Orange County Toll Roads

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As Orange County's population grows by the hundreds of thousands, the debate rages over plans for construction of the last leg of the region's toll road. Planners defend the project as a way to relieve increasing congestion, but environmentalists criticize it as a threat to adjacent parkland. We discuss the toll road's impact on environment and urban sprawl in a "which came first, the community or the highway" forum with the chair of the agency that will authorize construction of the toll road, and a conservationist with the Sierra Club. (Kyle McKinnon guest hosts.)
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CA Public Utilities Commission

Edison International

LA International Airport

Sierra Club

Transportation Corridor Agency



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton