LOCAL : O.C. Unveils 20-Year Transit Plan

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports </i>

An Orange County ballot measure that would link a road and transit half-cent sales tax to growth controls moved a step closer today as a 20-year $11.6-billion master plan for transportation improvements was unveiled by the county Transportation Commission.

The plan focuses on completion of the massive Santa Ana Freeway widening project. It would also add car pool lanes to other freeways, convert some busy boulevards into streamlined “superstreets” and add new commuter train service. But as a condition of receiving any proceeds from passage of the proposed sales tax, the plan says, “Every city and the County of Orange must adopt a comprehensive growth-management plan to link traffic relief and carefully planned future development.”

Although the exact wording of a ballot measure has not been formulated, the draft of the 20-year plan released by the commission at today’s meeting in Santa Ana is required by state law as a condition for calling a sales tax election.

The Transportation Commission scheduled a public hearing on the plan for 9 a.m. May 8 in the County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana.