Public Asked to Weigh in on Harbor Boulevard Study that Explores Transit Options

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Feb. 18, 2016                   

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Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713
Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697

  

Public Asked to Weigh in on Harbor Boulevard Study that Explores Transit Options

Open houses are planned for Feb. 24 in Fullerton and Feb. 25 in Garden Grove to discuss Harbor Boulevard Transit Corridor Study

ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority, in partnership with the cities of Fullerton, Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana, is hosting two open houses this month to begin getting public input on how to improve transportation along a busy stretch of Harbor Boulevard between Fullerton and Santa Ana.

OCTA has launched the Central Harbor Boulevard Transit Corridor Study to look at how to improve the transit system along Harbor Boulevard between Westminster Boulevard in Santa Ana and Chapman Avenue in Fullerton.

Harbor Boulevard is Orange County’s busiest north/south transit corridor, carrying about 8 percent of the county’s bus riders through some of the most densely populated areas of the county.

Several other transit projects are being planned or discussed that would connect to Harbor Boulevard, including the OC Streetcar in Santa Ana/Garden Grove and a streetcar in Anaheim between ARTIC and the Anaheim Resort.

At the northern end, Fullerton is also looking at options for improving transit connections between Downtown Fullerton, the transportation center and college campuses, including Fullerton College and Cal State University, Fullerton.

The Harbor study will take a comprehensive look at all the current and potential connections to Harbor Boulevard and analyze existing and future travel demands. The study, expected to be completed by the end of the year, also will develop goals and identify options for improving transit along the street.

Members of the public will have several chances to provide input as the study progresses. The first two options are at the open houses planned for:

  • 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Fullerton Community Center, 340 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832
  • 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at Garden Grove High School, 11271 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92840

OCTA staff will be in attendance during the open houses to talk about the study, answer questions and receive public comments.

The final phase of the study will analyze and recommend potential alternatives for improving Harbor Boulevard. Those alternatives could include a variety of transit technologies, including bus rapid transit and fixed-guideway options, as well as making improvements to streets that run parallel to Harbor. Ultimately, the study’s findings will provide OCTA and the cities with strategies to make traveling the corridor more efficient.

To learn more about the study, visit www.octa.net/Harbor.

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