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O.C. transit officials prep their wish list for Obama

Ever since President-elect Barack Obama said recently that he wants to spend tons of federal dough on infrastructure to create millions of jobs, transportation officials across the country have been drawing up their wish lists. The city of Los Angeles alone came up with a list of more than 200 projects.

Today, the folks from the Orange County Transportation Authority debuted their list. Although not everything they want is exactly of thrills-ville variety (farebox improvements! new bus radios! boo-yah!), there are some notable requests.

Among them: widening three stretches of the 57 Freeway, a carpool connector ramp between State Route 22 and the 405, and an additional lane for the eastbound 91 between the 241 and 71 freeways. Also on the list are a new Metrolink station for Placentia and a parking garage for the Tustin depot.

In total, O.C. officials say they've got more than $2 billion in projects that could break ground in the next year and create 56,000 jobs. Here's a link to a website that OCTA created to highlight the projects. As for whether anyone out there in fed-land is listening, the O.C. will have to wait and see what kind of infrastructure funding program Obama and Congress cook up.

--Steve Hymon

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That 405-22 car pool connector is a complete waste of time and money -- an elevated monstrosity for the Prius class. There are better things to do that will benefit real commuters. OCTA's messed up elevated connectors in the past, why should they be allowed to experiment again?

Transit priority #1 should be the Bus Rapid Transit capital improvements. Basically, because of budget shortfalls, OCTA currently doesn't have the money so the upcoming BRT program is essentially being reduced to limited stop buses that don't have any of the other improvements like signal priority or ticket machines.

Gas prices down in time for wasted fuel in traffic jams.


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