South Orange County Major Investment Study (SOCMIS)
As Fifth District Supervisor, I also represent South County on the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors. OCTA is the County’s primary transportation agency and is charged with studying, planning and implementing projects and services to meet our transportation needs. OCTA has initiated the South Orange County Major Investment Study (SOCMIS) to develop transportation solutions for improving mobility in South County, and I am Chair of that committee.
The study will define short and long term transportation needs as well as examine a wide range of options for improving traffic flow in South County. This is not limited to the study of Interstate 5. The goal is to come up with a long-range, balanced transportation plan that is expected to include varied solutions such as improved streets and roads, transit, commuter rail and express bus service additions & improvements. The expected result of this technical and stakeholder-driven process will be a series of recommended transportation improvement strategies.
As we progress through the study, I recognize that ideas may be included that may raise community support as well as concern. I understand that transportation needs must be balanced with community standards and impacts. As such, you have my commitment to work diligently to ensure this balance takes place and that delivery of these much needed transportation projects is expedited.