Orange County Rail & Transit Projects

New tracks, new light rail & updated fleet

Rail & Transit2023-08-24T12:49:53-07:00

Rail & Transit Improvements & Expansion

Orange County Rail & Transit Projects enhance and expand public transit service throughout the county. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) serves 3.1 million residents across 34 cities. The Metrolink rail service includes 11 stations from Buena Park to San Clemente. There are 60 bus routes and a plan to convert the OC Bus fleet to 100 percent zero-emission technology by 2040. Additionally, the electric-powered OC Streetcar is a light rail line currently under construction that will run through Santa Ana and Garden Grove with at least 12 stops along its 4.15-mile route.

Some of the many other Orange County Rail & Transit Projects include:

  • The Passing Siding Improvement Project is an OCTA-led rail project in the cities of Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano. Adjacent to the I-5 freeway, it adds 1.8 miles of new railroad track. The improvements will reduce delays, increase safety and provide more reliable rail service for the region.
  • Expansion and improvements to the Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station, including a second main track, a new station platform, and extension of the existing platform to improve reliability for passengers overall. Improvements will enhance on-time performance and accommodate current and future growth.
  • The Placentia Metrolink Station and Parking Structure will serve the Metrolink 91 Line, which extends to Riverside, Fullerton and Downtown Los Angeles. Located at Melrose Street and Crowther Avenue, near the 57 Freeway, it will be the closest station to Cal State Fullerton. The parking structure will have 246-spaces. The project is expected to be completed by June 2022.
  • OCTA’s Transit Security and Operations Center (TSOC) in Anaheim addresses the growing needs and requirements for a modern facility to support transit security, operations and emergency response coordination. This approximately $38 million project is funded by funds from SB1 as well as Federal Transit Administration grants.

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