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Friday, April 09, 2010

OCTA gets $357 million for road, rail projects

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The Orange County, Calif., Transportation Authority has received $357 million from the state for freeway and rail projects, the Orange County Local News Network reported. The California Transportation Commission sold bonds last month to free up the money for OCTA.

"This funding is great news for the residents of Orange County and it will be a tremendous shot in the arm for a number of vital projects," OCTA Chairman Jerry Amante said. "We have been working hard to deliver these transportation improvements and we are looking forward to seeing the shovels hit the ground."

The projects include:

• $11.5 million for Metrolink rail improvements and grade-crossing enhancements;

• $8.25 million to add parking at the Tustin Metrolink station;

•$15.4 million for a new parking structure at the Fullerton Metrolink station; and

•$12.3 million to upgrade Metrolink's fiber-optic communication cables in Orange County.

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