Orange County, CA Editorial: Toll road bill off guardrails, but agency needs rethinking

As subdivisions supplanted Orange County’s once-plentiful citrus groves, state planners developed blueprints for a series of freeways to combat growing congestion. But a lack of funding – and a slow-growth attitude in Sacramento – put the kibosh on those roads. Local officials responded with a system of toll roads that rank among the nation’s most innovative roadways.

The agency, however, has received its share of brickbats. Recent news reports question some of the inexplicable spending priorities of the Transportation Corridor Agencies, which rely mainly on developer fees and tolls rather than sales or gas taxes. And TCA’s decade-long effort to extend Highway 241 to San Clemente remains controversial.