IRVINE, Calif. - September 12, 2016
The Board of Directors of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency (SJHTCA) elected Ross Chun, an Aliso Viejo councilman, to serve as Chairman of the 15-member Joint Powers Authority for a second term in June. Under Chairman Chun’s leadership, the Agency will focus on customer service, toll road enhancements and environmental initiatives for the 15-mile toll road that opened in 1996.
The 73 Toll Road provides a vital link between the John Wayne Airport area and San Juan Capistrano, serving residents and businesses of Newport Beach, Laguna Woods, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills and Dana Point. The 73 Toll Road carries an average 100,000 trips each weekday and tolls are collected electronically with FasTrak® ExpressAccount® or with One-Time-Toll online payments. Toll revenue is primarily used to pay for bonds issued to construct the toll road.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, which ended June 30, SJHTCA collected $176.7 million and recorded 30,589,341 million transactions on the 73 Toll Road; an increase of 9.4 percent over the previous year.
In FY17, the SJHTCA Board of Directors will focus on:
“Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of the first phase of the 73 Toll Road in Aliso Viejo and in November we will celebrate the opening of the second phase that linked south Orange County communities to the John Wayne Airport area,” said SJHTCA Chairman Ross Chun. “It’s hard to imagine what traffic in south Orange County would be like without the 73 Toll Road, taking traffic off I-5 and our city streets helps keep our communities moving and growing.”
The San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor, together with its sister agency, the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor, make up the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA). The TCA are two joint powers authorities formed by the California legislature in 1986 to plan, finance, construct and operate Orange County’s 67-mile public toll road system. Fifty-one miles of the system are complete, including the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads. TCA continues to meet the region’s growing need for congestion-free transportation alternatives.