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Orange County Transportation Authority earmarks $14.5 million for Metrolink improvements


The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) recently approved allocating more than $14.5 million for Metrolink commuter-rail improvements.

The funds will enable Metrolink to begin operating weekend service this spring between Los Angeles and Oceanside, Calif. OCTA — which funds and supervises Metrolink — will purchase 59 passenger cars to accommodate the new service.

A portion of the funds will go toward a Metrolink expansion project under which the railroad will construct a second mainline track in Santa Ana to alleviate congestion on the Orange County Line. By 2009, Metrolink will operate service every 30 minutes between Fullerton and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo seven days a week.