FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2013
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RESIDENTS, BUSINESS COMMUNITY, AND CITIES VOICE STRONG OPPOSITION AT TOWN HALL FORUM ON OCTA TOLL LANE PROPOSAL FOR I-405 FREEWAY
City Officials From 405 Freeway Cities Coalition; Federal, State, And County Elected Officials; And Members Of Public Tell Standing Room Only Overflow Crowd They Are Strongly Opposed To OCTA’s Toll Lane Proposal
WESTMINSTER – Local residents; business community leaders; and federal, state, county, and local elected officials strongly voiced their opposition at a Town Hall Forum Tuesday evening on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) proposal to add toll lanes on the I-405 Freeway.
The forum, which had a well-attended, standing room only overflow crowd of over 150 people, was sponsored by the 405 Freeway Cities Coalition, a group of six cities along the 405 freeway corridor (Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Westminster) and the unincorporated area of Rossmoor. The cities have banded together to oppose OCTA’s effort to add toll lanes along the stretch of the freeway between the SR-55 Freeway in Costa Mesa and the I-605 Freeway at the Los Angeles County border, and wanted to gather public input on the subject to pass along to OCTA.
A large number of elected officials, including Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach, State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, former State Assemblyman Jose Solorio, and a representative from U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s office joined with members of public from the impacted communities, testifying in strong opposition to the toll lanes, saying they will negatively impact the corridor cities, their local business communities, and their residents.
“The residents and businesses of our cities have been very consistent in their strong opposition to OCTA’s toll lane proposal,” said Westminster Councilwoman & Corridor Cities Representative Diana Carey, who chaired Tuesday evening’s six city event. “We are surprised that our county transportation authority is still trying to jam this crazy plan down our throats. We are hopeful that they will once again come to their senses and vote to reject this poorly thought out concept.”
The toll lane proposal, which the OCTA Board of Directors ended up voting to discard last year after strong public opinion to it, was recently resurrected again by the transportation authority and is expected to be voted on at their upcoming Friday, November 8 board meeting. The 405 Freeway Cities Coalition urged concerned residents to either attend the board meeting, which is scheduled for 9:00 A.M. at OCTA’s headquarters at 550 S. Main Street in Orange or call their offices at (714) 560-6282 to express their views to the authority.