Decision Maker Response

Pat Bates’s response

Pat Bates
State Senator

Jun 8, 2017 — Thank you for your messages regarding proposed toll road extensions that could go through San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch and/or Rancho Mission Viejo. I appreciate hearing from you.

After reviewing the proposals put forth by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and listening to and consulting with many residents and stakeholders regarding this issue, I believe that the proposed alignments could irreparably harm the quality of life of affected communities. Therefore, I oppose those proposed extensions.

While the proposed toll road extensions are still that – proposals – it is important for you and your neighbors to share your concerns and get your questions answered. To learn more and get involved, visit www.GetMovingOC.com. Transportation planning officials need to hear from residents directly in order to completely understand how and why many residents strongly oppose the proposed extensions that would cut through communities and have a detrimental impact on established neighborhoods and schools.

As you know, transportation agencies including the TCA, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are working together to address traffic concerns by asking the public for their ideas. As residents of the 36th Senate District, we are disproportionately affected by traffic congestion and need to be involved in this decision-making process, as the TCA begins analyzing several traffic relief ideas to determine their costs and impacts on affected communities.

Given the traffic congestion in South Orange County, I empathize with regional transportation leaders and other decision-makers about their responsibility to balance numerous demands from various communities. However, South Orange County residents must have a voice. While I support a process that is fair, transparent and inclusive, I oppose toll road extensions that would tear communities apart.

Sincerely,

PATRICIA C. BATES
Senator, 36th District
www.senate.ca.gov/bates