Traffic and 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 cater it to the needs of their community. The City of Seal Beach secured this grant funding and has been successfully operating this program for the past 15 years.

The current program primarily consists of three components. Those components are a Senior Nutrition program, the Shopping Shuttle, and the Dial-A-Ride program.

The Dial-A-Ride component of the program has traditionally offered to deliver a senior resident to any location within the three miles outside City Limits. Dial-A-Ride service is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and can be utilized by calling (562) 439-3699 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule date, time, and location. The service can be made for any reason such as doctor’s appointments, retail/grocery shopping (within City of Seal Beach), and dining excursions (within City of Seal Beach). A copy of the operating schedule can be viewed here

Traffic Counts

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

Traffic Impact Study Guidelines

A traffic impact study guidelines were developed to be applied to redevelopment and development projects to understand the nature of the scope of work, identify traffic impacts and analyze level of service. The factors will determine mitigation issues and potential impacts. A copy of the guidelines can be viewed here

Orange County Transportation Authority

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is a multi-modal transportation agency serving Orange County. We keep Orange County 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

Measure M2

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 transportation investment 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.

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

An 18-member Board of Directors governs OCTA. The Board consists of 5 county supervisors, 10 city members, 2 public members and the Director of the Department of Transportation District 12 (Caltrans) as a non-voting member.

Long Beach Transit

The Long Beach Transit System operates regular bus service and the Passport in Seal Beach. A bus schedule can be viewed here

 

West County Connectors Project 

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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 has partnered together to widen the Seal Beach Boulevard Bridge from two lanes in each direction to three lanes in each direction. This bridge widening is estimated to start in Summer 2012 and be completed by Summer 2014. For additional information about the project and updates to date lane closures please visit OCTA site.