Tuesday, November 12, 2013

OCTA Board Kicks The Can Down The (Toll) Road

"HOT" TIME AT THE OCTA BOARD MEETING
In what was reported to be another raucous meeting last Friday on the proposed plan to impose two High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on the driving public on the I-405 from Costa Mesa to the Los Angeles County Line, the Orange County Transportation Board decided to defer a vote on the issue until their meeting on December 9th.

 (The dreaded Alternate #3)
TWO EXCELLENT REPORTS
I did not attend the meeting, but Nick Gerda of the Voice of OC provided an excellent report of the proceedings, HERE.  And, if you're looking for a report of the event with a little more "spice", try Vern Nelson's take on the meeting in his Orange Juice Blog entry, HERE.

RIGHEIMER RANTS
Both of the accounts mention comments by our mayor, Jim Righeimer, and quote other politicians, too.  Both are worth a read. 

STALLING FOR TIME...
I suspect the members of the OCTA Board who are inclined to vote to move forward with the HOT lane concept may think the December meeting - with holidays, not toll roads, in most of our minds - might make for a "kinder, gentler" meeting at which they could impose their will on us with fewer angry residents there to oppose them.  Righeimer as much as promised to "pack the place" on December 9th.

KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON...
So, the beat goes on and representatives of the corridor cities who oppose the HOT lane concept will keep the pressure on the Board.  And, we can also participate by going to the Costa Mesa web site, HERE, and write to each of the board members to express your views.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous jrs36 said...

Righeimer's comments are hypocritical

11/12/2013 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger Flo Martin said...

Strange that Righeimer protested the chairman's call to restrict public discussion to the the question at hand: delaying the vote to Dec 9th. Righeimer has become the master at discouraging and restricting public discussion at our council meetings.

11/12/2013 08:52:00 AM  
Blogger James Rivera said...

The bus lanes brought up by a speaker are the positive proposal that would really help. China has already implemented these lanes for suburban sprawl areas and it works.

11/12/2013 09:52:00 AM  

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