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Orange County transportation agency seeks to extend sales tax

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) recently released its draft plan for extending Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax that generates funds for transportation improvements.

The Transportation Investment Plan details more than $11.8 billion in transportation improvements that could be completed if Orange County voters renew the tax. OCTA is proposing to extend Measure M for 30 years beyond its 2011 expiration. The funds would be used for a wide range of projects; about 25 percent would go toward public transportation improvements.

Next month, OCTA officials will host public workshops to review the plan and obtain feedback.

The measure could be placed on the ballot as early as November. Voters would have to approve the extension by a two-thirds majority.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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