ANAHEIM : Network to Help Fight Freeway Snarls

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Figuring out how to ease traffic congestion as the massive Santa Ana Freeway improvement project moves through Anaheim is the main mission of the new Anaheim Transportation Network, which opens its doors Tuesday.

The next phase of the freeway widening, under way since 1988, will expand the highway to 10 lanes along a 9.5-mile stretch from the Garden Grove-Orange freeways’ interchange to Beach Boulevard in Anaheim. Construction is to begin in December, 1996, and is projected to cost $1 billion over four years.

To minimize congestion in the Anaheim Resort Area and the Stadium Business Center, the city’s Commuter Services Office, Walt Disney Co., Anaheim Stadium, The Pond, Pacific Bell, the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and the Visitors and Convention Bureau banded together to form the nonprofit Transportation Network.


The network will promote van pools, ride sharing, commuter rail and shuttle services, said Kelly Vasquez, interim executive director. It will also act as a liaison and an advocate for its members with Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority, she said.

Funding is coming from a $75,000 Caltrans grant and $100,000 in Measure M transportation funds made available by OCTA.