The City of Huntington Beach has 1,121 lane miles of public streets and has easy freeway access to Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Orange County Airport, and Long Beach Airport. The city also offers bus service and rail freight service. The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are located less than 20 miles away from the city and provide shipping and travel services.
The Transportation Division of the Department of Public Works is responsible for providing a safe and efficient transportation system within the City of Huntington Beach that supports a balanced use of vehicular, pedestrian, transit and bicycle activity while servicing the residential, commercial and industrial needs of the community. This includes oversight of the design and maintenance of all traffic control devices and pole lighting on City property, sign, marking, signal, and lighting maintenance, traffic signal operation, lighting, and the bus shelter program.
Traffic safety and control is enforced by the Traffic/Aero Bureau of the Huntington Beach Police Department. The primary function of the Traffic/Aero Bureau is to provide for safe movement of traffic within the City of Huntington Beach. This bureau also includes School Crossing Guards.
John Wayne Airport (20 minutes), Long Beach Airport (30 minutes), and Los Angeles International Airport (45 minutes) serve Huntington Beach and the greater Orange County area.
Regional bus service is offered through the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). There are nine routes currently in Huntington Beach. Major bus lines, such as Greyhound and Trailways, also provide transportation to the area. View bus routes and schedules
The major highways in Huntington Beach are Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) on the coast connecting the beach cities, the San Diego Freeway (I-405) connecting with all other major freeways in Southern California, and Beach Boulevard (Highway 39) running directly through the heart of Huntington Beach. The Pacific Coast Highway is also a national scenic byway and one of the most unique highways in America, stretching from San Diego through Huntington Beach past San Francisco. Bordering the city and state beaches as it runs through the City of Huntington Beach, this highway is recognized by Congress in the National Scenic Byways Program of the Federal Highway Administration as an “All-American Road” and is designated as a Scenic Highway by the State of California.
For passenger service, Amtrak stations are located in Santa Ana and Anaheim, each approximately 20 minutes away. The Union Pacific Railroad serves the City’s Gothard Street with freight transportation to this industrial corridor that forms the central spine of the community. This rail service permits direct line shipment to the Midwest and Northwest.
The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are located 18 miles northwest and provide worldwide access to the global marketplace. The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are committed to promoting maritime commerce and international trade.
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