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March 8, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's top transportation official called for a halt Wednesday to work on the controversial CenterLine due to faltering support for the $2.3-billion rail project. In an action that officials said could delay progress on the line several months or up to a decade, the Orange County Transportation Authority scrapped plans this week to request federal funding for the project. Agency chief Arthur Leahy also halted all preliminary engineering work on the project.
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October 9, 2001 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plans for a $1-billion rail line that would link the Orange County seat to neighboring Irvine and Costa Mesa could be revived next week if the Santa Ana City Council gives its approval. The Orange County Transportation Authority hopes the council backs the 13-mile project. The line, already endorsed by Irvine and Costa Mesa, would be a shortened version of the original 30-mile CenterLine plan, which collapsed last spring when it failed to attract business and political support.
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April 25, 2000 | WILLOUGHBY MARIANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proponents of a $1.5-billion light-rail system proposed between Fullerton and Irvine need to be more aggressive in forming partnerships with the private sector to raise the money for the project, a trustee of the Orange County Transportation Authority said Monday. Board member Todd Spitzer, who is also an Orange County supervisor, said OCTA should hire a developer immediately as a consultant to speed the process by contacting businesses along the 29-mile route proposed for the rail line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2000 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Try this for pressure: three hours to put together a wish list of transportation projects for Orange County. The reason for the rush? A Monday morning request from Caltrans for a list of priority needs--presumably prompted by Gov. Gray Davis' expressed desire to use some of the budget surplus to kick-start such projects. By noon Feb.
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July 31, 1995 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER and ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County road projects will be endangered and bus service virtually halted--forcing layoffs of hundreds of transit workers--under the Legislature's midnight deal to let the bankrupt county raid $1 billion in transportation agency funds, county officials said Sunday. "This is just a disaster for Orange County," said Charles V. Smith, the chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1995 | JOHN POPE
A portion of Orange County's first transitway, a 60-foot-high car-pool lane connecting the Santa Ana and Costa Mesa freeways, opened to commuters Wednesday in Tustin. The link will channel as many as 23,000 car-pools, buses and motorcycles a day between the two freeways and has already helped alleviate traffic congestion at the nation's ninth-busiest intersection, officials said. "This is a major transportation milestone" for Orange County, said Brent Felker, district director for Caltrans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1994 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Breezing into your office after a hop on a monorail or similar vehicle is still a dream for Orange County's stressed-out commuters. But prospects are looking up, say county transit officials. By April, transit planners hope to have a route selected through the county's heavily congested central core. At the same time, the Orange County Transportation Authority Board will be asked to push for an undetermined amount of federal funds for the rail project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1994 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Transportation Authority officials took the first step Monday toward possibly connecting Fullerton and Irvine with a mass transit system when they authorized a study of the proposed six-mile-wide transit corridor between the two cities.
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July 13, 1997 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The newspaper headline sounded a familiar theme. "Rail Line Could Speed Traffic . . . " it said. In the article that followed, county leaders touted how the proposed light rail system through central Orange County would, among other things, reduce congestion and support growth. The year was 1983. Only recently, the Orange County Transportation Authority decided to start designing such a system. "It's right on schedule," said Stan Oftelie, former chief executive officer of the authority.
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