During the last twenty years there has been extensive investment in both roadway infrastructure and operational improvements within Orange County. These investments have provided very positive benefits. However, many of the County's streets and highways continue to experience gridlock. In response to these concerns, the Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) has initiated a "Smart Street Program" which uses a combination of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and traditional improvement strategies to address circulation and capacity issues. In March 1999 the County's first smart street, Beach Boulevard, was completed. This project has been widely hailed as a huge success by OCTA and the nine Cities along the 17-mi (27-km) corridor. Based on the success of the Beach Boulevard project, OCTA is currently in the planning and design phase for three additional smart streets: Imperial Highway, Moulton Parkway, and Katella Avenue. In addition, the City of Garden Grove has recently taken the lead in developing Harbor Boulevard into a smart street. Due to the current development of a second Disneyland theme park, construction of new hotels, and growth throughout the County there is a significant need to enhance capacity along Harbor Boulevard. This paper reviews the progress made within the last ten years of the Orange County Smart Street program, considers the lessons learned, and recommends steps to further enhance the system as its implementation continues.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper appears on the CD-ROM, Transportation Operations: Moving into the 21st Century, ITE CD-008.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Speirs, D H
    • Mididaddi, V G
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 2000


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 13p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00791581
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 2000 12:00AM