Huntington Beach considers how to handle summer traffic

March 11, 2017 by  

Members of the Huntington Beach City Council are considering plans to add more transit in tourist areas this summer. They are also trying to find ways to broaden part of Edinger Avenue to help the flow of traffic.

Among the ideas under consideration is providing free bus service over a route of more than 15 miles. The route would include those parts of the downtown that reach the coast, the development at Pacific City, Central Park, the Oak View neighborhood, and the Bella Terra shopping center. This system would operate in addition to that run by the Orange County Transportation Authority to help keep traffic moving during the summer months, when activity and tourism in the city is at its height.

The cost of the project could be up to $1m, according to estimates by Huntington Beach, which still has not formally agreed with the OCTA to provide the service, or what terms and conditions will have to be met to release the funds. The transportation authority would provide over $900,000, while the city would fund the rest. A tourist information center, Visit HB, would donate $12,000.

The council is also considering widening southbound Edinger Avenue between Beach Boulevard and Parkside Lane. In addition, the right-turn lane from Beach to Parkside would be lengthened.

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