To help relieve congestion, OCTA is updating its Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the county. Called Designing Tomorrow 2040, the general goals of the 2018 LRTP are to assess the performance of the transportation system over a 20+ year horizon, and to identify the projects that best address the needs of the system based on expected population, housing and employment growth, and financial and revenue assumption forecasts.
As we look into the future, increasing population and employment opportunities will have a major impact on day-to-day commutes. With projected increases of 10 percent in population, 11 percent in housing, and 17 percent in employment, the time spent in traffic is expected to increase by 66 percent by the year 2040 if no additional improvements are made to Orange County’s transportation system.
Because vacant land adjacent to freeways is scarce, there are few opportunities for significant freeway expansion beyond what is already planned through Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. Future transportation projects will focus on improving the efficiency of the existing system to accommodate the growing travel demand. Proposed solutions include enhancing mass transit, ridesharing and utilizing managed lanes.
Your thoughts are important and can influence the future of Orange County transportation. By taking this survey, you will help OCTA prioritize improvements that will affect your daily journey throughout the county.
OCTA updates the LRTP approximately every four years. The multi-modal projects and programs included are the basis for the Southern California Association of Governments’ Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The LRTP provides a visionary blueprint for transportation improvements for Orange County and input into the development of the RTP.