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Today is the Last Day for Paying Cash on the Toll Roads

This is a reminder that today is the last day you can use the Orange County toll roads and pay cash. Effective midnight tonight, cash will no longer be accepted on the toll roads. The Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency discussed the change in this recent blog article:

In January, the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), which [...]

Good News and Bad News for Toll Road

The Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) entered into an agreement with Caltrans that will permit the TCA to extend the amount if time it can collect tolls on the 241 Toll Road until 2053, a twelve year increase. This extension may help the TCA avoid a credit downgrade in the near future. On the other [...]

Transportation Corridor Agency to Appeal San Diego Water Board’s Denial of Proposed 241 Tesoro Extension

At first it looked like the Tesoro Extension of the 241 toll road would begin this summer. Then the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board denied a permit for the 5.5 mile extension of the 241 located entirely within Orange County. We lamented that decision as a failure of local government here. That denial [...]

Pacific Research Institute Study Questions the Financial Viability of the Toll Roads

The poor toll road! It is being whip-sawed back and forth this week. First, on Tuesday it received good news in the form of $8.3M in funding from the Orange County Board of Supervisors and OCTA for construction of Cow Camp Road to an interchange with the proposed 241 Tesoro Extension. Today, however, a research [...]