Why doesn't the 2005 Infrastructure Report Card which gives the County a "C+" in for its transportation efforts,
Orange County Infrastructure Improving, Though Not Acceptable, New Report from UC Irvine Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates Finds; Annual Investment of $4.8 Billion Necessary to Improve County Infrastructure over Next 10 Years,
square with the OCTA being recently named "No. 1 transportation system in the United States" by a professional association?
The Report Card was put together by the UC Irvine Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates and the Orange County Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. It's supposed to be available here but it's not; so we're left with the Summary which says rather little, but does shill for Measure M:
Transportation - Orange County has achieved high standards for transportation system maintenance and improvements through Measure M. Additional progress will require high levels of investment. To continue maintaining and improving our transportation system, we need the reauthorization of Measure M.
The OCTA also scored high in the Register's "Innovators in O.C." series. Per this week-long focus piece, the OCTA gets a stroke in Trains and buses on 10/23, quoting their Chief Engineer,
We have bits and pieces, but not the whole integrated system, OCTA planning director Paul Taylor says. We mainly have cars, plus the nation's 11th-largest bus system, and Metrolink, which is mostly for commuters to Los Angeles.
It's those damn cars, Mr. Engineer. And it's not acceptable that a freeway interchange gets prejudicially shut down as we're about to see in a few hours: 22/5 connector to close tonight. Such a loss of service wouldn't be acceptable to your bus or train riders. While the need for an "integrated" system might make for good reading and strokes from the academicians and press, the real need is simpler: pavement. Autos carry more people than trains and buses, and deserve the transit system's priority -- and no more car pool lanes, please -- just pavement, as much as you can afford and as fast as you can put it down.