Orange County

OC Streetcar project is getting pricier

ARTIST’S RENDERING of a streetcar in Santa Ana. The OC Streetcar will be more expensive and construction will start later (OCTA image).

The OC Streetcar project planned to link Santa Ana and Garden Grove is still coming, but it will be a bit late arriving and a chunk more expensive.

Last week the Orange County Transportation Authority’s board of directors approved more funding for the project, raising the total cost to $407.76 million.

That’s an increase of over $100 million. The increased expenses are blamed on higher construction bid prices, inflation and rising material costs.

To pay for the difference, the OCTA board voted to use more Measure M funds raised by the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation.

The new plan was another step toward getting a nearly $150 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.

Construction, originally planned to begin this summer, will commence later this year with testing and operations to begin in 2021.


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