A study to examine long-term solutions to traffic congestion in South Orange County was approved Monday by the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors.
The $1.2 million South County Major Investment Study is the first comprehensive examination of the area's needs in more than 20 years, officials said. The study will explore improvements to all forms of transportation, including freeways, toll roads, arterial streets and rail and bus service.
The study will lead to developing a long-term strategy for improving transportation in South Orange County over the next 25 years. The study area includes 14 cities, including Laguna Beach, and unincorporated county land that is bounded by the Costa Mesa Freeway in the north, Santiago Canyon Road and the Cleveland National Forest in the east, west to Pacific Coast Highway and south to the county line.