Published On: Mon, Jul 12th, 2021

Orange County Streetcar Expenses Continue to Grow

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The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) on July 12 approved an additional $1.1 million for the county’s first modern electric streetcar. While constructing track bed for the streetcar, crews unexpectedly discovered utility lines underneath Santa Ana, Calif.’s 150-year-old streets. Additional funds are needed to engage in exploratory potholing to avoid obstructing the track’s construction, a project leader said during a July 12 meeting. “The only way to have known about these unknown utilities during the design phase would have been to excavate multiple trenches through city streets,” Program Manager Ross Lew told the OCTA board. Lew said his team didn’t excavate the trenches to find these obstructing utility lines earlier because “it would have been very disruptive and impactful to the traveling public, residents, and businesses. As a result, we are addressing these hidden utilities now during construction.” The Orange County streetcar will serve as a 4.15-mile public transit system between the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center and a new station in …

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