Orange County transportation officials this week kick off construction on a $1.9 billion expansion of the Interstate 405 San Diego Freeway between Costa Mesa and the county’s border with Los Angeles, one of the nation’s busiest interstate highway sections.
A February cyber attack on Orange County Transportation Authority servers resulted in the total shutdown of email, voicemail and numerous other services. Officials kept the attack secret, which could be a violation of the state’s open meetings law.
The new plan, which includes 14 changes to the original proposal, comes after dozens of bus riders, many who are dependent on the system as their only transportation, showed up to previous board meetings to protest the planned cuts.
With ridership declining, the Orange County Transportation Authority is planning to cut two bus routes that some public transportation advocates say will reduce bus access for underserved communities in Santa Ana.
Orange County Transportation Authority buses have failed to show up on dozens of occasions over the last six months, leaving many riders stranded and angry. The failures can be attributed to bus services that have been outsourced to a private contractor.