With the state legislative session winding down for the year, Orange County stands to win when it comes to transportation thanks to recently enacted bills. One of the new laws, AB 401, would allow Caltrans to use design-build for up to 10 highway projects across the state, with the principal intention to use such a procurement method for the proposed widening of the 405 Freeway through upper Orange County. The law will enable a speed up of construction and will reduce project costs. However, the American Council of Engineering Companies opposed the bill because the bill carried a provision that mandates Caltrans, not private companies, must oversee construction. Let’s not forget the pension reform bill passed last month, which allows OCTA buses to operate normally after a dispute between federal labor officials and the state threatened to withhold money to local transit agencies, including OCTA.