I came across an article in the Irvine World News yesterday that caught my eye.Ã‚Â It looks like Irvine is going to be spending $280 million on a transit system for the Great Park.
If 6 out of 7 Santa Ana Council Members are Democratic, and 1 out of every 10 residents in Santa Ana use the transit system, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to see similar projects in Central OC.
From the article:
To plan and build the system:Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Proposition 116: $121.3 million
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢City of Irvine/local sources: $25.6 million
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Renewed Measure M funds: $98.2 million
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢State Highway Account: $40 million
To operate and maintain the system:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Fares: $3 million
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Renewed Measure M funds: $3.6 million
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Advertising revenue: $400,000
The Proposition 116 state funding is $121 million that was first allocated to the city in 1990 for a transportation system near John Wayne Airport. The money was rerouted to Centerline in 1999 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a light-rail line that would have stretched 11.4 miles across Irvine, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana; that was rejected by voters in 2003.
To use the Centerline money, the city must obtain state approval to reallocate the funds while finding a matching $121 million and another $38 million to build the project.
Councilman Larry Agran said that the Great Park system is an important first step in building a city-wide system of various types of transportation.
Council members Christina Shea and Steven Choi both expressed a concern Tuesday about having a combination of streetcars and buses. But, city staff assured the council that plans for the transit system can be modified.
The proposed system would:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Have 3.4 miles of streetcar track in the Great Park portion. The Spectrum portion would have 1.6 miles of bus route.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Mostly have street-level stations, except for an elevated portion near the Irvine train station.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Have wait times of 10 to 15 minutes. Service would be available between 5:30 a.m. and midnight, seven days a week.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Have nine stations, including: The Double Tree Hotel, Irvine Spectrum, Irvine Technology Center, Irvine train station and the Great Park sports complex.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Include trees on both sides of the streetcar route to minimize the intrusiveness of overhead electrical wires.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Add a lane for the bus system on each side of Alton Parkway.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Have an estimated 5,000 riders each day, with 6,500 during peak demand.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Provide service to a growing population. Population within four miles of the system is expected to grow by 38,676 residents and 118,755 workers before 2030.