Traffic & Transportation

SENIOR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

In the 1990's, OCTA developed a program called the Senior Mobility Program in which local agencies are provided with funds to operate their own bus program. The idea behind the program is for each municipality to control their own program and design it to meet the needs of their community. The City of Seal Beach secured this grant funding and has been successfully operating this program since 2002.

This spring, residents throughout the City, Leisure World and the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce worked together to create improvements to the program that will better coordinate the services provided by the City of Seal Beach with those offered by Leisure World. Additionally, the service should bring more seniors to Old Town (Main Street) and the Seal Beach Pier for additional shopping and recreational opportunities

The Senior Transportation includes the City’s Senior Nutrition Program, the Shopper Shuttle, and the Dial-A-Ride program.

The Senior Nutrition Program serves meals to seniors at the North Seal Beach Community Center. The Senior Nutrition service is available Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Shopping Shuttle is a program that assists Seal Beach seniors in accessing shopping areas within the City. The Shopping Shuttle service is available in the North Seal Beach area Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In the Old Town and Pier area, service is available Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Dial-A-Ride component of the program offers to drive a senior resident to any location within City limits. Residents can utilize the Dial-A-Ride program for medical visits outside the City by up to three miles. The Dial-A-Ride service is available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no service Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.), and can be utilized by calling (562) 439-3699 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule the date, time, and location.

All services are suspended between 11:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.

The change in service will began on June 1, 2015. Additional information can be found on the City’s website or by calling the City at (562) 431-2527 ext.1317

TRAFFIC COUNTS

The City of Seal Beach maintains accurate and updated traffic counts which can be viewed here.

TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDY GUIDELINES

Guidelines as to when a traffic impact study would be completed were developed to be applied to redevelopment and development projects to better understand the nature of the scope of work, identify traffic impacts, and analyze levels of service. The factors will determine mitigation issues and potential impacts. The Traffic Impact Study Guidelines are available using the link below:

Traffic Impact Study Guidelines

ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is a multi-modal transportation agency serving Orange County. Orange County is kept moving with countywide bus and paratransit service; Metrolink rail service; the 91 Express Lanes toll facility; freeway, street, and road improvement projects; Share the Ride commuting options for individuals and employers; motorist aid services; and by regulating taxi operations. Here are the bus schedules for Route 1, Route 42, and Route 60.

OCTA began in 1991 with the consolidation of seven separate transportation agencies. By increasing efficiency and eliminating duplicate functions, county taxpayers save millions of dollars.

An 18-member Board of Directors governs OCTA. The Board consists of five county supervisors, 10 city members, two public members, and the Director of the Department of Transportation District 12 (Caltrans) as a non-voting member.

Long Beach Transit

Long Beach Transit (LBT) Routes 131 and 171, which ceased operations into Seal Beach in August 2012, will again be extended into the City starting June 1, 2014.

Details of the lines' new routes into Seal Beach are being finalized now and will go into effect as part of LBT's June service changes.

Finalized maps, times, and schedules will be available on the Seal Beach website and on Long Beach Transit buses and www.lbtransit.com in May.

MEASURE M2

Managed by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), the Measure M2 Transportation Investment Plan is a 30-year, $11.8 billion program designed to reduce traffic congestion, strengthen our economy, and improve our quality of life by upgrading key freeways, fixing major freeway interchanges, maintaining streets and roads, synchronizing traffic signals countywide, building a visionary rail-transit system, and protecting our environment from the oily street runoff that pollutes Orange County beaches. The plan is focused solely on improving the transportation system and includes tough taxpayer safeguards, including a Taxpayer Oversight Committee, required annual audits, and regular, public reports on project progress. The Measure M2 Transportation Investment Plan must be reviewed annually, in a public meeting, and every 10 years a detailed review of the plan must take place. If circumstances require the voter-approved plan to be altered, those changes must be taken to the voters for approval.

For more information regarding Measure M2, please visit the OCTA website.

WEST COUNTY CONNECTORS PROJECT

The West County Connectors Project was initiated by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to link high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes/carpool lanes on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) with those on the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) and San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) to create a seamless HOV connection amongst the three freeways. The project traverses the cities of Garden Grove, Westminster, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, and the community of Rossmoor. The project is currently in construction and is estimated to be completed by Fall 2014. In addition to the project, OCTA and the City of Seal Beach partnered together to widen the Seal Beach Boulevard Bridge from two lanes in each direction to three lanes in each direction. This bridge widening started in Summer 2012 and is estimated to be completed by Summer 2014. For additional information about the project, updates, and lane closures please visit OCTA's West County Connectors Project web page.