By Kristina Pritchett
The City Council unanimously approved a cooperative agreement with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for grant funds, a contract amendment and additional trolley shuttle services.
During the Nov. 15 meeting, Council voted in favor of approving a cooperative agreement with the OCTA, to approve a first amendment with Professional Parking, Inc. and additional trolley and shuttle services.
The staff report said Professional Parking, Inc. will maintain the same hourly costs for the trolleysand a reduction in hourly cost for the shuttle service, assuming the projected hourly usage is generally maintained. But, they will need a fifth trolley to maintain the 15 minute or less wait time with the proposed Pacific Coast Highway extension.
In November 2015, the OCTA approved an additional grant opportunity, in which the city approved to apply for funds. The city was successful and was granted $905,968.
To obtain the funds, the city must enter a seven-year agreement through fiscal year 2022-2023.
The services are scheduled to begin June 9, 2017 and run until Sept. 4, 2017 with generally the same operational hours. The extended route can be viewed below.