241 Toll Road Extension Hits Keep Coming: Report Ranks It Among 11 U.S. "Boondoggles"

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Transportation Corridor Agencies
Follow the dotted lines to the road to nowhere.

Bashing the extension of the Foothill-South Toll Road is sooooo hot right now. Yesterday, we reported on a California Parks Foundation poll that found 78 percent of Orange County voters oppose extending the 241. Today, we're dishing on a new report that ranks the toll road's initial Tesoro Extension among 11 examples in the U.S. of highway spending "boondoggles."

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78 Percent of OC Voters Oppose Extending the 241 Toll Road: State Parks Foundation

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Photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
A thumbs up is given to stopping the 241 toll road extension ... way back in 2008.
The thousands who have turned out at every turn to oppose the Michael Myers of Orange County road projects--the alive/dead/undead extension of the 241 toll road through San Onofre State Beach and perilously close to Trestles beach--can now find solidarity with many others.

They are otherwise known as 78 percent of registered voters in Orange County.

That's the conclusion of a California State Parks Foundation survey released Wednesday that also showed 64 percent of respondents strongly oppose the damn extension. Jeez, I think an international airport in South County drew more support.

"Orange County voters continue to overwhelmingly oppose the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) proposal to build their toll road through San Onofre State Beach--California's fifth most popular state park," says Elizabeth Goldstein, the foundation's president.

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Toll Road Fines WILL BE Waived All Summer: Update

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See the update at the end of this post on the operator of the tolls roads agreeing to waive fines to first-time offenders through Labor Day.

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Ah, the good ol' days ...
Remember how closing Orange County toll-road booths was going to increase efficiency?

ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 23, 11:55 A.M.: More than 15,000 violations a day since the toll roads went all-electronic would indicate otherwise.

Now, a county supervisor is calling on the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) to waive toll fines all summer. "[I]t's clear that the TCA needs to work harder to keep drivers informed of the new changes," says Todd Spitzer, who is also a TCA board member.

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Foothill-Eastern Toll Road Driving Toward Largest Bankruptcy Since Detroit's: Report

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The Foothill-Eastern Toll Road, a.k.a. Route 241, is reportedly nearing the biggest default in the $3.7 trillion municipal market since Detroit's record bankruptcy.

Revenues and ridership chronically fail to meet projections--most certainly the ones politicians who said Orange County should be run like a business used to shove Lexus lanes down our throats years ago. Of course, like Wall Street looters, those same folks maintain their positions of power.

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Gustavo's (One Week Ago) Latest KCRW "Orange County Line" Commentary: On the Zombie 241 Toll Road Extension!

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Here's the second "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9 that I neglected to share last week: on the TCA's never-ending efforts to expand the 241 Toll Road from Mission Viejo to San Onofre.

My gawd, how long have we been fighting this damn thing? So long that I realized the best way to characterize it is as a zombie toll road that won't die--although, in this case, we have many great fighters trying to hack off its limbs or burn them or however they kill zombies in The Walking Dead.

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TCA Takes Another Run at State Clean Water Board by Appealing Denial of Tesoro Extension

Categories: 241 Toll Road

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If a million times you don't succeed, try, try again.

That seems to be the motto of the Transportation Corridors Agencies--or TCA or "The Toll Roads," as the hep cats call 'em--which after being rejected by the feds for a full 20-mile extension of the 241 Toll Road into ecologically sensitive parts of South County in 2008 and by state water regulators for a perceived piecemeal approach to the same ends in June, is reviving its Tesoro Extension yet again.

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Happy International Surfing Day! Water Pollution Regulators Reject Toll-Road Extension

Categories: 241 Toll Road

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Photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
2008: Back to the future
Here is great news for Surfrider Foundation members to wake up to on International Surfing Day: the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on Wednesday denied the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) the necessary permit to build the first segment of the 241 toll road extension.

Activists from Surfrider and other groups fearful about the final stretch of what they expect would be a new 20-mile route spoiling San Onofre State Park and Trestles beach filled two hearings to oppose the TCA's new piecemeal strategy, as they did when the toll road builders unsuccessfully tried to win approval of the whole shebang in 2008.

The TCA has denied its "Tesoro Extension" is phase one of the entire route unveiled (and shot down) previously.

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Save San Onofre Coalition Files 2 Lawsuits to Stop Foothill/Eastern (241) Toll Road Extension

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The Save San Onofre coalition filed two lawsuits in San Diego Superior Court Wednesday aimed at stopping what it considers the first five-mile segment of a 16-mile toll road that would ultimately cut through a south Orange County park and up against a northern San Diego County beach.

The complaints allege the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA)'s approval of the "flawed" 241 South Toll Road project fails to account for a range of ecological and economic impacts and violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for not meeting basic environmental review.

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"Conceptual Plan" for Foothill-South (241) Toll Road Extension Draws Scorn and Confusion

Categories: 241 Toll Road

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Environmental activists opposed to the extension of the 241 toll road into South County are crying foul over the Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies' (TCA) recently approving a conceptual plan for construction of the first leg of the project, alleging there was little public notice as previously promised.

But the TCA counters that proper advance notice was given, but the opposition groups misunderstood what exactly was being voted on.

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Gustavo's Latest "Orange County Line" for KCRW: On The Failing, Debt-Ridden 241 and 73 Toll Roads

Insane but true: I do everything possible to avoid the 73 and 241 toll roads. For the former, I'll go down PCH or the 405 if I ever have to get to Aliso Viejo, which is thankfully almost never; for the latter, a simple drive east on Oso Parkway or El Toro Road forever will do. Really: why would I want to support such a waste of asphalt at the TCA roads? And it's no longer just crazy lefties like us, who have been ranting about this sham for 17 years, who are now ranting. Last week, the right-wing Pacific Research Institute put out a paper blasting the TCA for their unmanageable debt (now in the billions of dollars) and for fleecing taxpayers for hundreds of millions of dollars over the years when promising never to cost the public a dime.

And that's what I talked about yesterday on my weekly "Orange County Line" for KCRW-FM 89.9.

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