IRVINE, Calif. - January 23, 2020
At their January meeting, the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency (SJHTCA) and Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) Boards of Directors nominated and elected board leadership for 2020.
Director Patricia Kelley, Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem, was elected SJHTCA Chairwoman, and Director Will O’Neill, Newport Beach Mayor, was elected Vice Chair. SJHTCA manages the 73 Toll Road, which spans 15 miles in South Orange County from Newport Beach to San Juan Capistrano. Since opening to motorists in 1996, the 73 Toll Road has served as a congestion-free alternative route to Interstates 5 and 405.
“It’s an exciting time to be leading the SJHTCA Board,” said SJHTCA Chairwoman Trish Kelley. “We are considering adding a lane in each direction of the 73 Toll Road at the Catalina View Mainline Toll Point – a much needed project for our customers who are experiencing increased congestion during morning and afternoon peak travel times.”
Director Christina Shea, Irvine Mayor, was re-elected F/ETCA Chairwoman, and Director Chuck Puckett, Tustin Council Member, was re-elected Vice Chair. F/ETCA manages the 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads, which provide vital links between Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine and the border of Orange and Riverside counties.
“I’m grateful that the F/ETCA board voted for me to serve a second term as chairwoman,” said Shea. “Between the 241/91 Express Lanes Connector, the Oso Parkway Bridge and efforts to enhance mobility in South Orange County, the Board is working hard to benefit the more than three million residents of Orange County.”
Orange County’s 51 miles of Toll Roads – State Routes 73, 133, 241 and 261 – carry, on average, 330,000 trips each weekday. Collectively, the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) will focus on various capital improvement projects to improve mobility for their more than 1.7 million accountholders and continue protecting 2,200 acres of habitat and open space that has been set aside in perpetuity.
The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) are two joint powers authorities formed by the California legislature in 1986 to plan, finance, construct and operate Orange County’s public toll road system. Fifty-one miles of the system are complete, including the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads. TCA continues to meet the region’s growing need for congestion-free transportation alternatives.