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Transportation Corridor Agencies April Board Meeting Highlights

Highlights from the Joint San Joaquin Hills and Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agencies April 11 Board Meeting

Irvine, Calif. - April 11, 2024

Toll Enforcement Ordinance Modifications

The Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) and San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency (SJHTCA) Boards of Directors approved the first reading of the Agencies’ updated Toll Enforcement Ordinances. These modifications to the ordinances incorporate new toll administration and violation enforcement related requirements introduced with the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 2594 (Ting) and ensures the Agencies align with the new requirements as stated in the California Vehicle Code (CVC), with applicable provisions going into effect July 1, 2024.

While the Agencies already complied with many of the new requirements listed in AB 2594, the updated ordinances will now accommodate for increased time to pay or contest a delinquent violation notice, along with revisions to current payment plan procedures.

The Agencies’ Toll Enforcement ordinances have been in place since the opening of The Toll Roads in 1993 and have been amended over the years to reflect changes in Board policy. The Boards’ adoption of the updated Toll Enforcement ordinances will implement changes to improve clarity, increase alignment with the CVC and current policy, and maintain alignment with the CVC as amended by AB 2594.

Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2025

FY25 Capital Improvement Plan CoverThe Fiscal Year 2025 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) was presented and unanimously approved by the F/ETCA and SJHTCA Boards of Directors. The CIP is the guiding document for the project work performed each fiscal year to benefit the regional transportation system and ensure free flow conditions on The Toll Roads. Each year the CIP is updated to reflect changes to projects’ scope, costs and schedule and new projects are added, as needed. For Fiscal Year 2025, the CIP represents an approximately $37 million investment for SJHTCA and approximately $511 million for F/ETCA in current capital projects through 2030.

The CIP also reflected the Boards’ prior direction for delivering three current capital projects: the 241/91 Express Connector, State Route 73 Catalina Improvements and State Route 241 Loma Improvements in 2030 or earlier. These current Capital Projects are funded by their respective Agencies from cash reserves. In addition, the CIP presentation discussed Toll Booth removals and Toll Plaza reuse, which will continue to be evaluated for future project work.
Click here to view the FY25 CIP (PDF).

Live Oak Plaza Cattle Grazing Resumes

Live Oak Cattle GrazingTCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ryan Chamberlain shared that cattle are once again grazing at the Live Oak Plaza mitigation site as part of the Board-approved Adaptive Weed Management Program. Grazing activity will continue through the end of April. The mitigation site is located in Santiago Canyon at the corner of El Toro Road and Live Oak Canyon.

The Live Oak Cattle Grazing Program, which started as a three-year pilot program in 2020, helps reduce flashy fuels and associated fire risks from the accumulation of nonnative plant cover, increased bare ground, and a shift toward native annual species growth. The award-winning program uses innovative, science-based approaches to land management that highlights TCA as a leader in environmental stewardship for the communities we serve.