1999
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